After five days the fifth edition of Gdynia Sailing Days, 60 races in nine classes were completed. Only IMS I, II and 730 yachts went to race on Saturday, for the rest of the yachts the wind was too light.
343 competitors from nine countries: Australia, Belarus, the Czech Republic, Lithuania, Poland, Germany, Sweden, Russia and the Ukraine took part in Gdynia sailing festival. The regatta were held in five Olympic classes:470 Men and Women, Finn, Laser, Europe, Tornado; IMS I and II and the national Polish class-730.For the last three classes the event was at the same time as the Polish Championship. During the Gdynia Sailing Days the European Cup competition of Radio-Navigated Yachts in Marblehead class took place.
Unfortunately, contrary to the previous editions, some leading sailors of Olympic classes did not appear in Gdynia-they are already in Athens preparing to take part in the Olympic Games. Nevertheless, the competitors present at the Gdynia Sailing Days showed a desperate fight while racing and as spectacular as previously.- We are very glad with this year's festival. A lot of really good sailors came to race and they were not worse than those who took part in previous regattas.
Andrzej REYMAN, president of the Sailing Race Association assesses the fifth edition of the event.
Two brothers, Wacław and Rafał SZUKIEL were contending for the victory in Finn class. The winner was the first of the brothers. Among the women's races in Europe class, a great sailor from Lithuania, Gintare VOLENGEVICIUTE was second to none, even the best Polish competitors-Weronika GLINKIEWICZ and Kasia SZOTYŃSKA. Jakub KOPYŁOWICZ and Jarosław JUCHNOWICZ, the representatives of Gdynia's Yacht Club Steel, are the champions of the two-hull Tornado class. In general classification of the World Cup of Gdynia Sailing Days however, the two stunning Ukrainian sailors, Stanislaw GOLIMBIEVSKIY and Alexandr MIENINKOV were triumphant. It was them who came first at the finishing line in all ten races.
During the prize-giving ceremony not only medals, cups and gifts were handed, but also the cup founded by the family of a young, prematurely deceased sailor-Marek MUZYKIEWICZ. This challenge cup was given to Artur POMORSKI and his crew from the Tradewinds.