4 Gold Cup’s for Jorgen Schonherr…

DEN 411 Win Gold Cup in Helsinki…  Jorgen Schonherr, Theis Palm & Christian Videbaek.

Like every good book or Movie, it needs a good beginning to get the full attention of it’s reader or audience then a dramatic ending to keep everyone on the edge of their seats eager to know it’s conclusion….   This is exactly what the 2018 Dragon Gold Cup conjured up for its 59 teams from 12 different Nations, in Helsinki.

From the moment International Race Officer Nino Shmueli gave his first briefing on Sunday 22nd July the whole fleet knew they were about to experience a most enthralling 6 days of their lives 🙂

Race 1, for the Borge Borresen Trophy was won by SWE 320 who showed the top Professionals that on any given day a good Corinthian team are as competitive as any highly trained team! Not only did Per Skoglund, Bjorn Osterblom & Patrik Karlsson get a great start, but they led at the first top mark and extended their lead throughout the 2 hours and 20 minute race.

Bjorn, Per & Patrick with the Borge Borresen Trophy presented at the Gala Dinner.

The prestigious BB Trophy was then filled time after time with 2 bottles of matured Whisky donated by Grant Gordon (Glenfiddich) and Terence Brownrigg (Clyde Yacht Club). A truly proud moment for this excellent Corinthian team, many congratulations Gentlemen.

Race 2 was another light wind race sailed in a southerly breeze. Nino Shmueli skilfully set a line with enough port bias to encourage the fleet to spread along the 750m line knowing that sailors would again favour the right side of the course. This time it was Triple Gold Cup winner Jorgen Schonherr helming his new “African Queen” who took full advantage. Jorgen managed to cross the fleet from the Pin End shortly after the start and played the right hand side of the 2.2 mile upwind leg. Although hard right had paid handsomely for SWE 320 the previous day, there was a sting in the tail for boats who elected to go all the way to the starboard lay-line as a left shift at the top of the beat made a significant difference.

 Race 2 Winners Jorgen Schonherr, Theis Palm & Christian Aaberg Videbaek. 

It was another glorious day on the water for both the sailors and the race management team as although the winds were light boats could sail out of the Helsinki Sailing Club Marina to the race course (3.5 miles) and then return under Spinnakers. It was a pleasure to see the colour and satisfaction on the faces of all the competitors as we passed by onboard the Principle Committee Boat on the way back in.

Day 3 saw a change in wind direction as it turned to the East. This certainly challenged the race management team to set a course within the restricted busy shipping lanes of the Tallin to Helsinki Ferries. Knowing that the Gold Cup rules require a course just of around 12 nautical miles, when possible, Nino Shmueli posted an amendment that allowed a third lap of the course. As anticipated, a 1.7 nm first beat did not allow this competitive fleet to separate sufficiently, but it did not affect the result of another excellent and “fair” Gold Cup race….   This time it was our current World Champions TUR 1212 who made a significant statement as they owned the Committee Boat end of the line, tacked early to the right and led the race from start to finish.

As the leaders approached the top mark for a 3rd time in a dying breeze the sensible decision was made to shorten the course on the “Dog-Leg” and not to risk a 3rd and final lap. This proved to be a masterstroke by Nino as the wind gradually died away and many boats gratefully received a tow back to the marina.TUR 1212 stand on top of the 1952 Olympic Podium, DEN 410 (2nd) NED 412 (3rd)

We then had 2 days of little to no wind. Day 4 saw the Race Committee monitor the Race Area in the suffocating heat and glass like water surface whilst the Fleet sat patiently ashore grateful for any shade. Then on Day 5 the fleet were towed out during the middle of the day to provide the smallest opportunity to squeeze in a race should conditions allow, but alas they did not.  So AP over A was displayed at around 3.20pm and the fleet were towed back into the Marina.

I did hear one bright spark who sarcastically mentioned on the VHF that they would indeed “sail” back in.  But even the funnelled wind that sometime prevails between the islands died away and the foolish sailor who made this childish comment had to eat his words as he embarrassingly threw his rope to one of the official tow boats…  I hope the person in question will think twice before communicating such disrespectful words to the Race Committee in the future.

