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.
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.
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.
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
2013 Russian Dragon Open Championship press service