Victory for “Pow Wow” in Cascais…..

FB_IMG_1447633344154Michael Zankel raises his arms with Pedro Andrade & Phil Blinn (Bow), as they Win in Cascais.

With another wonderful sailing day yesterday (Sunday) in Portugal, the Club Naval de Cascais completed their 7 race series in style, seeing many happy sailors enjoying their sailing weekend.  None more so than GER 1123, Michael Zankel, who a year ago this very weekend, had lost his boat in severe weather! Yes fellow sailors the Pow Wow team (Zankel, Andrade & Blinn) had sunk in extreme conditions, but now were back at the very top of the game again.. Fantastic and great sailing Gentlemen…..(they won with a race to spare!).


Club Naval Vice President, Jose’ Matoso with the Winning “Pow Wow” team yesterday !

In 2nd place overall was MON 2 “Jeanie” helmed by Jens Rathsack, crewed by Diogo Pireria and Tiago Marcelino who finished on 18 points (after discard). Jens and his team sailed a great series finishing with a 2nd & 4th on the final day to stay 2 points ahead of RUS 76 “Strange Little Girl”….

IMG_1809Mon 2 “Jeanie” Owner & Helm Jens Rathsack with his crew & wife Andrea (who presented the prizes).

So Dmitry Samokhin with his excellent and very successful team of Andrey Kirilyuk & Aleksey Bushuev took the final podium position with 3rd overall after winning the penultimate race on the final day. Dmitry said after the racing “We had sunshine, no waves, moderate wind, 7 races out of 7 planned :-) Cascais offers some Champagne Sailing in November”..

12244283_10207577084720751_75117899512945639_oDmitry and his team, Aleksey & Andrey at the Prize Giving, collecting their 3rd Overall.

The Club Naval Vice President Jose’ Matoso had to settle for 4th place overall even though his POR 66 “Drago” team of Gustavo Lima & Nate Campbell recorded 3 wins out of the 7 races…  Such was the high standard at the top end of the fleet. In closing the Prize Giving Jose’ congratulated all the competitors especially the winning teams and along with Bruno Santos (the Club Chief Administrator) invited more teams to join in the 2nd series in Dec.

With fantastic sailing in both Cascais and Cannes, we certainly are spoilt for choice in our wonderful Dragon Class… Two great winter venues….   :-)

In addition of course we have a very enthusiastic and ever growing Dragon Fleet out in Hong Kong, who’s Nationals will be very well supported in Jan 2016.

We also have a set Winter Programme in Bodrum, Turkey. Where Tim Tavinor and his Wife Kay have recently visited to participate in their exciting racing and again growing fleet….

Finally, there will be a number of International Dragons joining the Small Spanish Fleet in Palma de Mallorca, in the New Year ! With plans to “bring” the Dragons back to the Princess Sofia Trophy in March…..  Watch this space!

Higher, Faster, Longer…….     Stavros.

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“POW WOW” takes control in Cascais…

GOPR0571_1443087463692_high (2)GER 1123 “Pow Wow” Michael Zenkal, Pedro Andrade & Phil Blinn take the lead in Cascais.

It was a glorious second day in Cascais yesterday with a temperature of 25 degrees and 6 to 10 kts of Easterly wind, with a slight sea swell. With three more races completed it was GER 1123 “Pow Wow” helmed by Michael Zenkal who dominated the day recording 1st, 1st & 2nd, to now lead overall.

Tactician Pedro Andrade told me “It was days like this that Cascais should be known for and not just being a windy place to sail. We had great weather, a warm breeze and some close racing”.   

More to follow once racing is completed today …………..     Stavros.


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MON 2 “Jeanie” leads in Cascais….

IMG_1334Mon 2 “Jeanie” keeps a close eye on two of his main rivals, Pow Wow & Strange Little Girl.

A small but very competitive fleet of 12 Dragons are battling to win the first of the Cascais Winter Series regatta’s in Portugal.  Two races were sailed today in a North Westerly Wind of around 12 kts with plenty of sunshine to keep the teams happy…  In race 1 after a General Recall, 5 boats were still identified to have been over the line under the “U” Flag and so disqualified (UFD).


GER 1123 “Pow Wow” helmed by Michael Zankel won Race 1 of the first Winter Series today.

“Pow Wow” with Michael Zankel, crewed by Pedro Andrade & Phil Blinn won the first race and were 6th in race 2 so are currently 2nd overall behind MON 2 “Jeanie” helmed by Jens Rathsack,  crewed by Diogo Perieira & Taigo Marcelino.  Jens and his team were the most consistent on the day recording 2 & 3 and deserve to be leading.  However, POR  66 “Drago” helmed by Jose’ Matoso, crewed by Olympian Gustavo Lima & Nate Campbell will have something to say about things as after being and early starter in race 1, bounced back to win race 2. Jose’ and his team will fight hard to hopefully discard their UFD by the end of the three days….

