The third stage of the Turkish Tour of Turkey 2023 series met the participants in Istanbul – in a new water area for a number of teams. The regatta was held in a three- day format from May 20 to 22, 2023.
On Saturday, May 20, the first of three race days took place. The fleet of 18 teams was made up of crews already well-known to each other, fighting in the Series. The north wind, which blew mainly from the shore, but with strong changes from 7 to 12 knots, tested the crews for skill. With 17 points in the asset for three races (arrivals 2-7-8), the Tenzor Team of Andrey Pushkin, Daniil Odintsov, Alexander Andrianov and Nikita Ushkov became the fourth in the results of the day.
“We haven’t quite figured out the wind rose and the wind conditions in this water area. In the race where we came second, there was a bad start, but a great result. In the other two races, on the contrary, we got off to a good start, but in the wrong direction, and the wind came with strong changes from the other side. We found ourselves in the wrong place and couldn’t continue to realize the moments to get out. We finished not far from the leaders, but there was not enough time and the length of the distance to catch up and overtake“, – said the Tenzor Team tactician Daniil Odintsov.
On the second race day the Tenzor Team managed to climb into the top three and record the first race they won.
“The second race started late, we were waiting for the wind, and the first start was given only at 4 pm. We had a total of three races — we have two good arrivals 1-3 and one bad arrival with the 11th result. In this race we had a bad start, we went very far among the main fleet, then we got out to 6-7 positions, but, unfortunately, the wind did not work in our direction (the coast worked all day, and it was in this race that the sea worked), and we were not on the right side“, resumed Daniil Odintsov.
The decisive day of the third stage of the Turkish Tour of Turkey 2023 series pleased the participants with excellent weather conditions: good wind up to 20 knots, sun and no waves. The fighting spirit of the participants was at a high level — everyone tried to improve their positions in the rating as much as possible. The organizers gave a start to three races, which led to a reshuffle in the final classification. For the Andrey Pushkin’s Tenzor Team, the day turned out unlucky. In the first race, they came well, closing the top three, and the second and third races brought 5 and 8 arrivals, respectively. As a result, Tenzor Team finished this stage in fifth place. CHEESE JR, «Russian Bogatyrs» and HSSK QUICK SIGORTA NIMBUS teams entered the top three winners.
Daniil Odintsov: “We didn’t finish the regatta in the best way. On the final day, there were great conditions for sailing races. The wind was blowing from the shore, but it was very unstable, with large approaches. As a tactician, I failed to deal with the advantageous side, and as a result, I made mistakes several times, and we lost precious points in the results. In the overall rating at the end of the stage, we dropped to the 5th line. The race was not easy, there is something to think about and analyze. It was a useful experience. I would also like to note that our Turkish rivals performed well at this stage. And if in the first two stages we fought with Russian teams and 2-3 Turkish teams, now 5-6 local teams were fighting at a high sports level. Thanks to the organizers, rivals and the team. There is a busy summer season ahead in Russia, and as always we are determined to fight“.