On the 14th of September, one of the phases of Kitefoiling World Championship finished at the Island of Pingtan. The Russian star of this sailing sport, multiple European and World Champion, nominee of the global award Sailor of the Year, sportswoman of Sailing Academy Elena Kalinina won in the women’s ranking. All in all, there were 27 racers from 15 countries, who participated in the regatta. The judges managed to organize 13 races.
Season 2018 started as a triumph of this sportswoman: she became a godmother of the 54-gun battleship of the fourth rank ”Poltava”.
The 54-gun ship-of-the-line of the fourth rank “Poltava” was launched to water on 27th of May – the City Day of Saint Petersburg. Festive ceremony of the battleship launch was held according to the naval historical traditions. The godmother of “Poltava” Elena Kalinina – sportswoman of Sailing Academy of Saint Petersburg Yacht Club – crashed a bottle of champagne on the ship’s bow. The ship was launched to water with the help of a crane. The procedure lasted for approximately 30 minutes. The construction of a replica of the battleship “Poltava” started in 2013 at the historical shipbuilding yard “Poltava”, founded by Saint Petersburg Yacht Club. When all the construction works finish, the ship will become a center of a big modern interactive museum complex, dedicated to the naval history of Russia.
“The water area of the Gulf of Finland is my «home», my journey started here with Optimist boat and I still often train here in summer time. Of course, it is very important for me that I became the ship’s godmother, which had been built on the shore of the Gulf of Finland. It gives me more power and self-confidence. I have big plans – kite has been finally included in the Olympic program, the first races will be held in 2024. I will fight for medals!”, said Elena Kalinina, sportswoman of Sailing Academy
In 2018, Elena Kalinina also became a silver medal winner of the European and World Championships, a silver medal winner of the phase of the World Cup in Weifang.
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