The “Mini-Bar” for Sailors every day back at the HSK, an Optimist full of refreshment 🙂

So onto Day 6 and a climax to make everyone smile !  Two quality races with wind again from the East, but this time around 10kts for Race 5 and an impressive 14 kts for Race 6. With the Race Committee risking life and limb (Literally) the course was stretched to the maximum boundaries of the Shipping Lanes to allow a 2.1 nm first upwind which allowed two excellent races of the highest level.  Both races were dominated and won by TUR 1212 Andy Beadsworth, Simon Fry and Ali Tezdiker, but their early results of 17th & 18th meant that even with three 1st places they would not lift the Cup.

Also having a fantastic final day was GER 1205 helmed by Otto Pohlmann, with Charles Nankin & Hugo Rocha.  This extremely talented for former Finn Sailor will be a concern for the top teams as a BFD in race 1 was the only thing that prevented Otto and his team from a overall podium finish!  Well sailed GER 1205….

However, consistency is the name of the game, especially in this non discard series which makes the Gold Cup such a magnificent event. So it all came down to the final positions of NED 412 Pieter Heerema and DEN 411 Jorgen Schonherr who had just one point separating them going into the last race.

In the end DEN 411 crossed the line 5th and NED 412 7th, so the Gold Cup went to Denmark’s Jorgen Schonherr and runner up to Netherlands Pieter Heerema…  what a finish, what a Championship.  The final beat of the final race…   and that my fellow sailors is what the Gold Cup is all about !  🙂

The GOLD CUP is Jorgen Schonherr’s, Christian Videbaek & Theis Palm’s for 2018.

Runner’s Up   Pieter Heerema, Lars Hendiksen & George Leonchuk, 3rd Andy Beadsworth, Simon Fry & Ali Tezdiker….

A huge thank you to Ted Grondahl from the HSK and all his helpers and volunteers who made this 2018 Gold Cup so special.  We all thank the main sponsor Gurit organised by Rudy Jurg and the many other sponsors for providing an event we will hold dearly in our hearts. Racing Dragons and attending events such as this give us all the opportunity to visit new places, experience different cultures and above all to meet new friends.  In this world of uncertainty and fake news, it’s a breath of fresh air to socialise with true, honest people and forge close friendships that will last a lifetime….

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

More Photo’s, Results, Corinthian news, the fantastic Sami Salomaa Sculpture, Discussions from the Owners Meeting and much, much more to follow…………  🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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“Bear” Essentials in Palma….

Pieter Heerema, Lars Hendriksen & George Leonchuk lead after day 1 with two 3rd places.

23 Dragons arrived on the start line for the final European winter regatta of 2018 based at Puerto Portals, Palma de Mallorca. With overcast skies and a gusty northerly wind Race 1 had a clear line start under a “U” flag. 2015 World Champion Yvgeni Braslavets elected to start near the committee boat, whilst the majority of the fleet were evenly spaced further down the line.  First to round the top mark of the 1.5m beat was GER 1205 “Meerblik” Otto Pohlmann, who had worked the shifts well on the left side, followed by GER 1186 “Goldkante” Tanja Jacobsohn and NED 412 “Bear” Pieter Heerema. 4th to round was ITA 77 “Bunker Prince” showing that the right side also worked out for Yvgeni.

The sky begins to clear in Palma de Mallorca during the 3rd Puerto Portals winter series.

After extending his lead on the 2nd upwind, it was GER 1205 Otto Pohlmann, crewed by Charles Nankin and Hugo Rocha who comfortably won the race. 2nd was GER 1186 Tanja Jacobsohn, with husband Bernhard & Michi Lip and 3rd Pieter Heerema, Lars Hendriksen & George Leonchuk.

Race 2 started quickly after the last boat finished, as the Race Committee were hoping to squeeze in another race before the sun set around 5pm. Again it was a clear start using the “U” flag with sailors respecting the well set line. This time it was ESP 111 “Thuderbird” helmed by Miguel Costa who led at the top mark of the 1.3m beat. Following close behind was ESP 75 “Drach One” Juan Servera and in 3rd place was GER 111 “Saskia” Michael Schmidt.  However, with the fleet splitting sides on the downwind leg and the wind shifting to the left as the sun began to set it was ITA 77 “Bunker Prince” who made the most of the dying breeze to take the victory.

