INGO is “Italian Champion”…..


Italian Champions, GER 1068 Malte Philipp, Ingo Ehrlicher (Helm) & Tommy Auracher.

There were two more races completed yesterday (Sun 26th), in San Remo to conclude the Italian National Championships. The wind was between 12 to 16 kts from 220-230 degrees, so conditions were perfect for the final day. Although the line was set with a strong Port Bias, it was the boats who started at the Committee Boat end of the line and tacked immediately who gained the most. GER 1068 “Dottore Amour” helmed by Ingo Ehrlicher was first to the top mark of the 1.7 mile beat and with the brilliant crew work of former World Champion Malte Philipp and Tommy Auracher they held onto the lead to win the race. This win gave this top German team the overall championship on just 8 points so they did not need to sail the final race…..

UmClose racing at the Italian Championships in San Remo yesterday, in perfect conditions. (FRA 391 Jean Breger leading this pack finished a creditable 5th place overall).

2nd in the first race was GER 1177 “Pow Wow” helmed by Pedro Andrade who pushed the winners hard but even if Pedro and his team of Charles Nankin & Tim Tavinor won the final race of the day, they would only finish on 8pts (equal points with Ingo), then loose on “count back”. This indeed was exactly what happened so despite winning the final race the “Pow Wow” team had to settle for a well fought “runners up” place overall.


2nd Overall GER 1177 Charles Nankin, Timothy Tavinor & Pedro Andrade (Helm).


Finishing in 3rd place overall was our current World Champion Yevgeni Braslavets, (right) crewed by Deigo Negri and Eugeny Kushienko, who had to fight hard to stay ahead of pre-favourites and current European Champions RUS 27 (Anatoly Loginov, Vadim Statsenko & Alexander Shaligin) who finished 4th.

Leading the Corinthian sailors was FRA 409 “Tsuica” from Yacht Club de Cannes, sailed by Gerard Blanc, crewed by Jean Gabriel Charton and Nicolas Giraud. This non-professional team fought hard to finish 7th overall which is a great result amongst the many top Professional Teams…..


Event organiser Umberto Zocca De Montelupo (right) was very pleased with the Championship and reminded all Sailors that the next Dragon event in San Remo 19th to 21st May “Festa del Marta”… Sounds great 🙂

Higher, Longer, Faster……    Stavros.








3rd Overall UAE 8 “Bunker Prince” Yevgeni Braslavets, Diego Negri & Eugeny Kushienko.




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Palma & San Remo “Round Up”…

PdeBPatrick de Barros POR 64 leads overall after 4 races at the Princess Sofia in Palma de Mallorca.

After the rains & light winds of yesterday there were 3 nice & sunny races in Palma today (Sat 24th) with POR 64 “Lady Tati” scoring 1st, 2nd, 1st to lead overall.  Patrick de Barros, (crewed by Alvaro Marinho & Rodrigo Vantacich), is participating in his 38th Princess Sophia…  quite a record I’m sure :-).  Close behind Patrick are ESP 71 Javier Scherk & DEN 266 Frank Berg, so its all on tomorrow….

Palma1The Dragons are returning to Palma de Mallorca for the 48th Princess Sophia Trophy.


Meanwhile over in San Remo.


Conditions were again tough with strong winds & major wind shifts at Italian Championships.

After a General Recall at the start of Race 2 of the Italian Championships the “U” Flag was used for the re-start, which saw two of yesterday’s leaders over the line at the Pin End! Yes, both TUR 1212 & GER 1177 were both UFD.

GER 1068 “Dottore Amore” helmed by Ingo Ehrlicher, crewed by Thomas (the Tank) Auracher & former World Champion Malte Philipp took full advantage to record a 1st and a 2nd in the two races. This top team now hold a comfortable overall lead on just 7 points, from UAE 8 helmed by our “Current” World Champion Yevgeni Braslavets, crewed by Deigo Negri & Eugeni Kushienko in 2nd (12pts) and FRA 391 Jean Breger, with Gaetan Aunette & Christian Gout in 3rd (19pts).

