Assistant to the Prime Minister of the Government of Karelia Valery Boinich anounces the regatta open
The Onego regatta solemn opening took place on the quay of the lake on Saturday July 5, at 3:00 p.m. The regatta steering committee vice-president, Assistant to the Prime Minister of the Government of the Republic of Karelia Valery Boinich opened the regatta. He wished the yachtsmen fair seas and following winds.
This event is organized by Government of the Republic of Karelia, Federation of sailing of Russia and the Republic of Karelia, Administration of Petrozavodsk. As a tradition, Head of the Republic of Karelia Sergey Katanandov chairs the regatta steering committee.
Races will pass within eight days over the territory of Onego lake, when the participating yachts will cove the distance of about 400 sea miles (1 sea mile equals to 1852.2 meters) in 6 races total.
Besides yachtsmen from Karelia (Petrozavodsk, Kondopoga), in the regatta there will take part sportsmen from Belarus (Minsk), Nizhni Novgorod, St.-Petersburg, Moscow, and Moscow region (Dolgoprudny, Mytischi)
Eighteen yachts will compete in the OPEN 800 class for the main prize.
The Onego Regatta 2008 (July 5-12, 2008)
For the first time the Onega regatta took place in 1972 when eight yachts started the only one one-hundred-miles races. Today the Onego Regatta is considered one of the most prestigious competitions among yachtsmen and is registered in the rank of the Russia open championship. Among favorites there are Karelian crews of Equator (captain Vladimir Lukin) and Julia (captain Vyacheslav Rymashevsky). The crew of the Star comprises two brave women.
On July 5 22 announced yachts started the race #1. The route of the first race of the regatta passed over the water area of Petrozavodsk bay of Onego and has made 12-15 sea miles. By the tradition the regatta was opened by the swift prologue race which route passed completely over the water area of Petrozavodsk bay of Onego lake. For fans of sailing it was a great opportunity to observe peripetias of the struggle, and sportsmen enjoyed this warm-up, though there also was a material stimulus in the form of special prize from the Head of administration of Petrozavodsk urban district.
Length of the distance for 18 crews participating in the Championship of Russia among Open 800 yachts has made 10.12 sea miles (about 18.7 km). Twice participants of the regatta rushed with spinnakers (a large parachute-like convex sail set for tail wind only) towards the turn sign located in the immediate proximity from the Onego quay. The first turn to the joy of local fans was completed by the crew of the Equator yacht (captain Vladimir Lukin). However, to the second turn the
Globus yacht from St.-Petersburg has taken the lead. This crew is the owner of the Cup of Russia 2007 in the Open 800 class (helmsman Nikandrov Andrey, World-class athlete). As a result they have also celebrated the victory with a result of 1 hour 48 minutes and 19 seconds. Three minutes later the Phantom yacht from Moscow region approached the finish (captain Andrey Reshetov, master of sports). As a result, Equator has taken the third place, having fallen astern 4 minutes and 24 seconds backlog of the leaders. The last yacht finished 25 minutes after the leader.
In other classes the distance was twice as short. The winners there were Kondopoga (captain Petr Leontev) and Flying Dutchman from Moscow (captain Dmitry Semyonov)
On July 6 Onego-2008 has left Petrozavodsk for a while. The yachtsmen headed for Garnitsky island. The distance for the Open 800 class makes 99.5 sea miles (~185 km). Control time of the finish on July 7 is 11:00 p.m. Near the finish participants will take a rest at the so-called 'green camp' of Maly Lelikovsky island.