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Only 2,700 nautical miles to go…

Posted by Tall Ships America on May 18, 2009

Yesterday was the start of Race Two out of Tenerife. Next stop, Hamilton, Bermuda, only a short three weeks and 2,700 nautical miles away. Conditions were perfect for the start with a north-easterly wind of around 25 knots so the ships were able to have a bit of a push as they cruised across the line at around eight knots.

SPIRIT OF BERMUDA, first across the line

First across the line was the Spirit of Bermuda, anxious to get home and start the celebration of the 400th anniversary of the colonization of Bermuda in Hamilton. Quite the emotional reception greets them on the island. In the Class A and B start, Etoile and La Belle Poule (FRA), were second and third, respectively, and were followed by the plucky Jolie Brise (UK), Tecla (NETH), Kruzenshtern (RUS) and Mircea (ROM). The Class D’s crossed as follows, Xsaar (BEL), Rona II (UK) with an all female crew, Peter von Danzig (GER) and  Urania  (NETH).

A crew parade through the streets of Santa Cruz de Tenerife preceeded the awards ceremony during which the gathered crowd was entertained by some lively singing, courtesy of Rona II and some acrobatics by the crew of Kruzenshtern.  Crewss, volunteers and festival staff gathered in front of the stage to cheer on the winners of the first race of the TALL SHIPS®ATLANTIC CHALLENGE.  Awards Ceremony, Tenerife

RONA II collecting first in Class D

TECLA collecting 1st in Class A/B - Photo STI

Be sure to follow the fleet as they sail across the Atlantic Ocean, bound for Hamilton, Bermuda! Click Here

More images from the race start and the festival in Tenerife are available on our Flickr photostream and on the STI Picture Gallery

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