On July 16-27 Karelia will welcome one of the brightest events of the summer sports season, the Sailing Regatta Onego and the Bank Cup Regatta. One of its races will be held as a lap of the Yachting Russia Cup.
Alexander Voronov and Feodor Smirnov
Alexander Voronov, Minister of Youth Affairs, Physical Training, and Sports of the Republic of Karelia, and President of the Sailing Federation of Karelia Feodor Smirnov have briefed the journalists about the program of the regatta.
Onego Sailing Regatta traces its history to 1972, and since long ago it has become one of the trademarks of the republic. As a tradition, it is the main sports event in Karelia. Onego Sailing Regatta is considered one of the most prestigious competitions among yachtsmen of our country, and involves new participants every year. Since 2011 the Onego Regatta is held along with The Bank Cup All-Russian competitions. This year the regatta will be held for the fourth time.
Map of the regatta
The regatta is organized by the Government of the Republic of Karelia, Russian Bankers' Association, Russian Yachting Federation, Sailing Federation of the Republic of Karelia and Administration of Petrozavodsk urban district.
– The regatta is one of the republic's branded events, its steering committee is chaired by Head of Karelia Alexander Khudilainen, – Alexander Voronov, Minister of Youth Affairs, Physical Training, and Sports of the Republic of Karelia, said. – Besides, the regatta is included in the action plan of preparation for the 100th anniversary of the Republic of Karelia, and in 2020 the regatta will be devoted to the anniversary of our republic.
This year the race of the Dragon Olympic Class yachts will take place on July 17-20, the race of cruiser yachts will take place on July 21-26. The Second Bard Song Festival Vysotsky's Sail will take place on July, 20 within the framework of the regatta.
About 50 yachts of such classes as Оpen 800, Quarter Ton, Sportboat, 32 Feet, and Dragon will take part in the regatta. Applications to participate in the Race may be submitted so far. Crews from Moscow, Nizhny Novgorod, Anapa, St.Petersburg, Yaroslavl, and Kondopoga are expected.
President of the Sailing Federation of Karelia Feodor Smirnov have told about the program of the race. for the moment, it is all ready, however, it may change in accordance with weather condition. On July, 16 the yachts will arrive in Petrozavodsk. The first race of the Dragon Olympic Class yachts will start on July, 17 in the water area of Petrozavodsk bay of Lake Onego. On July, 21 cruiser yachts will join the race. This year the race of the Quarter Ton Class yachts will be held as a lap of the Yachting Russia Cup.
The ceremony of official opening of the regatta and distribution of awards to winners of the race of the Dragon Olympic Class yachts will take place on the bank of Lake Onego on July, 20 at 4.00 p.m. The bard song festival Vysotsky's Sail starts there at 2.00 p.m.
The prize fund approved by Head of Karelia makes 250,000 roubles. However, the regatta is a non-profit-making competition. Thus, for instance, last year the winners of the regatta have made a decision to spend their money prize to purchase three yachts for children keen on yachting. Substantial financial support is rendered to the regatta by organizers of the Bank Cup Regatta – participants of the Russian Bankers' Association.
This year, except for traditional mooring places for yachts in the port of Petrozavodsk and in the yacht club Peski conditions for mooring of vessels, accommodation and catering of sportsmen will be created in the Yalgora Alpine-skiing center near Petrozavodsk and the settlement of Malaya Medvezhka where for the first time the townsfolk of Medvezhiegorsk will be able to watch the regatta. 12 mooring sites are available within the city of Petrozavodsk, in particular, in the new yacht club near the oil handling terminal, – Alexander Voronov has told.
Yet, the city needs many mooring berths protecting moored yachts from the wind, equipment for loading or unloading. Three yachting ports Peski, Moscow, and Admiral are currently under construction are reconstruction in Petrozavodsk bay of Lake Onego. The briefing participants have expressed confidence that every year the number of mooring places will grow, that in the long view will provide an opportunity of holding competitions of international standing in various water sports.
– Building of the yacht club is a business project, first of all. The cost of mooring all over the world is very high, and those entrepreneurs who invest in construction of mooring berths will be able to repay expenditures pretty soon, – Feodor Smirnov has told.
For more information on the regatta please see goskomsportrk.ru/ and www.bankcup.ru