“Blackout’s” Perfect Score in Aalsmeer..

2014-04-21_16.52.07 (320x180)BEL 80.”Blackout” Manu Hens, Ben van Cauwenbergh & Thibaud den Hartigh.  Aalsmeer winners.

Ben van Cauwenbergh helmed his 2006 Petticrows “Blackout” to record the perfect score of 7 wins, to end on 7pts in the Easter Grand Prix, in Aalsmeer. The club’s talented PRO Martin Kampschreur managed to organise another 3 races on Easter Monday to complete the 9 race series. With 9 races sailed, 2 discards were implemented, so Ben was able to throw out his 2 worst scores to count his 7 well deserved “Bullet’s”.. From the photo above it is apparent how happy this excellent “Corinthian” Team from Belgium have become…

2nd place overall went to the local favourites and well matched team of Father / Son’s, the Bakkers sailing in their 2004 Petticrows NED 402. With the last day sailed in lighter and more changeable winds, Jan helmed his boat beautifully using every bit of his local knowledge to record and 1st and a 2nd which edged them passed the “Full Speed” team who were just off the pace….

2014-04-21_16.53.53 (320x180)       Olivier, Jan and Dominic Bakker. NED 402, finished a well deserved 2nd overall.

In 3rd place overall my team sailing GBR 585 “Full Speed” helm Martin Payne, crew Gabor Helmhout and Rudy Hofmann (2 days), Marc Reijnhoudt   were grateful to already have a string of 2nd places in the bag as the last day was very difficult. With many chasing boats sailing very well in the tricky conditions our 3rd place overall was never guaranteed…. However, despite a late charge from the “Tigger” Team GBR 784, helmed by Tim Tavinor, crewed by his daughter Emma and owner Thomas Wilton, we held on to our position…. just.

2014-04-21_16.55.28 (320x180)3rd overall, GBR 585 “Full Speed”  Gabor Helmhout, Martin Payne & Marc Reijnhoudt.

This left the “Tigger” team in 4th position and a super final day by BEL 69 Michel van Cauwelaert, crewed by Jan de Bie and Michel Vervisch who recorded a 2nd, 2nd 4th saw them jump up the leader board to finish 5th overall.

It was a fantastic event for all 22 participants in a variety of conditions, the PRO set some excellent courses and the volunteers back in the Club House worked hard to provide, quick craning in and out, ample car parking, easy access to trailers all weekend and delicious “Bitterballen’s” and Beers…  :-)

The Dutch Sailors are up and running this year and with the final event in Aalsmeer in early May followed by three more regatta’s in Muiden, sailed on the southern part of the Ijselmeer, don’t be surprised to see many more NED boats up the front of the Gold Cup fleet in September!

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

 

 

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Three Bullet’s for Ben in Blackout….

Foto (320x240)Thibaud, Ben and Manu relax in the Dutch Sun in Aalsmeer after their three “Bullet’s”..

It was another great day for Dragon Sailing on the lake of Aalsmeer for the 21 boats competing in the Grand Prix Easter Regatta. Although the day was again dominated by BEL 80 “Blackout” helmed by Ben Cauwenbergh, crewed by Manu Hens and Thibaud Den Hartigh. The racing was very close and exciting with the first 4 boats crossing the finish line within 30seconds of each other and the whole fleet finishing only 2 minutes behind the leading group.

The day started with the wind around 10 to 12 knots but built steadily through the day to 20 knots with gusts of 24 knots. This lead to some excellent racing and the Belgium Boys were pushed to the limit in all three races. GBR 585 “Full Speed” helmed by Martin Payne and crewed by two local’s Rudy and Gabor managed to keep Ben within their sights and record three 2nd places despite some real pressure from NED 402 Jan Bakker who finished with 3rd, 3rd, 4th. Also getting into the top three yesterday was GBR 784 “Tigger” helmed by Tim Tavinor, crewed by his daughter Emma and Thomas Wilton.

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My 1992 Petticrows GBR 585,  was originally a Danish Blue, now Full Speed…..

It was fantastic to race on flat (non salty) water, with big sustained shifts allowing the sailors to really hike hard whilst watching carefully for the next header. With three more races today it looks like the Belgium Boy’s have it in the bag..  but we all know it’s never over till it’s over……

Top three boats:   BEL 80  5pts.    GBR 585 10pts.    NED 402   14 pts.

