Spring is gaining pace slowly, yet surely, in the European part of Russia. The regular sailing season is very close, which means it is time to introduce the Saint-Petersburg Yacht Club's key activities and new initiatives in 2019, implemented jointly with PJSC Gazprom, the Yacht Club's general partner.
"Our Club is in active construction phase today, with the new harbor being developed, says Commodore Vladimir Lyubomirov. But this does not mean we are stopping our projects. Since its inception, the Saint-Petersburg Yacht Club has been focused on enhancing the city's image as the Russian Marine Capital. Paving the way to this far-reaching goal, the Yacht Club is working in several areas at the same time. These include shipbuilding, historical research and educational programs, sports training and sea practice for youth, Olympic sports, promoting sailing for adults, and other major social projects. The forthcoming season sets new ambitions, which we will address with traditional quality and performance".
MAJOR PROJECTS OF THE FORTHCOMING YEAR
2019 RS:X Youth World Championship – for the first time in the history of the city, St. Petersburg will host the Olympic windsurfing RS:X class Youth World Championship
The Saint-Petersburg Yacht Club will host the "RS:X board" Olympic class world competition among juniors. The competition will take place on August 4-10 in the water area of Saint Petersburg 300th Anniversary Park. On the same days, the Park will also host a major sports family festival and an amateur charity windsurfing regatta.
Hosting the world Olympic class championship is a landmark event for the Russian yachting, as it has been over 10 years since the last competition of such a level was hosted in Russia. Saint-Petersburg Yacht Club intends to show the global yachting community its capacity to host events of such a scale and welcome international competitions on a regular basis.
Baltic Nord Stream Race offshore regatta – Uniting the Baltics through sports
One of 2019 signature events will be the Nord Stream Race offshore regatta bringing together incumbent winners of the national sailing leagues of five countries: the yacht clubs' teams from Russia, Germany, Denmark, Sweden and Finland competing in 50 ft identical sailing yachts. The regatta is expected to start in Kiel during one the largest world's yacht festivals, the Kiel Week. In Copenhagen, the racing village will be placed in the capital city center, next to the impressive opera theater. In Stockholm, the racers will join the famous Round Gotland Race in the center of Sweden's capital. Helsinki coastal race will also take place in the city center to be watched from the Löyly restaurant, the access is free. The regatta will finish in Saint Petersburg, with boats moored right in the city center. Russia will be represented in this competition by the Leviathan Sailing Team by Burevestnik group (Moscow/Saint Peterbsurg), the winner of 2018 Russian National Yachting League totals.
Nord Stream Race 2019 dates: 22 June, Kiel (Germany) – 5 July, Saint Petersburg
Yacht Club's Bronenosec Sailing Team of international RC44 and TP 52 classes
The key feature of the 2019 season for the Bronenosec Sailing Team will be its come-back to one of the most prestigious TP52 yacht classes, and the 52 Super Series. Having finished the 2017 season with a silver medal in one of the legs of the Series, the Bronenosec made a recess to better prepare for the competitions of this thriving series. With a new boat and a renewed team, the Bronenosec crew will make its first appearance in the new season in the international Pama Vela regatta in early May, where the Super Series boats will have their general training. Eventually, the 52 Super Series season will be launched on 21 May in Menorca at Menorca 52 SUPER SERIES Sailing Week 2019. The season will have further legs in Cadiz, Cascais, Puerto Portals and finish in September in Sardinia. The team's helmperson is Valdimir Lyubomirov.
Even earlier, in mid-April, the Bronenosec Sailing Team RC44 class crew will open the season in Montenegro. 2019 will be a special year for this class. Racers' upgraded fleet will expand the geography. The usual races in Cascais and Marstrand will be complemented, along with Porto Montenegro, with the Croatian Rovinj and Palma de Mallorca, which have not hosted RC44 competitions before.
Led by Kirill Fedorov, the Russian crew will convene for a training camp in Montenegro already in early April, right before the start of the first leg of the Series.
As at the beginning of 2019, the Academy has 350 regular sailing students and 160 cadets from Nakhimov and Kronstadt Cadet Corps, and around 70 students of Votkinsk branch of the Academy. This year, the Academy will do its best to sustain the high standards set in the previous years.
