HUN 57 Wins 1st Series in Cascais.

winners2HUN 57 “Johanna” won the opening Winter Series in Cascais in a fleet of 20 top International teams.

Ferenc Kis-Szolgyemi, crewed by Karoly Vezer and Tamas Kiss were worthy winners, as their discard was a 6th place, quite remarkable considering the high standard of this fleet. Ferenc simply told me afterwards “This is our first European Regatta win & we are very happy” 🙂


Ferenc Kis-Szolgyemi prepares to gybe, with Tamas trimming & Karoly moving the pole.

This was a very well organised regatta which completed 6 of the 7 scheduled races despite losing the first day due to lack of wind. Top Professional Photographer “Ricardo Pinto” was again in action to capture some amazing pictures both from the water and the air with the use of his drone.


“When two boats cross, one boat is going the wrong way” 🙂  POR 57 crosses ESP 71. (left).


GER 1140 Nicola Friesen (purple kite)leads the pack & finished an excellent 4th overall (right).

The runner up in this 1st series was DEN 138 “Eva” owned & helmed by Lars Hendriksen, crewed by Claus Olesen & George Leonchuk. This professional team had two race wins along the way and showed great speed throughout the weekend.


Lars, George & Claus set their kite on board “Eva” the beautiful 1957 Pedersen & Thuesen.

The final “podium” place went to the Local Hero’s of Cascais and former European Champions POR 66 “Drago” helmed by Jose’ Matoso, crewed by Olympian Gustavo Lima & Frederico Melo.


3rd overall POR 66 “Drago” Jose’ & Gustavo sit to windward whilst Frederico looks below.

There will be many new teams joining the fleet over the next few months in Cascais in the build up for the 2017 World Championships next June. Offering a winter series every month the Club Naval de Cascais is the ideal place to enjoy the very best sailing conditions, fantastic competition and superb hospitality. Where else would you want to be…… 🙂

Higher, Faster, Longer………..     Stavros.


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“THOUBAN” FIN 85 wins in Cannes.

cannes1Christian Borenius (Centre) with his Daughter Andrea & Richard Pernici at Prize Giving.

The Armisitice Cup was concluded in Cannes yesterday after a 4 race series. The hero of the day was Christian Borenius, sailing with his Daughter Andrea & loyal crew Richard Pernici. This top team got off to a slow start after recording a 27th place in race 1 on Saturday, but bounced back yesterday to register a 4th, 2nd, 4th thus winning overall by 4pts, after discarding their 27th.

In 2nd place overall was GER 1151 “Puck” helmed by Philip Dohse (3rd from the left in photo), crewed by Kramer Volker, with Pia & Maximilian Dohse. This 4 person team also had a great day yesterday recording a 1st & 2nd place along the way.

3rd place overall went to the current European Champions RUS 27 “Anapurna” helmed by Anatoly Loginov, crewed by Vadim Statsenko & Alexander Shalagin (far right in photo). Although this top professional team also recorded a race win, they could not match the consistency of the top 2 boats on this occasion.

The Yacht Club de Cannes will hope for a little more wind in Dec (2nd, 3rd, 4th) for their final event of the year the “Coupe d’Hiver”. It will be great to finish off the year in the South of France sunshine with a regatta in excess of 30 boats… as I will also be there in “Bear” 🙂

Full Results Below, 29 Competitors.


Higher, Faster, Longer……   Stavros.


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Kim Andersen is new President of World Sailing.

president  President of World Sailing Kim Andersen with our IDA Chairman Vasily Senatorov.

Very many congratulations on behalf of fellow Dragon Sailors all over the World to Kim Andersen our new President of World Sailing.


Many of you will recognise Kim (centre) from his successful Dragon racing with Jens Kristensen… DEN 410.  “Current Holders” of the Marblehead Trophy..


DEN 410 at the front of the fleet once again…and below Kim hangs on downwind 🙂

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Higher, Faster, Longer……….   Stavros.

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Normal Service is Resumed in Cascais………

cc3Lars Hendriksen wins 2 of the 3 races in DEN 138 “Eva”, with Claus Olesen & Georgi Leonchuk.

The 1st Cascais Winter Series began in earnest today with a 7 – 10 knot wind and three good races which helped to make up for the lack of sailing yesterday. Winner of race 1 was the ever improving ESP 71 “Gunter” helmed by Javier Scherk, crewed by Nuno Baretto & Diogo Barros.


