NED 412 Win the Danish Grand Prix in Dragor.

Pieter Heerema, George Leonchuk and Lars Hedriksen Victorious in Denmark.

In the most perfect sailing conditions on the final day the 35 teams representing 13 Nations finished the Grade 1 Danish Grand Prix with two excellent races.  A windward, leeward course of 1.9 nautical miles gave this highly competitive fleet the opportunity to see “Dragor” (situated by the magnificent “Oresund” bridge that link’s Denmark to Sweden) at its very best.

The 5th race (first of the day on Sunday) was won by SWE 375 helmed by Martin Palsson who is currently the holder of the Swedish, Norwegian and Danish National titles! Quite an achievement and many congratulations.

SWE 375 Martin Palsson, Gusta Gardebaeck & Thomas Wallenfeldt win Race 5 in Dragor.

Then the final “Race 6” was a battle between NED 412 and FRA 401 to see who would lift the overall trophy. Not realising they were holding a 5 point lead, NED 412 thought they had lost their opportunity after FRA 401 took the line honours just ahead of RUS 76. However, 3rd place was enough for NED 412 to win by 2 points and gave Pieter, Lars & George the overall championship.

Gerry Trentesaux won Race 6 but had to settle for the runners up spot in FRA 401

This was another excellent regatta for Gerry Trentesaux who originates from multiple Yachting success and his team of Eric Brezellec, Jean Queveau and Christian Ponthieu. Many congratulations to FRA 401.

FRA 401 leads the fleet at the bottom gate in the final race in Dragor, Denmark.

Also having another great series were the ever popular and well respected team from RUS 76 who finished just ahead of GER 1205 Otto Pohlmann.

RUS 76 Alexsey Bushuev, Dmitry Samokhin & Andrey Kirilyuk 3rd Overall in Dragor.

So there we have it, another Grade 1 over and 3 worthy podium teams who raced well in a variety of conditions during this well organised 4 day regatta. Race Officer Kim Pedersen set excellent courses, backed up by a host of Dragor Sailing Club volunteers. Club representative Mik Jensen thanked all the helpers and competitors for making this such a memorable regatta and congratulated the podium sailors….

Final results Dragon Grandprix Denmark 2018

My team on the Committee Boat led by Principle Race Officer Kim Pedersen, did a great job.

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

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RUS 27 Win Marblehead Trophy..

                 Vadim, Anatoly & Alexander Win the Marblehead Trophy.

After 4 top quality races over 3 days the Marblehead Trophy has been won by the recently crowned European Champions RUS 27. Anatoly Loginov, representing the Yacht Club de Cannes, with Vadim Statsenko and Alexander Shalagin have now added this prestigious trophy to their ever growing C.V.

RUS 27 win Race 4 of the Danish Grand Prix and take the Marblehead Trophy to Cannnes!

Not all but most of the 35 Dragons taking part in the Danish Grand Prix here in Dragor (just near Copenhagen) registered for the Marblehead Trophy as only one boat per Yacht Club is permitted to “challenge” for this historic cup. In fact the current overall leader after 4 races is FRA 401 Gerry Trentesaux, but he did not register for the Marblehead, which finished after  3 of the 4 days. However, with an extremely light wind forecast today, Gerry and his 3 top crew may yet find themselves on the top of the Grand Prix podium….

Higher, Faster, Longer…………    Stavros.

 

 

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Gold Cup, Helsinki is Ready…

HSK Club House where the 2018 Gold Cup will be organised in a few weeks time!

Boasting an overall area of 7.7 hectare’s the Helsinki Sailing Club is well able to host the prestigious Gold Cup this year from July 20th to 28th. With 64 boats already registered and a wonderful sailing area 3.5 miles from the marina, all is set for a memorable event. This sailing area was also used for the 1952 Olympics !

Today I had the pleasure of meeting some of the organising committee after a pleasant night at the Clarion Hotel where many of the visiting sailors will be based, just 5mins by R.I.B or 10mins by road from the Marina.

The 4 star Clarion Hotel where many of the competitors and International Jury will stay…

The event has principle sponsors Gurit (who specialise in Advance Composites) to thank along with a variety of “daily” sponsors for making this unique championship happen.

Teuvo Hyvonen (Finnish Fleet Captain) with me, Rudy Jurg (Gurit Sales Manager) & Ted Grondahl (Vice Commodore HSK).

