“I wanted to coach”

In St. Petersburg ended with world Cup qualification in the Olympic class RS:X Championships. August 8th kicks off the final series of races.

After a generous and zahoditi strong wind the first day Wednesday the wind a little verse. Instead of 15 knots, the windsurfers raced when the East wind of force 5-7 knots. Despite not the most favorable for racing, the weather conditions, the judges held all three of the planned start and completed the qualification.

Versatility – one of the main advantages of the Olympic class RS:X. These boards suitable for planing regimes, and weak wind. If the first day of the world Cup windsurfers, cheerfully went on the plane, but today they had to demonstrate their skills at the pump.

Stronger than all the men’s contest turned out to be Israelis. Ial Yochai Sror and Daniel Testas was among the leaders after the first days of racing and confirmed their high level in the second. Have Srore – 10 points, and Tastesa – 13. Among the pursuers Greek Alexandros Kalpanacs, French Mathis Guillot, Italian Edoardo Tanas and Israeli Reuven Hillel (all 17 points).

Alexandros – winner of the Youth Olympics, world and European Championships among juniors in the class Techno 293 (preparatory class to RS:X). Now he’s trying to win championship titles in the Olympic class. In breaks between competitions of Kulipandakana advises Olympic champion in 1996 in Windsurfing Nikos Kaklamanakis. Alexandros follows in the footsteps of his great mentor.

Today was too fickle and weak the wind. It was difficult, but I’m ready for any weather conditions, – says the Greek windsurfer. – A good driver should be stable and not depend on the weather. In the second race I made some bad decisions. Was on the left side and it was absolutely wrong. In the last race I again went to the left, but this time everything went well. My strategy is not to fail and to be stable. On the water it makes no sense to choose some specific tactics because the decision you must make here and now.

Among women, the leader of the French Manon Planasa (14 points), and followed by the Israeli Naama Greenberg and Lina geva (both 17).

The second day of competition the Russian fans were pleased by girls. First Muscovite Yana Reznikova (fourth place) won the first race, and next start won the sportswoman of the Academy sailing of the Yacht club of Saint-Petersburg Anastasia Shchedrin (seventh place). The lady was in the lead at each mark and held the advantage until the finish. Class RS:X Anastasia moved less than a year ago and have been able to achieve the highest score on its first serious competition! For his successes, she thanked the Academy coaches – Ivan Petrov and Ivan Shokhov.

– I was so surprised when they came to the boat, I wanted to shout to the coach: “Yes, I’m the first! Hurrah!” – said Anastasia. – During the race I tried to control each opponent. The most difficult is to control them at the second running downwind, when they parted in the right and left sides. I analyzed which side is more profitable, and went there. At each sign I was the first. Before the world Cup we have done a lot of work on the pumping and maintenance of the Board. Very cool that I was supported by the coaches. Ivan reminded me that I can do that behind me five years. Ivan Sergeyevich spoke about the tactics and dismantled every race.

At the end of qualifying (six races) of men windsurfers split into two fleets – gold and silver. In the gold fleet got 35 of the best riders, including Russian Anton Tokarev (26th). Women continue to race in separate fleet.

Alex Fat

PR-Director of the Yacht club of Saint-Petersburg.

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