Top Russian Sailors Dmitry Samokhin, crewed by Andrey Kirilyuk & Aleksey Bushuev in RUS 76 “Strange Little Girl” will also be in the mix at the end of the weekend, as they recorded a 2 & 5 to currently stand 3rd overall. With 3 races planed for tomorrow, it’s still early days, although the 5 boats who were disqualified under the “U” flag will have to tread carefully in the remaining 5 races……

Overall Standings (after 2 races),  1st MON 2   2nd GER 1123   3rd RUS 76.

Full Results can be seen on the Club de Naval, Cascais website…

Higher, Faster, Longer….          Stavros.


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The Winning Team “Jerboa” from Cannes.

First at the armistice cup 2015Armistice Cup Winners, Mark Hart, Gavia Wilkinson (helm) & Cian Guilfoyle.

The first winter series in Cannes over the weekend saw 28 boats from 12 different Nations complete 5 races in light winds and beautiful sunny conditions. GBR 761 “Jerboa” eventually won the Armisitice Cup after winning the final race which equalled the 18pts obtained by GBR 375 “Blue Haze”, but Gavia, Mark & Cian won on “count back”.  So Ivan Bradbury, crewed by Lars Hendriksen and Claus Olesen had to settle for the runners up position, another excellent event for Ivan in his 1959 Pedersen & Thuesen.

In 3rd place was the ever improving team from Estonia sailing “Abb Fun” EST 17, helmed by Mihkel Kosk, crewed by Niklas Janson & Kasper Kamu. This young team following their excellent 2nd place in St Tropez will be hard to beat in the future as they continue to show great speed in the light winds. 

The event saw many top international teams competing and it was good to see Ben Cauwenbergh finding some of his old form after changing boats this season. Ben sold his “Blackout” Dragon earlier in the year (you know the black and white boat), to purchase a newer Petticrows, so along with his usual top team of Manu Hens and Thibaud Den Hartich must have been pleased with their 4th place overall.  5th place overall was FIN 85 “Thouban” helmed by Christian Borenius, crewed by Chris Winter and Richard Pernici who are always tough to beat and enjoy the conditions in Cannes..

Karine Green and all the helpers and volunteers now invite sailors to their final regatta of 2016, the Coupe d’Hiver Dec 4th to 6th.  Meanwhile Cascais will be running it’s first winter series event next weekend, Nov 13th to 15th where as many teams will be making their way down to Portugal for the winter.. So fellow sailors you are spoilt for choice..  Cannes or Cascais..?  Or why not have 2 boats and do both :-)

Higher, Faster, Longer…..      Stavros.



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“BABOU” Wins Cazaux by 1 point !

151030 (955)Jean Gabriel Pasturaud (Babou), with Philippe Rossignol & Estelle Rossignol.

Jean Gabriel Pasturaud, added yet another title to his long and successful career yesterday when he helmed FRA 390 Eostig crewed by owner Philippe Rossignol and his wife Estelle to victory on Lake Cazaux to win the 28th Drag’s Cup. “Babou” has raced Dragons all his life and is now enjoying his retirement just competing at the odd event, so it was great to see him back on the helm at the front of the fleet once again :-).

After just one “shortened” race on Day 3 (Saturday) won by GBR 764 “Naiad“, the PRO Michel Orlandi managed to complete 3 more races on the final day yesterday to complete a 9 race series for the 22 participants. This was a light wind regatta sailed in wonderful sunny conditions and enjoyed by all. Well done to organiser Yves Leglise & his team of helpers….

151031 ( (88) (1)Mike Hayles & wife Monique, with Graig Dymock win Race 6 in a dying breeze.

2nd place overall and runner up was French Secretary Jean Breger helming FRA 291 “Ulysse” crewed by Clement Soulet and Alexandre Demeret who sailed very well but just lost out in the end by one point!

3rd Overall was FRA 207 “Q Ti Too” helmed by Fred Gourlaouen, crewed by Alan Peyaud and Arnaud Raillard, this experienced team from Douarnenez always sail well and know the Lake very well.

The evenings were thoroughly enjoyed by all as the hospitality at the Club is second to none, this is definitely an event not to be missed next year…..

12191606_699569413510580_2890717535155520872_nThe evening food is prepared in Cazaux, whilst the competitors enjoy the local wine.

Now the Winter is upon us and the first event in Cannes 6th to 8th Nov is just around the corner… Will you be at the Coupe de Armistice this weekend…??


Higher, Faster, Longer…….     Stavros.


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FRA 291 “Ulysse” takes the lead in Cazaux….

151030 (51) (640x480)  Yves Leglise & PRO Michel Orlandi get the fleet away & completes 5 races on Day 2 in Cazaux.

