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Says Svetlana Krotova, honored coach of all times and Nations: “One training session in the sea is five on the river.” So for the second year in a row young sailors from the sport school № 26 Department migrate in early April for a training camp in Sochi.

© Olga Efimova-Sokolova and Irina Aksenova

Takes them a welcoming sailing club Sail in Sochi, Imeretinskiy yacht based in the port of Adler. A big thanks to coach Igor Vladimirovich Khoroshilova, which negotiates with the management of the Sochi children’s club, brings/takes away the boats and organize training. If not for communications, energy and enthusiasm of our coaches, young athletes opened the season a month later. Separate thanks go to the parents who took the funding and accommodation and accompany the athletes to the training camp. As it turns out, to children’s sailing need to make a massive joint effort.

This year Sochi charges coincided with the school holidays. You can choose whether to go for one or two weeks. Only three athletes were released for the entire term, most have chosen a week.

The collection turned out mixed: “Laser”, “Zuma” and “Optimistic.” Due by two weeks boats enough for all. Last year all went at the same time and several boats rented to Sail in Sochi, which is also quite convenient. Young “optimists” were accompanied by moms and at the weekends to bask in the southern sun arrived and the other members of the families so that the sporting atmosphere was well complemented by the holiday mood.

Sailors lived in a small hotel five minutes walk from the port “Imereti”. Charging every morning were right on the boardwalk – the main access road to the promenade.

Original schedule from 12 to 17 hours with a snack dry ration, the water formed because of the need to report to the guards on all exits and returns. But the weather put some corrections. The first week the wind was strong, and then Igor had reduced or postponed the start of training. Safety first! And although it is a quick boat, but the level of athletes was very different. In the second week, he’s on the water there were three “Laser”, three “Zoom” and four “Optimist”, and two of whom are novice sailors. Sometimes they had as goslings, to be towed into the Marina on a string.

The weather in April in Sochi, of course, very interesting, from calm to storm, and sometimes, as in one day soon. Not all at first remembered how to pass the big waves. One day several so seasick that they almost fell asleep in the boat. But then came to the rescue of dolphins who entertained the children with their games. My novice “optimistic” the Bear on top was seeing the sharks, the whales. In General, it is not forgotten.

And if we add convenient infrastructure Marina: a brand new slip, warm locker room, kid’s club and the help and support of two coaches and the founders of the Sail in Sochi – Polina Krestyaninova and Victoria Vasilyeva, the conditions in Sochi can be called just wonderful.

Sochi is where a good exercise and wondering where to relax in free time, the children raced bikes along the seafront to the Abkhazian border, walked through the arboretum or to master the different types of electric transport in the district of Imereti and the Olympic Park. Back home no one wanted!

Olga Efimova-Sokolov

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