You find updated news on Sail Training International`s website: http://www.sailtraininginternational.org/news:
“Race One of The Tall Ships Races 2016 starts five miles off the coast of Torbay, UK. The STI Race Committee needs to start the race here due to international shipping regulations out of Antwerp, through the Dover Straits and into the English Channel. The traffic separation schemes through these areas of high volume commercial shipping mean that sailing routes are unsuitable for the tall ships race fleet.
“Torbay offers an ideal start area for the international fleet, particularly the large square rigged sailing vessels – and coincidentally it is the same race start area and route in the first ever tall ships race 60 years ago.”
You can also follow the fleet’s progress via the Yellow Brick tracking system from the Sail Training International website: http://www.sailtraininginternational.org/events/2016-the-tall-ships-races/yellow-brick