What do we remember the year 2013? The editorial staff of itBoat remembers the most significant events and the brightest and most active people of the outgoing yachting year. We have put our results in nine major hashtags.
This hashtag we attach to the «Murmansk lawlessness». In short: yachts of the international Arctic regatta Adventure Race 80 dg in summer enter Murmansk port, where the Russian authorities detain them, threaten with deportation, fines and criminal cases.
Everything is good that ends well, but there is still some sediment.
The arrival of Derk Sauer, a sailing fan, in «RBC»'s management could not but have a positive impact on our case. This year the media holding finally «turned» to sail face to face and even received a media award from the «Yachtsman of the Year»national award. «RBC» not only covers, but also organizes business regattas itself.
# round the world2013
The first round-the-world adventure of the Barca« Sedov» was successfully completed this summer.
The sailboat spent 14 months on the way, passed 47 thousand 125 nautical miles, four times crossed the equator, circled the legendary Cape of Gorn and Cape of Good Hope and July 20 docked at the quay of Lieutenant Schmidt in St. Petersburg.
We didn't lengthen the list and stopped at two people. So, our people of the year are the designer Igor Lobanov and the champion and beauty Stephanie Yelfutina (here we are in solidarity with the national award).
Thanks to Igor Lobanov in 2013 such exotics as Russian megayacht design were recognized internationally. He received the World Yacht Trophies statuette in Cannes as the best designer of the year, and the megayacht St Princess Olga designed by him for Oceanco Shipyard won the award for the «best design of a yacht over 50 meters».
SB 20, Beneteau Platu 25, GP 26? These boats have become native to sailing enthusiasts in the past year. It was possible to chase the new monotypes very well without leaving. The Royal Yacht Club opened the sailing school of Ekaterina Skudina with a modern fleet of Beneteau Platu 25, the Yacht Club «Gals» regularly held training sessions on match-race and racing boats GP26. And if at the beginning of the season all slowly tried, at the end of the season so entered the taste, that boats for all comers simply began to lack.
We were pleased this year by our southern neighbors - Baku Windy City received the Grand Prix of F2 World Championship, and although it was not the first, but only the «second formula», it was held at a decent level.
Our choice is Monaco Melges20 Winter Series. This is the first time our compatriots have organized an international sporting regatta of this level. Their teams «Synergy» and RUS7, with the support of the Monaco Yacht Club, arranged for Russian yachtsmen to study with their professional colleagues, rather than sit in the off-season. According to the editorial team, the initiative has a good future.
In December 2013, traveler Fyodor Konyukhov celebrated his 62nd birthday and went across the Pacific Ocean on a fun boat «Turgoyak».
Inexhaustible energy of man is a definite swim of the year :)
program» to strengthen sailing in the regions is noteworthy and we believe it will have a tangible impact on sail development.
Another landmark undertaking of the year is «Gazprom»'s youth team. The Company plans to turn talented youngsters into tough professionals capable of competing with racers of Volvo Ocean Race, Rolex Fastnet Race and «America»'s Cup regattas.
Sailwind, 7 feetunder the keel and stay tuned for the new year! :)