November 29, 2019
Yachtsman of the Year 2019. Prizes have found their heroes!
The 11th Yachtsman of the Year National Award ceremony was held in Moscow. It has long become the traditional and main social event of the sailing season in our countries. Since 2017, the award has been held by Yacht Russia magazine, more than 120 people and organizations have become its laureates.
The award ceremony took place – and this is also a tradition – at the Moscow State Musical Theater of Folklore "Russian Song". The ceremony was attended by over 1000 guests, among whom were old and new friends of Yacht Russia magazine, famous yachtsmen, travelers and award partners.
And what a wonderful holiday it turned out! Bright, colorful, musical … Although the main protagonists of the ceremony, of course, were the winners of the nominations for the Yachtsman of the Year 2019 award.
Sergey Komissarov, bronze medalist of the World Championships, European Championships, Universiade, participant of the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, multiple champion of Russia in the Laser Standard class was recognized as the yachtsman of the year; In 2019, he won a license to participate in the Tokyo Olympics.
The name of the winner was announced by the head of Yulova & Partners, Elena Yulova, and the Honored Coach of the Russian Federation and Ukraine, head coach of the sailing section of the Transbunker Sports Club in the Khabarovsk Territory Vladimir Bolotnikov.
The yachtsman of the year was Valeria Garashchenko, who won the European Championship in snowkiting, the gold medalist of the European Championship in kiteboarding, the silver medalist of the European Championship in team classification, the silver medalist of the World Cup in kiteboarding among athletes under 19 years of age.
Valeria's well-deserved award was presented by Oyster Shipyard Sales Director Paul Adamson and Stephen Parkinson, Sales Director for Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
The Leviathan team, which won a convincing victory in the Nord Stream Race race, was recognized as the team of the year.
The steering team award was presented to Maxim Titarenko and Vadim Yakhinson by senior vice president of the Double B Group of Companies, master of sports, European champion in the Dragon class Mikhail Vasilievich Senatorov.
The best organizer of the competition was Yuri Kryuchenkov, master of sports, organizer of the championships of Russia, championships and world championships in sailing, he was at the origins of the Russian match flight; also Yuri Kryuchenkov – the initiator of the creation of the Komatek yacht club, of which he is the general director; Chairman of the Sverdlovsk Federation of Sailing, Vice-President of the All-Russian Federal Border Guard Service for the Urals Federal District.
The prize was awarded to the winner by an international-class master of sports, the prize winner himself in this category, the founder of the Banking Cup Mikhail Yuryevich Senatorov.
In the nomination “For Contribution to the Development of Sailing”, the prize was awarded to Vasily Kravchenko, creator of the Russian Finn class association, head of the Council of Sailing Yacht Class Associations, founder of the Student Sailing League, a number of national and cruising classes were entered into the register of the Ministry of Sports of the Russian Federation.
The award was presented to the winner by an international-class master of sports, publisher of Yacht Russia magazine Vasily Yuryevich Senatorov and marketing director of the Lefkadia Valley project, Alexandra Mironova.
The “Daughter of the Wind” yacht and its captain Viktor Yazykov, who successfully completed their third round-the-world single voyage this year without stops, under the slogan “Golden Age of Russia”, during which the yachtsman turned 70 years old, won the nomination “Best long-distance sports trip” ; he was at sea for 6 months and one day, and the yacht Daughter of the Wind, built by Yazykov, has no autopilot!
The honored award was handed to Victor Arkadevich by the owner and CEO of MarinePool, Robert Stark and Yuri Manuylov, the owner of the Fashion Marine yacht boutique chain and the official representative of the MarinePool brand in Russia.
The winner in the nomination “For Fidelity to Sail” was a yachtsman from Vladivostok Valery Zakovorotny, multiple prize-winner of the USSR championships in the Finn class, a participant in international competitions as part of the USSR team, Honored Coach of the USSR, he is still in the ranks of educating young people, works as a paralympic program coach sail.
