From November 6 to 11, Lanzarote (archipelago of the Canary Islands) hosted the Federation Cup for the third time. Taganrog RUS7 team was the founder and ideologist of the event, while the general sponsor is Anywayday.com. The competition, held in the yacht class, was very representative. J/80, the competition in the class of yachts was very representative - 24 crews from several Russian cities took the start, some of them were mixed: yachtsmen from Belorussia, Spain, Latvia, Ukraine and France (at that Belorussian sportsmen also formed two national crews).
The list of well-known
sailors participating inthe race was amazing with their names: such a set of stars would do honor to any level of regatta.
There were European champions and Russian champions, many times champion of France, winners of Gold Cup in Dragon class and winners of St. Petersburg «White Nights Sails». This alone said that the regatta was going to be «hot».
This time it was different in some novelties, for example, a separate parallel classification for non-professional yachtsmen was introduced, the so-called «Corinthian» division. The main part of the regatta was to be held in fleet racing format, but
But back to the start of the races. The first days of the regatta started with rather weak winds, contrary to expectations. For example, November 5, the day before the start of the race, not all crews could properly train on the water - the wind was not stronger than 3-5 knots. Approximately the same was at the start of the official start of the regatta (November 6): the normal wind speed of 10-12 knots blew just half an hour before the start of the first race of the Cup. Under such conditions, the first to reach the finish line was a joint
The second race turned out to be the exact opposite of the first one - the wind dropped and the racers had to look for other tactical solutions and change boat settings. In the difficult conditions of a weak wind three crews even failed to finish. However, good luck went to both RUS 7 crews - the first was Anywayanyday
Dmitry Zaritsky with his usual wit summed up the first day as follows: «Yegburg burns, Taganrog goes».
The second day was extremely busy for the racers - strengthened wind allowed the sailors to race in full force, while the wave-covered water area allowed them to show their class on the almost smooth water. In the first race luck favoured joint Spanish, Ukrainian, Latvian and Russian crew, which was led by Fedorov. Rajko Alvarez - thereby the guys were able to rehabilitate themselves for their unsuccessful performance of the first day, when they couldn't finish the second race at all. In the same race was disqualified the team, in which we know from the team «Synergy»Maxim Logutenko - but in the second race, she completely justified herself by winning the difficult distance with flying colors. The third place in the final race of the day allowed these guys to enter the top ten as well, taking ninth position.
As for the first three crews of the regatta, almost nothing has changed - except that a mixed
Regatta leader - DeSafio Russia Espania 2012 crew(bronze medallist of last year's Cup) had a brilliant day: coming in third in the first race, the guys managed to win both final races of the day.
Now, the DeSafio team looked unshakable: there was almost no chance of beating
themon the last day of the competition.
And so it was: DeSafio Russia Espania 2012 celebrated winning the first race on Sunday, and simply didn't go into the second race - they'd had enough margin of victory. The second place was taken by Spanish-Ukrainian-Latvian-Russian crew under command of experienced local yachtsman Raico Alvarez. The third place went to the second crew of RUS 7 with Igor Lisovenko at the helm. In the «Corinthian» division, the victory was won by the crew
What can we say as a result? Probably only one thing - International won.
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Illustrations: Irina Belusa (c)