HMS Mersey will be following the fleet. Above, earlier this year when HMS Mersey welcomed first vertical (bi-polar) cirumnavigator Adrian Flanagan back to British waters after his transit of the Russian Northern Sea Route
The Tall Ships’ Races 2008 got off to a flying start yesterday as the race got under way just off the northern coast of Northern Ireland. The Royal Navy provided three start vessels for the race team, including HMS Mersey who will now be following the fleet all the way to Maløy in Norway. On board is the race communications team who will be contacting the fleet twice a day for updates.
Mir ahead of Morgenster and Alexander von Humboldt at the race start
The first morning report, conducted this morning at 0600 GMT (0700 local time), saw Christian Radich (Norway) leading the fleet on corrected time, with fellow Norwegian ships, Statsraad Lemhkuhl and Sorlandet in second and third respectively both in Class A and overall. On the water Mir (Russia) is leading having already passed the first waypoint, with Christian Radich and Dar Mlodziezy not far behind.