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Russian Dragon Open 2013

Post by Webmaster » Fri Jun 14, 2013 6:42 pm

Russian Dragon Open Championship opens on 26th June.

Preparations are well underway for 2013 Open Russian Dragon Nationals. Organized and hosted by S.Petersburg yacht club, the 8th Russian Championship will be held from 25th June to 1st July in one of the most iconic Baltic cities of Russia. To date 12th teams have already confirmed their attendance with defending 4th time national champion Anatoly Loginov and Primo Cup 2012 winner and bronze medalist of 2012 Gold Cup Dmitriy Samokhin.

Last year 34 boats participated in the regatta and the Organizers expect the same number of boats at the starting line this year.

Being one of the prominent national as well as European dragon class events, Russian Dragon Open always delivers exceptional conditions and superb hospitality for its guests. Last year the event was marked by ruthless fight for the trophy. To feel the pressure of the competition one has just to look at the Russian Open 2012 results list where 1st and 5th places were separated by just 1 point!

With support of event sponsor – Gazprom - the forthcoming championship promises to be as successful as ever. Truly superb sailing conditions that Finnish Gulf offers are already recognized and 2016 Europeans were awarded to be held here. Needless to add that time spent in history-rich St.Petersburg is prone to stay forever in the memories of sailors and guests of the regatta.

Among the top guests of the regatta Russian Open expects to welcome Mr.Yves Leglise. As a member of IDA Technical Committee, Mr.Leglise is going to act as a chief measurer of the event. As a member of the organizing committee. Mr.Leglise will work together with the most experienced judges from Russia to ensure the Fair Play implementation.

According to the event program, 25-26 June will be devoted to registration and measurement. The Practice race is to be held on 26th June afternoon. Racing starts at noon on 27th. Official prize giving ceremony is planned for 1st July. The official web page of the Russian Dragon Open 2013 is http://dragonopen2013.ru

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The Russian Dragon Open started with tricky winds

Post by Ivan Bidzilya » Sat Jun 29, 2013 10:27 am

After long postponement ashore opening day of the Russian Dragon Nationals finally delivered some good racing. Hosted by St-Petersburg Yacht Club, on 27th of June more than 25 crews commenced the battle for the title on the waters of Nieva river. The race committee did a great job of running at least one race in the lightest winds possible.

Sign of the things to come might had been noticed day before: the official training race was cancelled halfway up the first mark as wind died completely. The next day, 27th June, started with hope for some wind when in the early morning there were lines of breeze on the waters of the Nieva river. But it took more than 4 hours of waiting for the breeze to establish at not more than 8-10 knots.

The long waiting was brightened by official opening ceremony, that were attended by several top managers of the Russian and International Dragon Associations as well as representatives of the Russian Yachting Federation. Meanwhile some teams were quick to finish their entering formalities so the final enrolment of the Nationals stands as 27 boats.

Although the overall number of participants is slightly less than last year, the class in Russia shows no sign of declining. Among the crews one can easily pick several Olympic medalists and top-Dragon world class helmsmen. These are defending Russian champion and Gold Cup 2010 winner Anatoliy Loginov (RUS27 Annapurna), currently second world-rated helmsman Dmitry Samokhin (RUS76 Strange Little Girl), bronze medalist of 2012 Europeans Victor Fogelson (RUS35 Sunflower) and Cannes Grand Prix runner up Vassily Senatorov (RUS34 I feel good) to name a few.

“I have to admit that among the fleet there are several fantastic timber boats”, says chief measurer of the regatta Mr.Yves Leglise, “these are simply beautiful!” The boats that astonished IDA representative are competing along with overall title for the Classic Trophy of the Championship. There are 8 of them on the start line of the regatta.

The only race of the day appeared to be a tricky one as it always happens in light airs. Through several lead changes on 1 mile course with two laps eventually Vladimir Makaron’s team of RUS46 scored a bullet. “I wouldn’t consider today’s races as pure roulette” says RUS46 member, Andriy Golovko, “the key factor in today’s race was unusual current that have changed it’s path from last year’s regatta. Those who managed to discover that change have gained significantly. Any way we have 3 more racing days ahead and competition is more than wide open!”

According race committee, second day of Russian Open shall be way more busier with two races planned. “The yacht club and natural harbor itself are meant to stage a prefect event”, continues IDA representative Mr.Yves Leglise, “can’t wait to see more good racing here next day!’

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2013 Russian Dragon Open: tight at the top after 2nd day

Post by Ivan Bidzilya » Sat Jun 29, 2013 10:45 am

What a difference a day makes! On 28th June, the second day of the Russian Dragon Nationals, the wind gods treated competitors with real Dragon weather. In the 15-18 knots W and bright sunshine the day provided for three races that brought up a new leader.
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Russian Dragon Open 2013. Photo:E.Razina/Russian Dragon Association

On the second day of the Russian Dragon Nationals it appeared that light winds of the first day were given to the fleet as a kind of warming up opportunity. The 28th of June started with good breeze that soon developed into steady 15 to 18 knots of westerly wind accompanied by bright sunshine. With such a good conditions the day was full of action.
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Russian Dragon Open 2013. Photo:E.Razina/Russian Dragon Association
To compensate a small delay in regatta progress, the Race committee conducted three races. The fleet was too eager to start racing so two of the day’s three races were started with black flag. This proved to be effective as only one team scored BFD. “Good wind and good races” commented IDA representative Mr.Yves Leglise.

