Who pleased, who disappointed

April 22, 2019

      Who pleased, who disappointed
      On Lake Garda in Italy ended the 37th Lake Garda Optimist Open, an international regatta in the class "Optimist", entered into
The Guinness Book of Records as the world's largest regatta for a single class of yachts.

Who pleased, who disappointed

This year 1164 young athletes from 40 countries of the world, including Russia, took part in it.

The coach of the OptiPro team and the Sailing Academy Denis Razumovich tells: “This year Garda did not beat last year’s record for the number of participants due to the fact that in many countries internal qualifiers for the World Championships are taking place, but this quality has had little effect. We were lucky with the weather this year, day by day we were pleased with the stable working wind from 15 to 22 knots.

Basically, our athletes performed at their level. The best result showed Kirill Shunenkov, who became the 17th. He approached the regatta responsibly, added stability compared to previous years. Plus, he developed a competent strategy for the whole regatta, which was also a significant advantage.

Sasha Minibayev disappointed a little, he lost speed and because of this he did not get into the Golden Fleet. From time to time our young people “shot”, in particular, Nikita Chernykh, Marina Babkina, we are counting on them in the near future.

The gathering and regatta were in good mode, we spent the required number of hours on the water, which is very pleasing.

Ahead of the selection in national teams, it is important for us to approach them in good shape.

And here is what the best of Russians, Kirill Shunenkov, said, becoming the 17th in this regatta:
“I hope next year the result will be even better for me. What I did was good: coming more or less steadily, driving the boat on an even keel and getting out. I didn’t manage to start normally, because in the same fleet there were 157 people, and they all tried to get out on the one hand, but at some starts I was able to get into the lead. ”

Russian “optimists” have traditionally taken part in this regatta over the past few years, but success was far from always achieved, because at Garde in the fight for one of the most prestigious trophies there are the strongest athletes, leaders of national teams.

Over the past 13 years, the following Russian results have been successful:

2006. Jan Cech – 15th.

2009. Mikhail Ushkov takes 2nd place in cadets (9-11 years old);

2011. Alexander Moskvichev and Pavel Rasskazov fall into the top 50 juniors (12-15 years old);

2014. Daniel Krutskikh takes 3rd place, and Zoya Novikova – 1st for girls and overall 23rd for juniors;

2015. Alexandra Lukoyanova becomes the 1st among girls and the 2nd in the overall standings of the cadets. Nikita Melnikov, Denis Lepin and Vladimir Novoselov are in the top 50 juniors.

2017. Dmitry Lazdin – 3rd, Alexandra Lukoyanova – 1st for girls and 21st overall.

2018. Maxim Shaposhnikov – the 19th.

All results are available here –


Evgeniy Kitayev

Press Service of the Academy of Sailing Yacht Club St. Petersburg

146 April 22, 2019 # 8955

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