Black Sea Tall Ships Regatta!

Mircea (Romania)  - 1939
Mircea (Romania) – 1939

If in many of my posts I talk about trips that I’ve been in the past, today I’m going to talk about a spectacular event that it’s going to happen between April and May…this means very and very soon!

What is this event about?

The SCF Black Sea Tall Ships Regatta 2014 is the FIRST in the history of the Black Sea Tall Ships Regatta , maritime event around Black Sea with the aim to promote international youth sailing.

The spectacular aspect of this event is that there are more than fifty Tall Ships from over 20 countries of A,B,C,D classes are expected to take part in it, including four famous Russian Tall ShipsMir, Kruzenshtern, Sedov and Nadezhda. From RomaniaMircea, will celebrate its 75-year jubilee celebrations in 2014, along with Adornate and Apolodor. Bulgaria will be represented by Kaliakra and Royal Helena, from PakistanRah Nawad and MaltaRunning on waves and more.

Running on waves (Malta) - 2011
Running on waves (Malta) – 2011

The world most beautiful sailing vessels will start their journey in Varna (Boulgaria) and stop in other 3 ports on the Black Sea: Novorossiysk, Sochi (Russia) and Constanta (Romania).

Visitors and participants of this unprecedented sailing event will become a part of various unforgettable activities such as: magnificent parade of sails, crew parades along the city streets, VIP receptions, entertaining activities for children, award ceremonies and incredible fireworks! During the 4-day stay in each port all the vessels will be open for the public.

What is the program?

April 30-May 4

Opening of the Regatta – Varna (Bulgaria)

May 4-9

Race One: Varna-Novorossiysk

May 9-12 

Novorossiysk

May 12-14

Cruise-in company: Novorossiysk-Sochi

May 14-19

Sochi

May 19-26

Race Two: Sochi-Constanta

May 26-29

Closing Ceremony – Constanta (Romania)

 

Who can participate?

As in many of events, organizers made sure that people of all abilities can take part in the Regatta, including those with mental and physical disabilities. The only condition is that participants are over 15 of age.

If you’re between 15 to 25 years old, then you may want to be part of the race as a trainee. I have found offers for that and the price varies according to the number of days on board.

Kruzenshtern (Russia) - 1926
Kruzenshtern (Russia) – 1926

Therefore:

  • Travel 24 Days: Boarding on May 2nd in Varna and debarkation on May 26th in Constanta
  • Travel 15 days: Boarding on May 2nd in Varna and debarkation on May 17th  in Sochi
  • Travel for nine days: Boarding on May 17th in Sochi and debarkation on May 26th in Constanta

The offer includes transportation to and from your port, full board, training and access and participation to all events!

Now, about the price 🙂

It’s a bit pricey, I reckon, but the experience can be unforgettable!

For example:

ATYLA (Spain) – 1984

Length: 25,28 m

Rig : 2 Masted Topsail Schooner

Languages spoken on board: Spanish, English, German, French, Czech and Catalan

  • 24 days: 2.850 Euros
  • 15 days: 2.600 Euros
  • 9 days: 1.800 Euros

KALIAKRA (Bulgaria) – 1984

Length: 52,37 m

Rig : Barquentine

Languages spoken on board: Bulgarian, English, Russian

  • 24 days: 2.100 Euros
  • 15 days: 1.950 Euros
  • 9 days: 1.400 Euros

ROYAL HELENA (Bulgaria) – 2009

Length: 44,06 m

Rig: Brigantine

Languages spoken on board: Bulgarian, English, German, Russian

  • 24 days: 2.300 Euros (dorm of 7 ppl, one shower)
  •                   3.000 Euros (cabin – 2 ppl with shower)
  • 15 days: 1.900 Euros (dorm of 7 ppl, one shower)
  •                   2.250 Euros (cabin – 2 ppl with shower)
  • 9 days:    1.300 Euros (dorm of 7 ppl, one shower)
  •                   1.700 Euros (cabin – 2 ppl with shower)

NADEZHDA (Russia) – 1991

Length: 108,80 m

Rig: Topsail Schooner 2

Languages on board: English and Russian

  •  24 days: 2.250 Euros
  • 15 days: 1.850 Euros
  • 9 days: 1.300 Euros

JOHANNA LUCRETIA ( UK) –  1945

Length: 27,68 m

Rig: Gaff Schooner 2

Language spoken on board: English

  •  24 days: 2.250 Euros
  • 15 days: 2.000 Euros
  • 9 days: 1.400 Euros

The agency that offers these packages says that prices may change from the price shown on their page, and therefore you should contact them for more details about prices, terms and conditions.

Note: there are ships where the only language spoken on board is English!

Mir (Russia) - 1987
Mir (Russia) – 1987

Some additional information about this event, you’ll find here.

Travel safe and wise!

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