Friendship Regatta 2008
On 31st May Pirogovo Yacht Club in Moscow were hosts to the
4th Annual inter club team race against the Royal Corinthian
Yacht Club (Burnham).
The week ends activities opened with a flag raising ceremony
with Poul Richard Hoj Jensen and Boris Budnikov performing
the honors acting as a reminder of their epic duel in the
Soling in the eighties..
In Poul Richards speech he reminded the hosts that although
the score was 2 wins to Burnham against one to the Pirigovo
teams the visitors were determined to improve on the loss
they suffered the last time they visited the Lake just north
The racing was hard but taken in good spirit and in the glorious
sunshine and good winds on both days racing the Pirogovo team
once again showed the five visiting teams from Burnham how
to race in the lake conditions.
A convincing overall win saw the Pirogovo team level the
score at two matches a piece with individual honours going
to Mikhail Senatorov , Konstantin Emelyanov and Alexander
Sunday evening saw a spectactular gala dinner and prize giving
in the club culminating in some highly entertaining singing
by Russian Dragon sailor Victor Fogelson.
Next years match will be in Burnham in October and all the
talk from the defeated Burnham team was how to match the superb
hosting and event from the Pirogovo Club and also how to turn
around such a crushing defeat on the water!