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Race Four Update – Day Three

Posted by Tall Ships America on July 1, 2009

After a wet start, the vessels are underway and sailing toward Boston. I hope the weather is better at sea than it is here in Newport! Torrential rain, thunder and lightning are on tap for the rest of the week.  Aaah, New England in the summer. Here are the overall standings (on corrected time) for the race as of this morning:

Telca – 1st
Jolie Brise – 2
Mircea – 3
Spirit of Bermuda -4
Eagle – 5
Europa -6
Rona II – 7
Urania – 8
Fazisi – 9

Here are the standings for the individual classes (on corrected time)

Class A
Mircea -1
Eagle -2
Europa – 3

Class B
Tecla – 1
Jolie Brise – 2
Spirit of Bermuda – 3

Class D
Rona II -1
Urania -2
Fazisi – 3


Here is an update from the captain of Spirit of Bermuda as they make thier way north:

127 NM from Charleston

614 NM from Boston

 “An excellent start, with the new crew handling sail well.  Made some fast progress downwind in 30 knots, under full sail, wing on wing with the Mizzen by the lee.  A beautiful evening with electrical storms in the distance providing quite a lightshow.  Overnight we held our own, gaining on most of the fleet – this is the first race leg where the vesels have stayed relatively close together for the night.  Spent the morning trying to use the gulf stream to our effect but kept running afoul of a counter current that we are still trying to elude.”

Stay tuned for an update from ASTA intern Amelia from the deck of Schooner Virginia. 

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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