2 Races in Derby Dragon, La Baule.

LaStartThe start of Race 1 for the 37 Dragons in La Baule.. Light winds, but fun, fun, fun.

The 2016 Derby Dragon began yesterday after a cancelled first day on Sunday, so the 37 teams enjoyed 2 very good light wind races. With a strong flood tide it was possible to “Lee Bow” the current off the start line which helped starboard tacking boats to clear the line. However, boats that tacked early on to port and crossed the fleet lost pressure as they neared the shore, so the big gain came from the left.  One of these “left hand side” boats was GBR 633 helmed by Ron James, crewed by his wife Julia and Ian Turnbull, who sailed really well making the most of their opportunities and won the race.

DollyGBR 633 “Feelings Flirtation” Ron James, Julia and Ian win race 1 of the Derby Dragon.

In race 2 the wind was a little more settled and it paid to start at the committee boat, tack immediately and head for the shore. This is exactly what FRA 365 “Ar Youleg” did, helmed by Christian Guyader, crewed by Gwen Chapalain and Claude Bertrac.  This experienced crew made the most of more pressure created by the land and led the fleet from start to finish.

LaBaule2A Langoustine managed to escape Sunday’s party held in La Baule, but only for a while!

Today will see at least 3 races with boats leaving the harbour at 10am. The forecast shows 15 to 20 kts, so it will be a “full on” day of racing which will match the “full on” social programme in this unique and popular town.. :-)

Higher, Faster, Longer…….     Stavros.   (GBR 789).

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Langoustines in La Baule….

LaBauleThe La Baule Ladies prepare the delicious Langoustines for the lucky Sailors.

The first day of the 2016 Derby Dragon in La Baule was unfortunately cancelled yesterday through lack of wind, but that did not dampen the spirits of the 40 Dragon Teams who enjoyed a great lunch at the Y.C.L.B.

LaBaule4President Dominique Molett & the Committee of Y.C.L.B. “Open” the 2016 Derby Dragon.

Today the improved forecast will allow this popular and extremely well supported regatta to get underway with 3 or possibly 4 races…This wonderful town on the west coast of France always brings a smile to the sailors faces and not even the French “Fuel” strike could keep away the many travelling teams :-)

LaBaule1The Dragons lay safely “side by side” in the shelter of the La Baule Harbour.

More news and results to follow over the next 3 days……….

Higher, Faster, Longer……           Stavros.  (GBR 789).

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Kuhlungsborn….. Final Grade 1 of 2016.

kühlungsbornfromabove-1024x682Kuhlungsborn, Germany. Venue of the last Grade 1 event of 2016. June 22nd to 25th.

With over 30 boats already registered for the Dragon Grand Prix Germany, this final Grade 1 regatta of 2016 will be another well supported International Regatta. After hosting such a successful Gold Cup in 2015, many happy sailors will be returning to this popular venue that offers so much.

From it’s very well organised and modern Marina it is just a short time to the non tidal and unrestricted race area…  No ferries, no obstructions and hardly any pleasure craft make sailing on these deep blue waters of the Baltic Sea a real joy. The race management and “apres” sail is extremely well co-ordinated whilst family members and partners can relax on the large, soft sanded, golden beaches :-)

Kuhlungsborn..The wonderful beaches that offer a great view of the racing in Kuhlungsborn, Germany.

The Segelclub Kuhlungsborn e.V. are looking forward to welcoming their usual sailors and more importantly any new teams to their friendly club. Check out the web site on the IDA Home Page for more information..

So why not consider a trip to this beautiful part of Germany and join the fun and excitement ? You will not be disappointed….

Higher, Faster, Longer……    Stavros.




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3rd Danish Championship for Jorgen….

DanishChampions2016Thomas Schmidt, Jorgen Schonherr (helm) & Christian Videbaek are Danish Champions.

33 Dragons competed for the 2016 Danish National Championship over the weekend hosted by the Dragoer Sejlklub, just South of Copenhagen. It was a mainly light wind regatta sailed over 3 days with 8 completed races.