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

 

 

 

 

 

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“BLACKOUT” leads Easter Regatta in Aalsmeer…….

P1040562BEL 80 Ben Van Cauwenbergh leads the event after day 1 with two 1st places and a 4th..

Just over 20 boats have gathered in Aalsmeer for the annual Easter Regatta which takes place over the next few days. Prior to the event there was a two day trial and training session run by Petticrows, with Tim Tavinor, Andre Dupon and Pedro Andrade. Many teams were able to come and try out the latest Petticrow boat which sees the spinnaker launched from the cockpit and the foredeck without the “normal” hatch. This system first started by Markus Wieser, is becoming popular now that we sail just windward leeward courses. I am of course talking about major International regatta’s, not around the can’s in Cowes or the tight reaching legs on the Medway or in Burnham, where a spinnaker shute is essential. 

The advantages are plain to see, with around 5kg saved in just the makeup of the glass-fibre shute, hatch, bag etc.. plus the weight of a wet spinnaker laying within, during a windy upwind leg. In addition to the weight advantage, it is much more forgiving to the spinnaker itself, how would you like to be repeated pulled through a small 9 inch square hole 5 or 6 times a race and that’s if you are lucky enough to have your crew remember to open the hatch! :-)   Also without the central patch to attach a retriever line, the kite set’s smoother, lasts longer and probably remains much dryer throughout the race…..

Going back to the 3 races yesterday although Big Bad Ben dominated the day with his experienced team of Thibaud and Manu he also had pressure from local favourites NED 402 helmed by Jan Bakker and crewed by his son’s Olivier and Dominic who finished the day in 2nd place (3rd, 1st 5th). In 3rd place is Martin Payne (who?) yes I managed to get around the course thanks to Gabor and Rudy, in my recently refurbished “Full Speed” a Petticrow from 1992. (2nd 9th 2nd).

It was nice to see Emma Tavinor crewing for her father Tim, with IDA Secretary Thomas Wilton in “Tigger”. There were many more younger sailors out there learner their skills and enjoying sailing on this small but extremely well organised lake close to Amsterdam. More to follow……

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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RUS 27 Win 4th Coupe des Pyramide’s…..In Grand Motte.

RP_130127_CDWS4S_D3_2320Anatoly Loginov, Alexander Shaligin & Vadim Stetsenko win in La Grand Motte..

There was perfect weather conditions in La Grand Motte for the 4th Coupe des Pyramides sailed in 25 degrees and clear blue skies in this beautiful western corner of the Mediterranean. 18 teams from 6 Nations battled hard for the right to lift the Pyramide’s Trophy in the venue that could be the French nomination for the 2017 Gold Cup….

5 races were run over the three days in light to medium winds which saw the Club’s Secretary FRA 391 Jean Breger take an early lead after day one with back to back victories…. Closely followed by legendary “Baboo” Pasturaud helming FRA 378 “Green” and RUS 27 Anatoly Loginov settling for 3rd place.

On shore the teams sampled two fantastic social evenings where local wines and an abundance of traditional oysters and regional delicacies were served and very much enjoyed by all. A real party atmosphere with fun & laughter.

Three more races were completed over the next two days in which both Stephane Baseden FRA 402 and Ron James GBR 633 were to show their speed and sound tactics to finish 2nd & 3rd respectively overall. But it was the skill and experience of the RUS 27 team that eventually took the title.

The event was sponsored by Banque Depuy de Perseval as well as the Municipality and Harbour authority who reiterated their support and commitment for hosting the Gold Cup in 2017.. A venue to try next year, so put it in your diaries for 2015….Many congratulations to Anatoly and his team and also to La Grand Motte Yacht Club for such a fantastic event….

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

 

 

 

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Hendriksen Wins 3rd European Title in San Remo…….

foto (280x320)European Champions, Lars Hendriksen, Kleen Frithjof & Anders Bagger..

The stage was set for a final showdown of the very best Dragon Sailors in the World, on a day where San Remo “glistened” and “sparkled” with a blue cloudless sky and a challenging Mediterranean sea…..Just a handful of points separated Lars Henriksen DEN 138, Markus Weiser UAE 7 and Malte Philipp MON 9, going into the last race so the European Title was up for grabs.

