Kuhlungsborn Calls…..

Kul2The next Grade 1 event will take place in Kuhlungsborn, Germany from 5th to 8th July.

The Dragon Grand Prix in Kuhlungsborn will hopefully see a 40+ entry again this July. The racing is always very well organised and prepared by the small but dynamic Segelclub with delightful sandy beaches close by and a variety of accommodation options…


2016 Winners “M3”  Michael Schmidt, Malte Philipp & Mario Wagner will be defending their title.

Although nearly 80 boats will compete in the 2017 World Championships in Cascais during June, the event organisers of the 3rd European Grade 1 event hope that many boats will then make the trip North. Kuhlungsborn offers a great sailing area on the Baltic Sea with an excellent Marina overlooked by many Restaurants and Bars.


Great racing at 2016 German Grand Prix, Kuhlungsborn. As the fleet approach the top mark.

The Notice of Race is available and entries can be made on line with the Segelclub….  So don’t delay, start making your plans to join in the fun at this great location in Northern Germany…

Higher, Faster, Longer………      Stavros.


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Edinburgh Cup Competitor Update No 3

Dear Dragon Friends

It’s full steam ahead here in the Edinburgh Cup Office with just eight weeks to go until the regatta, and we have several exciting news items for you in this Competitor update.

Stoneham Construction and Oliver Morgan Architects join us as Sponsors

We are delighted to announce Stoneham Construction and Oliver Morgan Architects as official sponsors of the Edinburgh Cup 2017.

Stoneham Construction Ltd is one of the Isle of Wight’s leading construction companies. They specialise in the construction of private homes to the very highest standards and have built a reputation on building relationships with their clients to achieve a clear understanding of their needs. Find out more at www.stonehamconstruction.co.uk.

Oliver Morgan Architects offers a full architectural and design service extending beyond the general architecture to include the design of joinery, plaster mouldings and soft furnishings.  Their continuous involvement ensures that, as well as meeting expectations of time and cost, the build quality and the vision of the finished product are upheld all the way to completion. Find out more at www.omarchitects.co.uk

Edinburgh Cup 2017 Clothing Range

We are excited to be partnering with World Leisure to supply a range of Edinburgh Cup Cowes 2017 clothing and accessories which can be personalised to include your sail number and boat name.  With a range that includes polo and rugby shirts, gilets and jackets, hoodies and sweatshirts, caps, key fobs, belts, wallets and tote bags there’s something for everyone. Orders can be placed online via www.worldleisurewear.net.

Northwood House Parking

I’m delighted to confirm that we have been able to secure a limited number of parking permits for use in the Northwood House Car Park from 7 to 15 July. You will be able to book these permits at registration.

Oscar Cup

2017 will see us present a new perpetual trophy entitled The Oscar Cup to the winner of the Corinthian Division of the Dragon South Coast Championship. The trophy was originally donated to the British Dragon Association by Pascall Atkey & Son Yacht Chandlery in 1999, the year in which the company celebrated its bicentenary.  We are honoured that the company has agreed to present the trophy annually to the top amateur team in the South Coast Championship.

Entries Still Coming In

Entry remains open and our latest addition to the fleet is Rob Grey who makes a welcome return to the Dragon this season. The latest entry list and links to the race documents and online entry system are all available at www.edinburghcup.org

See you in Cowes!

Chairman, Organising Committee
Edinburgh Cup 2017 Cowes
M: +44 (0)7973 165 888
T: +44 (0)1983 299961
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Unexpected Win for World Champion….

PORChampsYevgen Braslavets, Sergey Pugachev, Miguel Horta e Costa, Maria do Ceu Garcia & Aleksandre Mirchuk.

2015 World Champion, Yevgen Braslavets, pulled the Rabbit out of the Hat yesterday to win the 2017 Portuguese National Championships after a superb final day recording a 1st & 3rd in Cascais. Yevgen said “This was totally unexpected as we were standing 10th overall after 4 races, so we were really surprised, but also very happy to know we had won” !

The final 2 races sailed on a lumpy, confused sea with little more than 10kts of south-westerly breeze proved crucial for the overall rankings in this competitive 38 boat fleet. The Principle Race Officer Jose’ Cancella assisted by Goncalo and Thomas Wilton (VHF Voice) set some excellent courses in difficult sailing conditions that would shuffle the final podium positions…

Jose' CansellaPrinciple Race Officer Jose’ Cancella set excellent start lines and perfect length courses.

