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Head of Karelia opens the XLI Sailing Regatta Onego-2012 and awards winners of The Bank Cup

Alexander Khudilainen speaks at the Onego Regatta opening ceremony

Alexander Khudilainen speaks at the Onego Regatta opening ceremony

On July 22 on the quay of Onego in Petrozavodsk Head of Karelia Alexander Khudilainen took part in the solemn opening ceremony of the XLI Sailing Regatta Onego-2012, and awarded winners of The Bank Cup which preceded the traditional cruiser part of the competition.

The winner team of the Bank Cup

The winner team of the Bank Cup

12 the Dragon Olympic Class yachts competed on Lake Onego within the scope of The Bank Cup since July, 19. During this period of time seven races have been held. Alexander Khudilainen has tried his hand in the last of them as the fourth member of one of the crews.

Head of Karelia awards the Bank Cup winners

Head of Karelia awards the Bank Cup winners

The Cup winner became the crew number UKR 9 from Odessa ("BSYC" TRANSBUNKER SAILING TEAM). Yachtsmen Evgeny Braslavets, Sergey Timokhov and Alexander Mirchuk have received the Cup and 50 thousand roubles of the money prize from Head of the Republic. The second was Moscow crew RUS 34 (Pirogovo team) including Vasily Senatorov, Igor Ivashentsov and Alexander Muzychenko. The third was the yacht number RUS 76 (Hercules team from St.-Petersburg) led by helmsman Dmitry Samokhin and sailors Andrey Kirilyuk and Alexey Bushuev.

Head of Karelia with the Bank Cup prize winners

Head of Karelia with the Bank Cup prize winners

After the celebration in honour of the winners of The Bank Cup that was held in Karelia for the second time there took place the Sailing Regatta Onego-2012 opening ceremony.

The Onego Regatta traces its history to 1972 and a long time ago it has become the calling card of our republic. As a tradition, The Onego Regatta is the main sports event in Karelia. Along with The Bank Cup these competitions are considered the most prestigious among yachtsmen of our country, and involve new participants every year. 134 yachtsmen of 23 teams take part in the Onego Regatta this year in the Quarter Ton, Open800, and 32 Feet yacht classes.

The Bank Cup awards

The Bank Cup awards

Speaking at the regatta opening ceremony Alexander Khudilainen has pointed out the appropriateness that more than 40 years ago Petrozavodsk became a venue for it: "With a place as magnificent as the city of Petrozavodsk over the silver waters of Onego, it is a sin not to use the bounty of nature of this land. It is natural that more than 40 years ago the regatta in which up to 200 boats participated came into being here."

Peter I and Ekaterina

Peter I and Ekaterina

Head of Karelia has declared that the Government of the republic will assist in development of yachting in the region: "I am sure that good traditions that have taken root on the coast Onego in Petrozavodsk will revive. Staginess and beauty of this kind of sports is hard to compare to something else. I wish to assure those present, that the Government of Karelia will do its best to welcome not dozens, but hundreds guests of the regatta in the republic. We shall create all conditions to make our Onego and our Petrozavodsk Mecca for yachtsmen." Alexander Khudilainen wished all teams good weather and good wind.

Folk ensembles at the opening ceremony

Folk ensembles at the opening ceremony

Mayor of Petrozavodsk Nikolai Levin, Mikhail Senatorov, Deputy Chairman of the Central Bank of Russia, founder of The Bank Cup Regatta, and other officials also welcomed the regatta participants.

Historical characters of Peter I and Ekaterina as well as folk ensembles have also taken part in the holiday on the quay. Competitions of cruiser yachts take place from July, 22 to 29. By the tradition, the regatta will begin in Petrozavodsk Bay with a short race Prologue. Citizens and guests of the capital of Karelia may watch the bright and spectacular struggle which will develop before the spectators' eyes.


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