Another Victory for the RUS 76 Team.


RUS 76 Dmitry Samokhin, Aleksey Bushuev & Andrey Kirilyuk win in St Tropez..

With the “Lull” after the “Storm” there was simply insufficient wind to complete anymore racing yesterday in the Gulf of St Tropez. Try as hard as he may, Principal Race Officer Yves Leglese, was not able to squeeze in a 5th race which would have allowed for a discard in the series, therefore the results of the 4 completed races from Wednesday made up the Championship.

There was a “cut off” time of 13.30 written in the Sailing Instructions, so when the inevitable “sea breeze” did arrive it was just too late to re-set the course in time. Leaving sailors extremely frustrated to be sailing back into the harbour in a glorious warm autumn wind. Such is life….

However, earlier in the day, at around 11.00am, Race 5 was started which again saw RUS 76 lead around the top mark closely followed by GER 1140 and GBR 422. Unfortunately the breeze completely switched off halfway down the first run and the race had to be abandoned. So overall, once again, the skill of top “tactician” Andrey Kirilyuk was ever present as he guided helm Dmitry Samokhin to yet another well deserved victory, along with their “Biggest Man in Russia” 3rd crew Aleksey Bushuev 🙂


Prize Giving at the Societe’ Nautique de Saint Tropez. Denis Charvos accepts the 2nd Prize on behalf of FRA 401 Gery Trentesaux, then Winners, Aleksey, Andrey & Dmitry. With (Far Right) 3rd place GER 1140 Michi Lipp, Nicola Friesen (Helm) & Vincie Hoesch.

Finishing in 2nd place, as mentioned in my previous blog was FRA 401 helmed by Gery Trentesauz. The final podium position of 3rd place went to GER 1140 helmed by Nicola Friesen who was delighted to be moved up a place as a result of SUI 311 (Hugo Stenbeck) having to count a DSQ after a slight misjudgement during a pre-start manoeuvre on Wednesday.

gulf-of-st_tropezThe Gulf of Saint Tropez, will host next year’s GOLD CUP during October for 80 to 100 boats.

In closing, I would like to thank the helpers & volunteers of the Societe’ Nautique de Saint Tropez for their excellent organisation and hospitality over the 4 days. Although we were not blessed with ideal weather this time, I am sure the 2017 Gold Cup will be a spectacular event.

Many congratulations to Dmitry RUS 76, Gery FRA 401 & Nicola GER 1140.

Higher, Faster, Longer…… Stavros.


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St Tropez off to a Flying Start….

st-trop14 Races were completed on Day 1 in St Tropez due to a strong wind forecast for Day 2 & 3.

The Societe Nautique Saint Tropez took the decision to give the 27 International Dragon Teams the chance to complete 4 races on Day 1 of the 13th Edition pour le Dragon a St Tropez…(which was an excellent idea as it looks like there will be no more racing until Saturday). The weather here yesterday saw winds in excess of 100mph, big seas and a lot of rain 🙁


After waiting patiently for the wind to fill in, RUS 76 had an almost “faultless” performance!

The 4 races were dominated by RUS 76 “Melody Nelson” helmed by Dmitry Samokhin, crewed by Andrey Kirilyuk & Aleksey Bushuev. This excellent team won 3 races and counted a 3rd to lead overall on just 6 points. 🙂


Close racing on the short and exciting courses in the light unpredictable winds.

In 2nd place overall after the 4 races is FRA 401 “Courrier Des Saints” helmed by Gery Trentesaux who is enjoying a new start to the Dragon Class! Gery has plenty of experience over the years racing a variety of yachts, in particular the popular “Figaro” class. Now teamed up with top French tactician Gwen Chapalain from Douarnenez, Gery has been quick to learn the Dragon’s secrets.

st-trop3A clear start in St Tropez, on a well set line by Yves Leglese our Principal Race Officer.

In 3rd place overall after 4 races is SUI 311 “Sophie Racing” helmed by Gold Cup winner Hugo Stenbeck, crewed by his usual top team of Martin Westerdahl and Bernardo Freitas. This very experienced team will hope to be challenging for the title if more races can be sailed as they would like to discard their 18th place recorded in race 3.


Great to see “Family’s” racing together. GBR 764 Mike Hayles with Wife Monique & Son Nick.

