Both Queen Galadriel and Duet participated in the Sail Training International Falmouth to Greenwich Tall Ships’ Regatta. The initial challenge was getting to Falmouth which involved both vessels in battling heavy sea and adverse wind conditions but the young people on board overcame adversity and arrived in Falmouth in time to enjoy the festivities in port.
The race was from Falmouth to St Catherine’s Point on the Isle of Wight. Starting on Sunday 31 August, the race officially finished on Tuesday 2 September, following which the international fleet of over 40, sailed in company up The Thames to Royal Greenwich. The 4-5 westerly winds got the vessels off to a good start but the light airs in the final stages presented a challenge to many of the vessels with a number of them having to finish at sea.
Not so for 102 year old Duet which, with and some fantastic team work from Metropolitan Police Cadets from Enfield, crossed the line after 37 hours coming first in her class and winning overall on corrected time by 13 minutes.
Following the race, Duet and Queen Galadriel, sailed to Royal Greenwich for a maritime festival. A spectacular parade through the streets of the town by over 1,000 participating crew members was followed by the race prize giving which took place on the lawn of the Queen’s House, close to the National Maritime Museum. HRH the Countess of Wessex attended the event and Duet’s crew were among sailors and young trainees to be introduced to the royal visitor.