Togliatti: the first race

Held its first race in the main competition of the season for the “Optimists” in the championship of Russia in Tolyatti. In unstable low wind, the organizers managed to hold one race in all fleets.

On the second day of the championship weather conditions again did not allow the organizers of the championship to go according to plan: instead of 4 races managed to hold only one all the navies of the “Optimists”. During the first race the wind was steady and strong without taps and waste, its speed ranged from 4 to 6 knots.

“Unfortunately, the weather is very complicated. The wind is light, changes direction and strength. Attempts to hold the race were very much rearranged the distance several times. This reservoir is forecast not always coincide with the actual conditions, it all depends on the weather, cloudiness”, raskasilmaisen protest Committee Oleg Yushkov.

After the first race the wind started to leave a little bit and change direction, then leveled off and became more stable, and the judges gave another start. Once started, the “yellow” fleet, the wind again began to change, so the race in other fleets canceled. Finish in the yellow fleet took place under unpredictable conditions: wind then changed direction, then disappeared, then was rotated 180 degrees. The control time met 32 people (all in the group of 75 athletes). Time limit – 15 minutes after the first finisher.

One held the race leadership is divided between four riders, who came first in their fleets. One first arrival at the athlete Academy sailing Sumenkova Cyril, Artem Maksimkina of “Sailing club “Vodnik”, George Brazhenko (CSKA) and another “academician” from the team “the Rout” Andrey Sotnikov.

“Very difficult weather conditions, as the wind is weak and unstable. Everywhere the shore, so the wind comes very strong, very strong and unpredictable change. Due to this, racers who are just lucky can get a big advantage,” – said the participant of competitions Andrey Sotnikov (Academy sailing and the “Raut”, Saint-Petersburg).

In the women’s standings leader, the athlete Academy Marina Babkina. With three points, she ranks ninth in the overall standings. For juniors the best in the first race showed Dmitry Eremin from the “Krestovsky island” (two points). Among the Junior girls leading athlete “Sailing club “Vodnik” Dean Zhilkin. On account of its 12 points.

“The wind was spinning very much, it was hard, but still the strongest riders showed a good result. In this championship I want to get into the top three girls. I was at the games of the fourth. Here the opponents are strong, but I’m not weak,” said participant Barbara St. George (Krasnodar region, Gelendzhik, 3rd place among girls).

To complete the qualification, the judges plan to hold for 5 races in each fleet. Then the riders will be divided into “gold”, “silver”, “bronze” and “white” fleets depending on the qualifications shown in the results. Championship of Russia – the most important events of the season for Optimists, and these competitions are one of the stages of selection for the national team at the European championship and the world championship.

Recall that the competitions are held on the basis of yachts-club “Friendship” in Togliatti on the Kuibyshev reservoir.

Olga Dorovskaya,

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

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