Along with the new faces in the class are two young Ladies sailing with their parents in NOR 275. The Dragon is so perfect for learning the skills and enjoying Family sailing at the highest level.


NOR 275 “The Knucker” with Per Arne Nilsen, his wife 2 daughters Josefine & Melene.

This beautiful “cold moulded” Petticrows boat was first launched in 2000, then owned by Odd Lofterodd from Norway. Sadly Odd is no longer with us but he would be delighted to know his wonderful boat is being very well looked after and enjoyed by this young & “Colourful” team 🙂

So now we all wait with fingers crossed that the strong winds will die away and allow some more races over the next 2 days in this wonderful location.


St Tropez is ready to host the 2017 Gold Cup. Further details to follow soon…….

Plans are already in place to organise a fantastic Gold Cup next year (2017), with 100 boats expected it will be another “showcase” event for our amazing one design class…..

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

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VENICE is the “Winner”…..

axxOverall Winners Dmitry Samohkin, Andrey Kirilyuk & Alexy Bushuev win in Venice.

The 2nd Edition Dragon Invitational 2K Invitational was a huge success, as 8 International Teams fought it out over 3 days with an amazing 41 races, to see who would lift the superb “Glass Trophies” made by Linea Murano Art.


abcdThe 3 “Podium” Helms, Klaus Diederichs 2nd, Dmitry Samohkin 1st & Gavia Wilkinson-Cox 3rd.  Proudly hold their Trophies high at the prize giving last evening, hosted by the Vento Di Venezia Yacht Club.

Alberto Sonino, the Yacht Club’s CEO confirmed that the 3rd Edition would definitely take place next year to everyone’s delight. This is an event that shows the Dragon’s versatility and comradery to the whole world…..We all thank the combined effort & support from both the Compagnia della Vela & the Vento Di Venezia Yacht Clubs.

With 41 races completed, each team sailed 20 races sometimes with and sometimes against all the 7 other teams. So each team was a friend then an enemy it was fast and furious with never a dull moment. Races were short but fascinating, vigorous and passionate, with high’s and low’s. The disappointments were short lived as the next race was soon to begin, but the rewards of winning made a momentary “bond” between different teams. Yes, this is racing at it’s very best, with excitement from pre start to finish.


Top Mark “Rounding”, with close calls & different strategies depending where team mates were!

The basic aim with 2K racing is not to be the last boat. Simple, yet not easy to accomplish, as each boat will do everything in their power to help protect their “random pair” team mate. Opportunities to gain an advantage begin even before the 3 minute sound signal prior to the start, as the courses are set within the San Marco Basin, with narrow channels identified with traditional wooden posts….


Here the wooden channel markers identify the course in an “opening” fleet race.

This “Invitational” event was the mastermind of Klaus Diederichs who along with Local Hero Giuseppe Duca wanted to combine the elegance of the Dragon with the beauty of this remarkable City. With the 3 main “Sponsors” of DFS, Glenfiddich and ASSIDUE the event ran like “Clockwork” from the launching of the 4 Dragons at the Marina Vento de Venezia then the “tow” over to Certosa Island, to the Cocktail Party at the new Luxury Department Store of DFS Group in Venice. Finally we were invited to the “Original” 100 year old Compagnia Della Vela Yacht Club in San Marco Square where a wonderful Dinner was enjoyed by all.


One of the morning “briefings” where 2K Rules & Tactics were explained to all competitors.


DJ and JJ Korpershoek (Father & Son) explain the fundamental’s of 2K “Individual” Team Racing.

We could not have had better “On the Water” Judging as JJ & DJ combined “Teaching” with “Judging” then finally after sail “De-Briefing” (to let us know where we all went wrong) :-).

For sure this was a learning curve for us all….

Tam Nguyen told me “This was a fantastic event on and off the water, definitely well worth the trip from Hong Kong. It was amazing to see how sailors progressively switched off from their fleet racing mentality on day 1 to full action, of circling, trapping etc on days 2 & 3!  We learnt so much from all our fellow competitors and thanks to our “pairs rotation” this also created a great atmosphere to socialize and comradery”.  Thanks Tam, this was exactly the feelings expressed by all the competitors throughout the event….

axzTeams “Line Up” for the best positions pre-Start.. Sometimes with Genoa’s furled to stop the boat!

