Meet the fleet: Evgeny Neugodnikov

We meet the SB20 reigning world champion Evgeny Neugodnikov, and find out more about the exciting Russian SB20 fleet…

Evgeny Neugodnikov celebrating his 2014 world championship win with crew Sergey Musikhin and Pavel Kuznetsov

Evgeny Neugodnikov celebrating his 2014 world championship win with crew Sergey Musikhin and Pavel Kuznetsov

Name (skipper): Neugodnikov Evgeny

SB20 Fleet: Russia, Sverdlovsk Region, Ekaterinburg, Tavatuy Lake, where we have seven boats

Boat Name: Atomstroykompleks

Sail Number: 3328

Crew: Musikhin Sergey, Kuznetsov Pavel

Why did you choose to sail in the SB20 fleet?  I like fast, simple and monotype boats

What is your and your crew’s experience in one design racing?  I sailed on Melges 24, Melges 20, and Melges 32, and also as helm on TP52

Which events are you planning to compete in during 2015?  I’m not sure about European events, but we will do the SB20 Tour on Urals Lakes: 5 lakes, in 5 months, with 5 events.

Do you have a favourite SB20 sailing memory?  Saint Peterburg WC2014 [forgetting to mention that he won it – Ed!] and WC2013 in Hyeres

Where is your favourite sailing location? Lake Garda, Cascais, Hyères – Europe; Tavatuy, Saint Peterburg, Vladivostok – Russia

Have you sailed your SB20 there?  Yes, except for Vladivostok

If you could change one thing about the SB20, what would it be?  Price 🙂

When you’re not sailing, what do you do? Relaxing with my 2 sons

Anything else we need to know about you?! I’m tall, handsome and smiling…