The award was presented to Valery Dmitriyevich by the coach of the Russian national team at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, the head of the Krestovsky Ostrov sports school, and the three-time laureate of the Yachtsman of the Year award Natalya Fedorova.
The “Trainer of the Year” was Sergey Vanin, winner and medalist of all-Union and international competitions, who trained 65 masters of sports in 40 years of coaching experience; Now he works at the Olympic Sports Center, the head coach of the Moscow region national team.
The prize was handed to the mentor by the president of the Sailing Federation of the Moscow Region Valery Pilchin.
Maxim Sputai, creator of the Hand-to-Hand Online Community, won the nomination For Sail Propaganda. Only for yachts ”, designed for both professional yachtsmen and beginners; founder and ideological inspirer of the unique “Yacht Radio” for Russia, uniting people who love sailing, maritime history, and works of marine writers.
The prize was awarded to the winner of the Yachtsman of the Year Award, photographer and journalist Elena Otekina.
An award was also presented in the framework of the special and non-alternative nomination “For Courage”. It was received by Igor Zaretsky, a participant in the Golde Globe Race. Exactly a year ago, right from the Pacific Ocean, he sent congratulations to the participants of the ceremony “Yachtsman of the Year”. And only last spring he talked about the fact that he went into the race after two complex operations.
The award was handed over by another brave circumnavigator – holder of the Order of Courage, Honored Master of Sports of Russia, conqueror of the polar latitudes Nikolai Litau.
And finally, recognized photographers Andrey Golovanov and Sergey Kivrin, on whose account the awards of prestigious photo contests in Russia and abroad, named the best photo of the photo contest, first organized by Yacht Russia magazine.
The winner was a shot of Andrei Sheremetev, taken during the Nord Stream Race.
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The organizer of the award is Yacht Russia magazine.
The general partner is the English company Oyster, which gained a second wind after it was headed by Richard Hadid, and he became not only the owner of the shipyard, but also its general director.
The official partner of the award is Transbunker, the largest independent vessel refueling vessel in Russia, and the market leader in vessel bunkering.
Partners and sponsors of the award:
Double V group of companies – a system integrator in the field of printing. Uniting people and companies around the world, it connects suppliers and customers, creates and develops integrated technologies and improves service;
manufacturer of high-quality equipment for yachting MarinePool;
Moscow Bar Association “Yulova and Partners”;
wine-making appellation "Lefkadia Valley", whose wines were born on the picturesque slopes and in the foothills of the Main Caucasian Range;
Glenfiddich brand – single malt Scotch whiskey of the highest quality;
The Moscow brewing company represented by the brands: Khamovniki Venskoe beer, Pago juices, Nestle Pure Life water;
CZECHOSLOVAKIA VODKA – made on the basis of high-quality Czech alcohol and the purest water from the High Tatras;
TATRATEA – original tea liquor from Slovakia.
The general information partner is Rossiyskaya Gazeta. Information partners: Kommersant, MatchTV.
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The Russian Prize was conceived as the Russian analogue of the ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards, which is awarded to sailors for outstanding achievements in the sail. For the first time, the solemn ceremony of the “Yachtsman of the Year” award was held in Russia in 2009, and even then it was different from similar ceremonies in the UK, USA, France, Germany … Over the years, the “Russian version” completely acquired its own face – the award became truly popular, absolutely democratic. Evidence of this is the full halls during its holding and the applause of the audience, meeting each winner and thereby approving the jury's choice, and these are honored athletes, travelers, coaches, whose authority is undeniable.
The Russian award has more nominations than foreign ones, since its organizers wanted all people related to sailing not to be left out. The children and organizers of the regattas were not forgotten, of course, the coaches, the journalists were not left without attention, and most importantly, the veterans.
Everyone deserves it! And – see you in a year, at the XII ceremony of awarding the National Award “Yachtsman of the Year”!
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