A city sailing championship is being held in St. Petersburg. The first races took place in the Neva Bay in the Gulf of Finland.
Over 500 yachtsmen are participating in the championship on different class yachts. This regatta in rather difficult weather conditions with a wind of 8-10 knots is a test for them before the Russian Sailing Cup.
Andrey Nikandrov, Capitan of the yacht “Globus”, comments: ‘The yachts and yachtsmen participating in the regatta are more or less equal, so it is very interesting to compete. This season has been rather confused, many sailing events were canceled. So now we are glad to participate in any regatta.’
Roman Gagarsky, captain of the yacht “Aurora Borealis”, tells: ‘This year a new distance was included for the first time, we like it. Before that, we had been racing the same round for 10 years, and everybody knew what it was going to be like before even starting.’
Gagarsky’s crew is leading after the first races. The regatta will continue this weekend.
Photo and video: St. Petersburg TV channel