It will be a battle!
The first two races of the World Championship in the Laser Standard class will take place in Melbourne tomorrow. 124 yachtsmen from 43 countries, which will be divided into three fleets, are declared for participation in the regatta.
As we already said, there are three Russians in the lists of participants – these are Sergey Komissarov, Daniil Krutskikh and Maxim Nikolaev. Good luck guys! We will cheer for you!
But, of course, we understand that competition will be extremely fierce. Among the participants of the regatta there are five champions and Olympic medal winners at once, and the most titled in this company is the 46-year-old Brazilian Robert Scheidt, the owner of two gold, two silver and bronze Games medals!
It is worth paying special attention to the winner of the Rio Olympics (and the reigning world champion!) Tom Burton, whom the Australian Sails Federation … did not include in the country's Olympic team! Burton was preferred by another famous master – Matt Weirn. It is clear that the champion of Rio will do everything to prove that it is he who must go to the Games in Tokyo.
And how not to remember two bosom friends – the silver medalist of the Games in Rio, Croatian Tonchi Stipanovich and two-time (2017, 2018) world champion Cypriot Pavlos Kontides?
In general, there are many applicants for success in Melbourne, and the regatta will undoubtedly be exciting. An important touch: immediately 13 participants of the starting tournament were in the top three in world ratings over the past decade.
In conclusion, we note that today the "warm-up" race took place, but many did not participate in it – they preferred to train on their own. In addition, the wind during the race exceeded 25 knots.
The forecast for tomorrow is much calmer. 6 to 8 knots during the first race. And no more than 10 – by the time of the second.
Here is what Daniel Krutskikh said today on the RUS Youth Sailing Team page:
“In Melbourne, I’ve been training a little over a month. Since everything is sharp in Europe, we paid special attention to speed, respect and fordewindas. The fact is, on the one hand, Australia is a great place for racing and there seems to be nothing special, but the main discomfort is delivered by strong winds. Most often they blow from the shore. The approaches are quite strong – at 20-25 degrees, you need to pay attention to it, and this is very unusual. Due to the fact that we are racing in Melbourne, and this is a bay, the wave here is not so small – it is sharp, shaved, short and rather high, due to the fact that it is shallow. Therefore, you need to pierce it only in turn. The winds that come from the sea have no strong calls. Taken together, all these factors are the reason that here, in Australia, everyone walks loudly. He who walks this way will go much faster than the rest. I tried to walk that way! At this World Cup, the minimum task is the golden fleet, but my main goal is to get into the top 15 countries and maybe go to the Olympics! ”
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