On July 28 the XXXVI International Sailing Regatta Onego-2007 - the Russian open sailing championship will start from the capital of Karelia. The regatta on Onego lake itself will last untill August 5. As usual, it is organized by Government of the Republic of Karelia, the Sailing Federation of Russia and the Republic of Karelia, Petrozavodsk city administration. Its partners are The White Sea - Onego Shipping Company, Inc.,Kondopoga, Inc., Karelstroimekhamizatsiya Joint-Stock Company, Karelsky Okatysh, Inc., Karelenergo, Inc., etc. The organizational committee of the regatta is traditionally headed by the Head of the Republic of Karelia Sergey Katanandov.
On July 24, before opening the rasailing marathon Sergey Katanandov has once again called the organizational committee to check whether everything is ready for the important start. According to the the State Committee of the RK on Sports and Youth Chairman Maxim Antipov, , the regatta will be held within eight days in territory of Onego lake. During this period of time the yacht will go the distance exceeding 350 sea miles. Total, there will be 6 races. More than 10 yachts are coming to the regatta on their own, and about 15 yachts will be brought by trailers. The regatta membership may change, but organizers expect crews from Moscow, St.-Petersburg, Rybinsk, Vologda, Cherepovets, Nizhni Novgorod, Belarus and Finland. 7 yachts from Karelia will take part in the regatta: two from Kondopoga and 5 from Petrozavodsk. The regatta committee will be headed by judge from Ekaterinburg Alexey Borisov.
As the Sailing Federation of Karelia Chairman Feodor Smirnov has noted, unlike in previous years, the regatta participants will be able to lie at anchor at two new places in the mouth of Lososinka river in Petrozavodsk, and on the way to Kizhi skeres, that will make participation in the race more comfortable.
Today the Onego Regatta is by right considered one of the most prestigious competitions among yachtsmen and has a rank of the open championship of Russia. This year the championship of Russia at the Onego Regatta is held for cruiser yachts, among the most strong applicants there are Karelian crews headed by captains Vladimir Lukin and Vyacheslav Rymashevsky. Special monetary prize of 200 thousand roubles founded by the Head of the Republic of Karelia Sergey Katanandov will be awarded in this class.
Thus, Head of Karelia suggested to aggrandize the competition status. Besides, Sergey Katanandov is firmly convinced that the Onego Regatta should be as famous brand of our republic, as Kizhi or Valaam, and the number of its participants should grow constantly. Recently Head of Karelia has proposed a number of initiatives directed on support of Karelian sports and preparation of Karelian sportsmen to participation in the future Olympic Games in Sochi-2014. However, initiatives of the Head of Karelia concern not only winter sports. "Regatta today is our pride," - he said, - "and we will go on rendering assistance to Karelian yachtsmen. Today we are building the Olympic reserve centre in Kondopoga. The Onego Regatta, in turn, should become an impuls for founding a strong team of yachtsmen in Karelia."
Official opening of the regatta will take place on July 28, at 3:00p.m. on the quay of Oneg lake near the marina, whence the first racing will start. The ceremony will start an hour earlier at 2:00p.m. with performance of Kantele Song and Dance National Ensemble of Karelia. The Regatta closing and awarding of winners will take place on August 5, at 3:00p.m. in the State Philarmonic Society of the RK.
All official information regaring the regatta are on the site of the Sailing Federation of the RK http://yachting.onego.ru/