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An Interim Race Position report issued from Sail Training International has shown that Norwegian Tall Ship Christian Radich has won Race 1 of the Tall Ships Races 2011 from Waterford to Greenock. 

Two trainees placed by Sail Training Shetland, Bethany Scott and Lauren Carruthers are crewing on the Christian Radich on this winning leg. 

The report also shows that Shetland’s own vessel Swan finished ninth in the Class B vessels.  The Swan has six Shetland trainees aboard Ian Priest, Calum Marshall, Craig Odie, David Noblett, Scott Sandison and Connell Thomason.  Dutch vessel Europa is shown to have finished third in Class A with two Shetland trainees Solbjorn Einarsson and Adam Johnson aboard.

Race 1 was a shortened Race up the Irish Sea following the decision not to sail around the west coast of Ireland due to strong winds forecast.  Accordingly, the vessels crossed the finishing line well ahead of the event days at Greenock and have taken the opportunity to visit other guest ports such as Belfast and Campbeltown prior to sailing in to host port of Greenock where they will be from Sunday to Tuesday.

The trainees on Race 1 will return home from Greenock and a new batch of trainees will join the Swan and Wylde Swan for the cruise-in-company to Lerwick. 

For official race results and information please visit:  http://www.sailtraininginternational.org/events/2011-onwards/2011-race/leaderboard 

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