The HSK still has the original “Olympic” podium from 1952 to honour the top 3 teams at the end of the week for both Professional and Corinthian, along with Daily Prizes.  This historic podium has been kept in excellent condition since Helsinki hosted the Summer Games 66 years ago!

There is still time to join in the fun if you want to be a part of History…  Ferries run hourly from Tallin, plus daily from Sweden, Denmark and Germany.  Why not make the effort to visit and enjoy this amazing part of the world where sun never sets and the fun never stops….

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

 

 

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Pedro Wins French “Open” Championship in Deauville.

Pedro Andrade, Christian Giannini & Charles Nankin win the “Linkers” French Nationals.

It was a close fought French National Championship sailed over 4 days (with one day lost through lack of wind) for the 32 competing teams who completed 6 races off the beautiful coastline of Deauville. Indeed it came down to last race to see who would lift the “Open” Trophy as the “Man” legendary Poul-Richard Hoj-Jensen, held a 1 point lead over Portugal’s Pedro Andrade. With a strong adverse current and just enough breeze to make upwind progress the fleet made a clear start at around 1.30pm. Those boats who were able to continue on starboard off the line, held the advantage, whilst those who had to tack away to clear their air, sailed out to the right into more tide…  POR 71 (Pedro) made a good start, whilst GBR 822 (Poul-Richard) was forced to tack away… the game was over at that moment. Pedro went onto to win the race, while Poul-Richard finished in 8th place, thus having to settle for the runners up spot.

Poul-Richard Hoj-Jensen with Theis Palm (Hamish Mackay is missing) finished a creditable 2nd overall.

I spoke with the great Man after sailing, he told me “We had a boat below us just before the start who put their bow too high against the tide. This meant they were more or less head to wind, so we could not accelerate off the line… eh! So we had to tack away and this was not good”.  Never mind PR it’s still another excellent result and we all love to see you back racing in the class you transformed making it everything it is today.  Without your expertise, knowledge and hard work over the last 30 years the Dragon would not be the best One Design Keelboat in the World. So for that alone everyone is so grateful and long may you continue to race with us…  🙂

This victory for Pedro Andrade adds yet another title to his impressive sailing CV highlighted by winning the European Championships last year, followed by runners up spot at the Gold Cup in St Tropez assisted by his extremely able crew Charles Nankin.  So many congratulations to you both and also to experienced American Sailor Christian Giannini who is new to the Dragon Class but worked well in the middle of this new Petticrows V6 to bring home the victory in Deauville…

Meanwhile the battle was on to see who would be the highest ranked French boat and take the French National Title…   In the end it came down to 2 excellent sailors from different spectrums of yachting…   Philippe Presti helming FRA 425 and Gerry Trentesaux in FRA 401. Both of these French sailors are legends in their respective disciplines, Philippe won the Finn Gold Cup in 1993 & 1996, attended two Olympics 1996 & 2000, also was the sailing coach for the Oracle Team at both the 2013 & 2017 America’s Cup !  Whilst Gerry won the 2015 Rolex Fastnet Race, finished runner up in the 2015 Sydney to Hobart Race winning his Division and led the French Team to victory in the 2006 Commodores Cup !

2018 French Champion Gerry Trentesaux & crew, (on right “Linkers” Philippe Delecourt).

In the end it was Gerry in FRA 401 who finished an excellent 3rd overall & won the French title with his 4 man crew who include J 80 World Champions Eric Brezellec & Jean Queveau, along with Jideon Klieger (coach of the Swedish 470 Mens Team). A great team!

4th overall FRA 425 Dominique Hebrard, Francois Laborde & Philippe Presti.

Far left in the above photo is President du Committe’ de Course, Patrick Villette who did an excellent job of race management. Second left is Deauville Yacht Club President Mousier Eric Lebon, who organised a fantastic event and announced that the 2019 Deauville event will run from Weds 19th to Sat 22nd June.  This is a date to remember if you want to join in the fun and test your skills at this picturesque sailing venue in Northern France….

With “Linkers” Philippe Delecourt  also guaranteeing to sponsor the event in the future the Deauville Yacht Club are in great shape and we can all look forward to another top event next year.  Finally a huge thank you to all the helpers and volunteers for making this such a memorable sailing regatta…

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

 

 

 

 

 

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Deauville Delights.

Winner of 2 races FRA 401 Gerry Trentesaux the 2017 French Champion is currently 2nd overall.

