RRD Russian Cup. Vetratoria, Dolzhanskaya spit, Russia. 7-17 September, 2017.
It looks like wind is teasing competitors and organisation team of RRD Russian Cup – third year in a row only little wind during the competitions. However, this year, the only one windy day was fully used – 8 marathon races were held. From 7 am till 6 pm 63 competitors were trying to do their best in very good slalom conditions – 18-22 knot and flat water.
Marathon distance was approximately 16 km and it took about 18 minutes for the winner to go through it. After short lunch brake, races were shorter and actually it was a big slalom. The fleet was traditionally divided into PRO category and Amateurs, moreover there were awards for the best in Masters, Youth and Ladies categories.
The next day few light-wind slalom races were held and finally they were rewarded as Fun races.
On the other no-wind days, there were SUP races, volleyball tournament and RRD Foil testing, so competitors have lots of fun.
Results were not surprising: 1st place in PRO took Sergey Makarenko, 1st Amateur was Sergey Dyakov who won The Prise – RRD Hydrofoil, and the first in Woman category was Anna Sagulenko. Congratulations fro the winners! Overall results here: http://russia.vetratoria.ru/page/rezultaty-sorevnovaniy.php
Traditionally, Opening and Prize-giving ceremony continued with Potatoes and Mohito party on the beach. As always, organization of RRD Slalom cup was at its best. The only thing we can wish for is more wind next year. Thanks for everybody and see you next September at the Vetratoria Russia!