Two large sailing regatta in the Dragon class will take place in St. Petersburg next week. Sunday in the Gulf kicks off a series of races for the prestigious Cup “Marblehead trophy” (Trophy Marblehead), after which distance will the participants of the championship of Russia. The gold medal winners will be known on July 28.
Marblehead Trophy – one of the oldest awards in the history of sailing. This prestigious trophy – silver bowl – was established in 1929 as the main prize of the regatta, organized by the authorities of the American city of Marblehead in honor of its 300th anniversary. The Cup was meant for the best of the foreign yachts participating in the regatta, so in the first year of its existence, went to Europe, where he continued to be played annually. Racing Marblehead Trophy was conceived as a competition: traditionally they involve yachts representing various yacht clubs, one from each applicant.
Deed of gift (the founding document), written by the founders of the Cup, obliged the organizers to hold the regatta on yachts of this class, which would be attractive to foreign participants. So at some point, the prize was drawn in the scoring by the time the popularity of the Dragon class. Remains of “dragon” it, and to this day, celebrating its venerable past 90 years of age.
Last season victory in the Marblehead Trophy (regatta took place in Denmark) was won by Anatoly Loginov, who took the Cup to Russia and now will defend it on behalf of the Yacht club of Saint-Petersburg – organizer of the upcoming event. In the preliminary application for participation in the regatta, the names of twenty yacht clubs from Russia, great Britain, Italy, Latvia, Portugal, Finland and Estonia. Who of them will get the trophy, will be known on Tuesday, July 23.
On the second day after delivery Marblehead Trophy to the distance in the Gulf of Finland will be released the participants of the championship of Russia. Among them, undoubtedly, there will be those who just fought for the historic Cup, including the crew of Anatoly Loginov. We will see in the race and gold medalists of last year – the team of Dmitry Samokhin, the team President of the International Association “Dragon” class Vasily Senatorov, as well as other leading Russian sailors.
To participate in the regatta (in individual competition) allowed foreign riders, and this year, several foreign teams will compete with athletes from Russia. Including the President of the French Association of “Dragon” class Gerard Blanc (Gerard Blanc), winner of the Golden Cup 2019, the Portuguese Pedro Andrade (Pedro Rebelo de Andrade), President of the yacht club Sanremo Zoli Giuseppe (Giuseppe Zaoli), as well as guests from Latvia and Estonia. The first race of the championship will be held on Thursday, July 25, and the winner will be known next Sunday.
The championship is held by the Russian Association of yachts of a class “Dragon” with the support of the Yacht club of Saint-Petersburg, all-Russian sailing Federation and the St. Petersburg sailing Union.
The General sponsor of the competition – Gazprom
Official sponsor – Group of companies “BOC”