19 Dragons participated in the 2nd Winter Series in Cascais over the weekend Dec 5th-7th under a balmy sun with blue skies and medium to light wind conditions. As in Cannes the first day was lost, but this time due to the lack of wind, whilst Cannes had too much !!
However, Saturday and Sunday gave the competitors some excellent sailing conditions and now “Local” helmsman Stefan Winberg won the event in his “Still Crazy” SWE 385 crewed by Markus Lagerquist and local 49er Olympic Sailor Bernardo Freitas. This team put together a very consistent series despite recording an OCS in the final race….
RUS 76, (Light Blue Spinnaker), helmed by Dmitry Samokhin finished 2nd overall.
In 2nd place overall was RUS 76 “Strange Little Girl” helmed by Dmitry Samokhin, crewed by Andrey Kirilyuk and Aleksey Bushuev who continue to maintain their form after winning series 1. Another top team showing great consistency is HUN 57 “Luca” who repeated their first event position of 3rd overall. This team helmed by Ferenc Kis-Szolgyemi and crewed by Karoly Vezer and Tamas Kiss had a great showing at the last Worlds in Weymouth and will be one of the favourites to do well in La Rochelle.
The Corinthian Winner was POR 57 “Whisper” helmed by Mario Quina and crewed by Pedro Costa and Fernando Passeiro. Mario has been racing Dragons in Cascais for many years and like all the other competitors his team enjoyed the usual apres “Food & Wine” served on the Club’s Terrace Bar over looking the Marina and “swing” Moorings right beside this magnificent Yacht Club.
At the Prize Giving, Club President Jose’ Matoso congratulated all the prize winners and invited more sailors to join the fun down in sunny Portugal in 2015. With another 6 – 8 boats arriving in January the 3rd Winter Series over the weekend of Jan 16th to 18th should see at least 30 boats on the start line…
The Dragons at rest in Cascais… why not come and join us in 2015…..
Higher, Faster, Longer……………….. Stavros.
p.s. Thanks once again to RICARDO PINTO for these excellent photo’s…visit his web site!