There has been a wonderful atmosphere here in Deauville ever since all 32 teams arrived on Wednesday 13th anticipating a very competitive 2018 French Championship. With the 2017 European Champion Pedro Andrade setting the pace, both the current French Champion Gerry Trentesaux and the Legendary Danish Double Olympic Gold Medalist Poul-Richard Hoj-Jensen have responded well… After 4 completed races allowing for one discard, Pedro leads on 7pts, with both Gerry and Poul-Richard on 9pts.

POR 71 Pedro Andrade leads overall after 4 races. With Charles Nankin & Christian Gianni.

Pedro is sailing his new V6 with his European Champion crew Charles Nankin and newcomer to the class from America Christian Giannini who has raced Stars, Etchells and variety of bigger boats. Its great to meet new sailors and welcome them into our fantastic class. Another new boat here in Deauville is a beautiful Doomernik FRA 415 owned and helmed by Aude Bosvieux, I spoke tonight with Joop Doomernik who told me he has 3 new boats on order (one of which is all glass-fibre), which is brilliant news for this talented Dutch builder who also builds the Mini Wally Nano as he continues to excel with his wooden expertise.

Proud owner of FRA 415 Aude Bosvieux with her beautiful Doomernik

I must say Deauville Yacht Club President “Mousier Eric Lebon” has done an excellent job in keeping this great venue alive and for the last 5 yrs is thankful for the backing of main sponsor Linkers. This Management and Asset Company run by Philippe Delecourt, support medium size new Enterprises to help with external growth and investments.  A big thank you from all the Dragon Sailors Philippe, without you sponsors events such as this simply cannot happen…..

We now have one more day to complete this 4 day event and although we could not race today because of no wind, the spirits are high and everyone is looking forward to an exciting final day.

The “Man” Poul-Richard Hoj-Jensen with Theis Palm & Hamish Mackay, currently 3rd overall.

So fellow sailors its all on tomorrow, can Pedro Andrade keep both Gerry and Poul-Richard behind, or will someone from the chasing pack come out of the blue to sneak the French Championship Title…  ??

Deauville Yacht Club President Eric Lebon with partner Muriel & Aurore Declerck

We thank you Deauville Yacht Club for this excellent event……

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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European Championship in Balatonfured

                                                                                    2nd European Title for RUS 27 Anatoly Loginov with Alexander Shalagin & Vadim Statsenko.

After a wonderful week in Balatonfured with 6 championship races Anatoly Loginov, Alexander Shalagin & Vadim Statsenko were once again crowned European Champions.  However,  they were pushed all the way by Jens Rathsack helming MON 2, crewed by two top Portuguese sailors, Tiago Marcelino & Diogo Pereira from Cascais.

Runners Up in the 2018 European Championships in Balatonfured, MON 2

Those of us that had the pleasure of experiencing top quality racing managed by an excellent Principle Race Officer, Bojan Gale, in this special part of the world, will remember the friendly welcome,  the great social parties and extremely competitive sailing.  It was a European Championship to savour and there is no doubt the best 3 teams made it to the final podium. All of the 6 completed races had great starting lines,  well laid courses incorporating appropriate changes at the correct times. Much respect and a huge thank you goes to Bojan and his team for making these European’s the best they could be.

The “TOP” 3 Dragon Teams in Europe.  From left to right MON 2  Diogo Pereira, Jens Rathsack, Tiago Marcelino (runners up).  Alexander Shalagin, Anatoly Loginov & Vadim Statsenko (winners) Andrey Kirilyuk, Dmitry Samokhin & Alexey Bushuev (3rd).

3rd overall RUS 76 “Rocknrolla”  Alexey, Andrey & Dmitry, another podium finish.

So another fantastic achievement from Anatoly & his RUS 27 team, very well done guys.  Also to Jens, Tiago & Diogo great sailing all week.  Then finally to the Hungarian National Champions, RUS 76 who on this occasion had to settle for a very creditable 3rd place…….

Top Three Corinthians Teams,  GER 1135 2nd,  SWE 389 1st  and  HUN 49 3rd.

Leading the Corinthians was SWE 389 helmed by Karl Gustaf-Lohr, crewed by Jesper Bendix & Mads Hansen.  This well drilled team finished a fantastic 5th place overall after recording some amazing results for example 2nd in Race 2 followed by a 3rd in Race 3.  Not far behind was the Corinthian team from GER 1135 led by Phillip Ocker, with Florian Grosser & Christopher Sachs, who finished a creditable 7th overall. The final Corinthian Podium place went to HUN 49 helmed by Peter Tenke, with Adam Szorenyi & Istvan Varga. Many congratulations to all and good to see two Corinthian boats in the top 10.