ITA 77 Yvgeni Braslavets, Sergey Pugachev & Sergey Timokhov  win race 2 in Puerto Portals.

2nd in race 2 was GER 1193 “Ingid” owned by Dirk Pramann, but helmed today by Stefan Hellriegel, crewed by Stefan Waack and 3rd was NED 412 “Bear” Pieter Heerema.

It was a smart move by the Race Management Team Javier & Martha, to shorten the course at the top mark second time, so that all boats could continue back to the marina. For those towards the back of the fleet a friendly tow was at hand and everyone returned safely home as the sun set over the bay of Palma….

Everyone back safe into Puerto Portals, to find a refreshing Spanish Beer and Pasta.

So overall it’s the “Bear” leading on 6pts, “Meerblik” 2nd with 10pts and 3rd “Rosie” (Benjamin Morgan) on 12pts… 

With 3 races planned for Saturday and 2 more on Sunday, everything is still to play for. One thing is for sure, all 23 boats are delighted to be here enjoying these great sailing conditions, just 10 days before Xmas !

Higher, Faster, Longer…………    Stavros.  (On the Committee Boat).

 

 

 

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Yanmar Principal Partner for Dragon Gold Cup 2019

・The Dutch Dragon Class Association is proud to announce a high value partnership with YANMAR Co. Ltd.
・Yanmar will be the principal sponsor of the Dragon Gold Cup 2019, to be held in Medemblik, 9-14 June 2019.

The Dutch Dragon Class Association has entered into cooperation with Yanmar, the Japan based industrial equipment manufacturer, for the company to be the principal partner during the Dragon Gold Cup Event 2019.

It will be the 75th edition of this historic annual yachting event. The Dragon Gold Cup, initiated by the Clyde Yacht Clubs’ Association in 1937, has as deed of gift: “bringing together as many competitors of different nationalities as possible for (Dragon) yacht racing in a friendly spirit.”

Ms Hiromi Kubota, Divisional Manager of the Brand Communication Division of Yanmar underlines this cooperation, in saying: “We are pleased to support the Dragon Gold Cup event 2019 to share Yanmar’s love of sailing, and look forward to working closely with the Dutch Dragon Class Association to contribute to a society that offers an exciting life filled with rich and fulfilling experiences, in line with our brand statement “A Sustainable Future”. In addition, Holland is a strategic location for Yanmar, as the home of Yanmar Marine International and Yanmar Europe.”

Mr Klaas Ruigewaard, President of the Dutch Dragon Class Association, is proud to say: “We are looking forward to organise this event for some 360 Dragon sailors which will be made possible by the support we will receive from Yanmar and from several smaller supporting companies and Dragon friends. We are also very grateful that over 50 volunteers with a yachting background will spend more than a week of their free time to support the International Dragon Class in Medemblik.”

During the event, the Yanmar’s sailing team, which consists of former America’s Cup sailor Peter Gilmour, together with Yasuhiro Yaji and Sam Gilmour, will compete for the cup in their Dragon. In addition, the company will showcase their products and services for the marine environment.

For more information: www.dragongoldcup2019.com or info@dragongoldcup2019.com

About Yanmar:
With beginnings in Osaka, Japan in 1912, Yanmar was the first ever to succeed in making a compact diesel engine of a practical size in 1933. Moving on, with industrial diesel engines as the cornerstone of the enterprise, Yanmar has continued to expand its product range, services, and expertise to deliver total solutions as an industrial equipment manufacturer. As a provider of small and large engines, agricultural machinery and facilities, construction equipment, energy systems, marine, machine tools, and components — Yanmar’s global business operations span seven domains.
On land, at sea, and in the city, Yanmar’s Mission of “providing sustainable solutions focused on the challenges customers face, in food production and harnessing power, thereby enriching people’s lives for all our tomorrows,” stands testament to Yanmar’s determination to provide us with “A Sustainable Future”.

For more details, please check out the official website of Yanmar Co. Ltd. :
https://www.yanmar.com/global/about/

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90th Anniversary in San Remo 7th-11th Oct 2019.

