29 июля 2011 года
Long Live "Commander"!

The crew of the yacht "Commander Bering," representing the Yacht Club of MSU, won the international sailing regatta Seikan Cup - 2011.

Skipper of the "Commander Bering," Chief of the Maritime Academy, Vladimir Gamanov tells how the race was held.

The history of the regatta is associated with the opening of the underwater tunnel between the islands of Hokkaido and Honshu. They are separated by 30 miles of the Tsugaru Strait. The highlight of the sailing race is to overcome the stable current that flows from west to east, branched from the powerful "trunk" of Kuroshio. The guaranteed rate of the current in Tsugaru Strait is 3.5 - 4.5 knots. If the race coincides with the full moon, the speed increases. The task of the skipper is to take a boat so as to avoid being swept away into the Pacific Ocean. Furthermore, we must take into account the vorticity, or a sailboat can float in the opposite direction. Another interesting fact is that the direction of Seikan Cup race each year varies: one year yachts sail from Hokkaido (Hakodate) to Honshu (Aomori), next - from Honshu to Hokkaido.

Because of the Japanese tragedy, when the tsunami destroyed so many boats on the east coast, and subsequent explosions at the plant in Fukushima Prefecture called into question the very holding of the regatta, the number of participants was smaller than in previous years.

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29 июля 2011 года