Event organiser Umberto Zocca Di Montelupo told me “Tomorrow we will finish with 2 more Races which will allow for a Discard”. He continued, “Tonight there will be a Lottery Prize of a Pyramid of Wine! Yes 100 bottles of different Italian Wine from Sicily, Tuscany & Piedmont”…  Pity I am not there! 🙂

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



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First Blood to “Provezza Dragon”…

Provezza DragonWinners of Race 1 in San Remo, Simon Fry, Andy Beadsworth & Ali Tezdiker (Owner).

It was all smiles today, Friday 24th (apart from Simon Fry), for TUR 1212 “Provezza Dragon” as they won the first race of the Italian National Championships in San Remo.  After a frustrating day ashore yesterday, the 36 boat fleet started the race in a North Easterly wind of around 15 knots which saw the new “V6” Petticrows open up a nice advantage from GER 1177 “Pow Wow” helmed by Pedro Andrade (in Michael Zankel’s absence).

Ali2(Left) Winners in San Remo TUR 1212 “Provezza Dragon”…  Wet & Windy 🙂

GER 1177, crewed by Petticrows owner Tim Tavinor & Charles Nankin,  managed to hold onto 2nd place just ahead of our current World Champion, Yevgeni Braslavets helming UAE 8 “Bunker Prince” who finished 3rd.


Today’s photo (right) of GER 1177, Charles Nankin, Pedro Andrade & Timothy Tavinor in “Pow Wow”

With the wind increasing to 27-30 knots the Race Committee decided to cancel further races and sent the fleet back to San Remo Marina. Organiser Umberto Zocca di Montelupo said racing will begin again tomorrow at 10.30am in the hope to catch up with the program…

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


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No Wind in San Remo…

San Remo NWUnfortunately, there was no wind today (Thurs 23rd) in San Remo.

The 36 Dragons had to wait patiently ashore today as there was simply not a breath of wind today to begin the Italian National Championships.

However, it was Champagne all round for the team “Provezza” as their new Petticrows (V6 Model) was launched by its owner Ali Tezdiker. (TUR 1212).


Ali Tezdiker, with Simon Fry, Andy Beadsworth & Petticrows Owner, Tim Tavinor.

Event organiser Umberto Zocca Di Montelupo has moved the start time forward to 10.30am tomorrow, lets hope for more wind,  fingers crossed…..

Higher, Faster, Longer……….      Stavros.



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Italian Nationals in San Remo.

San1  Tomorrow (Thurs 23rd March) will see the start of the Dragon Cup in San Remo as 36 International Teams will compete for the Italian National Championship.  Principle Organiser Umberto Zocca Di Montelupo is hoping the weather will behave itself so that a full program of races can be sailed over the next 4 days.

With teams representing 10 different Nations it will be a most challenging event enjoyed both on and off the water.. It will be interesting to see how the top 2 teams from the Cannes Grand Prix last month (Yvegeni Braslavets UAE 8 & Andy Beadsworth TUR 1212) fair against the current European Champion, Anatoly Loginov  RUS 27, who will be keen to resume a usual “podium” position….


RUS 27 Anatoly Loginov, crewed by Vadim Statsemko & Alexander Shaligin. (Last year in San Remo).

Meanwhile over in Palma de Mallorca a number of Dragons will be competing in the prestigious Princess Sofia Trophy (24th-27th March). This will be the 48th edition of this wonderful event sailed in the beautiful bay overlooked by the magnificent Cathedral….

CathedralThe Spanish Fleet has made a big resurgence in Palma de Mallorca. With a back drop of this wonderful Cathedral..Cathedral2

Two wonderful venues will see many International Dragons Racing over the next 4 days 🙂

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

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Your Invitation to the 2017 Dragon Edinburgh Cup

Calling all Dragon sailors – GBR and ALL Dragon nationalities. This is your Captain speaking!