Traditional Hungarian Dancing at the Opening Ceremony, was enjoyed by all competitors.

Finally many congratulations to event Organiser and Hungarian Secretary Vimos Naray, (left) who put together a wonderful “European Championship” both on and off the water. Also thanks again to Race Officer Bojan Gale (centre), who provided the very best racing and to all the helpers and volunteers …….

We leave Balatonfured after a fantastic Championship, with happy memories, enriched lives and many more new friends…..    🙂

Higher, Faster, Longer…………     Stavros.

 

 

 

 

 

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The “Italian Job” …


The Italian Circuit is in full swing with already 2 great events first in San Remo, then Alassio (above).
Here is a round up from Tatiana that should “wet” the appetite of Dragon Sailors all over Europe 🙂

Dragon’s Bella Vita in Italy

A week ahead of one of the major events of the international Dragon’s calendar this year, the European Championship in Hungary, we believe it is a good time to flashback on Dragon life on one of the most charming sailing Riviera’s in the Med – our beloved Ligurian coast.

Yes, we would like to look back and pay tribute to the extraordinary hospitality we have already experienced in San Remo and Alassio this spring and anticipate the upcoming events in Imperia in June and the culmination of this Italian circuit – the Grand Prix San Remo in September.

For many of us, San Remo has been a fixed date within the past years, and the proud number of 40 entries this year just proved one more time that it is every single time worth returning to this town of flowers. You cannot help feeling that Dragons are more than welcome here… everybody is doing their utmost, starting from the registration desk with Antonella, Lilly and Tatiana, continuing with PRO Fulvio Parodi on PRC boat on the water and Beppe Zaoli, the President of the Club himself, taking care of setting of the weather mark ( how often do you see a President of the Club taking it so personally??), Umberto addressing all the needs of the participants and managing all the challenges that come up… and, of course, the words of glory would not be complete without paying tribute to the awesome food of Jimmy and hospitality of Adriana. You have to confess: when you come to San Remo, you feel as if you were back home, sweet home!

Tatiana & Lilly make sure everything runs smoothly with their superb organisational skills (photo from San Remo).

While all is clear what we expect and get from San Remo, Alassio appeared to be a hidden jewel – a tent of a club, very slim organizing team around Ennio Polzano … But what an event!!!…. Impeccable race management on the water by PRO Maurizio Buscemi in extreme weather conditions, conducting fair racing and completed a sound series. Onshore hospitality of Enzio with focaccia and frizzantino in the morning and unbelievable Apericena ( a word we all should integrate into our active lexicon: Aperi- Aperitiv & Cena-Dinner) … lots and lots of delicious food, open bar with tap beer, wine, spumante and prosecco and open-end cocktails with fair portion of “good” liquid inside… a lottery!! Where almost no team went home without a lottery win… … and last but not least… have you seen Alassio’s entry list and final results??? The Creme de la Creme of our fleet were fighting hard for the podium. There were not so many entries, but the top of the international ranking were all there… One more reason to return to Alassio next year, for sure.

Many of the best sailors in the World enjoyed Alassio and will soon be returning to more Italian events.

Now, I would like to draw your attention to two more events ahead of us this year to take part on the Ligurian coast.   First of the two is the Italian…. in Imperia mid-June, 15-17.06. I know, for those of you who participate in Europeans and then continue to GP in Denmark this might appear to be out of the way. The Organizers are already aware of not perfect timing of the event and promised to offer a much better matching schedule for the next year. However, for those of you who has not decided yet, or is either not going up north or eager to come back – the Yacht Club Imperia is promising to do it its utmost not to let you regret your decision… so, with some time still to fix your racing plans, have a breath and have a thought about Imperia – Italian Riviera in June is just a crown jewel of coastal racing combined with Bella Vita ashore.

