Not so obvious

We have become accustomed to that race in such an unstable in strength and direction of the wind, which in these days prevail in the Eastern part of the Gulf of Finland, presented with sometimes very unexpected results, the website http://russiandragon.ru.

One or the other team with a high rating are a daily, if not at the end, in the middle of the fleet, and instead of fighting for the prize spending power to finish at least in the top ten. Interesting race, not easy!

So, the day before, looking at the standings of the Russian championship in the Dragon class, it was difficult to assume that the upper sign of the first we will see the yachts sail Estonian EST 5, because the guests from Tallinn, led by Alexei zhigadlo, to date, has held only a modest 16th place. The second diffraction came the Russo-Orient-Express yacht is Mikhail Chaikin (RUS 91), who is struggling for a place in the top ten. The third sign made up Anatoly Loginov (RUS 27), which followed the “dragons” Denis Pilipenko (RUS 45), Sergei Borodinov (RUS 81) and Vasily Senatorov (RUS 34).

Leaders successfully (and probably not without a little luck) have used considerable time the wind, which happened while the boat was tacking to the windward mark. These same circumstances have not allowed other teams on the first leg of the race to realize their full racing potential. Many recognized leaders of the sign I found myself in the unusual places: the Portuguese Pedro Andrade on the twelfth, Dmitry Samokhin – on the sixteenth, Mikhail Senatorov – the seventeenth…

Later the wind direction changed less and less, and the recurrence of such an evil joke on the part of the weather is followed. To honor the racers in the lead the further course of the struggle showed that only one luck their success on the traverse began to explain would be unfair. Mikhail Chaykin didn’t hold back in front, but at full rate managed to bypass the Estonian yachtsmen and the first gate. Anatoly Loginov has also been successful and well after going under the Spinnaker, EST 5 pushed to the third position. “Dragons” by Sergei Borodinov, Vasily Senatorov and Victor Fogelson and kept after him, gradually “eating” started to lag RUS 45.

On the second tacking resistance team Chaikin was finally broken, and multiple national champion Anatoly Loginov to the finish line rushed up, while on the net the first position. And Michael came into the fight with Basil by Sanatoruim, now defending his second place. Both teams started well in the final part of the race, finishing almost simultaneously, but I feel good Chairman IDA still treasured crossed the line first. Honor and praise to both teams who now can safely drop the last race in your asset!

Pedro Andrade again tested at the start of the regatta “scheme” by the end of the race played seven places and finished fifth, Sergey Borodinov remained in fourth place. Estonian sailors on EST 5 scored 6 points. Dmitry Samokhin, so annoyingly failed early in the race, too, in the future, did everything to improve the situation, and eventually finished it the 9th, having made the rise from 16th place, but… too little, on the eve of the last day of the competition to feel confident in the fight for top honors. Moreover, now the world championship for one of the favorites of the regatta can be quite a difficult task.

After 6 races the team of Anatoly Loginov (RUS 27) – 13 points, Vasily Senatorov (RUS 34) – 15, Dmitry Samokhin (RUS 76) – 18.

Anatoly Loginov (RUS 27):

– Yes, today was a tough wind conditions. But every day they difficult. And today, even easier than the day before. Today was one pass yesterday. Statistically – and everybody’s talking about it – when the Western wind is preferable to the right side. But we must face the fact. And even during the first start when there was a cancellation, the right side looked good. And we were going to fight for it. But just three or four minutes before the start saw the wind goes. And I took a bad start and still he helped us. Are you satisfied with this race? Yes, we all races happy. Interesting fact – not in San Remo. There is blowing steadily, but here you need to constantly be on the alert.

Mikhail Chaykin (RUS 91):

– We started well – so usually we can’t. Went to the left, although the plan was right. Reached the pass, turned, and even a little heavier. Estonians have turned a little earlier and the result was the first to sign. We then walked on Fordyce. But we were overtaken first by Anatoly Loginov, and then, on the last leg of the race, and Vasily Senatorov. Success is the third coming for us? Yes it is a jump above the head!

The championship results after 6 races

http://dragonopen.ru/docs/Results-RusDragonOpen2019-27072019.pdf

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