Today, prizes will be awarded

Today in Togliatti on the basis of yachts-club “Friendship” will end the championship of Russia in the class “Optimist”. We will remind, on Monday began the final race, and 303 rider competing in four fleets – “gold”, “silver”, “bronze” and no tapes. In the gold fleet medal play 70 riders.

The final series began with the wind South-West direction. His strength was more than 5 knots. During the race sometimes the wind weakened to 3-4 knots, but by the end of the competition day gained a very decent power 8-9 knots and changed direction to the North-West. Weather conditions allowed the organizers to hold three races in the gold fleet and two in all others.

“The number of athletes in class Optimist increases. Let’s hope that the quality, – said the representative of the organizing Committee of the championship of Russia Alexander Lastin. – It is pleasant that many regions have joined the work. In Togliatti represented all Russia, from Kaliningrad to Vladivostok. I didn’t notice that the wind varied greatly when approaching the shore. The chief judge of competitions Vadim Evgenevich Mechanics perfectly control the situation, feels it and turns for advice to other people. We work in harmonious team”.

In the first eight races of the championship of Russia a huge advantage earned rider of the Sailing club “Vodnik” Artem Maksimkin. On account of his seven first ward and the second one, which went on release. Seven points – grandmaster result for such a prestigious tournament. The last day of competition Artem have to work really hard to make this a comfortable advantage.

In the women’s standings there was a similar situation. Athlete Academy sailing Marina Babkina ahead of the nearest competitor Alisa Ivanov (PK Vodnik) on 19 points. In the Junior boys standings leadership keeps Dmitry Eremin from the “Krestovsky island”. Followed by followed by Artem Carpita (CSKA) and Ilyas Jachin (“Friendship”). The first place among younger girls is Dina Zhilkina (PK Vodnik), the second Eva Turkin (“Krestovsky island”), the third – Julia Naymushin (Academy sailing).

“The conditions were difficult, the result could be better, I was third for the girls. In Togliatti very diverse the wind, it is difficult to choose the best side, because the wind during the race changing. On superiority of Russia is a difficult struggle – I didn’t expect that girls that went worse than me, will quickly gain experience and begin to beat me,” – shared the participant of competitions Arina Bratchenko (“of sshor of No. 9”, the basics).

“The race lasted a long time. Could not set the wind, a lot of visits. Honestly, not happy with today’s weather. I like more stable and stronger wind. I’m in the silver fleet, did not meet their expectations and was not ready to such weather conditions”, – said the participant of the competition Andrei Ostapov (“Krestovsky Ostrov”, Saint-Petersburg).

Championship of Russia 2019 is one of the stages of selection in a national team on superiority of Europe and the world in the class “Optimist”. Today will be known the names of the winners and prize-winners of competitions, who will represent Russia at the most prestigious events of the season 2020.

Olga Dorovskaya,

the press service of the Russian Association of a class “the Optimist”

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