Last, but not least, and in fact our major focus of attention – the final IDA Grade 1 Grand Prix in San Remo in September. The Organisers have fine tuned the schedule, placing registration on September 11&12 and racing, as initially quoted in IDA calendar, 13-16 September. I suggest, you better go and book your apartment without delay so you can secure your accommodation next to your favourite restaurant). For those of you, who were not part of the spring event in San Remo it would be interesting to get aware of the special prize that will be awarded among those participating in both Grand Prix San Remo and Regates Royal. This is a mutual initiative of the clubs, focused at attracting as many entries as possible and being aware of the proximity of the dates that were assigned by IDA to GP for the reason of very busy calendar this year. With live tweets from the race course, videos from starting and finish lines as well as all mark rounding’s, accompanied by perfect photo coverage the event will be easiest to follow for your dearest at home and ashore. Social events are planned at extent and much thought and creativity are invested now by the Organisers to enlighten the participants with some new, even more attractive highlights of the social programme ashore.

So, do not hesitate, just click on the link of the IDA calendar to register for the upcoming events to catch your bit of Italian Bella Vita….

Tatiana with a little help from Stavros.      🙂

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Swedish Success in Skovshoved, Denmark.

Top of the class for Martin Palsson, Goran Alm & Thomas Wallenfeldt. SWE 375.

SWE 375 helmed by Martin Palsson has thrown down the gauntlet to all comers who intend to take part in the next IDA Grade 1 event in Copenhagen, Denmark. With his Swedish team of Goran Alm and Thomas Wallenfeldt, they have taken on the best Danish Sailors and beat them in their own back yard!  Martin and his team can now add their Danish National Title to the Swedish Title won last August and the Norwegian Title won in September…  So definitely the top Scandinavian Team with all three National Titles! Well done SWE 375 a fantastic achievement.

With 18 boats competing over the May weekend of 11th-13th at the Skovshoved Sejlklub it was DEN 410 Jens Christensen with Thomas Schmidt & Andy Baggers who took 2nd place, followed by DEN 332 David Holm, Bo Selko & Jesper Baunsgaard in 3rd. (See Podium Photo).

The famous “Little Mermaid” sits by the waterside near the promenade of Copenhagen.

This iconic bronze statue by Edvard Eriksen will be there to greet all Dragon sailors who are taking part in the Grand Prix of Denmark, combined with the famous Marblehead Trophy, 27th June to 1st July.

Regatta Manager Mik Jensen has informed me that already there are 31 boats registered from 10 different Nations. The Dragor Sejlklub combined with the Dansk Sejlklub will host this prestigious event on great sailing waters just 10mins from Copenhagen Airport..

Principle organiser Thomas Schmidt told me “We still need a few more entries to meet our goal set at 40 boats, but I am sure we will get there”.  That would be fantastic Thomas, as we have seen 43 boats in Cannes followed by 40 entries in the recent Douarnenez Grand Prix.  So calling all Dragon Sailors, why not make the trip to Copenhagen and make this a Danish Grand Prix & Marblehead Trophy to remember !!

Higher, Faster, Longer………..    Stavros.   (I will be joining PRO Kim Elmegaard on the Committee Boat).

 

 

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Final Day of Guyader Grand Prix…

The World Champions, TUR 1212 “Provezza” win Guyader Grand Prix. Simon Fry, Andy Beadsworth & Ali Tezdicker.

The final day of the 2018 Douarnenez Grade 1 Grand Prix, sponsored by Guyader, saw the 40 Dragons quietly trickle out of the town Marina in sunshine with a slight southerly breeze.  By the time the first race (race 6) got underway, the breeze seemed more settled with normal oscillations that you expect with wind coming from the land. The three main overall contenders, TUR 1212, NED 412 & GBR 819 all rounded the top mark in good shape. But as the wind dropped on the downwind leg NED 412 gained an advantage with skilful measured gybing. This allowed NED 412 to round the left hand gate looking for new pressure which tactician Lars Hendriksen hoped would come from the west, TUR 1212 also elected to favour the right side in hot pursuit. Meanwhile GBR 819 Klaus Diederichs  looked “strong” on the left side of the second upwind after rounding the right hand gate and could now almost touch the shortened course finish only metres away. But…  as the southerly wind completely died the right side became the place to be, so it was Pieter Heerema who took the win, TUR 1212 Andy Beadsworth finished 3rd and GBR 819 Klaus Diederichs 5th…

NED 412 “Troika” Pieter Heerema, Lars Hendriksen & George Leonchuk win Race 6, but had to settle for 3rd overall.

