Varna Hosted the Biggest and Most Prestigious Maritime Event
From April 30 to May 3, 2014 in Varna was held the biggest and most prestigious sailing event – the SCF Black Sea Tall Ships Regatta. Its tradition started in Britain and dates back to 1956. Its founders and organizers gather around the idea that the organization of such a competition will support young people across the Globe to establish friendly relationships and build up friendships.
It is this same idea that makes for the long popularity and fame of the event. It’s been 58 years already that the Historical Seas Tall Ships Regatta has been held every year. Sailing ships not only from Europe but also from other continents take part in it. Originally the regatta was called The Cutty Sark which was taken from the only survived to the present day British classic clipper, built over 145 years ago, and today anchored in Greenwich and being one of the most interesting tourist attractions.
For the first time in 2010, Bulgaria welcomed as guests the sailing ships that participate in the race and back then the event had attracted more than 300 000 visitors.
This year, for the first time, the regatta was held entirely in the Black Sea. In the race were included the Port of Varna, the Romanian port of Constanta and the Russian ones Sochi and Novorossiysk. The official part of the regatta was opened by the Bulgarian Olympic rowing champion Rumyana Neykova.
The competition was attended by more than 25 sailing boats, nine of which of the most prestigious class. Among them was the Russian brigantine “Sedov”, which in 1991 and 1995 twice won the Cutty Sark regatta.
All the vessels, for the time they were in the Port of Varna, sparked huge interest among locals and visitors of the city. The event was accompanied by a variety of concerts, events and attractions. There was a Crew parade which was watched by a huge amount of residents and tourists who came specifically for the event. According to some sources, the number of guests of the regatta reached about 500 000 people.
The patron from the Bulgarian side was the president Rosen Plevneliev, the patron of the ports of Novorossiysk and Sochi was the Russian president Vladimir Putin, and the patron of the port of Constanta was their Romanian colleague Basescu.
Bulgaria was represented by two sailing ships – “Kaliakra” and “Royal Helena.” On the last day of the regatta, May 3, was held a Parade of Sails, during which the participating vessels passed near Varna coast to show their magnificence and beauty.