Tall Ships Races culminated in Parade of Sails19.07.2017
The Tall Ships Races 2017 event brought 73 sailing ships and about 2,300 crew members to Kotka. Kotka also saw the world’s biggest sailing ship, the Russian Sedov 122 metres long.
On Sunday 16 July the ships started their voyage from the Kantasatama Harbour in Kotka to Turku. The ships departed in a parade formation. The Parade of Sails was an impressive sight, and many people followed the departure of the ships from both land and sea.
“The ships left the quay according to plan. It took one and a half hours to unmoor the 73 ships,” says Operative Manager Tapani Pasanen of the Port of HaminaKotka.
The Tall Ships Races was arranged in Kotka for the third time now. The large sailing ships have visited Kotka previously in 1992 and 2007. The Tall Ships Races is part of the international youth sailing event with friendly competition. The first leg of the race was from Halmstad in Sweden to Kotka and Turku in Finland. The second leg will be sailed from Turku to Klaipeda in Lithuania and the third from Lithuania to Szczecin in Poland, where the race will finish on 8 August.