I am honoured to be the Chairman of the 2017 Edinburgh Cup, which will be held in Cowes, Isle of Wight from 8 to 15 July.

On behalf of the British Dragon Association, the Cowes Dragon Fleet is busy making arrangements to ensure that Cowes is your 2017 Destination for Dragon racing.  Many of you have often said ‘one day I’ll race in Cowes’ – well this is your year to do so!

We have a fabulous package of very special regattas, with special International and Isle of Wight ferry rates, special marina rates and special Cowes Week entry fees – a full week of sailing, a full week of social events – a truly special package in total!


One of the Dragon fleet’s most prestigious trophies is the Edinburgh Cup, which was presented to the class in 1949 by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh and is awarded annually to the winner of the International Dragon British Open Championship. That first Edinburgh Cup in 1949 was raced on the Solent and hosted by the Island Sailing Club.

In 2017 the Edinburgh Cup in its 69th year will return to the Island Sailing Club once more, the fifth time the club has hosted the event and its twelfth visit to Cowes.


The Edinburgh Cup regatta week is in fact two separate regattas rolled into the week (the South Coast Championship as well as the Edinburgh Cup).  Additionally, I am able to extend the special rates offered to also encompass Cowes Week 2017.

We have early indication of some 40/50 boats and some 15+ international entries.


The NORs, for the UK South Coast Championship and Edinburgh Cup are now live and full info is available at (click on Competitor Information), where you should find ALL that you need to compete!


And. . . .  ‘one day I’ll do Cowes Week’!  2017 is YOUR year!  Thanks to the Edinburgh Cup we are able to extend special arrangements to encompass your Cowes Week participation too.


A truly special offer from Cowes Week! For non GBR Dragons a 20% discount on early bird race entry fees!  For NOR and details of how to enter go to: (Under ‘Taking Part’ you will find ‘Race Documents’ and ‘Enter for 2017’).


Shepards Wharf Marina will be the ‘home’ for all visiting Dragons for the Edinburgh Cup.  Following which they extend a Special Offer for post Edinburgh Cup storage and for Cowes Week launching, berthing and trailer storage.   See the NORs for full information.


Brittany Ferries Discount Offer

  • We are pleased to announce Brittany Ferries offer, a discount of some 10%.
  • A Discount Activation Code can be sent on request when Edinburgh Cup/South Coast entry is made (and by request for Cowes Week Dragon entrants).

Arriving from Cascais after the Worlds?

  • Take Brittany Ferries from Santander or Bilbao direct to Portsmouth, UK

Arriving via France?

  • Take Brittany Ferries (Caen, Le Havre, St Malo, Cherbourg) direct to Portsmouth, UK

Going to the Europeans, Lake Thun?

  • Take Brittany Ferries from Portsmouth to French ferry ports
  • Plenty of time after Cowes Week to travel to Lake Thun


Red Funnel offer an exclusive discount for Dragon competitors of the Edinburgh Cup (and Cowes Week).  For full information see the NORs.

  • If arriving via Portsmouth – its a short drive to Southampton and in reverse for departure!


  • A full and fun packed schedule of social events is organised!
  • Daily postrace food and drink with Prizegiving and Raffle, all at the Island Sailing Club.
  • The Cowes Dragon Fleet’s ‘Home Entertainment’ evening for all competitors and their accompanying guests – you are invited to dinner in our homes!
  • South Coast Prizegiving/Edinburgh Cup Welcome BBQ and party
  • And, the grand finale of the week, the Edinburgh Cup Celebration – Prizegiving, Dinner, Dancing and Entertainment on Friday 14 July.A formal evening with formal dress to which not only Dragon sailors but members of Cowes yacht clubs and day boat classes are also invited.  A true celebration – with a lot of fun to be enjoyed by all!

