Jolie Brise Update
The Jolie Brise has won the first leg of the Rendez-Vous 2017 Tall ships Regatta!
The international fleet has all arrived now in port of the Rendez-Vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta… beautiful Sines, Portugal. Crew members and trainees have received an exceptionally warm welcome, ahead of the official event opening today (Friday 28 April)
This incredible Transatlantic event started in Royal Greenwich over Easter weekend, with huge crowds flocking to the Greenwich and Woolwich sites to check out the impressive Tall Ships first hand. After leaving Royal Greenwich, the fleet set sail along the English Channel toward Torbay, where the official race start took place on Wednesday 19 April.
Sunny Sines is proud to call itself the finish port for Race 1 of the Rendez-Vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta… and the starting port for the awe-inspiring first Transatlantic leg across to Bermuda (featuring a 48-hour stop-over in Las Palmas en route).
The latest blog post from 2 days ago stated: “We’re here in Sines and the final ships are arriving after an epic race across the Bay of Biscay and down the Portuguese coast. Rona II had a fantastic result, only 17 minutes ahead of Peter von Danzig, after 1,000 miles of very close racing between the two of them. Jolie Brise, at the moment, is set to win on Corrected Time (CT). The Race Committee are now looking at the race declaration forms and confirming things and are hoping to publish the final race results tomorrow.”
Paul Bishop, Race Director.
Welcome to Sines
Sines is buzzing with activity, with final preparations underway ahead of the event opening to the public at 10:00 today (Friday 28 April). The three event areas are: Porto Vasco da Gama, Baía dos Piratas (Pirate Bay), and Ilha das Descobertas (Land of Discoveries). There will be a fantastic selection of street food stalls, market places, fairground attractions, a sports area, and several stages.
In Sines, festivities will take place from Friday 28 April to Monday 1 May, with a truly enjoyable weekend of fun planned for the trainees, crew members and public. In particular, crew members can expect organised sports competitions, daily concerts and DJs, a trip to a nature safari park, and free entry to a local disco.
Sines is a municipality located on the south-west coast of Portugal and is known as the “land of discoveries.” It’s proud to call itself the birthplace of the navigator Vasco da Gama, who discovered the Maritime Way to India. Until the 1970s, it was a small fishing village, and it retains this close-knit community charm. The town is located in one of the most preserved regions of the European coast and sits on a cliff overlooking a picturesque sandy bay.
Here is a video of the Jolie Brise filmed at the start of the race out of Torbay.