In Nikolaev the regatta with record quantity of yachts was accompanied by a huge flag of Ukraine

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This morning record quantity of yachts - 69 - стартанули from regional yachts - club in the direction of the Kinburnsky Braid. Almost continuous rain didn't prevent to begin competition - athletes speak, worse if there was a calm.

This year many participants16-й ecological regatta of a name of Sergey Shapovalov "Cup of the Kinburnsky braid"- and it is athletes from five cities of Ukraine - brought yachts with itself, having overcome considerable distance.

As the chief judge of competitionstold usLeonid Shumilov,to the youngest athletes - for 14 years. They generally sail as ship's boys or the shkotovykh. The most skilled - for 70 years!

- Athletes, which already around 70 years, - very vigorous. I think, they have chances of a victory, - Leonid Shumilov told.

The chief judge emphasized that every year this competition becomes more and more prestigious.

- Athletes participate in a regatta fromKharkov, Odessa, Youzhny, Kiev and Nikolaev, - the president of Federation of sailing of the Nikolaev areatoldSergey Isakov. - I hope that it will allow to execute the corresponding qualification standards and to give start that in the next years these competitions became not only interesting, but also brought ranks of masters of sports, candidates for the master of sports, brought the category.

In total 40 masters of sports, including one master of sports of the international class participate in a regatta.

Among participants - the yacht with a sail - advertizing of "Beeline"

Across the Southern Bug the regatta is accompanied by the Victoria yacht on which the huge colors of Ukraine within the stock "Greatness of the Ukrainian Flag" are hoisted.

- The total area of a flag makes about 20 m ², - the deputy chief of SBU of the Nikolaev areatoldLeonid Basharov. - This action - the general initiative of Security service of Ukraine and a number of public organizations of our country.The essence of an action consists in formation at the population, first of all, at youth, respect for country symbols, patriotism education by demonstration of the Ukrainian symbolics in picturesque places at a big congestion of people.

Results of a regatta become known only in three days when athletes will overcome distance from Nikolaev to the Yagorlitsky gulf (Kinburn) and back. Even the chief judge didn't decide to state the assumptions of the possible winner.

- Sports are unpredictable, can happen, anything, - he told.

We will remind that last year, during a similar regatta the yacht blew up! The crew was taken to hospital.


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