Igor Zaretskiy (66)



Name Igor Zaretskiy

Born September 11th 1951

Nationality Russian

Country of entry Russia

Born and bred on the banks of the River Volga running through the Russian city of Yroslavl on its way to enter the Caspian Sea, Igor Zaretskiy is one of Russia’s most experienced international sailors. He has twice won the Russian ¼ Ton championship, competed in multiple RORC Caribbean races, and such classics as the Fastnet, Newport-Bermuda and Middle Sea races. In 2010 he won the Jester Challenge singlehanded transatlantic race, a feat that won him Russia’s Yachtsman of the Year title.

He says of the GGR: “Sailing around the world has been a dream since childhood. I knew about the first Sunday Times Golden Globe Race in 1968/9, and I am pleased to have the opportunity to take part 50 years later.”




Name Esmeralda
Type Endurance 35 Masthead ketch
Designer Peter Ibold
Builder Vicente Belliure (ESP)
LOA 35.00ft / 10.67m
LWL 26.67ft / 8.13m
Beam 10.75ft / 3.28m
Draft 5 5.75ft / 1.75m
Displacement 18550 lbs/ 8414 kgs
Sail area 736sq. ft / 68.37sq. m

Igor Zaretskiy has selected the Belliure Endurance 35 ketch Esmeralda to compete in the GGR. Supported by the magazine Yacht Russia, his team spent the 2017/18 winter preparing the yacht in the warmer climes of Spain. They took delivery of a new rig in February and planned to relaunch her at the beginning of March ready for Igor to sail first to the Azores before heading north to Falmouth as part of the yacht’s sail trials.

Skipper Updates

August 15th 2018 12:00 AM

IGOR ZARETSKIY, getting a little closer every day with the eastern peloton led by ARE WIIG, is facing today a narrow strip of high pressure that could also block their way to the south. Igor becomes day by day a bit more popular with our followers, with his little English over his weekly sat phone calls, and his text messages “Esmeralda OK”s !

August 13th 2018 12:00 AM

Still “OK”, IGOR ZARETSKIY has come a little closer to the pack in recent days and should take advantage of good crosswinds for a few more days.

August 8th 2018 12:00 AM

“Esmeralda Ok ” as he would write!

August 2nd 2018 12:00 AM

IGOR was on a starboard tack late at night with the wind about 20 knots, waves 6 to 10 feet when he heard banging sound from the steering gear. Igor checked it and found a mechanical issue with a rotation limiter. The fault made it impossible to turn the boat with a wheel in that weather conditions, and it was quite rough to try to fix it. He had to stay on a starboard tack. When the sea state got more moderate Igor tacked with the help of the mizzen, not using the wheel. Then he managed to make a temporary fix for the steering gear, which involved angle grinder and some other tools he had the foresight to take onboard. Igor said it’s ok for now, and he has already shaped more permanent repair plan. he hopes it will not effect the voyage.

July 20th 2018 12:00 AM

Igor has maintained a mid field position within the fleet. He reported that his mainsheet system had exploded this week and through his well established HF radio link he developed a work around system with his shore team. He has the mainsail set again and is back at full strength.

July 18th 2018 12:00 AM

Igor is neck and neck with Uku but has taken the inshore route along the African coast. While he reports that all is OK on the Esmeralda there has been some damage to his mainsail and hopes to get it flying again this afternoon.

July 13th 2018 12:00 AM

Esmeralda charged around the bottom of Lanzarote coming in from the east. Ever the cheery Russian, Igor looked comfortable and very much at home onboard, as he chatted with officials, beer can in hand. A laceration to his arm wasn’t even mentioned in the excitement but tells us that for all his exuberance there have been some challenges aboard the Esmeralda. The Endurance 35 seems to have tracked well in what has been predominantly downwind conditions.

July 11th 2018 12:00 AM

Igor continues to maintain a position in the front half of the fleet. He has demonstrated his sailing ability and his report of sewing the spinnaker might indicate that he is pushing hard to keep up. His boat is one of the strongest in the fleet but how hard can he afford to push the Esmeralda?

July 6th 2018 12:00 AM

Igor sure knows how to sail

Igor’s Endurance 35 may not be everyone’s idea of a fast Golden Globe yacht but Igor sure knows how to sail the mighty Esmeralda. Light winds on start day saw them steaming away causing the Race Chairman to go and check he was not motoring. While not at the front he is performing well. Igor is clearly a talented and experienced sailor and one to watch as the race develops.

May 3rd 2018 12:00 AM

Russian entrant Igor Zaretskiy has been making waves both at home at in Alicante, Spain where is Endurance 35 Esmeralda was launched last week. Team spokesman Rasim Poloskin reports: “Igor has just held a press conference in Moscow which has generated a lot of publicity. Igor has now spent a few hours at sea checking sails, wind vane system and his HF radio installation and managed to speak to a radio station 3,000K. away. This highlighted some issues with the sails, which have now gone back to the sailmaker for adjustment, and this week he will complete his jury rig and emergency steering tests. Then he will set sail for Les Sables d’Olonne and onward to Falmouth to arrive on June 11 for the Suhaili festivities.”

April 5th 2018 12:00 AM

Russian entrant Igor Zaretskiy is now in the final phase of preparing his Endurance 35 Esmeralda ready to re-launch in Alicante Spain later this week. Team spokesman Rasim Poloskin reports: “The boat refit has fallen behind the schedule, but finally we have our new sails and the yacht has been re-rigged. We are now working on the emergency tiller and jury rig system. “
Igor is now taking a crash course on HF communication and Our Facebook followers are helping him with this. They have already get in contact with Terre & Mer Ham radio community, and are also trying to organise a Russian speaking HAM network around the Globe. Igor’s English is still an issue. So we are working out how to get a bit more than just position and weather reports from him for our Russian audience.
Once launched, Igor will complete his jury rig trials then sail from Alicante to Les Sables d’Olonne and on to Falmouth for the Suhaili 50 Parade of sail celebrations.

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