This set of results saw TUR 1212 and NED 412 tied on 9pts with GBR 819 5pts further back. As the current World Champions only had a 4th place discard, it meant Klaus Diederichs could no longer catch them overall even by winning the final race. So now that Pieter Heerema was the only threat, you could be sure Andy Beadsworth would be giving the Dutch Skipper his full “Americas Cup” Match Race attention. In simple terms, if TUR 1212 could prevent NED 412 finishing in the top 4 the Grand Prix title was theirs and that is exactly what happened…   Meanwhile, the 7th and final race was all out tussle between FRA 207, GBR 585 and in the end GER 1162, with the latter, Stefan Link eventually taking the win.

GER 1162 “Desert Holly” Stephan Link, Frank Butzmann & Michi Lip win race 7.

With Pieter Heerema receiving such heavy cover from Andy Beadsworth, there was a danger that the Dutch Sailor could also lose 2nd overall as his BFD discard meant his final race position had to count. In the end when the Provezza team finally did call time on their tactical approach it was too late for NED 412 to fully recover allowing GBR 819 Klaus Diederichs to jump into the runner’s up spot by just 1pt!

2nd Overall GBR819 “Fever”  Jamie Lea, Diego Negri and helm Klaus Diederichs.

RUS 76 was still “Rocknrolling” into 4th overall and Princess Sofia winner Otto Pohlmann helming his newly purchased PCT Dragon GER 1205 finished a very creditable 5th place.  An excellent result considering Otto elected to take a considerable break from sailing of around 30 years!

RUS 76 Dmitry Samokhin, Andrey Kirilyuk & Alexey Bushuev “RocknRolla” into 4th overall.

GER 1205 Otto Pohlmann, Markus Koy & Hugo Rocha, a respectable 5th place overall.

It is also great to see “Family” members coming into the Dragon Class and following in Philip & Nicola Dohse footsteps is their son Max, helming GER 1203 “Rocco’s” crewed by his fellow Corinthian friends Rasmus Nielsen, Thomas Dehler  & Simon Klass.  This young team worked well together and always brought a smile to the race course. 🙂

Top Corinthians GER 1203  Max Dohse, Simon Klass, Thomas Dehler & Rasmus Nielsen.                              When Max and his team were awarded the Corinthian Prize, he did mention that in fact his Father’s team GER 1151 (who finished 7th overall) were also Corinthian but had failed to register this fact! Don’t worry Max, as we get older our memories start to cloud a little…..  So many congratulations to you and your team, may it be the first of many.

So there we have it fellow sailors and Dragon enthusiasts, another action packed IDA Grade 1 event over in this extremely popular town of Douarnenez. Many thanks to main sponsor Christian Guyader and to all the helpers & volunteers led by Delphine Largenton of the Societe’ des Regates de Douarnenez (S.R.D.).  We all look forward to coming back in 2019……

I would also like to thank Francois Van Malleghem for allowing me to use many of his excellent photos..

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

 

 

 

 

 

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Provezza “Perform” in Douarnenez

        Two wins for TUR 1212 on Thursday move the current World Champions to the top!

With a total of 5 races sailed so far it is the experienced “Provezza” team helmed by Andy Beadsworth, crewed by Simon Fry and Ali Tezdiker who hold a slight advantage at the Guyader Grand Prix in Douarnenez.

Relishing the superb conditions of 10 to 12 knots with a blue sky and rolling westerly waves, this professional team won back to back races after solid “Pin End” starts to go into the final day with a 2 point lead.

Close racing at the top mark as every team battle for an advantage at this Grade 1 event.

In second place overall is GBR 819 “Fever” helmed by Klaus Diederichs who is also enjoying sailing his new Petticrows V6 in the perfect Douarnenez conditions. In third place, on equal points, is Dutch Sailor Pieter Heerema who continues to impress in his beautifully restored Pedersen & Thuessen Dragon. It would be silly to bet against one of these top 3 teams lifting the trophy at the end of the day as the fourth placed boat is a further 9 points behind.  However, with two races scheduled for this final day, anything could and probably will happen!

Lady Helm Gavia Wilkinson-Cox sailing with Petticrows owner Tim Tavinor & Mark Hart.

Last night the 40 teams enjoyed a fantastic Gala Dinner sponsored by Christian Guyader who was thanked by our IDA Chairman Vasily Senatorov. The highlight of the evening saw Louis Urvois wife Kersti given a small token of appreciation for keeping the Douarnenez legacy alive….  Long may it continue…

Higher, Faster, Longer…….   Stavros.

p.s   Many thanks to photographer Francois Van Malleghem for these excellent images.

 

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