The event was a complete success and Venice was the ultimate winner as all 8 International Teams left with smiles on their faces and friendship in their hearts…

Many Congratulations to all the successful teams and a huge “Thank You” to Alberto Sanino with his many helpers and volunteers for giving us 3 wonderful days in Venice……..

Final Results.


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






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Dragon’s Return to Venice….

_MAT9898 (640x426)One of the Fleet Races in Venice 2015, prior to the Invitational 2K “Team Racing” event.

This weekend will see the 2nd edition of the Dragons Invitational in Venice. The Compagnia della Vela and the Vento di Venezia Yacht Clubs will host 8 of the top International teams of the Dragon Class to race in the San Marco Basin. The event will open on Friday with fleet racing in front of San Marco, followed by “round robins” of team racing with individual pairs.

veniceGiovanni Giusto, Adolfo Villani, Ugo Campaner with Klaus Diederichs and Alberto Sonio.

Giovanni Giusto is the City Councillor to Protection of Traditions, Adolfo Villani, is the President FIV of the XII Zone, Ugo Campaner, is the President of the Compagnia della Vela. Klaus Diederichs is the principal organiser and Alberto Sonio is the CEO of the Vento di Venezia.

The regatta is sponsored by DFS, Glenfiddich and ASSIDUE-Agenzia UnipolSai di Treviso. Amongst the participating International teams are Dmitry Samokhin from Russia, Hendrik Witzmann representing United Arab Emirates, the former World Champion Klaus Diederichs from the UK, along with the current Asian Champion Tam Nguyen from Hong Kong and 4 times Italian National Champion Giuseppe Duca (the Local Venice Hero). 🙂

04-dragons-in-venice-2015Jens Rathsack & his team race for the “Yellow Team” during the 2015 event in this “idyllic” setting.

This years top prize has been kindly donated by Linea Murano Art and will be awarded to the team that accumulate the most numbers of points, from their individual pairs wins…

o2The “Dragons in Venice Invitational” top prize will be awarded on Sunday to the winning team.

Principal organiser Klaus Diederichs said “It is fantastic to come back to Venice with the Dragons. The elegance of the boats and the beauty of the city are a perfect fit. I am looking forward to some close racing in front of this magnificent scenery”.

Higher, Faster, Longer……………………      Stavros.   (Sailing with Giuseppe Duca).




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Superb Finale to the Regates Royal…

Cannes Prize Giving the Winners RUS 27 “Annapurna” & Runners Up GBR 770 “Storm”.browns3

with Vadim Statsenko, Anatoly Loginov, Alexander Shalagin with Frederic, David, Lynette & Jonathan Brown.

browns8RUS 27 Dominate the racing in Cannes, Anatoly, Vadim and Alexander in full flow…

The 38th Regates Royal has been won by RUS 27 “Annapurna” helmed by Anatoly Loginov, crewed by Vadim Statsenko & Alexander Shalagin after 5 wonderful days of “shorts & T shirts” sailing over 10 races, with one discard. In the end the current European Champions won by 15 points, but they were pushed all the way by GBR 770 “Storm” sailed by the “Brown” Family helmed by Jonathan, crewed by Frederic with Mum Lynette & Dad David.

browns22Runners Up GBR 770 “Storm”  Jonathan, Lynette, David & Frederic Brown…

This was a special result for the Brown Family as they continue to improve with their 4 person “team” which is growing ever more popular in both the Dragon and Etchells Class. It gives an extra pair of “Eyes” to help with tactics and of course “Hands” at each under pressure manoeuvre! In addition it now allows “smaller” teams to reach the allocated 285 kg weight limit, to offer all sailors a chance to compete on a level playing field.  🙂

browns23GBR 770 “Storm” make full use of their successful 4 crew to secure another top result.

In 3rd place overall was another “relatively” new team representing Spain. Yes ESP 71 “Gunter” helmed by Javier Scherk, crewed by Gustavo Lima & Paulo Manso continue to sail at a very high standard and thoroughly deserved their “podium” finish in this top quality 50 boat fleet…


Another Podium place for ESP 71 “Gunter”, Gustavo Lima, Paulo Manso & Javier Scherk. 3rd Overall.

