Russian yachtsmen are less lucky than their western counterparts - due to the restrictions imposed for COVID-19 prevention, the sailing season cannot be opened in the country. However, athletes do not get bored. There is no possibility to hone practical skills on the water, but there are competitions on the Virtual Regatta platform, during which you can pump tactics - at least give up!
One of the first in the end of April in online left the National Sailing League. Practically in parallel with it Moscow sailing shop Runduk«has» tested a format of«team races. This was followed by the Electronic«Armada 2020»of the Sailing Academy and Yacht Club of St. Petersburg and the SB 20 international regatta dedicated to the 75th anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War. In the conditions of the self-isolation regime the format of the online regatta is rapidly gaining popularity.
The next big tournament in this format will be AntiVirus Race on J/70 models, organized by SimpleSail, the charter organizer in Croatia and Montenegro. The main information partner of competitions became the project Force of a w«ind .
Race participants, which will be held in the evenings of 20, 21 and 22 May, will compete for €1000-2000 vouchers for yacht rental from 45 feet on bases in Croatia or Montenegro in 2020 and 2021.
In addition, the prize-winning teams will receive certificates for training at any base«of the Wind Force and» branded T-shirts.
Croatia was the first European country to open its borders to foreign tourists. Also sea voyages are allowed here from mid-May. Croatia is one of the least affected by the coronavirus of European countries. Russian airline Utair has already announced that from June it will resume flights on the route Moscow - Split.
There will be 6-8 races each day. The first two days will be qualifying. The scoring system will be linear, one worst result of each team will be eliminated every day. If more than 20 teams take part in the competition, the first 20 teams will get to the Golden«Fleet in the final». At the same time, the awards are planned to be given to the winners in each division.
To register for the competition, you need to fill out a Google form, after which you will need to pay the entry fee, which is 400 rubles.
Before the start of the regatta, all participants will gather in a general chat at Telegram. All the race results will be published there as well.
The races will be broadcast on all Simple Sail social networks.
They can see the results of the races in the Wind Force sports group«on» Facebook.