The line was skilfully set by the excellent International Race Officer Dodi Villani, with a slight starboard bias, as most sailors would probably want to take advantage of heading inshore. Although there was some misunderstanding on the start with a few boats, the fleet got away first time with just an “Individual” recall flag flying. As predicted everyone headed towards the shore on a long starboard tack, looking for extra pressure, flatter water and a wind bend that a curved land mass can often produce. With a 2.3 mile first beat, it was obvious the land would play a vital tactical role.

I spoke with Lars after the race he explained “We heard a lot of noise on the radio and after the most perfect start decide to go back, thinking it was a general recall. However, we soon discovered it was just an individual so quickly tried to make amends calling myself the most stupid idiot ever” !!

I asked Lars how he managed to get back into contention after such a basic error at the start? ”The only chance we had was to go hard RIGHT as all the fleet was going left and we would have been in bad air. So we ‘banged’ the right corner, in clear air desperate to catch up and get close to our main competitors overall”.  “We then came back in from the right” Lars continued, “and we could see that the boats close to the shore were getting some tidal/current advantage, so we cut into the fleet and made some more gains by short tacking around the coast”. “After rounding the first mark in around 30th position, we worked hard to take more boats on the downwind leg knowing we had to get closer to Markus Weiser who was in a top ten position.”

In actual fact it was SUI 311 helmed by Pedro Andrade, crewed by Martin Westerdahl and Diogo Cayolla who were leading the race and did an excellent job to hang on till the end, despite some huge pressure from former World Champion Lawrie Smith, who was finding his form a little too late in this competition..  MON 9 who sailed brilliantly the day before recording two 1st places, were struggling in the stronger wind conditions, so unfortunately former World Champion, Malte Philipp and his team dropped out of overall contention, but still sailed a brilliant championship to finish 4th.

20140329_152037 (320x180)      Final race winners & 6th overall, Diogo, Pedro and Martin. SUI 311.

And so it came down to the final beat which saw Lars and his magnificent  team of Kleen Frithjof and Anders Bagger eat away at the distance between them and the superb UAE 7, team helmed by Markus Weiser. At the finish it was a great relief all round for Hendriksen and his team as they managed to get to within 3pts of Markus, thus taking the European Championship by just 2pts. This is the 3rd European Title for Henriksen after previously winning in 1991 (Thunersee) & 2005 (Cowes) a well deserved ”Triple” European Champion, congratulations my friend from us all.

A big “Thank You” must go to the Yacht Club of San Remo and all the many helpers for providing such a fantastic event. With the main financial help from Gazprom and BMW, the organisers were able to put on a first class Championship, which not only  did themselves proud but also the town of San Remo. The general race management led by Dodi Villani was excellent as was the onshore entertainment and the general atmosphere was electric through out the week.  Congratulations Yacht Club San Remo, you served us well….

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

 

 

 

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Lars Hendriksen is Gazprom International European Dragon Champion

Results now posted at http://www.yachtclubsanremo.it/Default.aspx?pageid=page121

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Gazprom International European Dragon Championship – Day 4 Press Release

The fleet of the Gazprom International European Dragon Championship, which is being organised by the Yacht Club Sanremo, was greeted today by excellent weatherconditions with a bright sunny sky and steady westerly breeze.

The first race of the day began in a steady 10-knot westerly. The first boat over the finish-line was Agtivists of Germany (Philipp Malte, Michael Kurtz, Thorsten Imbeck), followed in second by Bunker Queen, also of Germany (Marcus Wieser, Sergey Pugachev, Georgii Leonchuk), with the Russians of  Annapurna (Anatoly Loginov, Vadim Statsenko, Alexander Shalagin) in third.

The Race Committee then started the second race which was won once again by Agtivists, followed by Bunker Queen and the Danes of Debutant (Lars Hendriksen, Kleen Frithjof and Anders Bagger).

The provisional overall standings after five races are as follows:

1.     Debutant (Denmark): Lars Hendriksen, Kleen Frithjof and Anders Bagger – 15 points
2.     Agtivists (Germany): Philipp Malte, Michale Kurtz, Thorsten Imbeck – 16 points
3.     Bunker Queen (Germany): Marcus Wieser, Sergey Pugachev and Georgii Leonchuk – 20 points
4.     Bunker Boys (Ukraine): Yevgen Braslavets, Igor Sidorov and Sergiy Timokhov – 25 points
>5.     Cloud (Italy): Giuseppe Duca, Jean Sebastien Ponce and Vittorio Zaoli – 32 points.

The complete standings are available on line at: www.yachtclubsanremo.it.