RUS 76, who was leading after 4 races, recorded 16th & 9th. This removed Dmitry Samokhin and his team from the podium this time. Meanwhile, both RUS 27 & GER 1140 managed to scramble a 5th & 10th place to finish 2nd & 3rd overall. So the current European Champions were the runners up.

RUS 27 (3)

2nd overall RUS 27 Anatoly Loginov, Vadim Statsenko and Alexander Shalagin.

Nicola Friesen was delighted to keep her 3rd place despite the difficult helming conditions and really enjoyed sailing with Vincie Hoesch and Joost Houweling. It’s plain to see that the sailors who put in the time and effort during the winter series benefit when the going gets tough. As the famous Golfer Lee Travino once said “The more I practice, the luckier I get” 🙂 Great sailing out there today Nicola, you thoroughly deserved this fantastic result. Well done.


3rd Overall GER 1140 “Smaug” Joost Houweling, Nicola Friesen & Vincie Hoesch.

Top Corinthian boat was POR 47 “Catarina III” helmed by Vasco Serpa, who just squeezed into the top 20 overall. I spoke with his crew Pedro Costa Alemao after who said its a pity there were only 7 Corinthian Teams but we know many more will be arriving in a few weeks time. Lets see how this new Portuguese team shape up against the top Corinthian sailors from other Nations.


Corinthian Winners Manuel Rocha (crew), with Miguel & Maria, and Pedro Costa Alemao (crew).

The highest placed Portuguese team went to POR 66 “Drago” helmed by Jose’ Matoso, crewed by Gustavo Lima and Frederico Melo. Although they were disappointed with their 15th overall position, I am sure that in 3 weeks time Gustavo will be once again working his magic at the front of the fleet…

Gustavo & Son

Top Portuguese Team & National Champions for 2017.. Team “Drago” POR 66.

Finally, everything is now ready for the coming World Championships in June. With a fleet size of between 70 to 80 boats and a well practiced Race Committee all we need now is the great weather that Cascais is renowned for to make this a truly memorable event..

Higher, Faster, Longer…………..   Stavros.     IDA Sailing Co-ordinator.


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Dmitry keeps on “Rocking”

KeepOn Rockin“Rocknrolla” RUS 76 leads the Portuguese Nationals after 4 races, in Cascais.

There are 38 boats, here in Cascais, competing for the 2017 Portuguese National Title over a three days series. Sailors from many different Nations are using this event as the final warm up for the World Championships, to be held in June. Leading the fleet after 4 races is RUS 76 “Rocknrolla” helmed by Dmitry Samokhin, crewed by Andrey Kirilyuk and Aleksey Bushuev. This top team are certainly on a roll following their recent win of the Grand Prix Guyader in Douarnenez.

However, the final 2 races today will certainly be a test of nerves as breathing down their necks are the current European Champions, RUS 27 “Annapurna” helmed by Anatoly Loginov, crewed by Vadim Statsenko and Alexander Shalagin. After receiving a Black Flag in race 1 on Friday, RUS 27 bounced back with 2 wins yesterday to keep the pressure on the “Rocknrolla” team.


Grey Skies but great competitive racing on Day 1 of the Portuguese Nationals.

The sea’s have been challenging for both helm and crew as the south-westerly  winds combined with the rolling Atlantic swells have tested both helming and trimming. The courses have been well set, with excellent lines and informative starting procedures. Race 1 saw some of the top boats (RUS 27, GBR 801, GBR 758 and UAE 7) disqualified under a Black Flag. That certainly got the fleets attention resulting in only 1 additional OCS after the 4 races.

In 3rd position overall is top Lady Helm Nicola Friesen, crewed by Vincie Hoesch and Joost Houweling sailing GER 1140 “Smaug”. Nicola has coped extremely well in these difficult conditions and will be trying her best today to stay ahead of GER 1162 “Desert Holly” who share the same overall points.

Leading the “Corinthian” challenge is POR 47 “Caterina III” helmed by Vasco Serpa, crewed by Manuel Rocha and Pedro Costa Alemao. This team are currently 13th overall and fighting hard to gain a top 10 place in this competitive fleet.

