„Adornate” schooner – first Romanian civil ship to participate in international tall ships regatta

The ‘Adornate’ schooner will depart on Thursday the Constanta Port (country south-east) for one month, heading for the Mediterranean, where it will race in the international Lycamobile Mediterranean Tall Ships Regatta.

Media director of the Black Sea Tall Ships Regatta Diana Cucosel told Agerpres that ‘Adornate’ is the first Romanian high capacity civil sailing ship to represent the country in an international competition.

„Lycamobile Mediterranean Tall Ships Regatta 2013 is organized between September 21 and October 7 by Sail Training International – a provider of races & events, conferences & seminars, publications, research and other services for the international sail training community; the event has two legs, having Barcelona ( Spain), Toulon ( France ) and La Spezia (Italy) as host ports. ‘Adornate’ will compete with over 35 ships from around the world,” said Diana Cucosel.

The ‘Adornate’ schooner, property of the Constanta-based company Vega Tourism SA, is a sailing ship built in 1997 and refurbished in 2006, designed especially for the lovers of seaborne adventures. She has sailed the entire Mediterranean Sea, from the Balearic Islands, Barcelona and Valencia to the French Riviera, from Marseille to Monte Carlo. ‘Adornate’ also participated in the most important maritime events in the Mediterranean Sea, such as the Cannes Royal Classics and Voiles de Saint Tropez.

‘Adornate’ is a 2-masted fore-and-aft rigged schooner, with multiple sails placed at different angles of heel to the ship’s axis of symmetry, in order to best exploit the power of the wind. Turning manoeuvres are easily performed with ‘Adornate’.

The 45-metre long schooner has a sea sailing autonomy of 70 days, on average, thanks to its powerful 380 HP Cummins diesel engine and 17,000 litre fuel tank.

It can accommodate 18 people in 9 double cabins, and for short cruises, it can take up to 30 people on board.

The vessel is commanded by skipper Doru Catalin Todoran and its participation in the Lycamobile Mediterranean Tall Ships Regatta 2013 is considered a training stage for the big event next spring – the SCF Black Sea Tall Ships Regatta 2014, the first competition for large capacity vessels held exclusively in the Black Sea, having the port of Constanta as finishing point.

SCF Black Sea Tall Ships Regatta 2014 will take place next year between April 30 – May 27, with the vessels competing on the route Varna – Novorossiysk – Sochi – Constanta. At the end of the regatta, the entire participating fleet will make a stopover in the port of Constanta between May 24 – 27, 2014, when the ships will be open for the public to visit.

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