More causalities the fleet suffered due to high racing tension. With strong wind and flat river surface the Dragons were simply flying. As a result some gear has given up. Altogether boat handling with good tactics proved to be a key to success. No wonder that pre race favorites gained command of the overall standings. But nothing is decided yet as first three teams are separated by only one point.
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Russian Dragon Open 2013. Photo:E.Razina/Russian Dragon Association
With two bullets and one third place Dmitriy Samokhin’s RUS76 showed the best result of the day. That has driven RUS76 “Strange little girl” team to the first place from yesterday’s seventh. From sixth place to second jumped Gold Cup winner Anatoliy Loginov’s famous RUS27 “Annapurna” with one race win and two top-three finishes. However these two teams are tied on the top of the leaderboard: after 4 races both scored 12 points.

The most consistent results through different wind conditions showed RUS47 of Oleg Evdokimenko – they were forth yesterday and moved one place up today. With only one point more than first two teams, RUS47 has every chance to overturn the leaderboard.

“Now it’s too early to feel relaxed” says RUS76 helmsman and President of Russian Dragon Association Dmitriy Samokhin, “today’s races were extremely intense because competitors are very strong. Moreover the Championship hasn’t even reached it’s middle point so we’ll probably see more interesting developments soon”.

The top 5 standings of the Russian Dragon Open 2013 (28th June, after 4 races):
RUS76 Dmitriy Samokhin – 12
RUS27 Anatoliy Loginov – 12
RUS76 Oleg Evdokimenko -13
RUS36 Kuznetsov Artem - 21
RUS51 Emelyanov Konstantin – 24

Full results can be found on http://dragonopen2013.ru/
Complete photo set of the day is available at https://www.facebook.com/RussianDragon

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2013 Russian Dragon Open: the question remains

Post by Ivan Bidzilya » Sun Jun 30, 2013 7:55 am

On 29th of June, the penultimate day of Russian Dragon Open weather again threw a dice on the wind. Under hot sunshine long hours of waiting were bleeding slowly. Given the tight leaderbord positions and close proximity of the regatta end, every minute becomes a precious commodity. Finally on the edge of time limit the race committee sent the fleet on the water.
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Russian Dragon Open 2013, 29th June. Photo: E.Razina/Russian Dragon Association

It was bright ray of hope when the flags started to flap with developing breeze. Despite hours spent on shore sailors set up their boats for racing in minutes. But effort went in vein. After several attempts to start a race due to unstable wind the committee gave up trying.

However the day hasn’t passed without some highlights. The great dinner was planned for the evening. It is in the Dragon class nature that sailors are hard competitors on the water but true family on shore. This is why the evening was spent in warm atmosphere.

Now as the final day of Russian Dragon Open started the question remains: who will break the scoreboard tie and take the throphy? This may be decided in a single race of the last day..

The top 5 standings of the Russian Dragon Open 2013 (29th June, after 4 races):
RUS76 Dmitriy Samokhin – 12
RUS27 Anatoliy Loginov – 12
RUS76 Oleg Evdokimenko -13
RUS36 Kuznetsov Artem - 21
RUS51 Emelyanov Konstantin – 24
Full results can be found on http://dragonopen2013.ru/

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2013 Russian Dragon Open:title decided by smallest margin

Post by Ivan Bidzilya » Sun Jun 30, 2013 3:47 pm

The breeze finally kicked in for the last day of racing at 2013 Russian Dragon Open in St.Petersburg. On 30th of June the fleet went out for the final battle in 10 knots that have increased to 13-15 during the day. Inside the time limit the committee has successfully run two races that brought up a new Russian Champion.

Final day’s racing got underway on time with 10 knots of W breeze. Needless to say that after postponed day overnight the stakes were extremely high. At least five teams had realistic chances of winning the event. So the fight went to the wire.

The defending champion, Anatoliy Loginov with his RUS27 “Annapurna” team and early regatta leader Dmitriy Samokhin on “Strange little girl” (RUS76) were playing their own game with the rest of the fleet on the background. The first race of the day didn’t provide the answer who’s going to lift the trophy although RUS27 managed to hold off their competitors. Anatoliy crossed the line in third while RUS76 were forth. But the chances were equalized again as the right to throw- out applied.

Given that scoring before the final race the tension has raised even more. After the start the teams went on controlling each other from tack to tack. RUS27 showed another good performance and gained an early control while then RUS76 managed to overcome the competitor. And again, on the downwind leg of 1.8 mile long-course “Annapurna” appeared in the having already the title in sight.

But the eagerness of the two competitors was so strong that it resulted in light collision. That forced RUS27 to alter the course and Dmitriy resumed control. On the finish line “Strange little girl” was second (after RUS35 “Sunflower” who won) and the third were RUS27. The competition went to jury room.

As soon as racing results has given one point advantage to the RUS76, the protest hearing was intense and lasted for a while. However, the decision rendered didn’t influence the current leaderbord so RUS76 has won the Championship with single point margin. This seems to become a custom for Russian Nationals: last year the winner was decided on the countback out of the rarest three-way tie.

It must be noted that after numerous European regatta trophies the “Strange little girl’s” team has added first Natioanal Title to their CV. The second place took already 4th time National champion and Russia’s Yachtsmen of the year 2010 Anatoliy Loginov and his RUS27 “Annaourna”. The third place of the Russian Dragon Open went to Moscow’s “RotFront” - Artem Kuznetsov’s team RUS36.

With the closing of 2013 Russian Dragon Open vice-president of IDA Mr.Vasiliy Senatorov has announced that next year’s Championship will be held in August 2014, from 22th to 25th. No doubt one can expect to witness again the toughest competition between the most recognized crews of the Dragon class worldwide.

Full results can be found on http://dragonopen2013.ru/

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