POR 47Corinthian Leaders after 4 races are POR 47 “Caterina III” helmed by Vasco Serpa.

With 2 more races scheduled today and another day of glorious sunshine it will be interesting to see if the “Rocknrolla’s” can add another Championship to their ever growing portfolio 🙂

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

Many thanks to Anna Zykova for these excellent photo’s taken on Day 1…



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Edinburgh Cup 2017 – Competitor Update 2

Solent Guide, Arrival Instructions and Entry Update

Dear Dragon Friends

SolentGuideCoverImageWith just over eight weeks still to go until the start of the South Coast Championship and Edinburgh Cup I am delighted to announce that we already have 25 confirmed entries from across England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland and as far afield as Russia, Switzerland, Germany and Turkey, so we are well on track for a record entry.  To make your entry and find out more about the event please click here.

With so many visiting teams joining us this year we have prepared a special Solent Venue Guide with a host of useful information about the race area, weather and tidal information and how to access further details.

We’ve also got a plan for Shepards Wharf Marina showing you where everything will be located.


Our final item for this Competitor Update is the all important instructions for the Dragons at Shepards Whaf including info for your arrival, car parking, rigging and craning, berthing and departure. Click here for full details.

Hurry up and get those entries in and book your accommodations and ferry travel everyone and if you have any queries or need further help please don’t hesitate to contact me.

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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RUS 76 “Rock” in Douarnenez….








RUS 76 the new boat of Dmitry Samokhin, crewed by Andrey Kirilyuk & Alexsey Bushuev Win the Grand Prix Guyader.  Congratulations to this fantastic team….

Make no mistake about it, Douarnenez is back!  We had 4 fantastic days of sailing with 9 races completed in this legendary Dragon venue started by Louis Urvois many years ago….

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The “Great” Louis Urvois who created the Douarnenez Legacy.

The “Fun” and “Friendship” came flooding back into this wonderful Brittany Town offering sailing at the highest level in it’s beautiful West facing bay.. Those of us lucky enough to have attended this particular regatta over the past 17 years, have seen many high’s and a few low’s (due to difficult weather conditions and some mediocre race management decisions)..  However, the positives far outweigh the negatives and Douarnenez will once again be one of the “Premier” events on the IDA calendar.. (Regaining it’s Grade 1 status in 2018).

ChristianGPrinciple Sponsor Christian Guyader (FRA 365) enjoys the fantastic racing in Douarnenez.

After losing all day Friday (too much wind), RUS 76 (Dmitry Samokhin) held the narrowest of leads over TUR 1212 (Andy Beadsworth)  and GBR 813 (Poul-Richard Hoj-Jensen) going into the final day. 

However, with the recent Juan Carlos winners (Provezza) and “The Man” (Poul-Richard) breathing down his neck Dmitry was not going to be able to just “Rock-n-Roll” :-).  He had to dig deep and fight hard and that is exactly what his brilliant team of Andrey Kirilyuk (Tactician) and Alexsey Bushuev (Biggest-Man-In-Russia) did.  They won race 8! But it was still not over… as the “Man” (Double Olympic Gold Medalist & Dragon Supremo) was fully at the races as he powered to finish with a 2nd & 1st place to keep the pressure on Dmitry until the very end… But Dmitry finished with a 4th place to seal the victory…


2ndOverallGPGuyaderRunners Up in the Grand Prix Guyander


“Danish Blue”GBR 813.

Katie Cole, with Poul-Richard and Andrew (Noddy) Norden take 2nd overall in Douarnenez.

Finishing in 3rd place was the Dragon team “Provezza” TUR 1212, helmed by Andy Beadsworth, crewed by Simon Fry and Ali Tezdiker (Owner). This new team have a great competitive spirit and currently lead the International Ranking List for 2017.


Another Podium Position for Team “Provezza” TUR 1212. Andy, Simon and Ali Tezdiker.

With 3 brand new boats on the podium it was very pleasing for my team & I in GBR 585 “Full Speed” to finish in 4th place. To have a 25 year old boat still competing at the highest level must be good for the class and sends a positive message to other classes that the Dragon is one of the premier “One Design” boats throughout the World….


