Russian triumph in Cascais

Hat-trick “Nicky” and sensation of “Battleship” at the world Cup in RC44 class

World championship in class RC44 ended 30 September in Cascais, was a triumph of the Yacht club of Saint-Petersburg: two teams of club “Nika” of Vladimir Prosikhin and “Battleship” Vladimir Liubomirov and Kirill Frolov — was on the podium of the regatta.

“Nick” became a three-time world champion for the first time in history class! But “Battleship” is almost entirely composed of Russian yachtsmen, took bronze in the competition.

“Battleship”, who missed the start of the season, sensationally won two of three races the first day of the championship and got chetyrehochkovym advantage over the main contenders for the title of “Nike” and the Slovenian Team Cereef Igor La. However, already the second day of “Battleship” lost leadership “Nike”, and the third received four penalty points: the boat under the Russian tricolor over passed a sign and it has created a backlog for other participants, who had to keep tacking or square away to avoid collision. In the end, hit the “Armadillo” in the top three was called into question and was decided in the final day. First and second place on the final day allowed the “Battleship” has to win bronze, despite a disastrous last race in which the Russians were only seventh.

“We create our own problems and then heroically them, — says head of “Battleship” Kirill Frolov, but we managed to win a medal and we, of course, congratulations “nick” deserved victory”.

For “Nicky” and “Battleship,” windy and speed the final day of the championship was decisive. Although the team was leading the regatta starting on the second day, its advantage over main rivals — Slovenian Cereef — was negligible. The victory was given the “Nike” is not easy: in the first race of the last day the team started poorly and found themselves at a disadvantage right side of the race, the result — last place. In the second race, the team of Vladimir Prosikhin first came to the rounding of the mark, but lost the lead “Battleship” because of paraplegia gennaker. But the final race for “Nika” has been very successful. Before the third race had the team prepared for a hard duel with Cereef, but the match-flight has not happened: “nick” had a good start and all the way in the lead, while the Slovenian boat was the third. By the end of the race Nika pulled away from the rest of the fleet half a kilometer, providing fans a spectacular finish.

“Remembering the year of 2015 I will say that today’s race was given to us harder, fresher wind, it is difficult to control the boat speed is higher, — says Vladimir Prosikhin, but we got an incredible pleasure from the race, and of course, from third world title in RC44 class”.

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