Sailing accesible to everybody
Sailing regatta «Dobryi spomyn» («Good memories») in commemoration of the late Ukrainian yachtsmen and sailing managers was held on September 24, 2011, near Kyiv. This year's regatta is aimed not only to carry on the competitions but to hold the activities debunking common myths of this sport. One of the most popular of those is that sailing is an elite sport available only for the rich. One more mission for the organizers was the promotion of yachting in Ukraine which means bringing to life the sharpest problems of the sport and looking for solutions.
'Many people’s concern is that sailing is a sport for the rich and famous. But they are wrong. We all know that sailing has been successfully exercised in the USSR when the ‘rich class’ did not exist at all. I would say that everything depends on how you personally treat the sport. For sure if you compare sailing with basketball, the latter is available to more people than sailing. The main reason is that you can play basketball everywhere but you need at least water to sail. But the fact is that sailing is becoming more and more popular attracting more people. Besides, you not necessary need a yacht to start sailing' says Greg Krasnov, CEO of Platinum Bank.
So, where to start? Ukrainian experts on yachting assure it is no need for owing a yacht whose price usually averages a middle class car cost. You may just join the nearest yacht club and become a part of an active team. Besides at the moment teams actually welcome not only adults but also children. “I started going in for yachting when I was 13 or 14. I’ve gone through a variety of certification levels and finally achieved the highest standard of yachting master in the Royal Yachting Association in the United Kingdom. Since that time I’ve been racing. I used to kiddingly say that if I blew my shot in financial sector, I could settle on Caribbean and work as a yacht captain” – jokes Greg Krasnov. And he adds that the best beginning after all is just visiting some competitions and being a spectator to find out what are the teams, the regattas in your country, the clubs etc. “Enter this exciting world step by step, be a part of it and you’ll certainly come across people who think the same way. It will probably take you a short time to become a member of a team. Start low and you can achieve howling success” – says Mr. Krasnov.
To start low the organizers of “Good memories-2011” taught a yachting master class where the participants could watch the basic elements of yacht navigating. “This master class makes the participants realize that the sailing does not require special skills or complicated training” – tells Sergei Polishchuk, the First Deputy Head of the Organizing Committee of “Dobryi Spomyn”.
As he also says the venue for the regatta, Yachting Club “Junior” located on so called the Kievan Sea, happened to be a reasonable choice. “The Kievan Sea is the place where prominent European and world champions namely Sergei Pichugin, Rodion Louka, Georgiy Leonchuk gained their experience. They won their titles in the time of Ukraine’s independence. That is an obvious reason to speak of Ukraine as one of leaders in yachting. None of post-socialist European countries could equal our achievements” – emphasized Mr. Polishchuk.
Regatta «Dobryi Spomyn» is a tribute to the memory of yachtsmen and sailors who are no longer with us. It was set up by pupils of sailing class in Kiev Pioneer Palace. The regatta has been held since 1990 annually. Since 2009 Platinum Bank has been the title partner of the competition. “Sailing is based on a huge team effort. Like in banking success depends on every single employer from a branch bank manager to the Managing Director” – says Greg Krasnov, the Managing Director of Platinum Bank.
Last year over 80 yachts of different types and classes participated in the regatta along with the best yachtsmen of Kiev and Kiev region.
Platinum Bank is a specialized retail bank providing deposit and loan products to individuals, small and medium-sized business through a network of outlets and customer service centers all over Ukraine since 2005. The main shareholders of Platinum Bank are international investment funds Horizon Capital, East Capital Financials Fund, the senior management of the Bank and IFC (a subsidiary of the World Bank)
In 2010 Platinum Bank was awarded a “Ukrainian Financial Olympus” prize as the winner in «Qualified international standard management» nomination.