A huge Bulgarian interest in the upcoming SSL Golden cup 2021, the first confirmed already are fact ……..

For a few days now our media has been watching a lot of interest from the sailing community of Bulgaria regarding the recruitment of crew for Star Sailors League Gold cup 2021. From the press center of the regatta, we received information about the first confirmed people for the Bulgarian crew, and they are:


1 Ivan Grekov, captain and general manager
2 Irina Konstantinova Bonton
3 Victoria Hinkovska
4. Ina Ilieva
5 Elena Chausheva
6 Yavor Kolev
7 Stefani Muzakova
8 Boris Minkov
9 Mariela Nikolova
10 Mihail Kopanov – pending confirmation
11 Pavel Dukov – pending confirmation
12 Yordan Rusev
13 Mariela Alexandrova
14 Elena Mavrova – pending confirmation
15 Martin Velkov
16 Valentin Nedyalkov
17 Boryana Hrisimova – pending confirmation
18 Georgi Yankov
19 Daniel Nikolov
20 Violeta Chavdarova
21 Pepa Mavrodieva
22 Sunny Jekova – pending confirmation
23 Radoslav Gavrailov
24 Valentin Nikolov

Honorable Crew Members: Vasil Popov, Vasil Kurtev, Nikolay Dzhambazov
Official Media – Yachting info – Kristiyan Valkov; Denica Pavlova;
Office Manager in Sofia – Zorita

SSL Gold cup 2021 can be briefly explained as a World Cup but in sailing. The idea of ​​the event is to introduce the best sailing athletes of each country, assembled in 1 crew on fast single-hull yachts, to establish the “best sailing country in the world”. Boats are provided by the organizer to ensure that sailing opportunities are those that are relevant in the race. The SSL Gold Cup format will include four qualifying rounds for all teams that will be held outside the SSL Competition at the Art Headquarters and Training Center in Grandson, Lake Neuchâtel. Each of these teams will be divided into separate fleets, with up to five windward/ leeward races for each team. About 60 teams are expected to enter the first edition of the SSL Gold Cup. The order of the eleven sailors in each national team will be strictly controlled. A captain is selected for each team. He has the ability to sail/be on board, but this is not required. Ivan Grekov was officially selected as captain of the Bulgarian team with a special letter sent by Mateusz Kusznierewicz, Sports Director of the SSL Gold Cup: We bring to your attention, part of it:
“Hi, Ivan,
I’m coming back to you with the answers and important information.
First of all thank You for e-mails I received from You. We’ve got overview of your sailing and management skills and idea how You want to build Bulgarian Team for SSL Gold Cup. On Saturday we’ve met in Grandson with Elena. It was nice to meet her. It’s good that she is close to our Headquarters and SSL Training Centre. After internal discussion within SSL we decided that we want to proceed with You as a Captain of Team BUL. Congratulations! ” ……

The Bulgarian team will enjoy your moral and financial support!

The first group of nations is a fact:

BRAZIL – represented by Robert Scheidt

CANADA – represented by Richard Clarke (C)

CROATIA – represented by Igor Marenic on behalf of Sime Fantela (C)

ESTONIA – represented by Tonu Toniste (C), Tommas Toniste and Andrus Poksi

GERMANY – represented by Frithjof Kleen (C), Jochen Schumann, Philipp Buhl

GREAT BRITAIN – represented by Matthew Cornwell on behalf of Ian Williams (C)

GREECE – represented by Sofia Bekatorou (C), Michail Pateniotis

HUNGARY – represented by Zsombor Berecz (C)

ITALY – represented by Vasco Vascotto (C) and Francesco Bruni

THE NETHERLANDS – represented by Roy Heiner (C)

NORWAY – represented by Eivind Melleby (C)

POLAND – represented by Mateusz Kusznierewicz (C)

PORTUGAL – represented by Joao Rodrigues (C) and Afonso Dominguez

SLOVENIA – represented by Vasilij Zbogar (C)

SPAIN – represented by Roberto Bermudez on behalf of Luis Doreste (C)

SWEDEN – represented by Freddy Loof (C)

SWITZERLAND – represented by Eric Monnin (C)

TURKEY – represented by Alican Keynar (C)

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA – represented by Paul Cayard (C)

The first edition of SSL GOLD CUP will launch in the period of September to October 2021. The training will be held in Switzerland and the final races will be on Lake Geneva Lausanne.

Source: https://goldcup.starsailors.com
Photos: Elena Chausheva