Jorgen Schonherr, 3 times winner of the Dragon Gold Cup, sailed a brilliant regatta to win the Championship with his “Corinthian” crew of Thomas Schmidt & Christian Videbaek… Fresh from a 4th overall in Douarnenez, Jorgen and his team showed great speed and solid tactics to win the series by 10pts from RUS 27 “Anapourna” helmed by Anatoly Loginov, crewed by Vadim Statsenko and Alexander Shalagin..

2nd-Danish2nd overall were RUS 27 “Anapourna” Anatoly Loginov, Vadim Statsenko & Alexander Shaligin.

Finishing in 3rd place overall was GER 11 “Cameleer” helmed by Marcus Brennecke, crewed by Olympic Champion & America’s Cup supremo Jochen Schumann, and Theis Palm. Jochen won his 1st Gold Medal in 1976 in Finn, then later 2 more Golds and 1 Silver in Solings, 1988, 1996 & 2000!  It is fantastic to have sailors of Jochen’s quality joining our fleet, proving once again that Dragons are the best one design keel boat in the World….

3rd-Danish3rd overall, GER 11 “Cameleer” Marcus Brennecke, Theis Palm & the “Legend” !!

It was a wonderful weekend of sailing enjoyed by all the competitors, including many of the “inexperienced” and “new” sailors into the class. The Danish Fleet are encouraging many more sailors into the class and as we all know, once you get the “taste” you have it for a life time :-)

Winners of the “Inexperience” Sailors was DEN 176 “Playmate” helmed by Niels Pedersen, crewed by Carsten Bak Matthiesen & Christen Just Petersen.

It was also great to see The Crown Prince of Denmark sailing with his son Christian, as it was Lars Hendriksen racing with his 2 sons, Oscar & Johan.

The Dragon is for everyone and it’s Legacy will live forever……..


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



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Team “Sophie Racing” Win in Douarnenez…

AAABernardo Freitas, Hugo Stenbeck (holds the Cup of Louis Urvois) & Martin Westerdahl (with the Trophy of BMW).

SUI 311 “Sophie III” won the Grade 1 Grand Prix Guyader in style this week after winning 2 of the 4 completed races in the beautiful bay of Douarnenez.

Although 2 full days were lost due to lack of wind, the 46 Internationals Teams had another 2 Championship Races yesterday to round off this IDA Grade 1 event. With a substantial lead after day 1, Hugo Stenbeck and his top crew won race 3 yesterday which really stamped their superiority on the fleet.

AABDEN 411 “African Queen” win race 4 yesterday in Douarnenez, with great downwind speed.

Race 4 of the series was won by the top “Corinthian” team from Denmark sailing DEN 411 “African Queen” helmed by Jorgen Schoenherr, crewed by Christian Videbaek and Thomas Schmidt. This was the first regatta for quite some time for Jorgen and it showed that time off has not slowed him down at all :-)  Not only did they win the “Corinthian Prize”, but Jorgen also finished 4th overall in the final rankings.  Great sailing guys…..

ACWinners of Race 4, Top Corinthian Team accepting the Beppe Ducas Trophy & 4th Overall was DEN 411 “African Queen”.

Runners up overall were the team from Germany helmed by Stephen Link, crewed by Frank Butzmann & Michi Lip in GER 1162 “Desert Holly”. Counting a 5th, 1st, 3rd & 16th this put Stephen and his team in a comfortable 2nd.

AE2nd Overall in the Grand Prix Guyader GER 1162 “Desert Holly”, Frank, Stephen & Michi.

The final “Podium” position went to the ever consistent team from Russia sailing “Strange Little Girl”,  Dmitry Samokhin, Andrey Kirilyuk and Aleskey Bushuev. This crew have spent their winter improving their skills in Cascais and always seem to be in the right place at the right time…  Congratulations once again Dmitry, Andrey and the “Biggest Man in Russia” :-)

AD3rd overall in the Grand Prix Guyader, RUS 76 “Strange Little Girl”, Aleskey, Dmitry & Andrey.

