Tall Ships race line up for Tenerife leg

The following vessels will be participating in the Tall Ships Race 2009 and sailing on the first leg from Vigo in Northern Spain to Santa Cruz in Tenerife. The tall ships are expected to arrive in Tenerife on 14th May 2009, departing on 17th May for the second leg to Bermuda.

Read more about the race, or more about these magnificent sailing vessels:

Arosa

Class: D Flag: Spain L.O.A. 22.84m Rig: Ketch Year Built: 1931

Entered By: Escuela Naval Militar (Spanish Navy) Biographical Data: The Schooner “Arosa” was built at the Scottish dockyards “Bute Slip Dock Co.” in 1930. She was designed under commission by a rich young English broker and her first name was “Roska” She was owned by an American and was called “Algoma”. In 1981 she was incorporated into Spanish Navy by the Ministry of Economy. Ever since she has served the Spanish Navy and has carried out a number of trips with cadets from the Naval Academy, visiting Spanish ports as well as other European countries. She serves as a training sailing vessel on the Pontevedra estuary throughout the academic year. The 75th anniversary of her construction was celebrated in 2005. In 2006 she completed 25 years of service with the Spanish Navy. As an active and well maintained vessel in the Spanish Navy she is the second most senior vessel after the four-masted topsail “Juan Sebastián Elcano”.

Belle Poule

Class: B Flag: France L.O.A. 30.48 Rig: Schooner Year Built: 1932 Home Port: Brest

Entered By: Marine Nationale – Ecole Navale Biographical Data: Belle Poule and Etoile, these two schooners were constructed in 1932 by the « Chantier Naval de Normandie », in Fecamp, for the French naval academy (Ecole Navale). They are identical and of the “Paimpolaise” type of fishing schooner which used to sail from the North coast of France to Iceland during the late 1800’s. The schooners are used in the training of midshipmen in the fine arts of open sea sailing and navigation. The normal complement aboard is one officer, ten petty officers, five non rated men and about twelve midshipmen or trainees. The regular crew is permanently attached to their ship while the trainees usually are aboard for a period of one to two weeks of extensive sail and navigation training. The home port for both vessels is the Naval Base in Brest, near the Naval Academy which is across the roadstead, in Lanvéoc. The specifications of the ships are: displacement 280 tons, length overall 123 feet (37.5 metres), beam 24 feet (7.2 metres), mean draft 12 feet (3.7 metres), height of the main mast above the waterline 107 feet (32.5 metres). The ship is also equipped with a 285 horsepower auxiliary motor, driving a two bladed screw, used for entering and leaving ports. The ship has a possible sail area of about 500 square metres. During WWII, both schooners were used by the French Naval Free Force (FNFL) as training ships, based in Portsmouth (from 1940 to 1944).

Etoile

Class: B Flag: France L.O.A. 30.48m Rig: Gaff Schooner Year Built: 1932 Home Port: Brest

Entered By: French Navy – Ecole Navale Biographical Data: Etoile and Belle Poule, these two schooners were constructed in 1932 by the « Chantier Naval de Normandie », in Fecamp, for the French naval academy (Ecole Navale). They are identical and of the “Paimpolaise” type of fishing schooner which used to sail from the North coast of France to Iceland during the late 1800’s. The schooners are used in the training of midshipmen in the fine arts of open sea sailing and navigation. The normal complement aboard is one officer, ten petty officers, five non rated men and about twelve midshipmen or trainees. The regular crew is permanently attached to their ship while the trainees usually are aboard for a period of one to two weeks of extensive sail and navigation training. The home port for both vessels is the Naval Base in Brest, near the Naval Academy which is across the roadstead, in Lanvéoc. The specifications of the ships are: displacement 280 tons, length overall 123 feet (37.5 meters), beam 24 feet (7.2 metres), mean draft 12 feet (3.7 metres), height of the main mast above the waterline 107 feet (32.5 metres). The ship is also equipped with a 285 horsepower auxiliary motor, driving a two bladed screw, used for entering and leaving ports. The ship has a possible sail area of about 500 square metres. During WWII, both schooners were used by the French Naval Free Force (FNFL) as training ships, based in Portsmouth (from 1940 to 1944).

Jolie Brise

Class: B Flag: UK L.O.A. 17.1m Rig: Gaff Cutter Year Built: 1913 Home Port: Hamble

England Entered By: Dauntsey’s School, Wiltshire, England Biographical Data: Jolie Brise is a 56′ gaff rigged pilot cutter that was built in La Havre in 1913. In 1925, she was the first winner of the first Fastnet Race, repeating the success in 1929 and 1930 and is still the only vessel to have won the Fastnet three times. Her most noted achievement was her rescue of all but one of the crew of the schooner, Adriana, which caught fire during the 1932 Bermuda Race. She is now owned by Dauntsey’s School Sailing Club. The school started a sailing club in the 1970s when some pupils placed an advert in the Times saying:”slave gang from Wiltshire offers free labour to owner of embarrassingly large yacht in return for some free sailing”. They gained the use of Griffin II which was rebuilt by the school, but was tragically wrecked when she broke free of her moorings in Portland Harbour. In 1977, Jolie Brise was made available to the club on a long-term lease. She is a regular competitor in The Tall Ships’ Races and raced in every leg of the Tall Ships 2000 Race coming first overall on corrected time.