Also having a fantastic week to finish in 4th place overall was GER 1140 “Smaug” helmed by current German Champion Nicola Friesen, crewed by Vincent Hoesch and Michi Lip. This team held the early lead during the regatta and were never out of the top 20 (excluding their discard) in the 10 race series, showing once again that consistency is the name of the game.

brsa2GER 1140 “Smaug” Top Lady Helm & 4th Overall, Nicola Firesen, Vincie Hoesch & Michi Lip.

The 2016 French Championship was sailed within the Regates Royal and although this is an “Open” Championship, therefore Anatoly Loginov is the winner, there was also great rivalry between the numerous French Teams to be at the top of the tree :-). One French Team who just keep getting better and better is FRA 420 “Outlaw” helmed by one of our IDA Vice Chairman’s Stephane Baseden, crewed by Pascal Rambeau & Patrick Aucour. Not only did they finish in 5th place overall, but are now officially the best French Team of 2016.

browns9Top French Team 5th Overall, FRA 420 “Outlaw” Stephane Baseden, Pascal Rambeau & Patrick Aucour.

On the final night the 50 International Teams were treated to another magnificent Champagne party at the Palm Beach Casino, with top entertainment, fine local wines and many buffet tables offering traditional French cuisine. A great time was had by all.

Many thanks once again to all the helpers and volunteers of the Yacht Club de Cannes, in particular Gerard Blanc and Karine Grene’ for their organisation on and off the water. The 2016 Regates Royal saw Cannes at its very best 🙂

brsaThe sailing in Cannes was held in the most “Amazing” conditions. “Short’s & T Shirts” !

Higher, Faster, Longer……..   Stavros.   (Sailing with Ted Sawyer in GBR 789).

Thanks once again to Michael Kurtz, from Pantaenius, for providing these exceptional photographs, taken with skill & precision….


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RUS 27 Win the Regates Royal…

abcdRUS 27 “Annapurna” Anatoly Loginov, crewed by Vadim Statsenko & Alexander Shalagin.

Our current European Champions RUS 27 win in Cannes…2nd was GBR 770 and 3rd ESP 71.  Much more news to follow…   Stavros.

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Wonderful Sailing in Cannes…

a99The Bavarian “Dream Team” lead after 5 races with Nicola Friesen at the Helm of GER 1140.

With sunshine from dawn to dusk, the 38th Edition of the Regates Royal combined  with the French Open Championship is well underway here in Cannes. 50 Dragons are competing over 5 days in this festival of sailing that also hosts beautiful Classic, 5.5m & 12m yachts.  



Some of the 50 Dragons “resting” in the Old Port of Cannes, at the Regates Royal.

Each day the courses for all the sailors have been moved around so that no fleet sails in the same area. So far the Dragons have enjoyed the freedom of the West Bay before moving to the beautiful clear waters towards Golf Juan and Juan les Pins on the East side of Cannes. This variety is proving very popular with the sailors and offers a new challenge for each race.

a9999DEN 394 “Blue Lady” helmed by Soren Pehrsson with one of the many beautiful Classics.

The overall leader after 5 races is the “current” German National Champion Nicola Friesen, helming GER 1140 “Smaug”, crewed by Vincent Hoesch & Michael Lip (the Bavarian Dream Team). Counting 7th, 3rd, 5th & 2nd places gives Nicola a 3 point lead over RUS 27 Anatoloy Loginov and RUS 34 Vasily Senatorov.

a9Feeling “Even Better” is our IDA Chairman Vasily Senatorov who is currently equal 2nd overall.

Not far behind the leaders in overall 4th place is ESP 71 “Gunter” helmed by Javier Scherk on 30 points, then in joint 5th place on 32 points are GBR 770 “Storm” helmed by Jonathan Brown and GBR 789 “Bear” helmed by the “amazing” 84 years young Edward Sawyer from the USA…  (keep it up Teddy) 🙂

a999Ted Sawyer concentrates fully as he glides the “Bear” around the top mark.

Over the next 2 days our very able President du Committee, Olivier de Turckheim is planning for 4 more races. So plenty of opportunity for many place changes and more fun in the sun for these happy 50 Dragon Teams.

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

p.s.  Many thanks to Michael Kurtz, from Pantaenius, for these excellent photo’s..


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Hamlet Gold Cup Winners 2016 !!


Bernardo Freitas, Hugo Stenbeck (Helm) & Martin Ake Westerdahl raise the “Gold Cup”!

