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Igor Simčič, founder of the Esimit Europa project, and Vladimir Liubomirov, commodore of the Yacht Club of Saint-Petersburg, developed an initiative for coaching young perspective Russian sailors in various Olympic classes. Knowledge and sailing experience will be shared with young sailors by the Esimit Sailing Team members, multiple Olympic medal winners, World and European Champions in different sailing classes. "Conveying the theoretical and practical sailing knowledge to the young hopes of the Russian sailing is yet another step towards deepening the relationship between Europe and the Russian Federation. Therefore, I warmly welcome the cooperation with the Yacht Club of Saint-Petersburg by which we will coach young perspective sailors, who will shape the future of sailing. In this regard, our crew members will individually share the experience with the youngsters and help develop their full potential," said Igor Simčič, founder of the Esimit Europa project.
Vladimir Liubomirov further commented: "Our aim is to evolve sailing for the youth in Saint Petersburg. For our Sailing Academy we have worked out a solid program and attracting the successful and most proficient sailors to coach is a big part of this program. I’m happy that this long-term project has been put into practice with great help of Igor and his team, and I’m sure that the outcome will be rewarding. It is important to Russian sailing that young sailors are supported and encouraged to get more deeply involved in this amazing sport and achieve good results".
About the Esimit Europa project, Esimit Europa 2 yacht and Esimit Sailing Team
Founded in 1995 by Igor Simčič, the Esimit Europa project, represented by the Esimit Europa 2 yacht and Esimit Sailing Team, aims to promote pan-European cooperation and spread a sense of common European identity through the unifying power of sports. The 30 meter long, 5.3 meter wide yacht with a 44 meter high mast, on board joins 18 highly skilled sailors, coming from 8 different European nations. With maximum speed of more than 35 knots it is one of the world's fastest monohull yachts. Inspired by Esimit Europa’s main message “All together – for Europe”, the Esimit Sailing Team sails under the flag of the European Union and promotes the sailing values of teamwork, solidarity, innovation and collaboration. Since its christening in June 2010, Esimit Europa 2 claimed 19 line honours at the 19 races attended and set 5 records. Main sponsor is the global energy company Gazprom, while BMW is the official partner. The Esimit Europa project is under the patronage of the President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso, and is endorsed by Martin Schulz, the President of the European Parliament, and Sergey Lavrov, Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation. You may find more information at www.esimit.com.
About the Yacht Club of Saint-Petersburg
The Yacht Club of Saint-Petersburg is based at Hercules Yacht Harbour, at the heart of Russian sailing culture, and was established in 2010. The Yacht Club aims to evolve sailing as a sport respectively across the Russian nation, while at the same time valuing the duty of keeping traditional maritime history and sea ethics alive through a sustainable worldwide legacy program for future generations. High profile honorary members include His Majesty Constantine II and King of Greece. The Yacht Club of Saint-Petersburg is a meeting place for like-minded individuals who all cherish and respect the sea. The Club is ready to become a world renowned yachting hub. You may find more information at www.yacht-club-spb.ru.