Last Wednesday, June 20, in St. Petersburg
Unfortunately, capricious Petersburg weather made serious adjustments to
«The sight of
businesswomenin white blouses and summer jackets against the background of sheep walking in the water area of the club» inspired pity - I had to share my jacket.
However, these troubles could not put most of the competitors off: the shining sun, a brass band adding cheerfulness to the guests of the club, a light buffet, etc. put the crowd in a good mood. The more so as the regatta was attended by the whole sailing elite: the chief coach of the national team, the SPSU president, vice-president of the Russian Yachting Federation and a member of its Board of Trustees, and other notable sailing personalities.
No sailing crew refused to enter the just-boiling Neva River, and the race was a great success which perfectly shook out all the participants and cleared their lungs of smoky office air.
Naturally, the sports level of this race was not very high, and that is not the point. «The meaning of the event was formulated several years ago (during the first such regatta in Krestovsky») by the then President of the Russian Yachting Federation Dmitry Zelenin: «Such events open business people's eyes to sailing, to its beauty.
We already have experience - firstly people come to
business regattascautiously, then they send their children to sailing schools, then they start to create new or to finance already existing yachts-clubs.
But there is a second point, no less important. Sailing has the ability to unite people who find themselves in a crew - it is simply inevitable - replacing any
Well, with a proper jerk of the sheet and the halyard, one can also pay attention to the economic forum.