Sails of Hope regatta held in Sakhalin with support from Gazprom Dobycha Shelf Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk
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On July 20–23, the port town of Kholmsk hosted a regional sailing competition entitled “Sails of Hope.” The regatta for yacht racers aged 9 to 16 was held for the first time this year. The event took place thanks to the cooperation between the Sakhalin Yachting Federation and Gazprom Dobycha Shelf Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, as well the support from the regional sports ministry. The competition brought together 35 yacht racers from sports schools located in Nevelsk and Kholmsk (Sakhalin Island) and about 20 guest racers from the Vanino settlement (Khabarovsk Territory).
The participants competed in one-man vessels of the Optimist and Luch types. In contrast to large yachts where success depends on the coordinated work of the crew, one-man racing yachts make the sportsman face the sea, the sail and the vessel all alone. The regatta followed the international sailing rules: there were four marks installed in the water on the course. The overall results were based on the outcomes of all racing days.
A total of 8 sets of awards were contested for among the beginners (the silver fleet) and the accomplished (the gold fleet) athletes, who were racing yachts of the Optimist type, as well as faster vessels, such as Luch Radial and Luch Mini. Eventually, the six first places were taken by the Sakhalin athletes. The racers from Vanino will take home another two of the first prizes.
The yacht racers who performed best at Sails of Hope will have an opportunity to compete for their home regions at the Far Eastern Championship in August.
“Thanks to the support from Gazprom Dobycha Shelf Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, we held the Sails of Hope regatta for the first time. I believe the competition will keep expanding in scope and prominence in years to come. There are not so many tournaments today that allow yacht racers improve their skills and gain experience. So, we are very pleased to welcome another major yachting event,” said Daria Fyodorova, President of the Sakhalin Yachting Federation.
Gazprom Dobycha Shelf Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Gazprom focused on developing fields within the Kirinsky block offshore Sakhalin Island as part of the Eastern Gas Program (Sakhalin III project).
By developing these reserves, the company will make a substantial contribution to meeting the energy demand of Russia's Far East and creating opportunities for natural gas exports to Asia-Pacific.
A subsea production system is used for the first time in the history of the Russian gas industry to extract hydrocarbons from the Kirinskoye gas and condensate field.
Gazprom Dobycha Shelf Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk adopted and put into effect a number of integrated systems, such as the ISO 14001:2015 environmental management system, the GOST R ISO 31000–2010 risk management system, the ISO 9001:2015 (GOST R ISO 9001–2015) quality management system, and the ISO 45001:2018 occupational health and safety management system. The company employs over 600 people. Its head office is located in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk.
Providing support to sports initiatives and public organizations focused on promoting sports in Sakhalin Island and the Kuril Islands is among the social priorities of Gazprom Dobycha Shelf Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk. Since 2012, the company has rendered support to 28 significant sports projects – the Company's funds were used to purchase sports equipment and gear for regular training and pre-contest preparations. The company's activities in this area carried out in 2020 were marked with the Patron of Sports award at the Sports Elite regional review competition.