HAYDAMAKY

BEYOND ALL

From old traditions to new victories 

Sailing in Ukraine dates back to the emergence of imperial yacht clubs in the Russian Empire. But the most widespread races of monotype yachts were already in the post-second World war years. Athletes from Ukraine have always formed the basis of the USSR national team and have adequately represented the country in the international arena. Ukrainian yachtsmen have high achievements in both single and crewed class racing. Regardless of the rank of the competition, be it the Olympic Games or the most prestigious round-the-world races, Ukrainians proudly carry the flag of their country and rise to the highest steps of the victory podium.

Since the first years of independence, yachtsmen of Ukraine have proved and are proving that they occupy an honorable place in the sailing world. Not only was there the representation of two yachts at once in the prestigious Whitbread Round the World Race 93-94, there were also five medals of all merits at the subsequent Olympic Games in Atlanta, Sydney, and Athens.

The national hero of Ukraine in sailing is Valentin Mankin. No one in the world has yet won three Olympic gold medals in three different classes. It was he who laid the winning traditions in Ukraine, which served as the basis for achieving high results for the next generations.

Statistics

ACHIEVEMENTS

  • 1 Olympic Gold Medal
  • 2 Olympic silver medals
  • 2 Olympic bronze medals

SSL RANKING RATINGS

  • SSL best ranked skipper: 17(2012)
  • SSL best ranked crew: 18(2012)
  • SSL nations ranking: 32 (10/2020)

The captain

RODION LUKA

During his career, the captain of SSL Team Ukraine has come a long way, from youth classes to steering yachts on the Volvo Ocean Race. Among his achievements are medals from the Olympic Games and gold at the World and European Championships, in the Olympic class. In total, he climbed the world championships podium seven times in different classes of monotypes. A true leader, with experience and high performance in four Olympic Games, will certainly lead the team to the top of the SSL Nations Gold Cup.

The captain

THE LEADERS

Ruslana Taran

One of the best yachtsmen in the world ever. She became a medalist three times at three Olympic Games in two yacht classes. Four-time winner of gold medals at the World Championship. ISAF ROLEX Yachtswoman of the Year. A true team player in any crew.

Evgeny Braslavets

Olympic champion, world champion, top-level helmsman. An impeccable strategist and cold-blooded fighter. For 25 years now, in every regatta Evgeny takes part in, he is a contender for victory, regardless of the class of yachts

Sergey Pichugin

During his career, he achieved not only high results in the Olympic classes (two gold medals in the European Championship in the Soling class), but also brought up a huge number of high-class yachtsmen who are able to win at the highest level regattas. Undoubtedly, the experience in preparing the crew for the Gold Cup will bring tangible benefits to SSL Team Ukraine.

THE LEADERSTHE LEADERS

THE YOUTH FACTOR

Young yachtsmen always adequately represent Ukraine in the international arena. Alexander Izarov,  Yulia Kiseleva, Ekaterina Gumenko, Oscar Madonich, are amongst the list of yachtsmen who have won medals at the World and European Championships in children’s and youth classes. And some of them are already included in the SSL Team Ukraine according to the SSL rating.

Confirmed Athletes

 

Rodion Luka

 

Ruslana Taran

 

George Leonchuk

 

Georgiy Paches

 

Oscar Madonich

 

Ihor Matviienko

 

Athlete #`7

 

Athlete #10

 

Athlete #11

The SSL Gold Cup itself will start in May 2022 in Grandson, on Lake Neuchâtel and will run for six full weeks of competition. In a similar way to the Football World Cup, teams will be divided into seven groups and will take part in a succession of matches and play-off rounds culminating in the Grand Finale. Every five days, at the end of each round, half of the 16 participants of that round will be eliminated and eight new teams will join the qualifiers for the next elimination round. As in a tennis tournament, the order in which each nation enters the competition will depend upon its position in the world ranking (see below). The eight teams that claim the top positions in these rounds will move on directly to the quarter-finals. After the five week qualifying phase in Grandson, the fleet and the event village will move to Lake Geneva for the final two week phase of the SSL Gold Cup.

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