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Dolphins, Doldrums and Musicals

Posted by Tall Ships America on May 22, 2009

Dolphins off the bow of SPIRIT OF BERMUDA-STI Photo

Dolphins off the bow of SPIRIT OF BERMUDA-STI Photo


Spirit of Bermuda hangs onto the lead as the ships race across the Atlantic Ocean for the island of Bermuda and we here at the Newport office prepare for a long weekend.   On the water, it is Spirit of Bermuda, followed closely by Peter von Danzig (GER) and Urania (NETH).  With corrected time,  the plucky Jolie Brise (UK) is in first, Spirit of Bermuda in second and Tecla (NETH) in third.

On Thursday (May 21), light winds created more work as the crews trimmed thier sails to get the most out what little wind there was. Skipper Simon Colley of the Spirit of Bermuda used these doldrums as a learning experience for his crew. “[There was] losts of sail handling- reefing sails, shaking them out, tacking as the breeze shifted…”.  To keep themselves entertained, the crew of Tecla serenaded those around them with some rousing showtunes and musical numbers.  Luckily, over the last day, the wind has picked up and the race is once again on as the ships head to the horizon.

The Tall Ships Atlantic Challenge is organised by Sail Training International with the American Sail Training Association.

Race information provided by Sail Training International. To follow the fleet, go to the Fleet Tracker.


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