It's a bl..y sailboat regatta, so i think that oildrenched polar bears and generally raping the Pechora sea will be the last on the mind of the crew/support in this Esimit racing project. Whatever the circumstances are during racing sailboats or those who intrude it/obstruct, flashing a knive is neither sportsmanlike nor part of any other form of acceptable social behaviour.
I also think it is also a rather stupid move, because it for sure will not have a good exposure for gazprom in any case, photoshopped or not, this picture shows it all and that is what will be remembered! (which is what sponsoring is all about i think?)
I wonder what the organisation of the regatta will do/decide in terms of gross misconduct (which applies in the racing rules of sailing to those who race sailboats AS WELL as their support). this whole story is a pity for jochen schumann skippering the boat, he is in fact a nice guy!