The first day of the Russian Championship passed without racing
On August 28, the Russian Sailing Championship in international classes started at the Yacht Club of St. Petersburg.
Competitions are held in six classes: "Laser 4.7", "420", "29th", "Techno", "RS: X" and "Nakra 15 – mixed". There are three distances on the regatta: “yellow” – for classes “420” and “Laser 4.7”, “green” – for classes “Nakra 15” and “29th”, and “red” – for classes sailing board “ Techno ”and“ RS: X ”.
287 young athletes from 36 cities of Russia take part in the regatta. Yachtsmen's age: from 11 to 20 years. Even athletes from Belarus arrived to participate in competitions in St. Petersburg.
Most participants for the Championship of Russia in international classes were declared in the class "Laser 4.7". For the victory in this discipline 95 riders compete. Before each race day, athletes are randomly divided into two fleets. After the qualification, they will form a “golden” and “silver” fleet (48 – “golden”, 47 – “silver”) and will be chased directly by the fleets.
At the opening ceremony, Elena Solovyova, Project Manager of the St. Petersburg Yacht Club, addressed the participants of the competition with a welcoming speech:
"Dear friends! We are pleased to welcome you to the Yacht Club of St. Petersburg. Welcome to our beautiful city and our yacht club. It is a great honor for us once again to host the Russian Sailing Championship. We know that this regatta is a great test for each of you and an important step in your sports career. Therefore, we wish you all good luck. For my part, I promise that we will do our best for you to return from this regatta with the best memories. ”
The first day of the regatta did not please the riders and organizers with a fresh wind. On Wednesday, calm was in the waters of the Neva Bay of the Gulf of Finland, a wind force of 0.5-1 knots did not allow for a single race.
“Sailing always depends only on wind and weather,” says Vladimir Komel, the chief judge of the competition. – We still expect a better forecast, because the wind that the weather forecasters promised us has fallen. We’ll catch up tomorrow. St. Petersburg has become very unpredictable in the last two to three years. The wind may appear suddenly and also end unexpectedly. The Yacht Club is the most difficult water area in our country, where it is very difficult to predict the change in wind and current. It will be very difficult for young riders to understand the wind conditions. The fight will be tough, everyone wants to win high places and get into the youth team of Russia. "
Based on the results of the competition, the national teams will be determined in the appropriate classes, which will represent Russia at international regattas in 2020.
The program of the Championship of Russia in international classes:
August 29 – September 1 – racing days
12.00 – start of the first race.
September 1 –18: 00 closing of the competition, rewarding of winners
September 2 is the day of departure.
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