Our kids had a successful start in 2019: Nikita Kodanev repeated his last year's success becoming Twice Champion in Snow Kiting at the Russian Winter Sailing Championship in Petrozavodsk, Elena Kalinina won the ladies' tournament having come back to "winter kite" after a two-year recess, and Anastasia Schedrina ranking second in ladies' and first in girls' categories in the Winter Windsurfing discipline.
In 2019, the Academy will again host major youth regattas of a national scale in Russia, including:
The Optimist Class Association Cup, the final selection round for national teams to compete in the World and Europe championships;
The Russian International Class Championship among best young athletes from across Russia;
The Saint Petersburg Yachting Championship, the largest city's regatta;
as well as "Optimists of the Northern Capital. The Gazprom Cup", the traditional series of 4 kid's regattas for the youngest beginner athletes, with each leg bringing together around 100-140 young racers.
The regatta's partner is Detskoye Radio (Radio for Children).
Moreover, around 15 club kid's regattas will be organized. Besides competitions in Saint Petersburg, best athletes, juniors and Olympians of the Academy will take part in 20 Russian and 20 major international regattas.
At the Academy branch in Votkinsk (Republic of Udmurtia), the second Votkinsk Yachting Cup will be held, which is the largest kid's sailing tournament in the region.
The early learning project Malysh for kids from the age of 4.5 is also gaining pace. Following three years of preparation, the project delivered the first crew of young yachtsmen, becoming fresh blood for the beginner groups of the Optimist class.
For the third consecutive year, the Academy's athletes have taken part in the one-of-a-kind Learn Russia under the Sails project. In the project, the Academy's students combine trainings and journeys of the most interesting and outstanding parts of our country. Attending insightful tours, diving deep into Russia's history, our kids raise people's awareness about sailing by organizing workshops for the children living in regions, while enhancing sailing skills in different conditions and bodies of water. In 2019 young athletes will visit Lake Onega, the Chechen Republic and the Altai Region.
The athletes of the Sea School of the Sailing Academy will take part in the major gig tour to Finland and Sweden as part of the pre-training for the World Championship to be held in 2020 in Saint Petersburg. The Sea School is a project dedicated to the development of a harmonious personality through sailing, the transfer of Russia's and world's seafarer culture and history legacy to future generations. The athletes are aged from 13 to 17.
Since 2013 the Academy has been providing sailing internships for cadets, where they can learn diverse sailing practices on the Lucullus training sailing ship and captain's gigs. In 2017, the first retreat internship was organized for the cadets of V.G. Starikov Privolzhsky Federal District Udmurtia Cadet Corps at the launched branch of the Academy in Votkinsk and this practice will remain in 2019.
The multiple significant projects, which have not been described above, include cooperation with the Artek International Children Camp, the OptiPRO, a joint project of the Academy and the RAUTU school for top Optimist class athletes, and the off-season Kid's Regatta OptiOrangeValencia.
Hope of the Seas
First implemented in 2015, the Hope of the Seas, a training sailing program for Saint Petersburg students, will continue in the current season. It will involve students of 5 universities: the Mining University, the ITMO University, the Polytechnic University, Saint Petersburg State University of Economics, and the Pediatric Medical University. During the season, the sea internship will be available to more than 100 interns, with cruises in the Gulf of Finland. The training sailing boat, the legendary Nadezhda of 1912, will set sail on 27 May, in an inaugural setting, from Lieutenant Schmidt embankment next to the Mining University.
National Sailing League and Europe Champions League
Supporting the club movement in Russia and Europe remain one of the priorities of the Saint-Petersburg Yacht Club. Hosting the qualifying legs of the Sailing Europe Champions League in Saint Petersburg in August 2016, 2017 and 2018 was so successful that the teams of over 20 yacht clubs from the Old World will come back to the Neva waters this year to compete for the right to perform in the international Europe League final in Switzerland. Previously, our yacht club's team led by Anna Basalkina won a bronze in the SCL qualification in 2017 and was just a step away from the podium (4th place) in the SCL 2018 finals.
