The Russian crew of Evgeniy Neugodnikov, Andrey Bill and Aleksandr Ekimov were crowned winners of the 2009 Micro World Championship held in Moscow, Russia.
Two hundred and twenty participants in 72 crews represented 13 countries from three continents at the Micro Cup - Micro World Championship in Russia, which was held on Moscow's Klyazminskoe lake. The Netherlands, Belgium, France, Germany, Poland, Argentina, Brazil, USA, Serbia, Latvia, Estonia, Belarus and Kazakhstan were all represented along with the host nation Russia, who in the end dominated the competition taking all three podium spots
The championship was opened at the Moscow Sailing School "Chlebnikovko" by President of International Micro Class Association Philippe De Troy from Belgium and the President of Russian Yachting Federation Dmitry Zelenin. From that moment on the Russian crews dominated, leading from start to finish and winning all but two of the 11 races sailed.
Well-known Russian match racer Eugeniy Neugodnikov
led his crew of Andrey Bill and Alexander Ekimov
to an emphatic victory, winning the 2009 World title with a race to spare. Eugeniy Nikiforov
, Dmitry Lukyanov and Pavel Brednev
(RUS) took the silver medal, with Sergey Musikhin
, Kirill Luzin
and Yury Popov
(RUS) completing the podium.
Within the Micro World Championship was also the "Micro ADMIRAL's CUP" Team World Cup and Euro Cup "Open Moscow Micro Cup 2009". Sets of medals were also presented to top Micro yachts classified as Proto, Racer, Cruiser and National division Touring, besides women crews and youth crews up to 21.
On the final day of racing, with Neugodnikov and his team already having the World title wrapped up, the Admiral Cup races were completed. In order to take Admiral Cup every participated nation was represented in each division - Proto, Racer and Cruiser. The results were summarized and finally the Russian Team from Urals - Maxim Taranov
, Dmitry Sudakov, Sergey Musihin won the Cup.
Following the racing, the Prize Giving and Closing Ceremony were held in evening, with a concert programme and disco following the ceremonial part of the festival. In addition to the World Championship medals, with the Organizing Committee presented the award to the best junior crew of the 2009 Micro Worlds to another Russian team: Daniil Deyanov, Aleksandr Romanov, Kristina Grigoreva.
Organizers of the Micro Cup and Micro World championship were: Moscow Sailing Federation, Micro Class Association "microclass.ru", Russian Yachting Federation, under the control of IMCCA.
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