About 50 yachts of various classes will take part today in the annual sailing Onego regatta.
Today the Head of the Republic has met captains of yachts participating in the regatta.
Sergey Katanandov and captains of yachts Rostislav Novodelezhkin from Moscow (the tenfold winner of the Onego regatta), Dmitry Nikulichev from Petrozavodsk (the candidate in the master of sports), have exchanged opinions on popularization of sailing in the republic.
The Head of the Republic has emphasized, that the sports public and sports state bodies should reflect on involving means for development of children's boating and maintenance of sailing in the republic.
As the Head of Karelia has noted, "To our satisfaction, the status of the regatta grows from year to year. For five years the Onego regatta has been held as the championship of Russia. However, it is necessary to tell the difference between professional sports and physical culture, and that regatta and yachts is an expensive pleasure.
In Karelia there are plenty of lakes, and our task is to develop an infrastructure and create conditions for development of both popular, and professional sports.
The purpose of the regatta is popularization of sailing in the republic, attraction of investments in sports, that in the long term should make competitions more entertaining and popular," - Sergey Katanandov has told.
The Head of the Republic has wished good luck to all participants of the Onego regatta.