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One Design Spotlight: Igor Rytov's Melges 20 Russian Bogatyrs

The Three Bogatyrs - The Melges 20 team hikes upwind during the 2018 World League European Series. Photo by Barracuda Communication / Marina Semenova

NAME: Igor Rytov
BOAT NAME: Russian Bogatyrs
CLASS: Melges20
CREW: Helm is Igor Rytov, Main trimmer and tactician is Konstantin Besputin, and headsail trimmer is Anton Sergeev.
HOMETOWN & YACHT CLUB: We are from different sites. Igor is from Moscow and the Navigator Yacht Club, Konstantin is from Chelyabinsk, and Anton represents Saint Petersburg.

Why did you choose this class and what do you like most about it?
We chose this class of yacht because it’s so fast and a sporty boat, and it’s one of the strongest fleets in the world.

What is the biggest challenge your team has had to overcome and how did you do it?
In one race we had a broken headstay completely straight one minute after the start, but we attached kite halyard to the bow and kept racing and finished eighth out of 35!!!

What is currently your biggest challenge/goal?
lying to the top and getting a world title

What are you most looking forward to this season?
We are expecting a big fight in upcoming Worlds and will put all our power to have good results.

How has Quantum helped you meet your challenges?
To be honest, we are have really good speed around the course. And Quantum Sails it a big part of this!

What are you most proud of about your team/program?
We are a solid team in any situation! We know how to take a punch.

How do you keep your team involved?
We try sailing as much as we can.

Photo by Barracuda Communication / Marina Semenova.

What is the funniest (or most embarrassing) thing that has happened to your team?
One of the embarrassing situations was when we launched the boat first time into the water and asked the owner’s wife to christen the yacht with champagne. Anton took a camera recording but didn’t put on the recording button.

What's the story behind your team name (if you have one)?
Bogatyrs are Russian fairytale heroes. There are three, just like the three we have onboard.

What is your advice to a new team in the class or for other teams trying to succeed?
Practice, practice, practice!

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