So once again another Grade 1 event is over and the Douarnenez “Legacy” of the “Great” Louis Urvois lives on. All 46 boats paid their homage to Louis by placing roses in the water as they sailed passed his home for many years on the wonderful coast of Douarnenez .


Also the Societe’ des Regates of Douarnenez provide 2 Dragons for young & new sailors who wish to experience sailing in our fantastic class in a perfect setting……..

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


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Sophie lll Dominates in Douarnenez.

aaaaHugo Stenbeck, Martin Westerdahl and Bernado Freitas sailed two Brilliant races.

Hugo Stenbeck helmed his SUI 311 “Sophie lll” to almost perfection yesterday here in Douarnenez, recording a 1st & 2nd place. It was an equally “perfect” day for all the 46 International Teams competing at the 2016 Grand Prix Guyader, the 3rd Grade 1 event in Europe. Conditions were excellent and the courses were first class giving the sailors exactly what the beautiful bay of Douarnenez is renowned for….  A truly wonderful Dragon experience.

I spoke with Hugo after sailing he told me “We started at the Committee Boat and were able to continue on starboard for 20% of the first 1.8 mile upwind leg. Then we tacked out to the right into more pressure and when we came back we were in great shape”..  Well done to the Sophie III team.


Starting in Douarnenez is a spectacular sight as all 46 boats fight for favourable positions.

In race 2 of the day it was GER 1162 “Desert Holly” helmed by Stephen Link who battled hard to just finish ahead of Sophie III to take the win. Both races sailed the full 3 upwinds and 2 downwind legs and took around 1hr 45mins.


Winners of race 2 yesterday, GER 1162 Stephen Link, Fank Butzmann & Michi Lipp.

The International Race Officer Jean Pierre Evrard will continue his excellent work today to set another 2 wonderful championship courses. I also want to thank our photographer Francois Van Malleghem for all of these fantastic action photo’s..

aaa                                  An array of colour in the Bay of Douarnenez.

In the 18 Corinthian Teams it is FRA 409 “Tsuica” helmed by Gerard Blanc who takes the early lead,  after recording a 4th and 11th placings. Gerard and his team of Jean-Gabriel Charton and Olivier Lefevre from Y.C. Cannes will have to work hard to stay ahead of top Danish Sailor Jorgen Schoenherr who has 3 Gold Cup victories under his belt !!

Higher, Faster, Longer……………     Stavros.  (GBR 789).


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The Beginning of Life….


Please open this link for some Dragon History !   Stavros :-)

Classic Boat Magazine from 1988.

My thanks to Andrew (Noddy) Norden from Burnham-on-Crouch for sending me this “Blast from the Past”…..  hope you all enjoy reading it, as I did… :-)      Stavros.

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RUS 27 Win King Juan Carlos Trophy.

RP160410_KJCTD4_2876 (2)Anatoly Loginov proudly raises the King Juan Carlos Trophy at Prize Giving in Cascais.

The weather currently covering the Iberian Peninsula produced strong winds from the north-west in excess of 22 to 25 kts yesterday and as the seas rolled in from the Atlantic conditions were not suitable to hold the final races in Cascais. However, a total of 6 races had been sailed over the previous 3 days and so all the competitors were in total agreement when racing was cancelled.

RP160407_KJCTD1_0860 (2)So the winners of the 21st King Juan Carlos Trophy were RUS 27 “Annapurna” helmed by Anatoloy Loginov, crewed by Vadim Statsenko and Alexandre Shalagin. This well drilled team sailed a very consistent series taking a well deserved victory despite not winning an individual race.

However, one team that did win a race, number 6 of the series, was ESP 71 “Gunter”.  This meant that a delighted Javier Scherk with his top crew of Diogo Barros and Paulo Manso were winners of the “Stavros” Trophy awarded each year to the final race winners of the Juan Carlos Trophy.