Qualifying round of Europe Sailing Champions League: 4-7July (Neva water area near Peter and Paul's Fortress)
The Saint Petersburg Yacht Club has taken part in the Russian National Sailing League since 2014. In the new season, the club's team will further compete in the top division of the League and be represented by the team composed of Sailing Academy members. Led by its all-time helmsperson Anna Basalkina, the winner of the NSL Grand Finals 2018 and 2017, the Academy team has already scored its first victories in Sochi.
RYF Supreme League round in Saint Petersburg: 12-14 July (Neva water area near Peter and Paul's Fortress)
RYF Premier League round in Saint Petersburg: 19-21 July (water area of the Saint-Petersburg Yacht Club, the Gulf of Finland)
Historical Shipbuilding Yard Poltava
The Poltava ship will have sails already this spring. By the start of the season, the builders want to equip the ship with a mast, spars, sails and maybe even guns. This summer the ship will be moored at one the central Saint Petersburg quays, and on 29 July the Poltava will take part in the main Russia's Naval Parade.
Previously, the 54-gun fourth-rate Poltava was launched on water on the Saint Petersburg City Day on 27 May. The Poltava is the first ship of the line of the Baltic fleet. The ship was named in honor of the victory of the Russian military in the Battle of Poltava. The Peter's Poltava was built on the Admiralty Shipyards and launched in June 1712. Peter the Great personally contributed to the design and construction of the ship. The Poltava ship of the line replica construction started in 2013 at the Poltava Historical Shipbuilding Yard founded by the Saint-Petersburg Yacht Club.
Tours are provided for those wishing to witness the magnificence of Saint Petersburg shipbuilders' work. The Historical Shipbuilding Yard today is the main facility for repairing big sailing ships in Russia and recognized by the Russian Maritime Register of Shipping. Over the past few years, the specialists of the shipyard have repaired steel masts, cross trees and rigging of the Chersonese training sailing ship, the mast and bowsprit of the Nadezhda (Hope) sailing ship, restored decks and lifeboats of the Aurora cruiser. The shipyard has a design office, a workshop for making sails for big sailing ships, a carpenter's workshop, a mast and spars workshop, wood carving and ship furniture workshops. The design office developed and implemented the Peter and Paul frigate project in the New Holland and the Zapad (West) schooner restoration project in Arkhangelsk. Today, the strong and professional team of the shipyard is working to design several historical vessels for Saint Petersburg and reconstruction of the legendary Mercury brig for Sevastopol.
The prestigious international Dragon class competition, the trophy of the Danish city of Marblehead, has been held for almost one hundred years. In 2018, this trophy was won by the Russian crew of Anatoliy Loginov and the Saint-Petersburg Yacht Club was named its keeper and the organizer of the next competition. Marblehead Trophy 2019, 20-23 July, water area of the Neva Bay of the Gulf of Finland.
The Russian Dragon class championship has been held in the territory of the Saint Petersburg Yacht Club since 2010. The Russian Dragon Class Championship, 24-28 July, Neva Bay water area.
Kommersant, a series of evening sailing regattas
The new season of amateur Kommersant regattas, organized by Saint-Petersburg Yacht Club and the Kommersant Publishing House with support of MegaFon is traditionally starting in June 2019. This season the participants can expect many surprises throughout all the 12 regattas. It is worth reminding that the regattas take place every Thursday, races begin at 7 pm. The regattas are intended for amateurs and beginners, therefore, sailing experience is not required! One of the season's new features will be professional uniform for participants from Decathlon retail chain. M-Marin is the technical partner of the project.
Saint Petersburg Yacht Club
Saint-Petersburg Regional Sports Non-Governmental Organization the Saint-Petersburg Yacht Club was established in 2007. Its main purpose is to keep seafaring ethics ideals on land and at sea, develop sailing and promote yachting as a leisure activity. The yacht club philosophy is based not only on the need to keep, but also on the commitment to transferring to future generations the legacy of seafaring culture and history of Russia and the entire world.
The general partner of the Saint-Petersburg Yacht Club is PJSC Gazprom.