287 sportsmen from 36 cities of Russia competed in the water area of the Neva Bay of the Finnish Gulf for five days.
On the first days of the regatta, the organizers and racers were not lucky with the weather. It was hot and calm on Wednesday in Saint Petersburg, the wind of 0.5-1 knots did not give an opportunity to organize even one race. On the second day, the races were questionable again, but the wind came to the water area of the Neva Bay of the Finnish Gulf by evening and the sportsmen went to the sea. A changing and unsteady wind of 4-6 knots let the organizers have two races in each of the classes.
On the third day, the sportsmen were waiting for a stronger wind, but it didn’t come. However, thanks to the mastery of the judges committee, the sportsmen went to the distance after all. The organizers kicked start in the conditions of unsteady wind of 4-7 knots, which gave an opportunity to organize one race in each of the classes, except for the 29er. There were two proper races in 420 thanks to a strong will of the organizers.
After two abnormally hot and windless days, a perfect weather for sailing settled in Saint Petersburg on Saturday. Thanks to a strong and steady wind, the organizers implemented the program to the fullest extent and had from three to five races in each of the classes.
The final day of the regatta turned out to be similar to its beginning. The eastern wind of 0-2 knots did not let the sportsmen race fast. The judges did not kick off the races in the following classes: Techno, RS:X, and Nakra 15. The weather conditions in the water area of the Neva Bay of the Finnish Gulf changed only by 2 p.m. The wind gusts were up to 4 knots, the sportsmen of classes Laser 4.7, 29er, and 420 went to the distance. The judges set the distance properly according to the wind direction, so there were full-fledged races in all the three classes.
The crew of the Sailing Academy in 29er class Ilya Chuprina/Rodion Brovin were especially happy about it, because they had a chance to outperform their main competitors – Dmitriy Lazdin and Miron Gorkovenko (Olympic Reserve Sports School 6, Tolyatti). But the race did not roll out according to the scenario of the team from Saint Petersburg. Ilya and Rodion finished second, their competitors – third, but both crews were disqualified according to the decision of the protest committee. As a result of that, the final positions in the men’s table did not change. Dmitriy Lazdin and Miron Gorkovenko have gold, Ilya Chuprina and Rodion Brovin – silver, and another crew of the Sailing Academy – Ivan Sologubov and Vladislav Grakhov – have bronze. Girls: Polina Pereshivkina and Viktoria Liksanova (Krestovskiy Island) – first, Evgeniya Stepanova and Anna Korneva (Sailing Academy) – second, Alena Sukhova and Natalya Ermakova (Tolyatti) – third.
“In the last race, out match-race with Ilya Chuprina began even before the start, – the sportsman from Tolyatti Dmitriy Lazdin says. – He tried with all means to come as close to me as possible. And we were going next to each other during the whole race, we were fighting against each other. As a result, both of us violated the rules. First, he did not give me the way, then I made a mistake, which led to my disqualification.”
As for class 420, the crew from Moscow Region – Denis Lepin/Mikhail Karelin became the winners among men. Mikhail Sakhovskiy/Igor Malyavskiy (Sochi) took the second place, and Maksim Safin/Bogdan Alyautdinov (Tolyatti) took the third place. As for girls, the crew of the Sailing Academy Anastasia Deryagina and Sofya Vereshchagina had no rivals, they took the third place in the overall standing as well.
“We are satisfied with the result, but it could have been better, – the sportswoman of the Sailing Academy Sofya Vereshchagina says. – We liked the conditions a lot: the wind was weak on the first day, but then it was blowing quite strongly. We demonstrated our best result in the weak wind, but we did not complete the job fully in the strong wind. It is very interesting to check yourself against the backdrop of the boys, because all the boys were very strong, it was really hard to outrace them but it pushes you further and makes you work harder.”
The racers of Krestovskiy Island took the whole podium in the most numerous discipline at this Championship of Russia – Laser 4.7. According to the results of the last race, Pyotr Pashutinskiy jumped to the first place. His partners of the team Dmitriy Golovkin and Maksim Shaposhnikov finished right after him. Aleksandra Lukoyanova (14) took the fourth place in the overall standing and the first place among women.
“It was interesting for me to race with the boys, – Aleksandra Lukoyanova says. – I had an experience of racing in various wind conditions. It was exciting to race with the boys, because in some aspects they are still stronger than us. It was really interesting to compete at their level. I like the atmosphere of the regatta. The Championship of Russia takes place annually and we meet with the guys, whom we have not seen for a year.”
There were no races at the “red” distance, where windsurfers compete in classes Techno and RS:X, so the results remained unchanged.
Nikita Nezhentsev from Sevastopol was the best in Techno in the age group 15 y.o. and under. The sportsmen from Sevastopol and Krasnodar Region Dmitriy Nesterenko and Polina Ovchinnikova, who won among women, were four points behind. Danila Dineev from Meleuz won in the age group 17 y.o. and under, but he outperformed his main rival – Ivan Kovbasyuk from Sevastopol - only according to the additional indicators. Violetta Maistrenko became the winner among women. As for grownups, the windsurfer from Olympic Reserve Sports School 26 Ivan Yefimov took gold. The sportsman of the Sailing Academy Andrey Spiridonov and the sportsman of the Olympic Reserve Sports School 3 Aleksander Khristianovskiy are listed after him in the tournament table.
Anton Tokarev from the Olympic Reserve Sports School 26 from Moscow and the sportsman of Krestovskiy Island Ilya Kirichyuk fought for victory in the Olympic class RS:X in the age group 21 y.o and under. The racers had the same points, but Anton outperformed Ilya according to the additional indicators. The racer from Sochi Konstantin Kochkonyan finished at the first place with a big margin in U-19. Yana Reznikova from Moscow became the best among girls. Anastasia Shchedrina from the Sailing Academy and Yulia Kavalerchik from Krestovskiy Island finished after her.
We would like to remind you, that the teams, which will represent Russia at the international regattas in 2020, will be formed according to the results of this competition in corresponding classes.
The President of the Russian Sailing Federation Vladimir Nikolayevich Silkin addressed the participants of the Championship of Russia at the awarding ceremony.
“It is great that almost 300 girls and boys from almost all the sailing regions of Russia competed in this amazing water area, – Vladimir Silkin says. – It’s clear that the weather was not easy because there was not much wind, but I can tell you that the strongest always wins. Sportsmen have to know how to race in the weak and strong wind. I would like to let you know that you are the closest reserve of the Olympic team. In several years, many of you will race in Team Russia. I congratulate you with the finish of the Championship!”
Head of Press Service
Saint Petersburg Yacht Club
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Saint Petersburg Yacht Club
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