The Beautiful City of San Remo, where the 90th Anniversary will take place in 2019.

It is with great pleasure that the IDA can announce the 90th Anniversary of our wonderful Dragon Class will take place in San Remo 7th to 11th Oct 2019.

It is also my 1,000th “Blog”…   and I do believe in Karma  🙂

After much debate and consideration by all involved it has now been confirmed that the wonderful City of San Remo will host this memorable event. Although Cannes was first suggested as the prime location for both sailor, spectator and supporter….  It was not possible to host the anticipated 200+ boats for this celebration of our wonderful Dragon Class…..

Fortunately, the Yacht Club of San Remo can offer the on-shore facilities and infrastructure required to deliver a spectacular and memorable “Fun” regatta.

There is no doubt, San Remo will deliver a “package” of Sailing and Entertainment for all.

So, make a note in your diaries..  7th to 11th Oct 2019.   San Remo, Italy.

200+ boats, Family Races, Ladies Races, Youth Races, Masters Races, Champions Races, Crew Races, Classic Races plus Gold, Silver and Bronze Fleets…  You have to be there…. Why miss the Regatta of a Life Time ? Life is Too Short…..

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

 

 

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The Sun Shines in Vilamoura…

 

Perfect racing in Vilamoura, with a very competitive fleet who really enjoyed the venue.

The second 8D Vilamoura Winter Series was sailed over the past three days in glorious sunny conditions with 7 races completed in a variety of light but steady winds. The momentum continues to build as more sailors gain experience of this spectular venue in the Algarve.

Lining up for the start in sunny Vilamoura in a perfect 10kts of southerly breeze..

Regatta Organiser Pedro Andrade told me, “All the participants are convinced that Vilamoura will be a future winter base for the Dragon as it offers everything that sailors are looking for.  It has a great race course, a deep variety of sailing conditions with hardly ever too much wind. It’s only a 10 minute sail to the starting line and boasts an excellent race management team. There are ample parking facilities, for boats and cars plus a variety of restaurants and accommodation”.

Drone footage of the small but competitive fleet rounding the top mark in Vilamoura.

The early battle was between former World Champion Lawrie Smith and Dutch National Champion Pieter Heerema, over the first two days Lawrie had 3 wins and Pieter 2. Meanwhile local helm Thomas Champalimaud sailing with Charles Nankin and Joao Vidinha were fighting hard with Ireland’s Martin Byrne who had Mark Petitt and John Simms on board.

Another start in Vilamoura with sunny conditions and 8kts of breeze, in the Algarve.

The two other boats joining the 8D fleet were from Belgium (BEL 88 “White Pearl”, Guy Cells) and Holland (NED 411 “Olinghi”, Charlotte Ten Wolde).

 

There is no doubt Vilamoura is a venue with fantastic all year round sailing conditions, there must be a reason why so many Olympic Classes choose the Algarve above all others for their winter training camps.

Overall Winners NED 412 Pieter Heerema, Lars Hendriksen & George Leonchuk.

2nd POR 6  Thomas Champalimaud, Charles Nankin & Joao Vidinha, with Nino & Pedro.

3rd IRL 201 “Jaguar Sailing Team” John Sims, Martin Byrne (Helm) & Mark Petitt.

Vilamoura Sailing working alongside Pedro Andrade have now established another alternative for Dragon Owners to extend their sailing throughout the year…   Why store your Dragons in a cold, dusty shed when there are venues like Cannes, Palma, Cascais and now Vilamoura to choose from ?

Higher, Faster, Longer…………    Stavros.

 

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Final Results from Puerto Portals, Palma….

SWE 375 helmed by Martin Palsson, Peter Lindh & Gustav Gardeback 2nd overall.

The second Puerto Portals Winter Series was completed at the weekend which concluded with 2 races on the final day in a glorious 10 to 15kts of wind and bright sunny skies. With 30 boats enjoying the close racing it was once again RUS 27 “Annapurna” helmed by Anatoly Loginov, crewed by Vadim Statsenko & Alexander Shalagin who finished clear winners recording 1st, 4th, 2nd & 5th. (12pts).

