Arbuzov Triumphant In St. Petersburg
The final day of the Sails of White Nights - The National Congress Palace Cup - EUROSAF Match Race Open Championship was not without surprises as tricky breeze and judging decisions made for a frustrating final day for competitors.
The two semi-finals that were played out between Russian compatriots Andrew Arbuzov and Sergey Musikhin and Italy's Simone Ferrarese and Switzerland's Erik Monnin started later than scheduled.
With both semi-finals locked at one race win apiece the wind died and suspense of waiting for the wind ensued. As the time allotted to the semi-final stage passed a decision was made to cancel the semi-final results and fight for the podium places based on the round-robin results.
This put Arbuzov against Ferrarese and Musikhin against Monnin.
The Russians won their confrontations as Arbuzov defeated Ferrarese 2-0 to take gold whilst Musikhim defeated Monnin by the same scoreline to pick up bronze.
1. Andrew Arbuzov (RUS)
2. Simone Ferrarese (ITA)
3. Sergey Musikhin (RUS)
4. Erik Monnin (SUI)