Putin presents awards to winners of Russian stage of SCF Black Sea Tall Ships Regatta 2016

The second leg of the SCF Black Sea Tall Ships Regatta 2016, whose title sponsor is PAO Sovcomflot, finished this weekend in Sochi. Vladimir Putin, a second-time patron of the SCF Black Sea Tall Ships Regatta, spoke at the award ceremony for the winners of the Novorossiysk – Sochi stage of the regatta on 24 September. 

Vladimir Putin addressed the Regatta participants with the following speech: 

«Today in Sochi we greet again the winners of the international tall ships regatta’s stage and also the winner of the contest held by the Russian Geographical Society, a contest dedicated to the Russian exploration of the World Ocean.  

Tall ships regatta is a very special event. Any person, both experienced sailors and rookie seamen, feels a special, intense thrill as they step on the deck of the ship, touch the helm, and sails for the first time. 

And it is important that people not only learn seafaring, but also begin to understand that success depends on the skills of each crewmember, as well as on the precise crew integration.  

The sea brotherhood does not know national borders. Cultural and ethnic differences fade into the background. What is more crucial is support, fellowship, and friendship. And such events play an important role in developing relations between nations». 

In conclusion, Vladimir Putin wished the competitors success on the next leg of the race and seven feet under the keel. 


Vladimir Putin awarded Andrei Orlov, captain of the Mir sailing ship, for victory in the Novorossiysk – Sochi race amongst Class A ships. The President also handed an award to Alexandra Nikiforova, winner of the creative contest organised by the Russian Geographical Society (RGO), which was dedicated to the Society’s contribution to the exploration of the World Oceans. Alexandra, who took part in the sailing regatta for the first time, competed in the race onboard the winning ship. 

During the Regatta’s social events in Sochi, Vladimir Putin boarded the sail training ship Nadezhda, which had completed the longest voyage from her home port of Vladivostok to the regatta start port of Constanta (Romania). During his short stay onboard the ship he was accompanied by Igor Levitin, Aide to the President of the Russian Federation, Maxim Sokolov, Minister of Transport of the Russian Federation, Andrei Tarasenko, Director General of FSUE Rosmorport, and Sergey Frank, Chairman and CEO of PAO Sovcomflot. 

On board Nadezhda, Vladimir Putin was acquainted with models of the most modern vessels operated by Sovcomflot and Rosmorport, which some of today’s students of Russian maritime higher education institutions will work on. In particular, Sovcomflot’s exposition featured a model of Shturman Albanov, a unique Arctic shuttle tanker that joined Sovcomflot’s fleet in August, a state-of-the art Yamalmax LNG carrier and the platform supply vessel Gennadiy Nevelskoy. The President was presented with a report on the current state of the Russian maritime education system and the directions of its future development. Nadezhda’s crew members explained some of the ship’s history to the President and noted its important role in Russian maritime education, with over 450 maritime students receiving training on board the ship every year. Before leaving the ship, Vladimir Putin made an entry in the ship’s guests of honour book. 

Participants in the remaining award ceremony included: 

  • Igor Levitin, Aide to the President of the Russian Federation 
  • Maxim Sokolov, Minister of Transport of the Russian Federation  
  • Veneamin Kondratiev, Governor of the Krasnodar Territory 
  • Anatoly Pakhomov, Mayor of Sochi 
  • Igor Tonkovidov, Executive Vice President, Chief Technical Officer of PAO Sovcomflot 
  • Alexander Zlenko, Director General of Chernomortransneft 
  • Nikolay Kasimov, First Vice-President of the Russian Geographical Society 
  • Yury Karpenko, Director of Gazpromneft Bunker’s Black Sea Department 
  • Robin Snouck Hurgronje, Race Chairman, a board member of Sail Training International (STI). 

The second leg of the SCF Black Sea Tall Ships Regatta 2016 was a competitive event and not a cruise for the first time, and the struggle for victory in the race from Novorossiysk to Sochi was really hard. A storm with winds up to 22 m/sec, which appeared in the night from 19 to 20 September, was a test of manoeuvring skills and tactical resourcefulness for the navigators and of endurance and will to win for the crews and students. The main struggle was among traditional rivals – the Russian ships Nadezhda and Mir. Nadezhda, the winner of the SCF Black Sea Tall Ships Regatta 2014, caught a good wind and led in the race for a long time. However, an unfortunate break of the foremast forced the ship to leave the race. 

Maxim Sokolov awarded Nadezhda for the longest voyage from her home port to the Regatta start. Igor Levitin presented an award to the sailing ship Mir for setting a record speed of 9.2 knots on 20 October. 

The organisers noted the sports achievements and the contribution of each sailing ship to the development of sports and international friendship. Thus, Veniamin Kontratiev presented the crew of the Polish sailing ship Pogoria with the prize for the youngest crew. The Bulgarian ship Kaliakra received the prize for the development of sailing sports and tourism on the Black Sea, which was handed to the crew by Igor Tonkovidov. The crew of the Kruzenshtern was awarded by Anatoly Pakhomov for excellent fitness. 

The final Parade of Sails took place on 25 September. After it, the ships headed out for the third and last leg of the SCF Black Sea Tall Ships Regatta 2016, from Sochi to Varna (Bulgaria). It should be noted that Nadezhda is taking part in the Regatta again after a short repair. The last leg will be the longest, about 520 nautical miles, which is equal to the sum of the distances covered by the ships during the first two races – Constanta-Novorossiysk-Sochi. The ships are expected to arrive in Varna on 1 October. The official closing of the Regatta will take place on 4 October. 

The Regatta events in Sochi were attended by a total of over 260,000 residents and guests of this resort city. 

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