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Head of Karelia declares the Onego and the Bank Cup'2013 Regatta open

Head of Karelia declares the Onego Regatta open

Head of Karelia declares the Onego Regatta open

The XLII Sailing Regatta Onego-2013 and The XIIIth Bank Cup were launched officially on July, 21. Head of Karelia Alexander Khudilainen, Deputy Chairman of the Central Bank of Russia Mikhail Senatorov and Head of Petrozavodsk urban district Nikolai Levin took part in the ceremony of the regatta opening.

Spectators at the opening ceremony

Spectators at the opening ceremony

Onego Sailing Regatta traces its history to 1972, and since long ago it has become one of the trademarks of our region. Today Onego Sailing Regatta is considered one of the most prestigious competitions among yachtsmen, and involves new participants every year. Since 2011 the Onego Regatta is held along with The Bank Cup All-Russian competitions.

A.Khudilainen and N.Levin with organizers of Sauna Karelia festival

A.Khudilainen and N.Levin with organizers of Sauna Karelia festival

Preparation and staging of the regatta is accomplished by the steering committee, the Yachting Federation of the Reoublic of Karelia and The Bank Cup independent noncommercial organization at the support of the Government of Karelia, the Association of Russian Banks, the Russian Yachting Federation and Administration of Petrozavodsk urban district.

This year more than 70 crews from Russia, as well as yachtsmen from Germany take part in the regatta. Yachts from Karelia, Moscow, St.Petersburg, Rostov, Vladivostok, Arkhangelsk, Severodvinsk, Nizhni Novgorod, and Tolyatti compete in the water area of Lake Onego.

The regatta winners were awarded medals of Karelian birch

The regatta winners were awarded medals of Karelian birch

Head of Karelia Alexander Khudilainen congratulated the regatta participants and spectators on the bright sports event in life of the republic.

- The water area of Lake Onego is bright with multi-coloured sails. Sportsmen show their skills to the citizens of Petrozavodsk. We are glad that this entertaining magnificent kind of sports revives on the waters of our silver lake, - head of the region said.

Children's yachts

Children's yachts

Alexander Khudilainen has added that the yachting department opened recently in the Children's and Youth Sports School of the republic where young people will gain skills in yachting. Since 2014 construction of the base Ministry of the Russian Federation for Civil Defence, Emergency Situations and the Rectification of the Consequences of Natural Disasters and the State Inspectorate for Small Vessels with convenient mooring area and a base for the yachting sports development will begin in Petrozavodsk.

Mikhail Senatorov

Mikhail Senatorov

One of the regatta organizers Deputy Chairman of the Central Bank of Russia Mikhail Senatorov has thanked the authorities of Karelia and Petrozavodsk for assistance in organization of the regatta, and has wished the sportsmen a fair wind. On his words, the main task of The Bank Cup held within the scope of the Onego Regatta is popularization of this kind of sports and promotion of Karelia, as the most convenient place for sailing. He has mentioned that Lake Onego today is open for foreign tourists, and many racers from Europe and Scandinavia plan their participation in competitions in Karelia.

Coach D.Nikulichev and organizer of the Bank Cup regatta A.Kondakov

Coach D.Nikulichev and organizer of the Bank Cup regatta A.Kondakov

The Bank Cup regatta organized Anatoly Kondakov during the regatta opening ceremony has told that last year's winners of competitions have transferred the prize-winning fund on purchase of three children's yachts for organization of the yachting department in Petrozavodsk. The gift was received by the coach of Children's and Youth School of Sports Excellence of the republic Dmitry Nikulichev.

As a tradition, the race within the regatta has began before its official opening. 15 crews of Dragon Olympic Class yachts competed since July, 18. Alexander Khudilainen and Nikolai Levin awarded the first winners. Among them there are Ruslana Taran, Marat Nevlyutov, and Igor Matvienko on the yacht Just for Fun number RUS 32, Mikhail Senatorov, Alexander Yanin and Andrey Nikandrov on the yacht Convergence number RUS 31 and Victor Fogelson, Oleg Khopersky and Vyacheslav Kaptyukhin on the yacht Sunflower number RUS 35. The crew of the yacht number RUS 32 that has won the race was also awarded a special prize of the Head of the Republic of Karelia.

The race of cruiser yachts will take place in Lake Onego from July 21 to 27.

It is worth mentioning that this year participants and spectators of the regatta also enjoyed the bard song festival and the Sauna Karelia festival held on the bank of Lake Onego in Petrozavodsk.

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