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Cutty Sark Races 1996

The traditional regatta, dedicated to the sail training ships, ended in Naples with a big final parade last August 3rd

Text and pictures by Paolo Maccione

The legs
After more than 1.000 nautical miles comes to an end in Naples (Italy), last 3 August,
POGORIAthe "Cutty Sark Tall Ships Races in the Mediterranean", the traditional regatta dedicated to the sail training ships.
The fleet left Genoa on July 17, one day later the scheduled program because there was not enough wind to move the tall ships, and reached Naples after four days stop in Palma de Mallorca (Spain), from 21 to 24 July. The big final parade was organized in the Naples gulf on August 3.
The total crew was 1.800 people, with 900 cadets and 90 girls.

The fleet
The fleet was composed by 50 boats, from 13 different countries, included 9 tall ships
DAR MLODZIEZY: the italian full rigged ship "Amerigo Vespucci" (1931, 101 metres) and the barquentine "Palinuro" (1934, 68,90 metres), the Poland, and biggest, full rigged ship "Dar Mlodziezy" (1982, 110 metres), the barque "Simon Bolivar" (1979, 82 metres), from Venezuela, the barquentine "Kaliakra" (1984, 50 metres), managed and owned by Navigation Maritime Bulgare, the Poland "Pogoria" (1980, 48 metres) and "Zawisza Czarny" (1952, 44 metres).
The indonesians of Kri (Kapal Republique Indonesia) "Arung Samudera", gaff schooner 39 metres long, was the crew coming further away. In this period they are sailing 'round the world.
During last leg, from Palma to Naples, sailed also "Creoula" (1937, 67 metres), a four masted schooner operated by the Portuguese navy.

Great fun and satisfaction
Great satisfaction has been shown from the organizing committee,
ZAWISZA CZARNYcomposed by Italian Yacht Club, Italian Navy and Ista (International Sail Training Association).
From 1971 the event is sponsored by Cutty Sark, the famous industry of scot whisky. During days before starting, in the ancient harbour of Genoa, more than 10.000 people visited the "Amerigo Vespucci" and about half million people took part to celebrations, with sports competitions, parties and live concerts.
Excursions for crews, variety shows and naval model expositions were also organized.

STAI was born in Genoa
On July 16, aboard the "Amerigo Vespucci",
"Amerigo Vespucci" the Italian Navy Commander in Chief, Admiral Angelo Mariani, signed on the official constitution of the Sail Training Association of Italy (STAI), born to involve young people in sea culture and to give them the opportunity to sail aboard tall ships all over the world.
As a matter of fact now, from the age of 16, every italian boy or girl has the possibility to take part in cruising and learn how is life on a sail training ship.

For further information:
Peter Smales, Cutty Sark Tall Ships Races Press Officer, Tel. +44, 1590 683900, Fax +44, 1590 682697)

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