Tickets for Social Events:  

  • Each competing Dragon receives 3 free tickets to all ticketed events.
  • Extra tickets can be purchased – see booking form on the web site.
  • The Edinburgh Cup Celebration – 14 July:  special instructions for booking tickets to this event will be available shortly.  We anticipate keen demand for tickets – we urge you to book your tickets early to avoid the disappointment of missing out! 

You can find more information, and how to enter, at:

So, go on line – and enter!  We look forward to welcoming you to the Edinburgh Cup and Dragon sailing in Cowes.

Do contact me if I can be of any additional help.

Stand by for regular updates and see you in Cowes!
Gavia Signature



Chairman, Organising Committee
Edinburgh Cup 2017 Cowes
M: +44 (0)7973 165 888
T: +44 (0)1983 299961


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Too Much Wind in Cascais….

FlagsSailors were left frustrated at the 5th Cascais Winter Series, as the predicted strong Northerly Winds gusting in excess of 30 kts prevented anymore racing yesterday (Sunday).  Therefore the results remained the same from the three races sailed on Saturday giving a delighted Pedro Andrade a well deserved event win.

Not only did Pedro and his team of Charles Nankin and Piet Hein de Jager win this 5th Winter Series, but they also collected the Prince Henry the Navigator Trophy for the 2nd year in succession. This beautiful porcelain trophy remains at the Club Naval for safe keeping but has a prestigious history and used to be awarded annually down in Vilamoura prior to the Portuguese Dragon Fleet building up it’s “strong” and extremely well facilitated base in Cascais. So very well done to Pedro and his team sailing his new Petticrows “Monday”.


Pedro with his winning team Piet Hein de Jager (Middle) and Charles Nankin (Bow).


2nd overall went to GBR 801 “Alfie” helmed by Lawrie Smith, fresh back from an Etchells victory in Miami, with his 4 man crew of Hugo Rocha, Goncalo Ribeiro & Ruben Sole.This team are really getting their “act” together and will start as one of the main favourites for the World Championships during June.

3rd overall and also “Top Corinthian” team was SWE 385 “Still Crazy” helmed by Stefan Winberg, crewed by Fredrik Brotell and Markus Lagerquist.  This team put together some very consistent results over the three races flying the flag for all Corinthian Crews once again.


Stefan Winberg proves he is “Still Crazy” as he drives his Corinthian Team into 3rd place.

With 33 boats already racing in Cascais the numbers continue to build up nicely as we look forward to the Grade 1 “Juan Carlos” Trophy in April. Our IDA Chairman Vasily Senatorov, told a packed clubhouse during Prize Giving that everyone was looking forward to a well organised and well attended World Championships later in the year.


Vasily Senatorov giving his full support to the Club Naval de Cascais at Prize Giving.

I would also like to congratulate the team from MON 2 “Jeanie” helmed by Jens Rathsack, crewed by Diogo Pereira & Tiago Marcelino for putting together a consistent series to finish in 4th place overall. Also POR 64 “Lady Tati” helmed by Patrick de Barros, crewed by Alvaro Marinho and Rodrigo Vantacich who finished a very creditable 5th…..

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

Again my heartfelt thanks to Ricardo Pinto for these excellent photo’s…..   check out the full action on his website…





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Pedro on Fire in Cascais…

Pedro1GER 1177 “Pow Wow” helmed by Pedro Andrade has a commanding overall lead in Cascais.

The 5th Cascais Winter Series began on Friday with a windless, but extremely sunny day (27 degrees) so the 33 International Teams were able to enjoy a relaxing afternoon in this wonderful part of Europe.  Then, as though a “magic” switch was turned on, the wind came back yesterday so 3 very good races could be completed in a mixture of conditions.

Stefan1Leading “Corinthians” SWE 385 “Still Crazy” Stefan Winberg, Fredrik Brotell, Markus Lagerquist. Also a brilliant 3rd Overall.

