SCF Far East Tall Ships Regatta 2018

Tall ships regatta is one of the most prestigious sports events in the world. This year for the first time the competition took place at the Far East of Russia. The renowned three-masted sailing ships Nadezhda and Pallada were accompanied by ships from Japan, Indonesia, the Republic of Korea, as well as by sailing yachts from People's Republic of China.

The regatta started on August 27 in South Korean port of Yeosu. The participants covered a distance of 600 nautical miles and arrived to Vladivostok to the beginning of the 4th Eastern Economic Forum.

The first place in the main race of SCF Far East Tall Ships Regatta 2018, as well as in the whole regatta in Class A and in the overall standing was won by tall ship Nadezhda with 116 cadets from Navigation Department and Marine Engineering College of the Admiral Nevelskoy Maritime State University, who are doing a sailing internship with this ship.

On 12 September 2018, an awards ceremony for winners of the SCF Far East Tall Ships Regatta sponsored by Sovcomflot was held in Vladivostok, Russia. The ceremony was attended by: Vladimir Putin, President of the Russian Federation; Xi Jinping, President of the People's Republic of China; Shinzo Abe, Japan's Prime Minister; Lee Nak-yeon, Prime Minister of South Korea and Khaltmaagiin Battulga, President of Mongolia.

Vladimir Putin presented Sergey Vorobiev, Master of the sailing ship Nadezhda, the prize for first place, which the Russian ship won amongst Class A tall ships during the race from Yeosu port (South Korea) to Vladivostok.

Shinzo Abe presented representatives of the sailing ship Koreana (South Korea) with the "International Marine Brotherhood" award. Lee Nak-yeon awarded the crew of Kaiwo Maru (Japan) the prize "For contribution to the development of sailing traditions and seamanship". Seafarers of the sailing ship Qingdao Team (China) were awarded the prize "For Will to Win" by Khaltmaagiin Battulga. Xi Jinping presented awards to Sofia Danilenko and Ilya Soloveychik, winners of the children's and youth regatta, in which representatives of regional sailing clubs and schools participated.

The impressive awards ceremony that took place in the area of EEF-2018 straight after the plenary session was a significant contribution into improvement of understanding between the countries of Asia-Pacific region. Especially symbolical was the fact that Korean seafarers received their awards from the Japanese leader, and the Master of the Japanese ship received his award won in a sports competition from the Prime Minister of the Republic of Korea.

Vladimir Putin highly appreciated this international marine youth project, having noted that the success of the regatta will contribute to development of humanitarian relations in the Asia-Pacific. The tradition of holding a great youth tall ships festival set up in Vladivostok can in time become the alternative to the so called 'gunboat diplomacy', which is unfortunately known to most countries of the region for a fact.

The first SCF Far East Tall Ships Regatta 2018 was successful in all aspects, though the weather conditions proved to be really severe. The strongest typhoon Jebi made some unplanned corrections to the schedule and the route of the tournament. However the regatta participants successfully coped with the challenge of the nature.

The winner of one of the most prestigious Regatta awards, "Prize of Friendship" for a considerable contribution to the development of international cooperation and mutual understanding has become crew of the Indonesian tall ship Bima Suci. The prize for the first place in the race of sailing ships of class B, C and D was presented to the crew of Koreana. Ami (Japan) and Komandor Bering (Russia) were awarded the second and the third prizes, respectively.

On 14 September, the regatta events in Vladivostok ended with the Parade of Sails: all participating ships paraded along the Amur Bay with sails and flags up.

With the support of our company, the international tall ship regattas are held in Russia on a regular basis. Grand-scale tall ships competitions heighten young people's interest in seafaring, promote healthy lifestyle and contribute to development of international cooperation. The first regatta of tall ships under the SCF brand was held in the Baltic Region in 2009, with Saint Petersburg being one of the host ports. In 2014 and 2016 the regatta was held at the Black Sea, the main points on its route were Novorossiysk and Sochi. It was decided to hold the next competition in the water area of the Asia-Pacific region for the first time in history. The bold idea came to life in 2018.