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The hot August continues in Oakliff, starting on the 30th of August.

2 Back to back events in Russia and Chicago just concluded

The 20. jubilee Match Race in Ekaterinburg is over

A jubilee sailing regatta has ended in Ekaterinburg on the territory and with the support of "Gubernskiy yacht club "Komatek". It was the 20th «Russian Open Match Race Ekaterinburg Cup-2017»on the water area of Verkh-Isetsky pond. The event is dedicated to Ekaterinburg City Day.

9 crews from Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Chelyabinsk, Ekaterinburg, Novouralsk and Vladivostok took part in the competition.

This year the regatta has international status because it was included in the Match race Super league calendar.

Changeable Ural weather showed its character: the first racing day had excellent wind conditions whereas on the second day no races could be held because of no wind.

The third racing day began with little wind. However, the participants went on the water from the early morning to use the first possibility to start the races. After lunch the wind became stable, around 5 knots. It was possible to finish the round robin and start the round robin for the top six participants. The results were so unpredictable that we had to wait until the last race to give the places. This race gave the chance to six lucky participants to take part in the next round robin. All of the crews deserved entering the second round robin. There was a real fight. Some arguing took place but the last match made everything clear. 4 out of 8 crews entered the round robin with the same results. The skills of all the crews were almost the same.

On the last racing day there was enough wind to hold semi-finals and finals. In the morning the wind was little but after the participants had gone on the water it became 5 knots. After the participants had come back ashore, the wind was over again.

The winner of the regatta is Andrey Kochnev and his crew: Alexey Seliukov, Vladislav Toporkov, Denis Tiurikov and Stanislava Georgieva (Vladivostok).

The second place goes to Viacheslav Frolov (Saint Petersburg) and his crew Sergey Kataev, Andrey Ryzhov, Maksim Melentiev.

The third place was taken by Alexey Stupka (Ekaterinburg) with his crew: Yuri Meleshin, Sergey Zudov and Platon Stupka. Alexey is a constant participant and many times a prizer of this regatta. It is interesting that in his crew is now his son Platon who is younger than this sailing project.

An international umpire from Germany Lorenz Walch shares his thoughts and impressions about the Ekaterinburg Cup 2017 and match race in general.

What do you think of match race as a sailing discipline and what advantages does match race have?

In match racing you need to be a very experienced sailor who is good in handling a boat, who is good in rule knowledge and who has a good team. And everything must come together within a very short period of a maximum of twenty minutes. So if you make one mistake it is terribly bad and may lead to a loss of the match.  Sailors have to be really concentrated.

You have been coming to Ekaterinburg every year for 23 years. You know a lot about the history of match race here, in Ural. It has become a tradition here. Why do you think it is a tradition?

First of all I want to say why I come to Russia every year. Because there are so many beautiful women! (laughs) And, the second question, what was it? (laughs).

Why has match race become a tradition in Ural?

Because there were people who loved sailing with all their heart, but they were originally sailing in Micro class. They wanted to learn something and looked for new possibilities and contacts. So finally their interest led them to me. When they found out what match race was, they were fascinated from the very beginning.The first match race, which was held in Ekaterinburg in 1994, was really successful. Every year Yuri Kryuchenkov and his team organized international events and very soon we had Russian Championship, European Championship and in five years we had the first World Championship. So, match racing has become a tradition in Ekaterinburg because of real interest of the people!

And what is your impression of the regatta this year?

This regatta is something special as it is the 20th Ekaterinburg Cup. There aren’t many match races in the world that have been a tradition for twenty years. And what is really surprising and unique is the fact that it happens deep in the Urals, not in a sailing area.

So, we correlate with the slogan of Match race Super league "Let's make Matchracing great again!"

Chicago Grand Slam 2017

Chicago, IL -- This weekend Chicago Yacht Club and Chicago Match Race Center are co-hosting the first stop of the three-event, US Grand Slam Series. The field of competitors includes twelve teams from five countries, seven of which are currently ranked in the top 100 in the World Sailing match racing rankings. Sailors will compete in CYC's fleet of Sonars just outside Belmont Harbor, alongside the Chicago Air & Water Show.

The champion of the 2016 Chicago Grand Slam and the overall 2016 US Grade 2 Grand Slam Series, Harry Price, is back in Chicago to defend his title with his Down Under Racing teammates Murray Jones and Cameron Seagreen.

However, Price will face some pretty stiff local competition this weekend, including longtime CMRC member Steve Lowery, who has podiumed at a dozen CMRC events and finished 2nd in last year's Chicago Grand Slam. Also Will Boulden's Alpha Racing Team, ranked 18th in the world, is making a strong debut in Chicago. The two Australian teams - Boulden and Price - are currently tied on the top of the leaderboard with undefeated score lines in their first round robins.

The regatta began today with round robin racing. Sailors were seeded into two groups of six teams, from which the top three automatically advance to the Quarter-Finals. The three lowest finishing teams will compete in the Repechage Round Robin for the remaining two spots in the Quarter-Final's.

At this point, six of the eight quarter-finalists have been decided:

  1. Will Boulden - Alpha Racing Team
  2. Harry Price - Down Under Racing
  3. Will Holz - Match Racer
  4. Pearson Potts - Yankee-Creole Racing
  5. Chris Poole - Riptide Racing
  6. Steve Lowery - Shadow Racing Team

Complete results can be found at www.matchracingresults.com.

Half of the teams competing in Chicago will sail in the other two US Grade 2 Grand Slam events. After this weekend, they will head to Bayview, Michigan for the Detroit Cup and then continue to Oyster Bay, New York for the Oakcliff International. The winner of the US Grand Slam will earn an invitation to the 2018 Long Beach Yacht Club's Congressional Cup.

For the first time this year, the Chicago Grand Slam is a part of the Match Race Super League (MRSL). The MRSL was formed in 2017 to unite organizers and promote high level mono-hull match racing internationally. The Chicago Grand Slam is one of eight international events on the newly formed circuit, and "Chicago Yacht Club is excited to see mono-hull match racing on the rise again," said Libbi Dust, CYC's Regatta Manager. Read more about the MRSL here: www.mrsuperleague.org.

The Chicago Grand Slam is grateful to have Gosling's Rum as the official Rum Sponsor of the event.

Follow the racing at www.matchracingresults.com, on Facebook - Chicago Match Race Center and Chicago Yacht Club, or on Twitter - @matchracecenter.

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