A new electric Fork-Lift Truck launches the boats without needing to release the runners..

In 2nd place overall was SWE 375 “GK SS” who are enjoying the warmer climate which is a big improvement from the weather back home in Sweden. Martin Palsson and his team are going from strength to strength as they continue to enjoy the European Circuit. Results of 10th, 7th, 6th & 3rd. (26pts).

GER 1186 Tanja Jacobsohn, with Husband Bernhard & Jan Scharffeter lead after 2 series.

In 3rd place in this series was NED 412 Pieter Heerema (this time in “Bear”) with Lars Hendriksen & George Leonchuk who finished with a race win. (27pts).

“Bear” helmed by Pieter Heerema, recorded 9th, 3rd, 14th & 1st to finish 3rd overall.

The next Puerto Portals winter series is scheduled for Dec 14th to 16th and 30+ boats are expected, I am sure all the sailors will hope for some Xmas Sunshine to round off the 2018 season.

Super conditions on the final day in Puerto Portals, gave the sailors 2 nice races.

It is good to see the organisers are listening to the sailors requests and learning from their Race Management experiences as the Spanish Fleet continues to grow.  Looking ahead the final IDA Grade 1 will conclude in Palma November 2019  followed by the Europeans scheduled for May 2020, so for sure even more boats will join in the fun next winter.

Top 5 Teams.    1st RUS 27.   2nd SWE 375.  3rd NED 412.  4th ITA 77.  5th GER 1180.

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

 

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Puerto Portals 2nd Winter series… Palma.

30 boats are racing in Palma de Mallorca at the 2nd Puerto Portals Winter Series….

After a well attended briefing all 30 teams took to the water from the beautiful Marina in Puerto Portals surrounded by exclusive Shops, Bars and Restaurants…

With just one boat UFD the fleet got away first time in 6 kts of breeze from around 70 degrees.. GER 1207 helmed by Nicola Friesen opted chose the right side of the course, whilst RUS 27 Anatoly Loginov stayed central and many others went left. 

GER 1207 Nicola Friesen was first to tack after the start and sailed out to the right side.

As the fleet came together at the top mark it was indeed GER 1207 who held a slender lead from the chasing pack.  With the Best “Star” Crew in the World (Frithjof Kleen) and most certainly one of the best Dragon Sailors in the World (Vincie Hoesch) on board, GER 1207 immediately set their kite. To then gybe at the spreader mark and set the standard for the following fleet.

RUS 27 just pip GER 111 at the end of the first race of the 2nd Puerto Portals Winter Series.

In the end it was GER 111 helmed by Max Dohse who pushed last weeks Armistice Cup (Cannes) Winners RUS 27 Anatoly Loginov all the way to see a really close finish on the second downwind leg.. With Anatoly winning by a lick of paint… it was that close. So Max and his young, vibrant team took 2nd.

GER 111 Max and his team celebrate with a cool Beer after finishing 2nd behind RUS 27

In 3rd place was our IDA Chairman Vasily Senatorov helming his RUS 34 “To Be Continued” and we all wish Vasily the very best as he will soon undergo a hip replacement…On behalf of all Dragon Sailors I would like to thank Vasily for his continued support and enthusiasm throughout the year as he attends the majority of events and puts his heart and soul into the class. I am sure our Chairman will recover soon enough to join us all early next season…

3rd place to our “Chairman” Vasily Senatorov helming RUS 34, in Puerto Portals

With two more days of racing and a good forecast, there should be lots more fun at this well organised winter series… My final thanks to Alvaro and Pepe’ for making sure everything runs smoothly for this well supported winter event.

Alvaro and his team enjoy typical Majorcan food aboard a spectator boat in Palma.

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

 

 

 

 

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Anatoly’s Armistice Cup….in Cannes.

RUS 27 “Anapurna” Anatoly Loginov (Helm) Vadim Statsenko & Alexander Shalagin win in Cannes.

23 Dragons competed over the weekend of 9th to 11th Nov for the Grand Prix de L’Armistice held by the Yacht Club de Cannes. With a variety of weather conditions ranging from small “Twisters” to beautiful rainbow filled skies and perfect wind, all teams had a chance to record at least one top position over the 6 races…..  Although Anatoloy and his very experienced team won 3 races, FRA 423, SUI 296 & SWE 389 took victory in race 2, 5 & 6 respectively.

