TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® Great Lakes 2013

Tall Ships Challenge® Great Lakes 2016
The Races

 

 
 
Tall Ships America organizes the TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® annual series of tall ship races and maritime port festivals to celebrate our rich maritime heritage and traditions and to inform the general public about the transformative power of adventure and education under sail®. In 2016, the tall ship races are officially sponsored by Erie Insurance Group. Erie Insurance Group is a FORTUNE 500 company, a Barron’s 500 company and has been recognized by Forbes as one of America's 50 Most Trustworthy Financial Companies.  www.erieinsurance.com.
 
ABOUT THE RACES
 
 

Racing is a very important component of the series. Historically, when two or more sailing vessels are found to be heading in the same direction, an impromptu race almost always ensues. The crews pay closer attention to the other ships and to the trim of their own sails in hopes of outdoing their counterparts.

But how can you compare the racing of a 60-foot sailboat with a 240-foot sailing ship carrying 10 times as much sail area? A special rating system developed in the European tall ships races is used to assign vessels of any size a relative performance factor. This gives all vessels an equal chance of winning if they are sailed well.

Before the series starts, six pages of hull, rigging and sail measurements for each vessel are submitted to Sail Training International headquarters in England. They compute Time Correction Factors (TCFs) for each vessel using a program that has been fine-tuned over many years of competition. After each race, the TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® Race Committee multiplies the time it takes for a vessel to complete the course – its elapsed time – by its TCF in the race to determine the corrected time; corrected times are then compared to determine final standings.

Safety at sea is critical and each participating sailing vessel has been inspected and certified for its intended use either by a national maritime authority (the Coast Guard in the US) or by an internationally-endorsed society.

  1. Race One- Lake Ontario: Toronto “Round the Buoys” towards Welland Canal
 
FIRST PLACE - PRIDE OF BALTIMORE II
  • Race Two-Lake Erie: Fairport Harbor towards Pelee Passage
THIRD PLACE - PRIDE OF BALTIMORE II
SECOND PLACE - DENIS SULLIVAN
FIRST PLACE - US BRIG NIAGARA
  • Race Three-Lake Huron: Tawas Point (Bay City) towards Bois Blanc Island
THIRD PLACE - US BRIG NIAGARA
SECOND PLACE - PLAYFAIR
FIRST PLACE - PRIDE OF BALTIMORE II
  • Race Four-Lake Michigan: Chicago towards Algoma, WI
THIRD PLACE - APPLEDORE IV
SECOND PLACE -PRIDE OF BALTIMORE II
FIRST PLACE - WHEN AND IF
  • Race Five-Lake Superior: Duluth towards Whitefish Point
THIRD PLACE - NIAGARA
SECOND PLACE - WHEN AND IF
FIRST PLACE - PRIDE OF BALTIMORE II
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