Team “Sophie Racing”, SUI 311 Win the 2016 Gold Cup….  with a 2nd & 3rd on final day…    More to follow……..    Stavros.


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Fantastic 5th Day at Dragon Gold Cup…

AFHigh “Fives” all round for RUS 76, Dmitry Samokhin, Andrey Kirilyuk & Aleksey Bushuev.

The “Hamlet” Dragon Gold Cup really caught “fire” on Thursday here in Hornbaek, as 2 more races were completed in superb conditions even though we spent nearly 9 hours on the water! A 15 to 18 kt westerly wind combined with a mixture of currents produced some difficult seas but offered exhilarating sailing.


The 76 boat fleet eventually get away under a Blag Flag.  3 boats were disqualified.

There were a number of “aborted” starts as the boats were swept over the line by a favourable early morning current, this caused several general recalls & postponements. However, eventually the fleet did get away with 3 boats Black Flagged, 2 of which were main contenders…  POR 66 Jose’ Matoso & GER 1162 Stephan Link (who was European “Runner Up” in St Petersburg). So their Gold Cup is over as of course there are no discards in this series.

AD7Winners of the 3rd Race of the 2016 Hamlet Gold Cup, RUS 76 “Strange Little Girl”.

Race 3 was won by RUS 76 “Strange Little Girl” helmed by Dmitry Samokhin, crewed by Andrey Kirilyuk & Aleksey Bushuev. Pushing them hard all through the race was DEN 138 “Eva” helmed by Lars Hendriksen, crewed by Robert Stanjek & Claus Olesen who had to settle for 2nd place, with DEN 32 “Nina” helmed by Nicholas Holm, crewed by Mathias Thomsen & Jonas Hogh in 3rd.

In Race 4 of the series there was a tremendous battle for the victory between GER 1121 and DEN 411. However, although GER 1121 “Caroroo” helmed by Reemt Reemtsma, crewed by his wife Petra & Lorenz Jensen held the upper hand for the majority of the race, it was DEN 411 “African Queen” who snatched the win right at the end of the 3rd and final beat…. 

AD4Big Hug’s all round on board the “African Queen” who recorded a 4th & 1st place today.

I spoke with Jorgen after the race, he told me “In both races we started down near the Committee Boat as we could see the waves were slightly breaking showing more current. Then played the shifts without choosing either side of the beat. In race 3 we had to do a 720 as we infringed the leader at the top mark, but we were still happy to finish 4th. Then in race 4 we had a great race with GER 1121, in fact they sailed very well, but we just managed to squeeze pass them at the finish”. Very well done to Jorgen and his team, could this be Gold Cup number 4 for this excellent Danish Sailor ?

AD3DEN 411 “African Queen” Jorgen Schonherr, Thomas Schmidt & Christian Videbaek win Race 4 just ahead of GER 1121 “Caroroo” Reemt & Petra Reemtsma & Lorenz Jensen!

3rd place in race 4 went to GER 1162 “Desert Holly” who bounced back from the major disappointment of their Black Flag in race 3. So it was great to see Stephan Link, Frank Butzmann & Michi Lip still fighting despite having no chance to win overall…. (Well done guys).

So now we all prepare for another extremely long day, as 2 more races are scheduled for today, followed by the craning out of nearly 80 boats ! It should be fun as its what we all live for 🙂

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

p.s.  As usual, many thanks to Ricardo Pinto, who we all know well, for his high quality Photo’s.

p.p.s.  Special thanks also to Elena Razina, who has also contributed to my article. Please check out Elena’s web site for further great photo’s at   htt://






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Frustrating Day 4 of Hamlet Dragon Gold Cup…

A5After 6 hours on the water the 76 Dragons eventually returned to the Hornbaek Marina yesterday without having raced through lack of wind.

Despite our International Race Officer Christian Lerche, making every effort to start a race, it was simply impossible….  The wind came from all directions but was never constant enough to set up a Gold Cup course.

A6The Dragons back in the Marina of Hornbaek, who live to fight another day.

So today (Day 5) will hopefully see 2 races sailed, back to back, with a further 2 more completed on Friday (weather permitting).

DEasy Day for Ricardo Pinto…..  our Professional Photographer puts his feet up 🙂

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

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