From 13 to 19 August in St. Petersburg was the second time the “Baltic yacht week”. The event brought together national and regional regattas, themed entertainment and educational program for citizens and business session. Organized such a huge event Committee for tourism development of St. Petersburg and the St. Petersburg sailing Union.
In the framework of the opening ceremony of the “Week”, held on 13 August, was the start of the exhibition “the Russian sailing – 300 years”, telling the story of the development of yachting in the country. Most of the items have been provided by well-known Russian yachtsmen and mariners. To examine the exposition in the Museum “Street time”, which is located in the fortress, until September 17.
After the opening ceremony, hosted a business conference where industry experts highlighted the success of St. Petersburg in the development of the city’s major international yachting events and a children’s sailing and was looking for effective ways to expand the yachting infrastructure and ways to attract investment in the industry.
Within a week city residents had organized open days at yacht clubs of St. Petersburg and excursions to the Museum “Poltava”, which is a credible recreation of the legendary ship the Petrine era. Also with the theme of the sea and the sails of St. Petersburg could learn about thematic exhibitions in the Central naval Museum and on the street photo exhibition, which continues in the green zone fortress.
The weekend programme began with a review of the Governor’s yacht was Imperial Russia, which decided to revive the organizers of the “Week”. In the event took part the Vice-Governor of St. Petersburg Sergei Movchan, the Chairman of the Committee for tourism development of St. Petersburg Evgeniy Pankevich, Deputy Chairman of the Committee for tourism development of St. Petersburg Nana Gvichiya, Executive Secretary of Marine Council Tatyana Chekalova, the President of the Russian yachting Federation Vladimir Silkin, President of the St.-Petersburg sailing Union, the Chairman of the Presidium of all-Russian sailing Federation Sergey Alexeev, and others.
On Saturday and Sunday on the waters of the Neva in front of the Peter and Paul fortress is located more than 30 elegant yachts, including large sailing vessels “Nadezhda”, “Lucullus” and “Lady L”. Everyone could get on Board to get acquainted with the device of the ship and its crew. The scene was music performed by the St. Petersburg groups, on the banks of the townspeople were taught Windsurfing and water were demonstrating their mastery of the St. Petersburg athletes. The audience made kajtserfingom, the winners of the rating of the international competitions, the young windsurfers, students of the Academy of sailing and surf-station “Your wind” as well as the team of young athletes at the captain’s Gecko, historical boats, which the contestants built themselves. Separate exciting show was the yacht race of the Platu 25 class. On Saturday evening a rich program made up of colorful water and light show “Ballet of sails” with participation of more than 20 yachts that waltzed under the fireworks.
The program “Baltic yacht of the week” also included the largest Russian professional regatta. This race the 4th stage of the “National sailing League” and “St. Petersburg sailing week”, which is more than 20 years, conducts the St. Petersburg sailing Union.
“This year we had a very rich program. In the “Week” was attended by tens of thousands of citizens and guests of the city, we came to the best Russian athletes, and leading industry experts. But there is still a lot of work. Our task is to raise interest in sailing in St. Petersburg at the level it deserves as a historical nautical and sailing capital of Russia. To attract citizens to go yachting, to dispel the stereotypes that the sport is expensive and not available to enhance the yachting infrastructure of the city and turn the “Baltic yacht week” in the festival of world scale. We are confident that, together, we will reach”, – said Sergey Alekseev, President of Saint-Petersburg sailing Union, the Chairman of the Presidium of all-Russian sailing Federation.