So the decisive day came for the largest virtual regatta in Russia – Virtual Regatta "Electronic Sails 2020".
On Thursday, at the Virtual Regatta Cup of Russia, riders from all over Russia fought for the right to qualify for the finals and win a prize pool of 66 thousand rubles (10 thousand for the first place, 7 thousand for the second and 5 thousand for the third). After a serious qualification sieve, only real professionals of the virtual simulator Virtual Regatta went to the semifinals. That is why the struggle for trips to the decisive stage went on until the very last race.
In the younger age categories up to 14 and 18 years old, athletes were divided into two semifinal groups of 18 people. Seven of the best riders from each semifinal went to the finals. The organizers chose a slightly different formula to identify the finalists in the most popular age category – over 18 years old. There, the riders were divided into three groups of 18 people, and the top five went to the decisive stage. The racers, as well as in the qualification, were waiting for a series of five races with the release of one worst result. Before the final, all the points scored burned.
In the youngest age group, the athlete of the Sailing Academy Andrei Shunenkov was unconditionally the best. The winner of two stages of the Academy Cup in Virtual Regatta has confirmed his high status at the All-Russian competitions. Despite the fact that Andrei could not start in the first race, he scored six points in the remaining virtual races and showed the best result in the semifinals. His main rivals in the finals will be teammates – Yan Kurtysh (9 points) and Nikita Chernykh (10).
“Of course, virtual races are not the same as competitions in real life, but they require knowledge and skills,” says Jan Kurtysh, an athlete at the Academy. – Semifinal races kept me in suspense until the very end and were full of sports excitement. I am glad that I managed to get into the finals. "
In the age category under 18 years old, Sevastopol athlete Vasily Bogdanov has been striking for the second day in a row. After a record five victories in a row in the qualification, Vasily won three races in the semifinals and proceeded triumphantly to the final with six points. For the entire regatta, only two athletes managed to take his victory from him – Daniil Maistrovsky from Vladivostok and Kirill Shunenkov from St. Petersburg. Let's see if the competitors will find a winning strategy against Bogdanov on the final day of the Russian Cup in Virtual Regatta.
The semi-finals of senior racers became a real all-day decoration. In no group was it possible to single out a clear favorite. Dmitry Kurochkin (St. Petersburg), Vyacheslav Sheludyakov (Rostov-on-Don) and Semyon Ilyin (Moscow) achieved victories in their groups, but the rivals were only a couple points behind them and could well take their leadership away. Judging by the incredible density of results, absolutely any athlete can win the final.
“After the semi-finals, I have a lot of different emotions,” says regatta finalist Semyon Mechanikov (Taganrog, Academy of Sailing). – All rivals tear and toss, they behave as sporty as possible. The final results are absolutely logical. “I really like the emotions that I experience every time I enter the virtual water.”
Today at the Russian Cup on Virtual Regatta "Electronic Sails 2020" the final series will be held in all age categories. At 15.00 the winners will be determined by athletes in the age category up to 14 years. At 5 p.m., riders under the age of 18 will enter the water. At 19.00, the final races will be held among the most experienced and age-old participants in the Russian Regatta Cup.
List of finalists in the age category under 14 years old:
List of finalists in the age category under 18:
List of finalists in the age category over 18:
The results can be found on the website of the Academy of Sailing –
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