ESP 71 “Gunter”, Javier & Diogo acknowledge the victory, Nuno takes in the Spinnaker 🙂

However, races 2 & 3 belonged to Lars Hendriksen sailing his beautiful “Pedersen & Thuesen” DEN 138 EVA, crewed by fellow Danish professional Claus Olesen & Georgi Leonchuk from Ukraine. Lars, who represents Hellerup Sailing Club, has moved his Dragon down from Denmark for the whole of the winter series and also spent a couple of days training before the event. He is putting together a serious program building up to the Worlds next year.


The leading team overall after 3 races George Leonchuk, Claus Olesen & Lars Hendriksen.

Also having a very good day today was the extremely experienced team from Hungary sailing HUN 57 “Johanna” helmed by Ferenc Kis-Szolgyemi, crewed by Thomas Kiss & Karoly Vezer. This team put together results of 3rd, 2nd & 2nd to finish the day level with Hendriksen on 7 points.


HUN 57 “Johanna” Thomas, Ferenc & Karoly worked hard today achieving excellent results.

Currently 3rd overall after the 3 races is POR 66 “Drago” helmed by Jose’ Matoso, crewed by Olympian Gustavo Lima & Frederico Melo. Gustavo told me “We have a strong 20 boat fleet and there were no individual recalls, so all clear line starts. Generally the right side of the course was stronger, but you could also come from the middle. However, the left never paid.”

Gustavo continued “Although the wind dropped a little during race 2 because of a low cloud, the 3rd race was great with a 7 to 10 kt wind”. 

cc43rd overall after 3 races are the “Local” experts POR 66 “Drago” Jose, Gustavo & Frederico.

So there we have it fellow sailors, Cascais is up and running and 3 more races are planned for tomorrow…….

Higher, Faster, Longer…………….     Stavros.

Many thanks, as always, to my good friend & top Professional Photographer RICARDO PINTO 🙂

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What a Contrast in Cannes & Cascais….

cascais7In Cascais the wind was never above 3 kts, so unfortunately no racing today…..

It was a frustrating day in both Cannes and Cascais as no racing was possible due to no wind in Portugal & a 35 knot Mistral in the Cote d’Azur……


Cannes was great for Kite Surfing, but no chance for Dragon Racing today 🙁

These things happen in Yacht Racing, but it is still very frustrating for the 20 boats in Cascais and the 31 boats registered in Cannes.  However, a very nice lunch was enjoyed by all in Cannes (as the cancellation decision was made at 11am) where as sailors in Cascais were sensible to wait until 3pm before AP over A was hoisted, just in case the wind filled in during the afternoon. Alas the wind did not appear so Bruno Santos (Club Director) arranged an early “Happy Hour” at the Club Naval which seem to go down well 🙂








Dragons in Cannes & Cascais will hope to have 2 perfect days over the weekend to make up for today’s disappointment…..

Higher, Faster, Longer……………….   Stavros.


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Spoilt for “Choice” :-)

ccCannes (today) is looking good for the Armisitice Cup that begins on Friday 11th Nov.

This weekend Dragon Sailors are “spoilt for choice” as racing begins in both Cannes, France and Cascais, Portugal. With teams now arriving at both venues and a good predicted forecast in both countries, it should be a great start to our Winter Series…..


The trip from London, UK to Lisbon. Then a short Taxi ride will quickly have you in Cascais.

A fleet of 35+ are assembling in Cannes and a further 25+ boats are getting ready in Cascais. So a possible 60 boats representing a variety of Nations will be enjoying the warmer conditions offered by both venues as the rest of Europe begin to feel the cutting edge of the cooler North Westerly winds 🙁


The fleet get away cleanly in Cascais during one of last seasons winter series….

So if you are not already at one of these venues or over in Palma, where the Spanish Fleet are beginning a resurgence of interest, then why not join in the fun? Resist the “easy” option of putting your beautiful boats into cold “lonely” storage… Bring them down South and embrace the challenge that either the Yacht Club de Cannes or the Club Naval de Cascais offer…..  🙂

Higher, Faster, Longer……….     Stavros.



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No Racing in Cazaux….. :-(

xx  For the first time in it’s 29 year existence the Drag’s Cup did not manage to complete any races over the 4 day period….   However, this did not dampen the spirit of the 25 International Teams who all promised to return next year to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Drag’s Cup, Cazaux Nov 1st to 4th 2017.

Prizes were awarded to the 3 teams that travelled the furthest! 3rd Gunter (620km Barcelona). 2nd Gingko (840km Cannes) and 1st was Naiad (1100km East Anglia, UK)…… Principle Race Officer Yves Leglese with all the helpers & volunteers made sure the whole event was a very enjoyable experience and wished all the competitors a safe journey home……

Higher, Faster, Longer………….   Stavros.