After no wind at all on Day 1 (Thursday) the PRO Michel Orlandi, managed to organise 5, yes 5 races for the delighted 23 boat fleet on Lake Cazuax today (Friday). Yves Leglise told me “Super weather today, sunshine 20 degrees & Five races in !  Early 10am start, in a light but steady wind from 95 to 115 degrees and a strength of 5 – 7 kts”. Well done my friend, to complete 5 races was excellent. 

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Close racing at the top mark with spinnakers at the ready…  Lake Cazaux Day 2.

After 5 races it is FRA 291 “Ulysse” helmed by Jean Breger who leads the regatta, crewed by Clement Soules & Alexandre Demeret from La Grande Motte. Jean is the Secretary of the French Dragon Fleet and has been very active & supportive in all the many French Regatta’s, it is people like Jean working hard behind the scenes that allows the class to thrive.  In 2nd place overall after 5 races is FRA 207 “Q Ti Too” helmed by Fred Gourlaouen, crewed by Alan Payraud & Arnaud Raillard. This experienced team from Douarnenez know the Lake well and will be tough to beat by Sunday…  3rd overall is the first local boat FRA 378 “Green” helmed by Betrand Moussie, crewed by Jerome Laurier & Franck Corbiere (Arcachon Yacht Club).

Although the wind is forecast light again tomorrow, Yves has asked sailors to be ready for another 10am start, hoping to get 3 or 4 more races in before the Rugby Cup Final at 5pm (French Time).


Tonight the teams have one of the Yacht Club Local Meals “Fresh Salmon”, Great Food, Fine Wine, Lots of Fun……..


Higher, Faster, Longer…..      Stavros.


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“LAKE CAZAUX” is Ready…….

151028 (4) (640x480)22+ Dragons are Ready for the 28th “Drag’s Cup” on Lake Cazaux, near Arcachon, France.

Yves Leglise, one of our favourite National Race Officers will be welcoming competitors to his “Home Yacht Club” on the beautiful fresh water “Lake Cazaux” tomorrow for the 28th edition of the “Drag’s Cup”.

With 22 boats already registered, Yves is hoping that a few more late entries will turn up for this “Festival” of Sailing on this wonderful lake set deep in the woodlands just a few miles inland of the West Coast of France…

Having attended 14 times, 5 of them victorious, it is a place I always enjoyed & although I am unable to attend this year, I am sure competitors will have a fantastic event both on and off the water…

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The Club President is already working hard in the new kitchens to prepare evening meals.

There are plenty of races over the 4 days and with 3 evenings of locally prepared food and delicacies all washed down with copious amounts of regional wine, I am still tempted to jump on a plane tomorrow to join in the fun !  :-)

Watch this space for daily updates and race results….


Higher, Faster, Longer……                      Stavros.



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Vasily feels “Even Better” now !

12143191_879237715487481_1608061335846878483_n (2)Victorious Vasily Senatorov RUS 34 “Even Better” makes his winners Speech in St Tropez.

RUS 34 “Even Better” helmed by IDA Vice Chairman Vasily Senatorov, crewed by Igor Ivashintsov and Alex Muzichenko won the Dragon Saint Tropez Regatta yesterday, despite not feeling 100%…. However, this sweet victory will make Vasily feel a whole lot better as he travels back home today :-)

Following the 24 hour mistral on Thursday afternoon, Friday came and went with absolutely no wind what so ever… So our experienced PRO Jean Pierre Mannetstatter asked all competitors to be available on the final day yesterday for a 10am start. With the series already validated (3 races completed), if a 4th race could be sailed, then a discard would be implemented. Unfortunately after a short delay the 31 boat fleet sailed out to find the light breeze had vanished…. So after another 90 minutes of bobbing around in the glorious Mediterranean Sunshine 19 boats decided enough was enough and elected to crane out.

12109091_540846082738831_57329103694469223_nOur experienced PRO Jean Pierre Mannetstatter & Team wait patiently for the wind.

However, at around 1pm the faintest of sea breezes of 3 kts made it just possible for final race, so the 12 teams who had elected to wait it out were rewarded for their patience. Whether an International Dragon race should be started in conditions less than 5 kts is irrelevant now, as it happened and it was EST 17 who made the best of the conditions to win the race.


EST 17 “ABB FUN” helmed by Mihkel Kosk, crewed by Niklas Jansson & Kasper Kamij win race 4.

This victory for the “Young” Estonian Men moved them up to 2nd place overall, a very well deserved result for this up and coming team, well done. Also making the most of the final day by finishing 2nd in the race was RUS 31 “Convergence” helmed by Mikhall Senatorov, crewed by Maxim Semerkhanov and Alexandr Yanin. Their final result moved them into a tie for 3rd place overall with GBR 789 “Bear” on 16 pts, however with a race win on the opening day, Mikhall and his top team took the final podium position.

