St Petersburg will return to the Extreme Sailing Series™ calendar after a year’s break, having seen the fleet compete on the River Neva in 2014, 2015 and 2016.
What time zone do I need to set my watch to? UTC+3
What will the weather be like? The average temperature at this time of year is 16°C. Mornings and evenings can be very cold and heavy rain is common, so bring warm and waterproof layers.
What should I see and do while I’m there? The State Hermitage Museum, located in the grand Winter Palace, is a treasure trove of artefacts that paint a picture of the city’s vibrant culture and history. With 360 rooms displaying thousands of items you can spend days exploring the collection. For a spectacular view out over the city, climb the 262 steps of the golden-domed St Isaac’s Cathedral, or for a memorable evening take in a ballet or opera show at the Mariinsky Theatre. Make sure you check opening times before visiting.
What traditional delicacies should I try? Named after the noble Stroganoff family, beef stroganoff is arguably one of the most famous Russian dishes. This hearty classic consists of strips of beef cooked with mushrooms, onions and a creamy sauce, served with pasta or potato. A popular street food is piroshky, a baked or fried doughy bun that is stuffed with a variety of fillings. The small pastries are widely available from roadside vendors across the city, with both savoury and sweet variations.
Any interesting facts? Each day at midday be prepared to shield your ears from a deafening bang coming from the cannon that is fired from the Naryshkin Bastion of Peter and Paul Fortress. The tradition was introduced by Peter the Great and originally signalled the beginning or end of a work shift, before being moved to fire at noon in 1865.