Final sailing regatta
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Final sailing regatta

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29 June in St. Petersburg finished the round-the-world sailing race Volvo Ocean Race. This is the most prestigious and extreme competition of the day, which experts called the «Everest of yachting»

Regatta was launched in October 2008 in the Spanish city of Alicante. During 9 months of yachts crossed 37 thousand nautical miles in the four oceans, visited four continents, in 11-port 10 of the world. Do berths Racing Village, built on the beach of the Peter and Paul Fortress, 8 yachts to dock - the final stage of the race participants Stockholm - St. Petersburg.

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by Aleksey Zabelin, 260 meters away

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H: Sphinx Guarding The City

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I: Dragon in the courtyard

by Dmitriy Krasko, 450 meters away

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Dragon in the courtyard

J: Griffins and SPHINX

by Alexey Klement, 460 meters away

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Text by Steve Smith.

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