Kruzenshtern

Class: A Flag: Russia L.O.A. 114.5m Rig: Barque 4 Year Built: 1926 Home Port: Kaliningrad, Russia

Entered By: Baltic State Academy of the Fishing Fleet Biographical Data: Kruzenshtern is the second largest sailing ship in the world behind another Russian ship, Sedov. Originally called Padua, she was built in Germany in the 1920’s as one of five clipper ships for the ‘Flying P Line’ which traded in the Atlantic, Indian Ocean and Pacific. The five ships’ names all began with ‘P’ and only Padua is still sailing. Pamir sank in a hurricane off the Azores, Peking ended up as a museum in New York, Pommern is alongside in Mariehamn and Passat is tied up as a youth camp with mast, but no sails, near the Kiel Canal. Padua was awarded to Russia in 1946 and renamed Kruzenshtern after the famous Russian hydrographer and navigator. She is easy to recognise with distinctive black and white sides, common on ships that traded with the East, where the design imitated gunports to scare away pirates.

Peter von Danzig

Class: D Flag: Germany L.O.A. 16.90m Rig: Bm Sloop Year Built: 1992

Entered By: Akademischer Seglerverein Kiel Biographical Data: “Peter von Danzig” is a 55ft sloop designed by Georg Nissen and built by Thyssen Nordseewerke in Emden, Germany. He (since 1936 the club refers to his flagship in the male form) is owned and operated by the Akademischer Segler Verein in Kiel (ASV), a student run sailing club affiliated with Kiel University. The mission of the 1910 founded club is to introduce students to blue-water sailing and teach them life-lessons no classroom can provide. “PvD” is the second club flagship bearing this traditional name. The first “Peter” was built for the 1936 New York to Hamburg race and afterwards participated in many Tall Ships’ Races since the 1960s as well as the first Whitbread Round the World Race in 1972/73. In 1992 the new “Peter von Danzig” started his life at the ASV making his maiden voyage across the Atlantic during the Columbus Race’ 92. Since then the students from Kiel sailed him in various journeys including the Fastnet Race, multiple North Sea races as well as a cruise to Greenland. In 1996/97 more than 100 students sailed “Peter von Danzig” for more than a year participating in the multiple legs of the Hong Kong Challenge Round the World Race. After sailing in the Tall Ships 2000 to Boston and Halifax, the 2002 Atlantic Rally for Cruisers and the 2003 Newport-Hamburg race, the 2009 Atlantic Challenge is the adventure of a lifetime for a new generation of young students from Kiel.

Rona II

Class: D Flag: UK L.O.A. 20.6m Rig: Bm Ketch Year Built: 1991 Home Port: Hamble, England

Entered By: Rona Sailing Project Biographical Data: The original Rona, a 77′ classic ketch was bought by Lord Amory, then Chancellor of the Exchequer, in the 1960’s for the Rona Trust (London Sailing Project), which he had formed to take parties of young sea cadets from London to sea. The Rona Trust (LSP) now runs the Rona II, Donald Searle and Helen Mary R which take young people from Scouts, Guides, colleges, sailing clubs, Youth Offending Teams, Social Services and care homes to sea. The LSP also runs voyages for Deaf people, Visually Impaired people and those with severe learning difficulties. The aim is to provide, through the medium of sea training in offshore craft, opportunities for young people and people with disabilities, to acquire those attributes of a seaman, namely; a sense of responsibility, resourcefulness and team-work, which will help them throughout their lives. Rona II is a regular participant in the Tall Ships’ Races and competed in the Tall Ships’ 2000 Trans-Atlantic Race.

Spirit of Bermuda

Built to American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) standards; registered as a British sail training vessel. Length on deck: 86 feet. Length including bowsprit: 112 feet. Length of waterline: 75 feet. Beam (width): 23 feet. Draft (depth): 9 foot 6 inches. Displacement (weight): 230,000 lbs. Tonnage: 88 gross registered tons. Height of tallest mast: 93 feet. Sail area: 4,437 square feet. Engine Power: Cat 2136 mechanical 385 horsepower diesel. Construction materials: Hull and decks: cold moulded wood/epoxy. Spars: carbon fibre

Tecla

Class: B Flag: Netherlands L.O.A. 27.50m Rig: Gaff Ketch Year Built: 1915 Home Port: Winkel

Entered By: Jan Bouwman & Jannette Sluik Biographical Data: Originally TECLA was built in Vlaardingen, in the south of Holland, as a fishing boat for herrings. Launched under the name of Graaf van Limburg Stirum she fished the Doggersbank for over 10 years. As the fishing fleet shrunk she was sold to Denmark to become a freighter under the name of TECLA. She returned to Holland in the 1980’s to be re-fitted as a sail training vessel. She is now owned by a family of four and she is one of the most original and beautiful sail training vessels in Europe. On board trainees from all over the world learn how to sail a vessel with a gaff rig and learn how to navigate near land and on open waters. Tecla has competed in The Tall Ships Races 2008 and Funchal 500 Tall Ships Races in which she came 1st in her Class from Ilhavo, Portugal to Funchal, Madeira.

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