The historic waterfront of Copenhagen, the capital city of Denmark, re-lived its past on Sunday, (14 July) as 57 tall sailing ships, flying colourful pennants, prepared for the start of their race across the Baltic Sea to the port of Gdynia in Poland.
GV Ships in harbour (2 shots).
GV TILT DOWN AND CU The Tovarich (Russian school ship) (2 shots).
GV TILT UP & CU The Denmark (2 shots).
GV & CU The America (2 shots).
GV TILT UP The George Stage.
GV Queen of Denmark with her two children on board the Dannebrog.
GVs Denmark in royal parade (4 shots).
CU & SVs Flags on boat and crowd looking on (2 shots)
MV 7 GV The Dar Pomorza in parade as crowd look on (3 shots)
GV Royals looking on.
GV Another boat passing.
MVS & GV THE Kruzenshtern (3 shots).
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SPORT: TALL SHIPS RACING
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Background: The historic waterfront of Copenhagen, the capital city of Denmark, re-lived its past on Sunday, (14 July) as 57 tall sailing ships, flying colourful pennants, prepared for the start of their race across the Baltic Sea to the port of Gdynia in Poland.
Hundreds of tourists and sailing enthusiasts watched as entrents from Belgium, Denmark East Germany, France, Britain, Holland, Poland, Russia, Sweden, the U.S.A., West Germany and Switzerland assembled in the harbour to parade before Queen Margarethe of Denmark and her family.
The Copenhagen-Gyynia race is one of two main races in the biennial Tall Ships event. The second, from Coruna in Spain to Portsmouth, England, begins on Friday, 26 July.
A favourable westerly wind propelled the fleet, manned by about 2,700 young people, to a brisk getaway from the starting line near the Drogden Tower 10 miles (16 kms) south of Copenhagen. Race officials estimate that the 450-mile course to Ddynia should take three days -- given the favourable weather forecasts.
Two ships with all-girl crews, Swaden's 103-ton 'Leader of Gothenburg' and the 16-ton British entry 'Dusmaris' are duelling for a special prize. The winner of the last Tall ships race, the 1,784-ton Polish ship 'Dar Pomorza', will be fighting to retain the honour in her home port.
For the first time in its 18-year history the Tall Ships race will go behind the Iron Curtain. And the start of the race coincides with the 30th anniversary of the founding of the Polish People's Republic. Two Russian vessels are also competing for the firs time -- the four-masted barque 'Kruzenshtern' of more than 3,000-tons and the three-masted barque 'Tovarich', 1,700 tons.
SYNOPSIS: The waterfront in Copenhagen -- Denmark's capital -- was the scene of the opening stages of this year's Tall Ships race. Colourful pennants fluttered in the westerly breeze as fifty seven veteran ships from twelve nations assembled in the harbour.
This is the largest gathering of tall ships in the eighteen-year history of the race. The vessel to cross the Baltic from Copenhagen to Ddynia, in Poland, in the fastest time under handicap will take the "Cutty Sark Silver Trophy". It is also the first time that the Tall Ships race has gone behind the Iron Curtain.
Before the start of the race the ships paraded before Queen Margarethe of Denmark. With her husband Prince Henrick and their children she took the salute from the Danish ship 'Dannebrog'. Thousands of spectators, including tourists and sailing enthusiasts, watched as the tall ships glided past on their way to the starting line near the Drogden Tower, ten miles south of Copenhagen.
The Polish ship 'Dar Pomorza' was the winner of the last Tall Ships race. This year she will be fighting hard to retain the honour in her home port.
The four-hundred-and-fifth-mile race from Copenhagen to Gdynia is one of the two main events in this year's Calendar. The other, from Coruna in Spain to Portsmouth, England, begins on Friday the twenty-sixth of July.