The story of how the Finn Gold Cup came to Tallinn Bay

The story of how the 2013 Finn Gold Cup came to be in Tallinn is a long story, but one worth telling. It involves friendships nurtured under the controlling glare of Soviet rule, of an American sailor's immediate affinity with the Estonians of the Soviet times, his determination that the sailors would have their day and how those friendships shaped his life for the next 30 years, of iceboats and sailmakers and reciprocal hospitality, of class divisions in Soviet society, and of KGB subversion. The story begins more than three decades ago.

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Russian Finn class mourns Aleksander Novikov

Aleksander Novikov, one of the founders and most active members of Russian Finn Association has died on July, 10
due to the road accident at Ukraine.
Big track from opposite direction went to opposite line and crumpled the car, which was driven by Alexander.  As a
result of this accident, Alexander has died.
Aleksandr Novikov was the strong sailor in FD member of USSR national team.  In 1990-2000 he was working as
Principal Race Officer and organized many regattas in sailboards. Later he started to participate in regattas in Finn
class and became one of founders of Russian Finn Association.
He selflessly and devotedly loved sailing, fully invested, all his time, money,  talent  and soul into development of Finn
class in Rostov area, education of young sailors, in the development of Finn Association.
Thanks largely to his work as an fleet officer a winter training program in class Finn in Sochi was maintained and
developed much. Alexander had his own strong ambitions as a racer, but nevertheless  he suppressed them for the
sake of organizing and conducting stages of  Winter Cup of Russian Finn  Association in Sochi, and those regattas
were brilliantly organized and conducted.
His talent as the judge and organizer was highly valued by all athletes who have to compete under him.
His taught school of enthusiasm, optimism, commitment to goals and culture of yacht handling and maintenance  will
remain in soul of many athletes who went through communion with him.
Alexander was also the soul of the company and participated in all endeavors. He took part in Christmas regatta in
Sochi every year, most of regattas in Sochi, Taganrog, Moscow, in all our travels to international events (Europeans,
World Finn Masters, European Finn Masters).
His cheerfulness, enthusiasm and energy lifted and supported many other sailors.
He was always a reliable friend and comrade and at any moment he was ready to help and to support you in any
deal. And together with this man you can confidently make any deal, move mountains.
Finn Association mourns the untimely past friend and companion. .
Aleksander Novikov, one of the founders and most active members of Russian Finn Association, has died on July, 10 after a road accident in Ukraine.

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