Eight days, four stages, 130 participants and 195 racing: Academy sailing conducted an extensive series of races on Virtual Regatta.
Cup Academy on Virtual Regatta, more than 130 riders were divided into three age groups – initial training, training groups of up to 14 years and older 14 years. A series of regattas consisted of four stages, which were held every weekend from 11-12 April. Each stage consisted of qualifying and final series. In the finals participated 14-16 riders. The competition was held in the yacht class Star (“Star”). In just eight days of racing 195 races were held.
In the youngest age categories from the first stages of the struggle was between two riders, Ivan Davydov and Vileroy Eremenko. After the first two stages were leading Vileta, but two straight wins has brought victory to Ivan. In the table of athletes shared two points. The third came Rodion Knyazev.
“Before the first stage I was really nervous and doubted that I could pass to the final, says the winner Ivan Davydov. – After the first stage I began to prepare what I helped my coach Alexey Perevozkin. The race was very tense. I didn’t expect that I will be able to emerge victorious. During the quarantine, the online simulator Virtual Regatta helped me to develop strategically. I hope soon I will be able to apply this knowledge on the water.”
In her age group training groups of up to 14 years – the fight for gold failed. Andrew Shanenkov won three stages out of four and by a wide margin victory in the series. The second bronze medalist OptiOrange Valencia 2020 Nikita Black. Thus, Andrew was able to take revenge for the humiliating defeat from Nikita at the all-Russian regatta “sails E-2020”. But for the third place serious struggle was developed between Alexandra Lance and Anastasia Babanova. In the first three stages, the girls have the same number of points (15), but Alexander is located above at the expense of victory at one stage.
“I liked that the race was held every weekend, – says the winner Andrey Susenkov. – After each phase you could take a breath, to relax mentally, to ponder their mistakes and build a plan for the next race. I’m glad I managed to take some kind of revenge for second place in the regatta “sails of E-2020”.
In the oldest age category were alternating the lead three riders – Dmitriy Tretyakov, Viktor Tarasov and Kirill Shanenkov. But if Dmitri and Viktor are experienced drivers who competed in the most prestigious Russian and international regattas, that Cyril was one of the youngest participants of the group. However, age did not prevent Senenkove the elder to fight for the final victory. Only bad performance on the final stage dropped him to third place. The struggle of two experienced yachtsmen a little luckier Dmitry. After victories in the first two stages, and the failure on the third he chose a deterrent strategy and not allow competitors to break away from yourself. Such conservative tactics brought him victory.
“In the Cup of the Academy decided to participate because I wanted to test your skills after a long break without training on the water, – says the winner Dmitry Tretyakov. – At the moment, virtual regatta is the only way to somehow join the sailing. Since the third stage came the guys who trained hard and can compete. Was really interesting to chase. The challenge for the fourth stage was to walk next to the guys who kept stepping on my heels in total points. Taking second place secured the victory at the end of all four stages.”
the press service of the Academy of sailing
The results can be found on the website of the Academy –