Tuesday, the third day of the Moonsund Regatta (Muhu Väina regatt), saw 108 yachts with 700 sailors from Estonia, Latvia and Finland set sail from Pärnu. One of those sailors was Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid.
On Tuesday, the longest stage of the Moonsund Regatta concluded, taking participants from Pärnu to Kärdla. With the distance already being a challenge, gentle evening winds made the stage even more difficult.
The forecast made Jüri Sõber, Principal Race Officer, notify the participants of the regatta on Monday that the stage could also finish at Kuivastu, in case evening winds on Tuesday would not be enough to reach Kärdla.
President Kersti Kaljulaid took part of the regatta on the Piloilleri 3, led by Captain Anne-Mari Luik. The team is competing in the ORC III group and is the leader among 19 yachts in the group.
Kaljulaid wished the sailors good luck at the Pärnu Yacht Club prior to the third stage of the regatta and emphasized the contribution of the Moonsund Regatta to Estonian maritime culture.
Kaljulaid said: "Each start takes us closer to the status of a maritime country, which we have earned with our location and history. What you all are doing here every year is more meaningful than just a series of starts."
This is not the first time Kaljulaid has participated at the Moonsund Regatta - she has sailed a stage of the regatta for the last two years.
The 63rd Moonsund Regatta will finish on July 18 at the Pirita Kalev Yacht Club. The regatta can be followed on Sportrec - all yachts are equipped with a GPS tracker and can be followed digitally.
Editor: Kristjan Kallaste