First stop Tenerife

The first leg of the Tall Ships Atlantic Challenge is now under way.

The 11 vessels taking part in this first leg of the challenge set off Sunday at 1700 hrs, across a start line just two miles off Vigo, northern Spain. The conditions were excellent with northerly winds of around 14 knots and clear blue skies.

After excellent conditions overnight with winds remaining northerly at about 20 knots, positions for the fleet show that Kruzenshtern (Russia) is in the lead overall on corrected time and in the group made up of both Classes A and B.

Tecla (Neteherlands) is in second, and Jolie Brise (UK) is in third.

Leading the group made up of Class C and D vessels on corrected time is Urania (Netherlands), with Rona II (UK) in second and Peter von Danzig (Germany) in third.

The next leg will take the fleet from Tenerife, Canary Islands to Bermuda and then to Charleston, South Carolina USA.

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