Wednesday, July 19, 2017

J/70 Stadium Sailing Takes off in Moscow!

J/70 Moscow stadium sailing at The Royal Yacht Club (Moscow, Russia)- The legendary Swiss watchmaker Ulysse Nardin and the leading Russian sailing project- PROyachting- partnered again for the 2017 stadium sailing series that is taking place on the “Water Stadium” in front of Royal Yacht Club in Moscow, Russia.  The main prize for the winner of popular Wednesday Night Races will be a brand new Marine Chronograph series from Ulysse Nardin (that’s one of only 150 units made in the world- priceless!!).

J/70 sailors in Moscow, Russia- at Royal Yacht ClubFor over 170 years, the Swiss watch maker has created models that embody the latest technological developments and impeccable style. Director General of Ulysse Nardin Russia, Maxim Andrianov, commented on their partnership, "This is a very interesting partnership for both sides. First, the history of the Ulysse Nardin brand is closely connected with the sea, and we participated with the Artemis Racing team in the America's Cup, the oldest competition in the world that has been held since 1851. Of course, for us it is very important that our brand is associated with watchmaking, advanced technologies in the manufacture of watches, but also with the rich history that we possess associated with sailing and the Seven Seas. And, the cooperation with PROyachting gives us this opportunity in Russia."

PROyachting- Ekaterina Skudina- Moscow, RussiaEkaterina Skudina, a World and European sailing champion and partner in the PROyachting project, commented that “we are very glad to continue cooperation with the legendary Swiss watchmaker Ulysse Nardin. This year is very symbolic, because Artemis Racing Team, sponsored by Ulysse Nardin, reached the final of the Louis Vuitton America's Cup Challenger Playoffs and showed excellent skills. We are pleased that Ulysse Nardin is so close to the sport of sailing, and we hope their partnership with PROyachting will bring the expected result this season here in Russia. For our part, we continue to develop Russian sailing and set higher standards for our yachting events."

PROyachting is a leader in attracting and integrating the world's leading brands into Russian yachting. The creative team at PROyachting continues to come up with new formats and develop numerous projects in Russia and abroad. The popular series of evening regattas- the “Wednesday Night Races on J/70s” by PROyachting- was the most notable development for yachting life and activity around Moscow. And, watches from the Swiss brand Ulysse Nardin provide an honorary trophy. That will increase the competitive nature of the sailors for winning the Wednesday Night season series on J/70s!

During the summer season, PROyachting plans to conduct 24 days of racing, which will determine the winner of the unique Marine Chronograph watch from Ulysse Nardin. The ceremony presenting the main prize for the season will be held in November and it will be awarded as the "PROyachting- Sailor of the Year!"

J/70s sailing in Moscow, Russia at Royal Yacht ClubIn the 2016 sailing season, it was the ALEX Team that won the valuable trophy- the Marine Diver watch from Ulysse Nardin. The prize was presented personally by Maxim Andrianov from the Ulysse Nardin Russia. In total, the Wednesday Night Race series in 2016 was attended by 45 teams!

This year, the event has grown even further in popularity! At least 45 teams have registered to compete and they participate in the round-robin style format as the teams rotate in and out of boats each evening.

For example, on June 27 was the seventh day of racing for the series for the “Tuesday Training Series”. A good wind allowed the organizers to hold 5 races. The leader of the evening was Team HURRICANE, having won three races in a row; they finally broke into first place in the standings. So, the top three were Team HURRICANE (Elena Buyanova, Pavel Ovanesyan, Alexey Sikirin, & Pavel Kiriluk), then in second place was Team BIG FISH (Inna Ozhogina, Polga Selezneva, Ivan Bodyagin, & Igor Puzanov), third step on the podium went to Team MOSCOW 24 (Denis Elahovsky, Ivan Lozovoy, Eugene Sutyrin, & Valentin Uvarkin).

J/70 sailing at Royal Yacht Club- Moscow, RussiaFor the next day of racing on June 28th, the 8th evening of racing for the Ulysses Nardin Wednesday Night Races, three races were sailed in a very complex and changeable wind by top Muscovite-based teams.  The results swung wildly for many boats.  However, for those who follow J/70 sailing on a European level, a familiar face was at the top of the leaderboard.  Winning the evening was none other than Russia’s top women keelboat skipper, Valeriya Kovalenko, leading her SSA-9 team to victory (Nikolai Chernikov, Alexey Tarasov, & Sergey Avdonin).  Second for the evening was NO PASARAN (Mikhail Loskov, Nikolay Khlystov, Igor Manshin, & Valentin Uvarkin).  Third for the night was TREM (Alexandra Peterson, Andrey Dmitriev, Pavel Kirilyuk, & Andrey Novikov).  At this rate, Valeriya’s SSA-9 Team may be on track for that fancy watch!  Follow the PROyachting/ Ulysse Nardin J/70 Wednesday night series on Facebook

To learn more about the PROyachting Wednesday Night Ulysse Nardin J/70 series, please call +7 499 393 31 33, + 7 988 143 17 57 or email / website- Add to Flipboard Magazine.