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International regatta Onego - 2006 starts in Karelia on Onego lake

PETROZAVODSK, July 17. /Correspondent of SPB-TASS Sergey Kulikayev/. Being one of the stages of the open sailing championship of Russia, the 35th international regatta Onego - 2006 will start in Karelia on Onego lake on July, 18.

As the main judge of competitions Victor Chernysh has informed today the SPB-TASS correspondent, participation in the regatta have been declared by more than 30 crews of yachts from Moscow, St.-Petersburg, Nizhni Novgorod, Yaroslavl, Petrozavodsk and Finland. "Yachtsmen will have to pass 500 sea miles over the most beautiful, and, at the same time, rather heavy Onego lake, - he has noted. - We are studying weather conditions, and we are not sure that the weather will not bring its corrective amendments in the schedule of all the seven regatta stages. Wind and weather are always top managers in sailing competitions."

Prior to the competition beginning in the training regatta across Onego drastic testing fell to the lot of the Bars Moscow yacht crew. When the storm started, yachtsmen had no time to take shelter in the skerries. At a wind over 11 meters a second and wave height of more than two meters the yacht's sails have been torn, it has lost its course and has been thrown out on a shallow by waves. The crew of the yacht has not suffered, but it has taken 17 hours to a service group of the Ministry of Emergency of Karelia to carry out a rescue operation.

By the main start of the year on Onego lake the regatta committee of organization and postal service of Karelia have issued a marked feature envelope with the competitions emblem, and in the National library of the republic at the book exhibition opened before the regatta, rare and ancient books on navigation, Soviet periodical press about sailing, and also books on modern computer technologies of creation of models of sailing vessels of different classes are presented.

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