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Kaunas Zalgiris Yacht Club
M. Gimbutienes str. 35
Tel. + 370 7 769 691 & 766 641
Fax + 370 7 766 332
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Although Kaunas is far from the sea, it has gone down in navigational history and in the history of Lithuanian yachting. In the Middle Ages, the Hansa merchants sailed up the Nemunas River, the country's largest; in 1960, it was dammed for the building of a hydro-electric power station. The result was the Kaunas Dam, with an area of 63.5 km2.
Yachting enthusiasts were quick to notice the possibilities, and in 1957 they received approval for the building of the Zalgiris Yacht Club. In spring the first yachting events took place by the Kaunas Dam. The club has a harbour area of 5.71 ha and 5.46 ha of dry land, making a total of 11.7 ha.
Hundreds of sailors, navigators and yacht captains have learned their skills through the club, and in 1973 a yachting school was set up for children and young people.
Sailors from Kaunas have already achieved excellent results in various championships races. In particular, G. Mince has achieved high results in the "470" class. He is now the vice-president in UAB-PN Edelveisas (a shareholder in Kaunas Zalgiris Yacht Club). Lithuania's participation in the Olympic Games in 1992 (its representatives were V. Balciunas and R. SiugZdinis) has set other young yachtsmen high standards to aim at.
In 1995, R. SiugZdinis was the overall winner in the Laser-R Class in the European Cup.
In 1996, J. Maleckaite and L. Grabnickas won cup stages in Denmark and the Netherlands. Since the re-establishment of Lithuania's independence the club has been able to avoid financial difficulties only with outside support.
The yachting centre was founded in 1992, under the leadership of the coach Albinas Grabnickas. In 1994, the Lithuanian-German joint venture company Kauno Zalgirio Jachtklubas was founded.
An administrative office was built after the volume of activity expanded, and the motel has made it possible to offer holiday accommodation to sportsmen, guests and tourists.
Thus, there is now a complex for sports and recreation in the pine forests near the Kaunas Dam, with a sports hall, a sauna pool, yachts and a cutter for hire, and a cafˇ. The hall is used for meetings, conferences and seminars of various types.
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