March 14th is the official day of 100-year Jubilee of the Russian Yachting Federation

The Russian Yacht Racing Union (RPGS- the predecessor of former USSR and actual Russian Yachting Federations) was established on March 14th of 1912. On this particular day Naval Minister admiral Ivan Grigorovich has had signed the Constitution of the new public organization.

The Russian Yacht Racing Union appeared as natural consequence of the IYRU foundation (1907) and on the base of Union of the Baltic Yacht Clubs which united several Sankt-Petersburg yacht clubs. The other reason was necessity of preparations toward the Olympic Games – 1912 (Stockholm, Sweden).

It is remarkable that on top of the Jubilee Russian yachtsmen are celebrating another jubilee of 100 years since the first Olympic (bronze) medal gained by Russian sailors in 10-meter class at the Stockholm Olympic Games.

In line with the Jubilee celebrations  Russian Federation is planning to run various events. The official start o such events will take place at the International “Moscow Boat Show” which will be exposed at the main Crocus-Expo from March 20-25 2012. This will be followed by the raw of major regattas and National championships in Olympic and Non-Olympic, and youth classes of boats. Amongst them the “Sails of Russia” Festival will  bring out on waters dozen of thousands people in every corner of this country. The climax point will be marked by gala-party “Yachtsman of the Year” in the December of this year which will be fully devoted to this solemn date.

Nowadays The Russian Yachting Federation as legal successor of the RPGS and on behalf of the ISAF is responsible for development of all branches of sailing in Russia.  Together with ISAF and EUROSAF we do our best in promoting this fantastic kind of sport under the slogan “Sailing as the Way of Life”.

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