July 2, 2019
Baltic Yacht Week 2019
From July 10 to July 17 the main maritime festival of the Northern Capital “Baltic Yacht Week” will take place. This year the event is held for the third time in a row. By tradition, the main program of the Week will unfold at the walls of the Peter and Paul Fortress.
The event takes place within the framework of the St. Petersburg Maritime Assembly. Organizers: St. Petersburg Tourism Development Committee, St. Petersburg Sailing Union.
The Baltic Yacht Week festival is designed to support the status of St. Petersburg as the custodian of Russia's main maritime traditions, increase attention to yachting in the city on the Neva and, most importantly, show sailing culture in all its diversity to city residents and guests. In the coming years, the Baltic Yacht Week is expected to be among the ten largest maritime holidays in the world. The event has been held annually since 2017. In 2018, more than 100 thousand people visited the festival events.
“The Baltic Yacht Week is the largest sailing event in St. Petersburg and one of the most iconic in Russia. The festival reveals the theme of the sail from various angles. A rich cultural, educational, entertaining, sports and business program will await residents and guests of the city on water and on land, ”comments Sergey Alekseev, President of the St. Petersburg Sailing Union.
The festival's partner is the St. Petersburg Yacht Club.
The main activities of the Baltic Yacht Week 2019
For a few days, large sailing vessels will enter the Neva water area, each with its own history, fate and unique architecture. Festival guests will be able to climb aboard, see how these ships are arranged and get to know the crew.
Like last year, in the format of the open ladder for the guests of the festival will operate the sailing ship "Lady L" (length 23 meters) and "Hope" (length 36 meters), which will be moored on the University Embankment.
This year they will be joined by one of the most ambitious yacht projects of our time, the sailboat Poltava. This is a recreated 54-gun ship of the line of Peter the Great, launched in St. Petersburg in 2018. The sailboat will be moored on the Promenade des Anglais, 56a.
– July 10-11, from 12.00 to 20.00 – Free visit to the ship “Lady L”
– July 12-13, from 3 pm to 8 pm – Free visit to the Poltava sailboat
– July 15, from 12.00 to 20.00 – Free access to the Nadezhda sailboat
Day program, the beach of the Peter and Paul Fortress
A rich sports and entertainment program will unfold on Friday and the weekend (July 12-14) on the beach of the Peter and Paul Fortress.
From 10.00 to 18.00 on the water spectators are waiting for an exciting race of the National Sailing League, Russia's largest yachting project, which will be attended by 25 titled teams from different regions of the country. They will compete with each other on sports yachts of class J70.
On the shore of the festival guests are waiting for the event "Sea Village". From morning to evening there will be a cinema-lecture hall, where you can watch thematic video lessons, interviews and films and listen to the stories of famous navigators and yachtsmen. At master classes for adults and children, it will be possible to learn the basics of shipbuilding, rigging skills (knitting sea knots), principles of managing sailing ships of different classes and much more. The yachting exposition and the exhibition of educational yacht organizations of St. Petersburg will also work here, where guests of the festival will be able to learn about the possibilities of training sailing in the city.
Evening program, the beach of the Peter and Paul Fortress
On July 13, on Saturday, a large concert and entertainment program awaits guests of the festival. From 18.00 to 23.00 popular Russian artists and DJs will perform on the stage. The headliner of Saturday night is a musician and singer, one of the founders of the legendary Beat Quartet The Secret, Maxim Leonidov. The performance of the artist will begin at 21.30
At 19.00 on Saturday kitesurfers and windsurfers show starts. The leading Russian athletes in these classes, the winners of the World and European Championships will enter the water.
The culmination of the evening will be the water-light show with the participation of sailboats and festive fireworks, beginning at 22.45. Viewers will see a grand presentation of maneuverability, music and light, accompanied by festive fireworks.
On Sunday, July 14, the organizers also prepared for the guests of the festival an evening concert program.
From July 10 to July 17, as part of the Week, a street photo exhibition will be organized in the Green Zone of the Peter and Paul Fortress “St. Petersburg – the sailing capital of Russia”, telling about the modern yachting world of St. Petersburg. Guests will be presented 60 photos from the best yacht photographers in Russia.
A separate event of the Week will be a business conference that traditionally gathers a wide range of boaters, government officials and businessmen to discuss topical issues of the water industry. The conference will be dedicated to the issues of yacht tourism in St. Petersburg, the problems of the development of sailing and yacht infrastructure. The partner of the business program of the Baltic Yacht Week is the Kommersant St. Petersburg publishing house.
During the festival, open days will be held in the yacht clubs of the city. Petersburgers will be able to get acquainted with the device and capabilities of the yacht infrastructure of the Northern capital, opportunities for sailing for adults and children. St. Petersburg River Trade Union Yacht Club (Petrovskaya Spit, 9), Krestovsky Island Sailing School (South Road, 4) will take part in the open days.
You can learn more about the events in the framework of the Baltic Yacht Week in the communities of the festival on social networks:
The official festival website: http://www.balticsailingweek.ru/
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