RP160410_KJCTD4_2822Javier Scherk  accepts the “Stavros” Trophy for winning the final race of the series.

Runners up this year were the team representing the United Arab Emirates in UAE 9 “Desert Eagle”, helmed by Hendrik Witzmann, crewed by Henrique Anjos & Theis Palm. This team took the title last year, but had to settle for 2nd place after finishing just 2pts behind the leaders….

RP160410_KJCTD4_2851 (2)Club Naval de Cascais Commodore applauds the 2nd place UAE 9 team “Desert Eagle”

3rd place overall and sailing as consistently as ever was RUS 76 “Strange Little Girl” helmed by Dmitry Samohkin, crewed by Andrey Kirilyuk and Alexsey Bushuev.

RP160410_KJCTD4_2829 (2)Dmitry Samokhin, with Alexsey Bushuev and Andrey Kirilyuk accept their 3rd place prizes.

Winners of the “Corinthian” sailors was POR 57 “Whisper” helmed by Dragon Class President Mario Quina, crewed by Fernando Passeiro and Raul Pato. This newly formed team showed great promise and battled hard to take the title by just 1pt. Congratulations to them and all of the podium sailors :-)

RP160407_KJCTD1_0503POR 57 “Whisper” Corinthian Winners of the 21st King Juan Carlos Trophy in Cascais.

This was an extremely well organised Grade 1 regatta both on and of the water, with superb starting lines and excellent courses. The Club Naval de Cascais really looked after the visiting teams and their families, providing a variety of superb food and local wine served every day after racing in their fantastic club house….

On behalf of all the competitors I would like to thank the Race Committee, Judges, Mark Layers and all the Club organisers and volunteers for providing such a wonderful event. I am sure next year’s Dragon World’s (2017) will be a spectacular Championship, as I can assure you all, we are in excellent hands.

1st Anatoly Loginov (Petticrows).  2nd Hendrik Witzmann (PCT). 3rd Dmitry Samokhin (Petticrows). 4th Michael Zankel (Petticrows).  5th Martin Payne (Petticrows).

Higher, Faster, Longer………….    Stavros.   (GBR 769)

P.S.  Many thanks once again to Ricardo Pinto, checkout his website for many more amazing photographs.

12719145_10206332357602904_1330308284543749013_o (2)                                                               The “Master” at work :-)






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3 More Races in King Juan Carlos Trophy….

RP160409_KJCTD3_6978 (2)RUS 27 “Annapurna” Anatoly Loginov, Vadim Statsenko & Alexandre Shalagin lead overall

With a most perfect sailing day in Cascais, 3 more races were completed to make up for the missed race on Friday due to strong winds. The wind moved around to the west and ranged between 8 to 14kts, which allowed for some great “tactical” racing and exciting finishes….

RP160409_KJCTD3_2701UAE 9 “Desert Eagle” Hendrik Witzmann, Henrique Anjos & Theis Palm win race 4.

The first race of the day saw gains mainly from the right hand side of the course, until a temporary shift from out to sea on the left allowed for some amazing recovery’s.. UAE 9 must have been slightly concerned to see their hard fought lead nearly evaporate as HUN 57 helmed by Ferenc Kis-Szolgyemi and GER 1123 with Michael Zankel came in strong at the finish from the left. However, UAE 9 just held on to take the win, with HUN 57 2nd & GER 1123 3rd.

RP160409_KJCTD3_6831 (2)GBR 769 “Hombre” with Martin Payne, Joao Vidinha & Antonio Matos win race 5.

In the second race of the day, we managed to start right at the committee boat and tack immediately as my new local crew, Joao Vidinha,  thought the right side of the beat would be advantageous. Indeed it was and GBR 769 “Hombre” lead from start to finish to take a second victory. In 2nd place was again HUN 57 “Johanna” helmed by Ferenc Kis-Szolgyemi, crewed by Tamas Kiss & Karoly Vezer who just managed to hold off a determined challenge from SUI 311 “Sophie Racing” Hugo Stenbeck, Martin Westerdahl & Bernardo Freitas as they slightly over-stood the finish.

