The Tall Ships Races 2016: the fleet says farewell to Lisbon
Following a highly enjoyable event in Lisbon, the international fleet of Tall and Small Ships set sail on the second race leg of the Tall Ships Races 2016 to Cádiz, Spain, on Monday, 25 July, says Sail Training International.
Monday afternoon saw the spectacular Parade of Sail, between the 25 de Abril Bridge and the Tower of Belém. Vera Cruz (Portugal) led the fleet, followed by Creoula (Portugal), Santa Maria Manuela (Portugal), and Cuauthemoc (Mexico). The rest of the vessels followed in perfect formation, upriver along the Rio Tejo (River Tagus), before starting the second leg.
Huge numbers of spectators had the pleasure of watching 47 vessels take part in the Parade, including 19 Class As, 6 Class Bs, 16 Class Cs, and 6 Class Ds.
Race two start conditions off Lisbon are set to be fair.
Paul Bishop, Race Director, Sail Training International, said: “The start conditions for the race from Lisbon to Cádiz are fair and the light north-westerly winds are due to increase gradually. This should provide ideal sailing conditions beyond waypoint one off Cape St Vincent, but the wind could become light and fluky as the vessels approach the finish line off Cádiz, which could see some fascinating tactics in the closing stages of the race.”
“The magnificent conditions and north-westerly five provided a very fast start for all classes. Class As were tightly grouped in spectacular style, crossing the line together. The vessels are expected to have a fast passage down to waypoint one. All class starts were very competitive, but all vessels demonstrated excellent seamanship. It was a great spectacle for all classes, with many groups crossing the line tightly together”, he added.
In Cádiz next weekend (Thursday 28 July to Sunday 31 July), crew members can expect a warm and friendly welcome. Get ready for plenty of crew activities, like running races, tug of war, Zumba, Latin dance sessions and concerts.
For the arriving vessels, Class As will berth in the commercial basin, and the Class Bs, Cs and Ds will berth in the fishing harbour next door.
Ancient Cádiz is the oldest continuously inhabited city in southern Spain. There’s so much history to discover, with craggy sea walls, fascinating monuments, and intriguing museums. You can expect electric energy, charismatic charm and delicious seafood.