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Thick Fog on Lake Cazaux….

c2Fog in Cazaux has been frustrating the 25 teams gathered for the Drag’s Cup 2016.

Unfortunately the high pressure over most of France has produced thick morning fog which then requires the sun to burn it off before normal visibility is resumed. Although the fog did lift yesterday afternoon, the wind did not arrive 🙁


25 teams wait patiently in the warm conditions on Lake Cazaux, but the wind never came…

However, the high spirits of the sailors and the “fun” social programme made for a great evening as they enjoyed welcome drinks at 7pm followed by “Landaise” salad (a salad with smoked duck & cheese).  In addition there was “Garbure” (Local soup with vegetables & Bayonne ham) more Duck then Apple Tart to finish…  all washed down with some local Bordeaux Wine 🙂 


It’s feet up and a relaxing time as the wait continues for wind….

Despite every effort there was simply nothing Principal Race Officer Yves Leglese could do as the conditions did not allow….

Lets hope for some wind this afternoon……. fingers crossed.

Higher, Faster, Longer………..    Stavros.

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Dragons “Prepare” for the Drag’s Cup.

cazaux2  One Man working, 3 on the right discuss, middle man is ready to help (but doesn’t) whilst the 2 on the left give advice….. A relaxed day getting ready for the Drag’s Cup in Cazaux 🙂

At least 19 boats will take part in the Drag’s Cup which begins tomorrow on Lake Cazaux, near Arcachon.  It is a wonderful venue for a great “social” regatta with lots of races, fun evening meals and plenty of local wine…


Quiet & still conditions today as the boats are lowered onto this beautiful fresh water lake..

Principal Race Officer Yves Leglese will be running the show so the competitors know they will be getting plenty of races with quick turn-a-rounds and no nonsense starts.  With the predicted forecast showing temperatures well into the 20’s fingers will be crossed for some nice wind to make this an exciting & competitive event…

Results and updates to follow….

Higher, Faster, Longer……………….   Stavros.

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Another Victory for the RUS 76 Team.


RUS 76 Dmitry Samokhin, Aleksey Bushuev & Andrey Kirilyuk win in St Tropez..

With the “Lull” after the “Storm” there was simply insufficient wind to complete anymore racing yesterday in the Gulf of St Tropez. Try as hard as he may, Principal Race Officer Yves Leglese, was not able to squeeze in a 5th race which would have allowed for a discard in the series, therefore the results of the 4 completed races from Wednesday made up the Championship.

There was a “cut off” time of 13.30 written in the Sailing Instructions, so when the inevitable “sea breeze” did arrive it was just too late to re-set the course in time. Leaving sailors extremely frustrated to be sailing back into the harbour in a glorious warm autumn wind. Such is life….

However, earlier in the day, at around 11.00am, Race 5 was started which again saw RUS 76 lead around the top mark closely followed by GER 1140 and GBR 422. Unfortunately the breeze completely switched off halfway down the first run and the race had to be abandoned. So overall, once again, the skill of top “tactician” Andrey Kirilyuk was ever present as he guided helm Dmitry Samokhin to yet another well deserved victory, along with their “Biggest Man in Russia” 3rd crew Aleksey Bushuev 🙂


Prize Giving at the Societe’ Nautique de Saint Tropez. Denis Charvos accepts the 2nd Prize on behalf of FRA 401 Gery Trentesaux, then Winners, Aleksey, Andrey & Dmitry. With (Far Right) 3rd place GER 1140 Michi Lipp, Nicola Friesen (Helm) & Vincie Hoesch.

Finishing in 2nd place, as mentioned in my previous blog was FRA 401 helmed by Gery Trentesauz. The final podium position of 3rd place went to GER 1140 helmed by Nicola Friesen who was delighted to be moved up a place as a result of SUI 311 (Hugo Stenbeck) having to count a DSQ after a slight misjudgement during a pre-start manoeuvre on Wednesday.

gulf-of-st_tropezThe Gulf of Saint Tropez, will host next year’s GOLD CUP during October for 80 to 100 boats.

In closing, I would like to thank the helpers & volunteers of the Societe’ Nautique de Saint Tropez for their excellent organisation and hospitality over the 4 days. Although we were not blessed with ideal weather this time, I am sure the 2017 Gold Cup will be a spectacular event.

Many congratulations to Dmitry RUS 76, Gery FRA 401 & Nicola GER 1140.

Higher, Faster, Longer…… Stavros.


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