RP160409_KJCTD3_7136Winner of race 6 a very happy Javier Scherk in ESP 71 “Gunter” with Paulo Manso & Diogo Barros.

In the final race of the day, race 6 of the regatta, in order to spread the fleet equally along the line, the Race Committee set a heavily pin end bias as most of the fleet wanted to play the right side of the course. So the lead boats off the line at the pin tacked and crossed to the right to make the most gains. Both UAE 9 and RUS 76 showed great speed and pushed ESP 71 hard but Javier, Paulo and Diogo just managed to catch the last right hand side shift to keep ahead and win the race before a big change from the left turned the last beat upside down.

In the “Corinthian” competition there was a change at the top as POR 57 “Whisper” helmed by Class President Mario Quina, crewed by Fernando Passeiro & Raul Pato had a very consistent day adding a 6th and 11th to their overall score so now lead POR 56 by just 1pt.

IMG_8660 (2)Back at the club Naval the tired sailors enjoyed a splendid selection of hot and cold food with plenty of liquid refreshment to help ease those aching limbs. Then suddenly some “Ladies” organised by Tim Tavinor :-) jumped up onto some tables to enhance the party atmosphere …  I tell you it’s all happening here at the 21st King Juan Carlos Trophy! 

Higher, Faster, Longer……..     Stavros.  (GBR 769).

P.S.  Thanks again to Ricardo Pinto for some amazing action photo’s & to Timmy T for arranging the entertainment …

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21st King Juan Carlos Trophy..

RP160408_KJCTD2_1672GER 1162 “Desert Holly” leads the 3rd race of the J.C. Trophy in Cascais yesterday.

A strong Northerly wind “delayed ” the start of racing in Cascais yesterday, so the 26 teams representing 12 different Nations waited patiently ashore until conditions were more suitable…

Then at 12.00 the postponement flag was lowered and the fleet took to the water sailing approximately 3 miles south to prepare for the start of race 3 of the Juan Carlos Trophy.

RP160408_KJCTD2_5720Another “clear line” start in difficult conditions made for some exciting racing….

Many of the fleet chose to tack quite soon after the start and head towards the shore on the 1.9 mile beat as the wind was 20 degrees more right than the previous day.  However, the right hand shift was further in towards the Estoril coast line so it was the left side of the upwind leg that proved most advantageous.

RP160408_KJCTD2_5848GER 1162 helmed by Stephan Link, crewed by Frank Butzmann & Michi Lipp win race 3.

The first 5 boats to round the top mark all came form the left hand side, opening up a substantial distance from the remainder of the fleet. GER 1162 took the initiative from the onset and won the race despite some aggressive competition from RUS 76 helmed by Dmitry Samokhin (who finished 2nd) and GER 1123 Michael Zankel (who finished 3rd).

RP160408_KJCTD2_2074GER 1123 “Pow Wow” Michael Zankel, Pedro Andrade & Nuno Barretto lead overall after 3 races.

It was a truly superb sailing day offering excitement, thrills and tested all the crews skills over the 3 up winds and 2 down wind legs on this Championship course. A great race quite fitting of this Grade 1 regatta in beautiful Portugal, but as the wind increased the fleet were sensibly sent back to the moorings, so no 2nd race.

RP160408_KJCTD2_1590RUS 76 “Strange Little Girl” Dmitry Samokhin, Andrey Kirilyuk & Alexsey Bushuev 2nd place.

However, today we will sail 3 races as the weather forecast is more favourable, so the Championship may well be decided at the end of the day as Sunday’s conditions do not look promising..

Leading the Corinthian sailors is POR 56 “Peggy” helmed by Miguel Magalhaes, crewed by Jorge Melo and Jose’ Magalhaes. This local team are keeping ahead of the other Corinthian sailors as they have their own private battle amongst this highly competitive International fleet.

Higher, Faster, Longer……………..    Stavros.  (GBR 769).





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