May 31 at the Yacht club of Saint-Petersburg started the most important class regatta Optimist – Cup Association. The results of these competitions will determine the teams who will go on superiority of Europe and the world.
The current Cup Association has already broken all records with participation of 224 athletes from 24 regions of the country, including from Sakhalin, Khabarovsk and Vladivostok regions.
3rd in the history of the Cup of Association of class “Optimist” is the final stage of selection of the fittest “optimists” in Russia, representing our country at world and European Championships.
The first day was extreme: the wind gusts reached 29 knots, but it did not prevent to carry out 2 races.
The organizers broke all the athletes on three of the fleet on 76 riders in each. Despite the difficult weather conditions, racers coped with all the tests and passed distance. In the first day of competition was not loud sensations, the best proved themselves inveterate favorites.
Twice came first in its fleet of athletes from St. Petersburg: Cyril Shurenkov (Academy sailing) and Andrew Sotnikov (children’s sports sailing team “Rout”). They share the first place after two races.
On the third line are Artyom Maxim from Dolgoprudny and another racer from the “Raut” Vyacheslav Marcus – they have 4 points.
In girls, the first three as follows: Sophia Pusheva (“Krestovsky Ostrov”, St. Petersburg), Alice in Ivanovo (dspk “the Rout” Sankt-Petersburg), Darya Savinova (Vyborg).
Among boys the leader Ilyas Yakhin (Togliatti), the second is Dmitry Eremin (St. Petersburg, “Krestovsky island”), the third – Nikolay Paschenko (GBU FSO “Youth of Moscow).
On the basis of qualifications all the best drivers are selected in the “gold” fleet, 4 June will be held the final race and award ceremony.
The results of the competition will be traditionally summed up in four test groups: Girls, Boys, Junior Girls and Junior Boys.
Vladimir Liubomirov, President of the Association “Optimist”class:
– Today, the wave of the most unpleasant, what happens in this place. Because the wind was South, the guys had a hard time. We are surprised — most of them finished in both races. Five years ago it was impossible in principle to find 200 guys that can chase the “Optimist” in such circumstances. This suggests that the class is growing. The younger generation grows stronger, we are very happy, tomorrow will be better.
Vadim Mekhanikov, the main judge of competitions:
– Today we didn’t hold a third race, given the rain and heavy wind (up to 29 knots). I believe that we are optimally spent most of the day including the opening ceremony and two full large race of 50 minutes. The more that we stay on track. We have planned 5 days of racing and 10 races. Two races on the first day is quite normal. As in the song, in a storm only stronger hands, and the sail will help to go. If the child owns the yacht, then it is a strong wind on the contrary mate, not an enemy. Children are prepared well. They proved that they are ready to race in such conditions.
Cyril Shanenkov, the athlete Academy sailing of the Yacht club of Saint-Petersburg:
For me, today ended well. Twice I came in first. Very pleased with the results. Of course, the weather is a little disappoint. But despite this, the day went well. The area is familiar to me, a city native, so I hope that the regatta will end well.