FRA 423 “Ginkgo” won race 2. Pascal DeSantis, Etienne Lafon & Christine Briande.

I spoke with the Ginkgo team after winning the windiest race of the weekend, “We managed to get our lead from the right hand side of the first upwind” Christine to told me, “Then we were able to hold our advantage to the end”. Very well done to this 4 person team (Serge Suzzi is missing from photo).

SUI 296 Justace Kniffka won race 5 celebrating with his team Christian & David in Cannes.

On the final day (Sunday) Justace Kniffka had a convincing win in the first race of the day proving that he is benefitting from attending many events on the circuit, which include Cascais, St Tropez, San Remo and now Cannes. Then in the final race of the series it was GBR 769 helmed by Richard Davies who was first through the bottom gate taking the starboard buoy, whilst SWE 389 Karl -Kustaf Lohr  elected for the port buoy.  As both lead boats cleared the spinnakers on their respective sides, it was indeed SWE 398 who held the advantage to lead at the 2nd upwind mark then continued on to win the race and finish runner up overall.

GBR 769 Nigel Cole with Richard Davies (Great to see Richard back again after 3 years out of the class).

By winning the final race SWE 389 just managed to pip, ( just 1 point), FIN 85 into the runner’s up spot, so Christian Borenius had to settle for 3rd overall.

2nd overall SWE 389 “High Times” Jasper Bendix, Mads Hansen & Karl-Gustf Lohr (Helm).

3rd overall FIN 85 “Thouban” Christian Borenius, Richard Pernici & Chris Winter.

The Yacht Club de Cannes were quick to organise craning out and as most teams will be competing at the next Cannes event “Coupe d’Hiver” Nov 30th to Dec 2nd, many boats were quickly washed down and covered leaving their masts up. 

Armistice Cup 2018

Many thanks to Organisers Karine Green and Gerard Blanc plus all the voluntary members and helpers of the YCC for a very well organised and thoroughly enjoyable regatta….

Higher, Faster, Longer…………       Stavros.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Swedish 2K Success … in Vilamoura.

John Magnusson, Gutta Johansson (Helm) & Bjorn Hansen win the 2K Regatta in Vilamoura.

Pedro Andrade’s “Dream” to have 8 new Petticrows “V6” Dragons in Portugal became a reality at the weekend when 10 top International Teams took part in the 8Dimension 2K Team Racing event organised by Vilamoura Sailing.

4 of the 8 Dragons “Mercury”, “Venus”, “Earth” & “Mars”… built by Petticrows now in Vilamoura.

The 2K team racing idea was first introduced to the Dragon Fleet by Klaus Diederichs and myself a few years ago in Venice. Since then this popular 2 verses 2 type of team racing has gone from strength to strength. With 45 races over 3 days it was eventually the strong Swedish Team led by Gutta Johansson who eventually took the victory just ahead of Markus Brenneke in 2nd and Pedro Andrade 3rd.

When teams were not racing, they could view the action from the “Mother Ship” Catamaran.

Racing without Spinnakers is tight, as each team tries not to be the “Last” boat to finish!

All action as teams manoeuvre during pre start and protests are made to keep the umpires busy.

Results :  1st  Gutta Johansson, John Magnusson & Bjorn Hansen     18 races  14 Wins

2nd  Markus Brenneke, Jochen Schumann & Ingo Borkowski    18 races 13 Wins.

3rd Pedro Andrade, Charlotte & Juliette Ten Wolde & Janka Holan.    18 races 12 Wins.

This was just the start of Pedro Andrade’s and Vilamoura Sailings winter plans…  with more Fleet and Team racing organised throughout the winter. It’s great that we have so many venue’s to continue racing our beloved Dragons with events in Cannes, Palma, Cascais and now Vilamoura. Why would you need to look further than the Dragon Class.

Higher, Faster, Longer…………    Stavros.

 

 

 

 

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Very Successful IDA Meeting, in London.

Tim Pearson (Sec) addresses the AGM. With Helmut Schmidt, Vasily Senatorov, Stephane Baseden & Gerard Blanc.

