Ukrainian Professional Yacht Race Sets Sail at the Kyiv Sea
Vyzhgorod, September 16, 2011. The 5th season of yacht competition among professionals Wind Master Regatta took place at the Kyiv Sea this weekend. The competition featured many famous yacht-sportsmen including the three-times Olympic champion at three different yacht categories Valentin Mankin.
This year the yachts competition included three categories: Olympic class “Zoryanyy”, “ORC Sportboat” and “Cruiser-Race Yachts.” It is the Regatta’s tradition that young students from local sail schools compete in the event along with the professional yacht-sportsmen and this year is no exception.
The Regatta enjoys active support by Ukrainian and international partners. “The standards of yachting in Ukraine are some of the highest in the world. Ukraine, even as a part of the Soviet Union Olympic team, won more medals than any other country,” shared a little history Martin Nunn a famous PR specialist whorepresented aBritish whiskey brand at the event.
Besides being spectacular and daringly challenging yacht sport requires some hefty financial investments. “Sometime they call it competition of the thick wallets,” shared his impression yacht captain Maxim. “Let’s say you have a pretty good yacht and crew but a yacht of your competitor goes just a little bit faster, so you start to invest into new upgrade for your yacht, then the competitor might do the same. And so forth and so on,” said Maxim.
Despite its expensiveness the yacht sport is becoming more popular in Ukraine. It will cost about 7, 000 hryvnya (a bit less than $ 1 000) to pay for the training in order to obtain the license of yacht captain. Once being qualified to operate the yacht without additional supervision a person can rent a yacht for a week or so anywhere in the world. Renting the yacht during the off season which usually goes from July until August may be ridiculously low.
Wind Master Regatta started its history in Ukraine in 2009. The most important principle of the competition is Fair game. The Regatta follows all the strictest rules of international yacht sports, which might be quite challenging at the time. “Our idea was to create regatta based on strict Fair-play principals, which would be interesting for professional yacht sportsmen,” said Director of Wind Master Regatta Yuriy Semenyuk. At this point the organizers of the Regatta don’t look for a great number of participants in their event. “This is the situation where the less is better than more,” explains Yuriy Semenyuk. Challenging demands, however, keep Wind Master Regatta among the most highly professional competitions in its class internationally.