Saturday was the last racing day of the championship of St. Petersburg in sailing. If last weekend the wind was barely allowed to spend race, this time it was exactly the opposite. That’s what soobaet the press service of the St. Petersburg sailing Union:
At the St. Petersburg water there was a storm, the average wind speed was 20 knots. Today promised more severe weather conditions, so the race will not be held.
Yacht scoring group “Santer-760”, “Minitones” and yachts “Dragon” race due to weather conditions on Saturday were cancelled. Starts were given in four classes: “L-6”, ORC, Chetvertichnye and “Tsetus and Konrad-44”.
In the national class “L-6” has been given two starts. In the first race was attended by ten teams. First to the finish came the yacht “Lena”. In second place was the team “Delta” – the third “Careggi”. In the second race has a chance to participate for six teams. Still with a separation from competitors was the leader of the team, “Lena” and “Delta”, but this time won by the latter. And the third finished the team “Varyag”.
“Competition in the class “L-6” always sharp, and today was no exception – said Oleg Kapranov, captain of the yacht “Delta”. Our category was held two races. In both of them was leading with a decent margin by two teams: our and “Lena”. In the first race finished faster competitors, secondly – we. The weather conditions were difficult, but we are used to, so the challenge for our team it was not”.
After three competitions held in the category “L-6” first place is the yacht “Lena”. In second place is Delta, the third – “Varyag”.
In the class ORC at the start there were 14 teams, which successfully launched 12. Team “Farr 30 #4”, which was the leader in this class, turned around, having a third distance to the first mark, because of the inability to control the boat in such weather conditions.
“Today’s competition was very challenging for our crew, – commented Olga Kochneva, Shkotovo yacht “Farr 30 #4″. – On the way to the start we watched some boats turned around and went back. We were committed to continuing the competition and win. At the start the atmosphere was quite comfortable. The start was given on time, we did not observe any incidents, all the participants behave correctly. Of course, it was evident that people were much smaller. The extreme wind situation, the decision was made to go under a staysail. And, as it turned out, this sail we, too, were a bit much. Since the start the wind started to increase. Our boat is, frankly, not designed for outputs under such a strong wind. After 1/3 of the way towards the first mark, the team decided not to risk the boat or the crew. About our chances before the season end, we offer you to judge our work: we did everything to the max, trained in rain and night, and are now walking forward until there was no threat to the security of the boat (the lack of) and crew. I would like to thank all the crews, released today at the start”.
According to the results of Saturday’s best score in the overall standings of the team, “Ariel”, the second result Aurora Borealis, third – the team “Astrid”. For the first five launches conducted the first place is the team from the Aurora Borealis. Second place in “Ariel”, the third – the team “Farr 30 #4”.
In the first subgroup (GPH < 610) at the end of five races the first is the command “Ariel”, the second is the Aurora Borealis, the third – “the Farr 30 #4”.
In the second subgroup (610 < GPH < 660), the first three: “Quartet”, “Axiom”, “Maria”
In the third subgroup (GPH > 660): first three: “Astrid”, Peri, “Condor”.
A separate scoring group in the competition classes are “Tsetus and Konrad-44”. At the start there were four teams, the same has come to the finish line. First place in the race went to the team of “Ariel”. The second place team is “World”, third in “fortune 2”, the fourth of the team “Dream”.
The results of the five championship races in this group are in a strong leadership position of the team, “Ariel”. Second place yacht “the World”. The Third “Dream”.
In class Chetvertichnykh was also held one race. Of the eleven starting teams came to the finish only four. The first finished boat “Wind,” but in the final Protocol, the team took second place. First place – the team “Fart”. Third was the team of “Cheetah”, the fourth – Bamby.
Only class Chetvertichnykh championship was held 5 races. The leader in this category is the team Bamby. Second place goes to “Fart”. In third place were the team of “Wind”.
“Given the weather conditions it was immediately clear that the race to win the one who will allow fewer mistakes, – commented Dmitry Borodin, the captain of the yacht “Wind”. – So our strategy was not to invent and not to risk much. And it brought the desired result. We started well and then for a long time, competition gave us the command “Fart”. But we are strategically more successful was the distance and the result finished first. I want to thank the organizers and judges of the competition. This year we saw the classic championship of Saint-Petersburg: one weekend did not blow at all, the second wind in excess, the conditions for judging very difficult. I’ve been 39 years and has performed at Europe and national competitions, and I can say that the organization and the judging was at a decent level.”
“Weather conditions in the championship is very difficult. Last weekend the wind, these storm. But, despite the difficulties with the weather, the city still held in each of the keel yacht classes held for at least 3 races, with the exception of “Dragon” class. The competition in this category, apparently, will be postponed,” summed up Leonid Chizhik, a member of the organizing Committee of the championship.
Preliminary results (without analysis of the protests) –