Please select your home edition
Edition
Clipper Ventures

Optimists of the Northern Capital - The Gazprom Cup - Stage 1

by Jessica Francis 30 May 2013 12:04 BST 25-26 May 2013
The Gazprom Cup is dedicated to children racing from the Yacht Club of Saint-Petersburg © SPBYC

The Optimists of the Northern Capital, The Gazprom Cup, started on the historical Russian waters of Saint Petersburg this past weekend, the 25th to 26th May with 8 races completed. Hosted by the Yacht Club of Saint Petersburg, Russia this event is completely dedicated to youth racing and is an important catalyst to grow the sport of sailing within Russia across all levels of competency.

Igor Taraskin a coach at the Yacht Club of Saint Petersburg summarized the spirit of this first event in the 2013 series, "we don't expect an Olympic attitude from the children, instead we just welcome a desire to sail".

With competitors as young as 7 years old in the junior category the race programme caters to everyone including an action packed onshore programme with treasure hunts, tea parties, cooking workshops, trampolines and simulators. Competitors were also able to test out the match racing boats participating in the Sails of White Nights regatta broadening their marine experience.

Anna Deyanova, Principal Race Officer commented on the dedication of this event towards youths, "children get a lot of attention at this event with lots of briefings held by the coaches before the racing, the competitors are confident and happy to race in the variety of conditions we have in the Neva River and everyone is in a good mood."

Sails are supplied by Gazprom to all event entrants providing a level playing field across the fleets with three categories; male, female and junior. Results are dictated by the skill of the sailor rather than their equipment.

The final 3 races in the male division were extremely tight with Daniil Usachev, Leonid Pushev and Vladimir Novoselov on equal points. After 8 races the gold medal for the first stage went to Leonid Pushev from the Rautu team with a very consistent four 1st places and three 2nd places on the scoreboard.

A winner also on the Neva River last year Leonid Puhev shared his winning style, "you have to keep away from the crowds on the start line and make sure you have speed. If you sail fast it gives you more opportunities to use your tactics".

For the ladies in the female category Anita Borkona from the Union Trade's River Yacht Club currently sits on top and Anton Khomenko racing from their home club, the Yacht Club of Saint Petersburg came in first within the junior fleet.

The second stage of the Optimists of the Northern Capital – the Gazprom Cup will be held in the Port Hercules, Russia this coming weekend June 1st and 2nd.

Optimists of the Northern Capital – The 2013 Gazprom Cup – Series Schedule:

  • Event 1 25 - 26 May
  • Event 2 1 - 2 June
  • Event 3 24 – 28 July
  • Event 4 29 – 31 August
opticup.ru

Related Articles

Foley wins 26th International Optimist Regatta
Speed and tactics prove to be the winning combination Speed and tactics proved the winning combination that led 13-year-old Peter Foley to place first overall at the 26th International Optimist Regatta (IOR), presented by Electronic Merchant Systems (EMS) Virgin Islands Posted on 18 Jun
USODA Worlds Team wins Optimist Team Race Regatta
At the St. Thomas International Optimist Regatta Coached by Pilo Rocha, the 2018 USODA Worlds Team of Stephan Baker, Peter Foley, Ryan Satterberg, Thommie Grit, and Tommy Sitzmann just topped 12 other teams and won the Team Race portion of the International Optimist Regatta, held in St. Thomas, USVI. Posted on 17 Jun
Countdown to 2018 Optimist Nationals
The countdown to the 2018 Optimist Nationals at Pensacola Yacht Club continues. The countdown to the 2018 Optimist Nationals at Pensacola Yacht Club continues. Check-in and measurement— July 13 & 14— for the July 15 start of racing is one month from today. Posted on 15 Jun
Optimist sailors at the Volvo Ocean Race!
A day to remember for the young sailors in Cardiff Optimist sailors experienced a day to remember courtesy of Volvo Car UK and the Volvo Ocean Race Academy in Cardiff at the weekend. Posted on 15 Jun
Parkstone Optimist Open
108 sailors across three fleets in Poole Harbour Parkstone Yacht Club welcomed over one hundred young sailors to Poole Harbour over the weekend of 9-10 June to participate in their Optimist open meeting which forms part of the IOCA Southern Traveller Series. Posted on 15 Jun
26th International Optimist Regatta at St. Thomas
103 junior sailors from five nations ready to sail Experience, communication and speed were the skills junior sailors on Team USA Worlds used to win the TOTE Maritime Team Racing Championships. The Championships are one of a trio of events sailed this week out of the St. Thomas Yacht Club Posted on 15 Jun
Opti State champions crowned in Goolwa
Austin Higgins holds off close competition from Tana Deyell Austin Higgins from Brighton and Seacliff was the overall winner of the Open Fleet and through consistent sailing he was able to hold off some close competition in Tana Deyell from the Royal Brighton Yacht Club in Melbourne. Posted on 12 Jun
26th International Optimist Regatta preview
110 young sailors set for St. Thomas Yacht Club A near-record 110 eight to 15-year-old sailors from five countries will race eight-foot long single-sail Optimist dinghies in the TOTE Maritime Clinic, TOTE Maritime Team Race, and International Optimist Regatta (IOR) Posted on 12 Jun
SA Optimist States and Frostbite Regatta day 1
It was a beautiful morning to kick off the first day The Open, Intermediate and Green fleets completed three races in challenging winds during the morning session, before breaking for lunch, while the afternoon session was cut short due to poor and fickle conditions. Posted on 9 Jun
YOO Youth Regatta at Bowmoor
Including the Optimist Regatta at the club Bowmoor SC "Oppie Camp" again saw children having a great time and some great coaching, and was followed on the Saturday by the club's Optimist Open and YOO Youth Regatta. Posted on 8 Jun