25 yr old, “Full Speed” with the fantastic Bakker Boy’s (Dominic and Olivier) keep me focused 🙂

In 5th place overall and also the 2017 French Champion is FRA 401 helmed by Gerry Trentesaux, crewed by Eric Brezellec, Jean Queveux and Christian Ponthieu.  Gerry has certainly made a fantastic impact on the French Fleet since only taking up Dragon racing in the middle of 2016 !  Yes, although very experienced in other classes, Gerry has taken to the Dragon so well..  Many congratulations to the 4 man team on board FRA 401.


FRA 401 makes another good start. They are the French Champions for 2017 & 5th Overall.

A special mention must also go to GBR 791 “Christiana” helmed by Oliver Morgan, crewed by Jamie Lea and Duncan Grindley.  Oliver has been racing Dragons for just over 4 years mainly in Cowes on the Isle of Wight. So to finish 6th overall in this competitive field is a great result….(their 2nd in the final race was the icing on the cake) 🙂

Top “Corinthian” team goes to the legendary Gus de Groot who whilst smoking at least 10 Cuban Cigars each day, managed to helm his beautiful cold moulded Petticrows around the course and into 7th overall.


NED 309 “Furie” Gus de Groot, Hay Winters & Richard Van Rig.  Corinthian Champions.

During Prize Giving the “Man” Poul-Richard (Runner Up), said that both Louis & Annie, who are sadly no longer with us, would have been very proud of the Grand Prix Guyader this year.  He asked that we all spread the word to encourage more sailors to participate again next and every year…

Whilst winning helm Dmitry Samokhin told me “Many thanks to everybody involved in organising the great event. Race Committee, Jury, on shore Team and all the Volunteers. The organising was brilliant and competition was strong. We are very proud and happy to stand here amongst the best Dragon Teams. See you next year”.

Well said both Dmitry & the Man……….

Higher, Faster, Longer………..     Stavros.  (GBR 585).



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Provezza’s Double Top…

AirBrushProvezza TUR 1212  rounding the weather mark on their way to another victory….

Ali Tezdiker’s team overcame “gastric” illness to record two victories in the wonderful bay of Douarnenez. Today the race course was stretched to a most acceptable & enjoyable distance of 1.5 nautical miles. The fleet were well behaved in the first race but needed a gentle reminder in the form of the “U” flag for race two.

It was clear that Tim Tavinor was visibly glowing with pride having watched his two new Petticrows V6’s take 6 of the winning gun’s out of the 7 races thus far. Tim, a passionate Dragon Sailor and fleet supporter, is not only here to assist the new boats, but offers his considerable knowledge and facilities to all competitors. Tim is even living “on site” at regatta HQ in the Petticrows Van to ensure 24/7 service……

FSFine Form from Full Speed. (Yours Truly) ably backed up by the “Bakker Boy’s”. 4th Overall.

Racing today was sailed in a building East/Northeast breeze ranging from 11 to 18 kts. It was an oscillating wind with no time constraints on the shifts. The race course rewarded an element of flair, but was also kind to those that concentrated on the lifting tack.

DZZ                     The 2017 Grand Prix Guyader embraces the old and the new…..

Overall RUS 76 “RocknRolla” is still leading the fleet on 13pts. Provezza head the chasing pack on 15pts, the “Man” is close behind on 20pts, with Full Speed in 4th on 25pts.

Of note is the performance of FRA 401 “Courrier de Saints” helmed by Gery Trentesaux who is currently in 6th place heading the French National Championship with his consistent sailing. Chasing hard is the event sponsors Christian Guyader, who has recovered from his first day encounter……..

Gwenup Bum

FRA 365 has a close relationship with an admirer during day 1 of the Grand Prix Guyader.

Tomorrow will see a strong wind that may have an influence on proceedings. However, come what may the Dragon will prevail………..

Higher, Faster, Longer……………   Stavros (GBR 585).



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V6 versus V6

ProvThe V6 Petticrows of “Provezza” wins Race 3 in Douarnenez yesterday.

Another perfect sailing day yesterday in Douarnenez saw 3 more races completed in the 2017 Grand Prix Guyader. In the opening race it was a great tactical decision by the Dragon Fleet’s “Opera Singer” Jean Pol Kerbaol to sail all the way to the right side of the course, to then lead at the top mark by a good margin…  


FRA 339 “Sklaera” with Jean Pol Kerbaol, Yvon Guigourese & Michel Trellu lead race 3.