It was an extremely well structured IDA “AGM” with a total of 28 voting Secretaries and Officers in attendance at the Royal Thames Yacht Club, Knightsbridge, London. In addition were 2 Vice Presidents Chris Dicker and Poul-Richard Hoj-Jensen, also Chief Measurer Gunter Ahlers, Sailing Co-ordinator Martin Payne and Chairman of the Technical Committee Klaus Diederichs. (All non voting).

The meeting was both informative and refreshing as Chairman Vasily Senatorov, outlined the continued success and forward vision of our popular Dragon Class. He also thanked Treasurer Kasper Harsberg for his 4 years of valued service (resigned due to work commitments) and welcomed Anne Vanneste into the role.

2 Vice Presidents, Secretaries and Officers from all over the World in attendance at the IDA “AGM”.

Updates were given by representatives from Medemblik (Gold Cup 2019), Kinsale (Gold Cup 2020), Palma (Europeans 2020), Kuhlungsborn (2021 Worlds) and Marstrand (Gold Cup 2021).  In addition due to successful presentations Ostend will host the 2022 Gold Cup, San Remo 2022 Europeans and Abersoch or Torquay confirmed for the 2023 Gold Cup….

Tim Pearson (Sec), Helmut Schmidt, Anne Vanneste, Vasily Senatorov, Gerard Blanc, Marc Castagnet & Stephane Baseden (far right).

During Dinner Chairman Vasily Senatorov made a presentation to outgoing Vice Chairman Stephane Baseden for all his hard work and commitment. It was a moving speech and everyone showed their appreciation to Stephane for his voluntary service over the past years.  His position will now be filled by Gerard Blanc (France).

More details and Minutes of the Meeting will be available soon.  However, you can be sure that the “Elected Officers” and all concerned will continue to do their very best for the Class as we look forward to a bright future sailing our superb “One Design” Keelboat.

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

 

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TUR 1212 “Provezza Dragon” Win in St Tropez…..

Winners TUR 1212 “Provezza Dragon” (Centre) Simon Fry, Ali Tezdiker & Andy Beadsworth.

After 6 super competitive races over the first two days, with winds between 10 to 18kts the 19 boat fleet had a great time sailing in the beautiful Gulf of St Tropez.  Unfortunately, after the weather cleared up and the rain clouds disappeared so did the wind…  So for the second half of the regatta no races could be sailed. However, it did not stop this joyous group of sailors from enjoying their liquid lunches and delicious seafood extravaganza’s 🙂

Not even the experienced SNST Race Committee can do anything but wait, when there is no wind.

Therefore, the overall leaders TUR 1212 were confirmed winners and will hope to continue their form onward as Andy Beadsworth, Ali Tezdiker & Simon Fry look to win “Back to Back” World Championships in Australia early in 2019…  Who is going to bet against them ?   Not me!

Runners Up overall were GER 1205 “Meerblick” Otto Pohlmann, Hugo Rocha & Charles Nankin. This was another excellent result for Otto and his team as they continue to impress recording consistent podium positions….   Well done.

3rd overall on equal points with Otto, but losing on countback was a team from Russia sailing GBR 422 “Heuschrecke” helmed by Dmitry Bondarenko (Top Photo, 5th left), crewed by Alexandre Shaligin (3rd left) and Vadim Statsenko (4th left).  Dmitry is enjoying sailing his choice of two beautifully restored Pedersen & Thuessen’s, this time he was using GBR 422, he also has GBR 408 back in Russia… He recently told me “I like having two wooden boats because when one is in the yard having a small repair, I can race the other”  🙂   I like your thinking Dmitry !

Great to welcome American Mike Breivik, into the class with Ron Rosenberg & Will Willett. (Two 7th places in his first ever Dragon Regatta!).

This was another good regatta organised by the experienced SNST and all the sailors would like to thank the members, volunteers, office staff and especially the PRO Michele Urando. This is certainly an event you should put into your diary for next year… Why not stay on for this regatta if you are coming for the 90th anniversary in Cannes next year? Join the fun in St Tropez in 2019…

Higher, Faster, Longer…………    Stavros.

 

 

 

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