8 June in Saint-Petersburg the first stage of the regatta “Optimists of the Northern capital. Gazprom Cup”.
“Optimists of the Northern capital. Cup Gazprom” – the largest series of children’s sailing regattas in Russia. Yacht club of Saint-Petersburg Academy sailing competitions in 2012. General partner – PJSC “Gazprom”.
In a series of regattas attended by both experienced athletes and beginners. For many children, this regatta was the first real sporting event in my life. The age of participants ranged from 9 to 15 years.
At the start of the regatta left this time 98 young sailors in five classes: Girls, Boys, Junior Girls, Junior Boys and Cadets (those who engaged in the first year).
On the first day the wind was not enough for the competition, so all racing was postponed to 8 June. On the second day, wind power was 3-4 node, so the organizers spent all three races, slightly reducing the distance.
In the overall ranking the victory was won by the athlete Academy sailing Cyril Shanenkov who won all three races. Silver was won by the pupil of the “Krestovsky island” Danila Ivanov, and the third was Daniel Pepper from dspk to “Rout”. Susenkov and Pepper will represent Russia at the upcoming Championships, and Ivan – at the world championship.
“For me the race went well – says the winner of the “Optimists of the Northern capital. Cup Gazprom” Kirill Shanenkov. – I took a start almost all races. I was not very comfortable to race in such conditions – had longer to sit inside and work the body. In the camp we will prepare well for the European Championships, I really like the water area of the port Johannes. So the European championship of fighting spirit”.
Among the girls first place went to Alice in Ivanovo (dspk “the Rout”), which finished in ninth place in the overall standings and walked almost all boys.
“Today was a difficult day of racing, because there was virtually no wind, says the best athlete among girls. “Because of this, it was difficult. I am pleased with tetroxide in distilled. For me it’s quite successful regatta. I was hard to compete immediately after the Cup of Association of class “Optimist”. Most of all I’m tired not physically, but emotionally and psychologically.”
In a solemn ceremony of awarding the winners took part the Chairman of the Board of PJSC “Gazprom” Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Committee for physical culture and sports, Natalia Antyukh and Commodore of the Yacht club Vladimir Liubomirov.
Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Board of PJSC “Gazprom”:
“Dear friends, I am pleased to welcome all the participants of the first stage of the regatta “Optimists of the Northern capital. Gazprom Cup”. You chose the sport bold and brave, but it is also a sport for romantics who love adventure and seek new. In the early 18th century by Emperor Peter the great created St. Petersburg in the world’s first yacht club. Here we are ahead of the rest. Today we together continue to preserve and develop the glorious marine traditions of Russia. I congratulate all the winners of the first stage of the regatta, and those who today lacked a bit of luck, wish you every success in the new competition. Always strive to achieve their goals, feel free to go to your dream, wish you new victories and new achievements!”
Natalia Antyukh, Chairman of the Committee for physical culture and sports:
“I’m glad that this regatta has gathered as many children sailing. We will only develop and help this sport. Guys, good luck and great sporting success!”.
Vladimir Liubomirov, Commodore of Yacht club of Saint-Petersburg:
“Friends, you are all winners! Your eyes indicate your good mood. On your behalf I thank our city and PJSC “Gazprom” for the help and for everything they are doing for us. We will be your achievements to justify their trust and expectations of all St. Petersburg residents and all Russians.”
In addition to the awarding of prizes and medals by the Chairman of the Board of PJSC “Gazprom” Alexey Miller has presented to sail “Optimist” the winner of the competition Kirill Dunenkova.
In 2019, the series of regatta “Optimists of the Northern capital. Gazprom Cup” includes 4 stages:
June 6-9 – the waters of the Neva Bay of the Gulf of Finland, the Yacht club of Saint-Petersburg
June 13-16 – Soviet settlement of the Vyborg district, in the yacht port “Johannes”
19-21 July – the village Soviet of the Vyborg district, in the yacht port “Johannes”
August 16-18 – water area of the Neva Bay of the Gulf of Finland, the Yacht club of Saint-Petersburg.