First stage of Gazprom Cup regatta completed
PR and Media Relations Service, Gazprom Transgaz Saint Petersburg
On May 28, the first stage of the Optimists of the Northern Capital. Gazprom Cup regatta series concluded in St. Petersburg. The event was arranged by the Sailing Academy and the St. Petersburg Yacht Club with the backing of Gazprom Transgaz Saint Petersburg.
The now-traditional competition is in its seventh consecutive season. The regatta’s first stage featured a record number of participants – 157 racers from St. Petersburg, Moscow and the Moscow Region, Nizhny Novgorod, Azov, Sevastopol, Togliatti, Vyborg, Novorossiysk, Khabarovsk, and Krasnoyarsk. The athletes were divided into two groups, one for established Russian leaders and one for young novices. The races are meant to promote youth sailing in St. Petersburg and the Russian Federation at large.
The competition had four categories: Girls, Boys, Young Girls, and Young Boys.
In the Boys category, Andrey Sotnikov (St. Petersburg, Rautu sailing school) scored his second victory in a national regatta. Ilya Chuprina (St. Petersburg, Sailing Academy) took second place and Fyodor Krivobokov from Togliatti finished third.
The leader among Girls was St. Petersburg’s Alexandra Lukoyanova (Krestovsky Island sailing school), with Alexandra Kalashnikova and Maria Strok from Moscow in second and third place, respectively.
In the Young Boys category, Ilya Krivobokov (Togliatti) emerged as the winner, followed by Sergey Efimov (Dolgoprudny) and Demyan Baranov (St. Petersburg, Rautu sailing school).
As for Young Girls, Alisa Ivanova (Dolgoprudny) came out on top, Stanislava Gunker (St. Petersburg, Krestovsky Island sailing school) ended up second, and Yulia Naimushina (Krasnoyarsk) was third.
Gazprom Transgaz Saint Petersburg is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Gazprom focused on natural gas transmission in nine constituent entities of Russia and gas transit within and beyond the former Soviet Union. The company operates some 11,000 kilometers of gas trunklines, increasing its transmission volumes on an annual basis. It pumps over 140 billion cubic meters of gas each year.
The company’s facilities include 32 compressor stations with 192 gas compressor units, 244 gas distribution stations, as well as heat, electricity and water supply systems, communications, metrological and automation facilities. Gazprom Transgaz Saint Petersburg has 17 branches, including 13 gas pipeline operation centers.
The company’s integrated management system encompassing a quality management system, an environmental management system and an occupational health and safety management system was put in place in 2008. The subsidiary is based in St. Petersburg and employs around 7,000 people.
The Optimists of the Northern Capital. Gazprom Cup national regatta series was instituted in 2012. It is one of the largest projects run by the Sailing Academy and the St. Petersburg Yacht Club. Gazprom serves as the race’s original sponsor (with Gazprom Saint Petersburg as the project operator), maintaining the tradition of supporting sailing sports in Russia.
In 2018, the Optimists of the Northern Capital. Gazprom Cup regatta series comprises four stages:
- May 24–29 – the Neva Bay area in the Gulf of Finland, St. Petersburg Yacht Club;
- June 21–24 – the Sovetsky settlement, Vyborgsky District, Johannes yacht port;
- July 19–22 – the Sovetsky settlement, Vyborgsky District, Johannes yacht port;
- August 3–6 – the Neva Bay area in the Gulf of Finland, St. Petersburg Yacht Club.