The last day of racing in the Gazprom International European Dragon Championship is tomorrow, Saturday, March 29.

The nations represented:

A total of 23 nations are represented: Antigua, Australia, Austria, Denmark, United Arab Emirates, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Monaco, Norway, Holland, Portugal, Russia, United States, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine and Hungary.

The event partners are:

The Gazprom International European Dragon Championship is being staged in partnership with Gazprom International and BMW (main partners of the event), and Paul&Shark, Transbunker, Ulysse Nardin, Pantaenius Yacht Insurance, Comune di Sanremo, Royal Hotel Sanremo, RegioneLiguria, Casino di Sanremo, Gruppo Cozzi Parodi.

www.yachtclubsanremo.it

Imagina
Tel. +39 02 29403573  – Email: info@studio-imagina.it
Umberta Croce: +39 335 8021171 – Barbara Sanicola: +39 333 3905243

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Gazprom International European Dragon Championship Day 4 Results

After 5 races Lars Hendriksen continues to lead by a 1 point margin from Malte Philipp with Markus Wieser in third and Yevgen Braslavets fourth. Italy’s Giuseppe Duca holds fifth with Anaotly Loginov sixth. Provisional results now posted at http://www.yachtclubsanremo.it/RESULTS.

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Stav Says – Day 3 Interviews In Sanremo

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Gazprom International European Dragon Championship – Day 3 Press Release

DragonEuropean2Today brought the second day of racing at Sanremo for the Gazprom International European Dragon Championship, organised by the Yacht Club Sanremo in collaboration with the International Dragon Association and the Italian Sailing Federation, FIV, in partnership with Gazprom International and BMW.

The 84 participating teams grappled with very unstable weather conditions today. The wind jumped about the entire morning and delayed the start of the first race of the day until 14.00 when conditions finally stabilised with a steady 10-knot westerly.

DragonEuropean_1The first race was won by the Italian crew of Cloud (Giuseppe Duca, Jean Sebastien Ponce, Vittorio Zaoli) followed by the Portuguese team of  Drago (Jose Sotto Mayor Matoso, Gustavo Lima, Frederico Melo) and then Bunker Boys of the Ukraine (Yevgen Braslavets, Igor Sidorov, Sergiy Timokhov).

At 16.30, the Race Committee started the second race of the day which took place in a steady 7-8-knot westerly. The course was shortened at the second windward leg because sunset was in the offing. First across the finish line were the Russians of Strange Little Girl (Dmitry Samokhin, Andrey Kirilyuk, Aleksey Bushuev) with the Danes of Debutant (Lars Hendriksen, Kleen Frithjof, Anders Bagger) in second followed by the French of Tsuica 3 (Gerard Blanc, Jean Gabriel Charton, Pierre Germain) in third.

The provisional overall standings after three races (the race of March 25 and today’s two) are as follows:

1.     Debutant (Denmark): Lars Hendriksen, Kleen Frithjof and Anders Bagger
2.     Cloud (Italy): Giuseppe Duca, Jean Sebastien Ponce and Vittorio Zaoli
3.     Bunker Queen (Ukraine): Marcus Wieser, Sergey Pugachev and Georgii Leonchuk
4.     Bunker Boys (Ukraine): Yevgen Braslavets, Igor Sidorov e Sergiy Timokhov
5.     Sophie (Switzerland): Pedro Andrade, Martin Westerdahl and Diogo Cayolla.

The complete standings are available online at www.yachtclubsanremo.it.

The Gazprom International European Dragon Championship continues until Saturday, March 29.

The nations represented

A total of 23 nations are represented: Antigua, Australia, Austria, Denmark, United Arab Emirates, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Monaco, Norway, Holland, Portugal, Russia, United States,  Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine and Hungary.

The event partners

The Gazprom International European Dragon Championship is being staged in partnership with Gazprom International and BMW (main partners of the event), and Paul&Shark, Transbunker, Ulysse Nardin, Pantaenius Yacht Insurance, Comune di Sanremo, Royal Hotel Sanremo, Regione Liguria, Casino di Sanremo, Gruppo Cozzi Parodi. 

www.yachtclubsanremo.it 

For further information, please contact:

Imagina

Tel. +39 02 29403573  – Email: info@studio-imagina.it

Umberta Croce: +39 335 8021171 – Barbara Sanicola: +39 333 3905243

                              

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