Meanwhile the battle between the two new V6 Petticrows was the story of the day..  RUS 76 v TUR 1212, Dmitry Samokhin versus Andy Beadsworth….  In race 3 it was Andy that took the victory, whilst race 4 and 5 went to Dmitry.

Chasing the leading 2 boats overall after 5 races (1 discard) is GBR 813 “Danish Blue” helmed by Poul-Richard Hoj-Jensen, crewed by Katie & Noddy.

The Man & Katie

The Man (Poul-Richard) with Katie Cole last night, currently 3rd overall after 5 races.

Last evening a number of sailors were invited to the beautiful Urvois family home overlooking the bay of Douarnenez. This wonderful house, designed by Tania Urvois, has panoramic views and enhanced lighting so everyone very much enjoyed themselves… On behalf of the guests I would again like to thank Kersti Urvois for allowing us to spend time at their family home 🙂


Guests enjoying the evening meal at the “Urvois” house in Douarnenez last night (Weds 3rd).

Today will hopefully bring 3 more races for this 31 boat fleet, as conditions look to be very favourable with 13 to 17 kts forecast and a sunny sky….  life could be worse 🙂

Higher, Faster, Longer……….       Stavros.  (GBR 585).



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Rock n Rolla Russians…

DSV6Dmitry Samokhin, with Alexsey Bushuev & Andrey Kirilyuk on their new V6 Petticrows.

It was fantastic sailing day in the beautiful bay of Douarnenez yesterday as the 31 Dragons enjoyed 2 short races to begin the 2017 Grand Prix Guyader.

Leading the fleet overall after a 2nd & 1st, is RUS 76 “Rocknrolla” the new boat of Dmitry Samokhin who proved that all you need to do with the new V6 Petticrows is to take it out of the wrapper’s and go sailing 🙂


Dmitry lets the Champagne flow as his new Petticrows is launched in Douarnenez….

It was also good to see “The Man” (Poul-Richard Hoj-jensen) back at the front of the fleet, as he always likes to support this special event created by the great Louis Urvois. Sailing with Katie Cole and Andrew “Noddy” Norden the Man followed up his victory in race 1 with a 5th in race 2 putting him 2nd overall behind Dmitry.

Also sailing very well was FRA 401 helmed by Gery Trentesaux, crewed by Eric Brezellec, Jean Queveau and Christian Ponthieu. This 4 man team recorded a 4th & 3rd place so are currently 3rd overall after the 2 races.

To be honest the courses were a little too short, as the first beat of just 1 mile meant there were a few nasty collisions at the top mark. However, I am sure today we will see the course lengthened to a more sensible distance of around 1.5 miles to accommodate this competitive fleet.

Higher, Faster, Longer………..    Stavros.  (GBR 585).



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European Championships on Lake Thun, Switzerland.

ThunThe Beautiful Lake Thun is the venue for the 2017 European Championships, Aug 14-19.

Lake Thun and the picturesque town of Thun is set high in the Swiss Mountains (approximately 500 metres above sea level), next to Bern the capital of Switzerland.   The 2017 European Championships will be a fantastic opportunity for Dragon Sailors to experience flat, fresh water conditions which offer ideal sailing whilst overlooked by the famous Alpine peaks of the Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau…..


Some of the Organising Committee with IDA Chairman Vasily & myself on our recent pre-visit.

Our Principle Race Officer will be Bruno Barthlome’ who was born in Bern and has the experience of running 7 European and Swiss National Championships in Finn, 5.5m, Stars and the Dragon Class. His expertise will enhance the enjoyment for all that attend as the “Thunersee-Yacht Club” put together a wonderful itinerary both on and off the water…


The opening Reception will be held in the famous Thun “Square” overlooked by Thun Castle.

With the Swiss Nationals the week before, competitors have the opportunity to test out the conditions, source the fine restaurants and enjoy the complete ambiance offered in this magical part of the world….

Thun Castle

The Castle of Thun will overlook the Opening Ceremony of the European Championships.

Competitors have a detailed list of accommodation that can be booked through the Tourist Office, at email : info@interlaken-jungfrau.ch 

They will not only help you to choose accommodation, but also book it. So if you want to experience a fantastic week or two in Switzerland during August..  Make it Lake Thun…  You will not be disappointed.

Higher, Faster, Longer……………    Stavros.       IDA Sailing Co-ordinator.


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