Some of the world's finest sailing vessels set out down the English Channel today (Wednesday) for the 630-mile (1013 km) Tall Ships Race.
AV Ships entered in race (2 shots)
SV & GV Polish Dar Pomorza (2 shots)
GVs Ships under sail (3 shots)
SV TILT DOWN U.S. Eagle
AV Ship under sail
SV Sir Winston Churchill followed by power boats
AV Ships under sail (4 shots)
Initials SGM/0134 SGM/0143
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Background: Some of the world's finest sailing vessels set out down the English Channel today (Wednesday) for the 630-mile (1013 km) Tall Ships Race. The fleet of 45 entries made an impressive spectacle during the ceremonial sail-past of the Isle of Wight.
The race, which has its finish in Southern Sweden, this year attracted entries from 11 countries.
Early pacemakers today were the three biggest ships in the race: Eagle, entered by the United States Coast Guard; Dar Pomorza, the Polish Merchant Navy's training ship; and Gorch Foch of the West German Navy.
The British training schooner Sir Winston Churchill -- with an all-girl crew for this race -- was involved in a slight collision with another vessel in sea mist at the start.