"Progress is obvious."
In Valencia, the third gathering of the Optimist class Yacht Association Experimental Group has completed.
From January 27 to February 7, Russian athletes in the class "Optimist" held training camps in Valencia (Spain).
As part of the Experimental team, 23 riders from St. Petersburg, Sochi, Azov, Sevastopol, Moscow, Rostov, Gelendzhik, Togliatti and Krasnodar trained. The participants are young yachtsmen in the Optimist class, aged 9-14 years (born in 2006-2011). Recall that the recruitment to the Experimental group of the Optimist class Yacht Association took place on a common basis and was formed on the basis of medical tests and sports achievements.
As part of the team, Chernykh Nikita, Naimushina Julia, Larchenkov Daniil, Larchenkov Nikolay, Danilenko Vasily, Gushchin Pavel, Babanova Anastasia, Krupnikova Milan, Sotnikov Andrey, Laptev Alexander, Babkina Marina, Yuryeva Varvara, Cherpita Artem, Shaveneta Konstantin Shunenovaya went to Valencia , Fastenko Alexander and Fastenko Nikolay, Lyubomirov Vladimir, Makurin Roman, Basalkina Veronika, Yakhin Ilyas, Sheludyakov Kirill and Kurtysh Yan.
Athletes were divided into four groups according to age and level of training. Four coaches worked with the guys – Anna Basalkina, Denis Razumovich, Kristina Yezhova and Vadim Mechanikov. During the gathering, they were assisted by invited foreign experts. In the first week, riders worked with 8 days a week coach David Lambrucci, and then he was replaced by North Sails expert Ricardo De Felis and titled Italian Simone Ricci. The 29-year-old coach needs no introduction. Ricci, representing Tognazzi Marine Village, is the trainer of the three-time Optimist World Champion Marco Gradoni, who has recently been recognized by the World Sailing Yachtsman of the Year.
– If you evaluate the work of the entire large team, then everyone perfectly coped with their tasks. The organization is top notch, says team leader Vadim Mechanikov. – Foreign coaches gave even more information than we could digest. There were three of them, and the flow of information was very large. I am delighted with how they worked. Now our task is to make the guys correctly perceive this information and put it into practice. I liked the lessons of Simone Ricci so much that I even discovered a few things for myself in a new way. I myself was very interested. After the knowledge received from Simone, the guys will have a breakthrough. He explained all things to the nearest millimeter and made a very strong impression. David Lambrucci differs from Simone in his manner of working – he is very pedantic and meticulous. David gave a huge stream of information, breaking it down into separate topics. He explained all the subtleties from beginning to end. We were very lucky with the experts involved. They are all amazingly professional.
On average, athletes from the Experimental Group spent at least four hours a day on water. In the early days, a very strong wind blew in Valencia, but then it died down a bit. Thus, the guys could try themselves in different weather conditions. Athletes did not stand idle for a minute and were constantly at work. The directions of work were completely different – from the strategy and tactics of starts and races, yacht control techniques to the analysis of some meteorological moments.
Since February 1, a clinic was organized for the Experimental Group with North Sails specialist Ricardo De Feliz. North Sails brings new sail models to Valencia. Ricardo taught athletes to work with weapons – to set up and reconfigure sails for different wind power, waves, and also set them correctly. The guys had a unique opportunity to test different models of sails and choose the right characteristics.
“I have not seen such a rich gathering on informational content and topics before,” continues Vadim Mechanikov. – North Sails specialists brought in a lot of new sail models and were not shy about testing and tuning them on our children. They tried very hard. I see the progress of the guys compared to the previous training camp. In the younger group I'm working with, progress is obvious. I see that some senior riders are also racing more confidently and confidently. You can see how the technology is being honed. I am sure that such intense fees will bear fruit during the season.
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