Race 1 start was recalled then re-started under a “U” flag which gave a clear line. With the wind from the North of around 10 to 12 kts the oscillations first favoured the left side, so the boats that were able to tack quickly off the line took most advantage. Then midway into the first beat, the wind shifted back to the right, so that boats on the right side made a big jump on the fleet. Making the very best of these changing conditions was “local” legend Patrick de Barros helming POR 64 “Lady Tati” crewed by Alvaro Marinho & Rodrigo Vantacich. Also in good shape was our IDA Chairman Vasily Senatorov RUS 34 and top local sailor Pedro Andrade  GER 1177 (helming Michael Zankel’s Pow Wow). These three boats held onto their positions to finish 1st, 2nd & 3rd respectively….


Winners of Race 1 POR 64 Partick de Barros, Alvaro Marinho and Rodrigo Vantacich.

Race 2 was sailed in similar oscillating conditions, this time it was Lars Hendriksen helming his beautiful 1957 “Eva” who took the victory, crewed by Claus Olesen & George Leonchuk. Again the race was started after a general recall and this time 3 boats were disqualified under the “U” flag. Lars and his team were not so fortunate in Race 3 as they were caught out changing Genoa’s during the interval which meant they were 2 mins late for the 3rd race start!  2nd in Race 2 was GER 1177 with Pedro Andrade adding another brilliant result to his earlier 3rd. However, the best was still yet to come for Pedro and his team of Charles Nankin and Piet Mein as they dominated the 3rd and final race held in a building 20 to 25 kt wind…


Jens Rathsack MON 2 “Jeanie” returns to the moorings after a pleasing 3rd in the final race.

Lawrie Smith sailing GBR 801 put together a 10th, 3rd & 2nd to be the closest rival to Pedro, but is still 9 pts behind so will certainly have his work cut out today to catch the “Star of the Day” 🙂


Lawrie with Hugo Rocha, Goncalo Ribeiro and Ruben Sole, currently 2nd overall.

With an earlier start today of 10am, it is hoped to sail another 3 races, but the forecast is for strong winds so we will just have to wait and see…..

In fact I need to going, so that’s all for now folks …..

Higher, Faster, Longer……….   Stavros.

Thanks once again to RICARDO PINTO for these excellent “On the Water” actions photo’s!



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Hong Kong “2K” Team Racing….

axxxThe “Popular” 2K Team Racing will also take place this year in Hong Kong April 14th-17th.

The success of the 2k Team Racing event held every year in Venice during early October has spread far and wide, so much so that a 2nd event will soon be held in Hong Kong.

Event organiser Tam Nguyen has invited some top International Teams which include the 2016 Venice winner Dmitry Samokhin (RUS) also 3rd placed Gavia Wilkinson-Cox (GBR) plus Wouter Ten Wolde (NED) and Mihkel Kosk (EST).  These teams will fly out over Easter to join in the superb fun offered by this “Random Pairs” format of Team Racing at its highest level.


Close action from last year’s Venice event as the lead boat tries to slow down the opposition.

Below is the Notice of Race and I believe there is still space for one more team to add to the 3 local crews in order to reach the 8 team maximum required…

NoR – Invitational Team Racing Event Hong Kong 14-17 April__ 2017

Please contact Tam Nguyen on email :  if interested ?

Higher, Faster, Longer…..    to Hong Kong 🙂     Stavros.


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Island Sailing Club, Cowes, to host the 69th Edition of the historic Dragon Edinburgh Cup

DragonEdinburghCup_pfm002.jpgDesigned in 1929, the International Dragon combines classic elegance with grand prix performance, the world’s greatest sailing venues and some of the best sailors on the planet.  One of the Dragon fleet’s most prestigious trophies is the Edinburgh Cup, which was presented to the class in 1949 by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh and is awarded annually to the winner of the International Dragon British Open Championship. That first Edinburgh Cup in 1949 was raced on the Solent and hosted by the Island Sailing Club, with the inaugural winners being Frank Woodroffe and Clare Lallow.

In 2017 the Edinburgh Cup will return to the Island Sailing Club once more, the fifth time the club has hosted the event and its twelfth visit to Cowes. More than 40 teams from at least 13 nations will compete from 8 to 14 July in a twin regatta event, opening with the Dragon South Coast Championship from 8 to 10 July, and culminating in the Edinburgh Cup from 11 to 14 July.

“The Island Sailing Club is extremely proud of its long association with the International Dragon Class and in particular with the Edinburgh Cup.  The members of the Club presented The Duke of Edinburgh and the then Princess Elizabeth with a Dragon on the occasion of their wedding in 1948, so can truly claim to have been instrumental in the Duke’s close association with the class.  We are very pleased to continue that close relationship through the Edinburgh Cup’s return to the Island Sailing Club this year.” Said Chris Thomas, Sailing Secretary of the Island Sailing Club.

The Dragon fleet is well known for its ability to combine serious competition with a full après sailing programme and the event’s parties will hark back to the glamorous joie de vivre of the 1940s.  The Edinburgh Cup Prize Giving Celebration Dinner Dance will be a black-tie evening and there will be social events throughout the week.

The entry list is expected to include not only the UK’s top crews, but teams from Antigua, Italy, Portugal, France, the Netherlands, Ireland, Belgium and as far afield as Finland, France, Italy, Russia, Switzerland, Ireland, Turkey, Denmark, Germany, Japan and Australia.  Among those racing will be British Olympic bronze medallist Lawrie Smith, who claimed the trophy in 2013 and will no doubt be hoping to make it a hat-trick.

In 1949 Clare Aisher took second place in the opening race of the regatta and lady helms have put in good results on many occasions since.  However, it wasn’t until 2015 that the Edinburgh Cup was finally won by a woman, when Julia Bailey claimed the winner’s laurels in Largs.  Julia is also returning to the fray this year in the hope of a second victory, although having crewed husband Graham to victory in Lymington in 2014, it would actually be her third time on the winning boat in four years.

Regatta Chairman Gavia Wilkinson-Cox, who will herself be competing, commented: “I am thrilled that the Edinburgh Cup is once again returning to the Isle of Wight and to Cowes. The Island Sailing Club’s reputation for regatta management is second to none, and we are expecting a strong fleet from across Europe, Asia, Australasia and the Caribbean.  Our own UK fleet will also be out in force and we look forward to welcoming our visitors and offering them not only great racing but also a vibrant social programme in the great tradition of the Dragon Fleet.  We have outstanding support from our sponsor partners Visit Isle of Wight, Destination Cowes, Red Funnel and Shepards Wharf Marina whose generosity will help to ensure this is an exceptional event.”

Speaking on behalf of Visit Isle of Wight and Destination Cowes Mark McNeill, Chairman of Destination Cowes, added “Yachting plays a huge role in the day to day life of the Isle of Wight and we are extremely proud that the International Dragon Class has chosen Cowes and the Island Sailing Club for this year’s Edinburgh Cup”. David Thornton of Visit Isle of Wight confirmed: “We are working in close partnership with Gavia and her team to create a truly unique event and look forward to welcoming the visitors in July and making their stay in Cowes a memorable one.”

Red Funnel has created a special ferry travel offer to transport the boats and teams to and from the Island, details of which will be available from the event website

Shepards Wharf Marina will provide berthing, launching and recovery for visiting Dragons at a special rate and the Island Sailing Club will provide a launch service from the club to the moorings and marinas. Extended versions of the packages from Red Funnel and Shepards Wharf  are also available to any Dragons wishing to remain on the Island to participate in Cowes Week.

The Notices of Race  and Online Entry for the British Dragon South Coast Championship and Edinburgh Cup  are now available at

For further information about this event please contact Regatta Chairman Gavia Wilkinson-Cox on 07973 165888 or

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