12118657_540844746072298_6937914339083303415_n3rd overall RUS 31 “Convergence” Mikhall Senatorov, Maxim Semerkhanov & Alexandr Yanin.

In 4th place overall was GBR 789 “Bear” helmed by Mike Budd, crewed by Gillian Hamilton and Martin Payne, who elected to crane out (my decision) but had enjoyed a fantastic regatta in this wonderful venue.

12109100_540848716071901_3043354077952891241_n4th Overall, GBR 789 Bear,  helmed by Mike Budd, with Gillian Hamilton & Martin Payne.

In 5th position overall was SUI 315 “Hazbin” helmed by Eddie Warden-Owen, crewed by owner Adrian Friend and Simon Fry. This experienced team had put together some very consistent results finishing just 1 point behind the 3rd & 4th placed boats….

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Sui 315 “Hazbin”, helmed by Eddie Warden-Owen finished 5th overall in Saint Tropez.

In his closing speech, Vasily thanked the organisers and volunteers of the Societe Nautique de Saint Tropez for running an excellent regatta. With many days of cloudless blue skies and over 8 hours each day of sunshine the 31 lucky teams enjoyed a great time both on and off the water, particularly in the new SNST Yacht Club….  Thank you all and see you next year……

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


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A “Hooligan” wins in Saint Tropez….

12118779_540843796072393_6239696065280909317_nAUS 227 “Hooligan” helmed by Marcus Blackmore, crewed by Theis Palm & Terry Wetton.

Day 2 of the Dragon Saint Tropez was to prove a true test for the 31 boat fleet as one minute there was a steady 22 kts blowing from predominately the west, then a total shutdown of pressure over parts of the course… At times in between the high’s & low’s on each tack, there were also moments of huge wind shifts that could easily frustrate even the best of sailors….

12108965_878374482240471_4506173828845987747_nTough conditions on Day 2 in Saint Tropez.. Here you see the fleet heading upwind.

The start of race 3 got underway after a general recall and the use of a Black Flag at around 11.30. Those boats who stayed on starboard tack longer off the line seem to do better than the ones that tacked away onto port as boats on the right side were the first to fall into no wind. So the left side of the beat was paying, this allowed AUS 227, GER 1157 and RUS 34 all to be in the mix at the top mark. Meanwhile FRA 365 and GBR 789 had been making good progress up the middle of the course and eventually a nice right hand shift put both of these boats back into the leading group…


The lead boats round the “Dog-Leg” and set their spinnakers for the exciting downwind leg

As the race unfolded it was AUS 227 “Hooligan” who took the lead on the 2nd beat and gave helm Marcus Blackmore his first International Dragon Win at the tender age of 70 years old !! In 2nd place was GBR 789 “Bear” helmed by Mike Budd and 3rd was GER 1157 “M3″ helmed by Stefan Waack who was substitute for owner Michael Schmidt who was not well….


The winning team of race 3 AUS 227 “Hooligan”, Theis Palm, Terry Wetton & Marcus Blackmore.

Unfortunately the full “Mistral” came in around 1.0pm so racing had to be abandoned for the day, however with 2 more days to go it is still too early in the competition to pick a winner….

IMG_20151015_135617 (640x480)The Flags flying over the new SNST Yacht Club signal no more racing for the day…

Overall leaders after 3 races are RUS 34 Vasily Senatorov 10pts. 2nd GBR 789 Mike Budd 16pts. 3rd SUI 315 Eddy Warden-Owen 24pts…


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



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It’s a Family Affair in St Tropez….

Vasily-st-tropez (640x427)RUS 34 “Even Better” helmed by Vasily Senatorov wins Race 1 of the Dragon Saint Tropez.

It certainly was a “Family Affair” here in sunny St Tropez yesterday as our current IDA Vice Chairman Vasily Senatorov won race 1 and then his brother Mikhail helming his RUS 31 “Convergence” won race 2!  So a great start for these two top Dragon Sailors so often seen on the International Circuit.

St-Tropez-start-2015 (640x427)Here we see the 31 boats starting in a light westerly wind in the Gulf of St Tropez.

At the start of race 1 most of the fleet held on to their starboard tack as the wind initially went right, although those boats who tacked early towards the shore of Saint Maxime had an even better lift at the top of the beat. As the race progressed RUS 34 pulled further ahead with GBR 761 “Jerboa” finishing 2nd and EST 17 “Abb Fun” helmed by Mihkel Kosk in 3rd place…

GaviaGBR 761 “Jerboa” finishing 2nd in race 1. Gavia Wilkinson-Cox, Mark Hart & Phillip Catmur.

In race 2 it was RUS 31 “Convergence” helmed by Mikhail Senatorov, who made the best of a shifting breeze that gradually moved further right as the day progressed. In the photo below RUS 31 just rounds the port hand gate ahead.

Rus31 (640x427)RUS 31 “Convergence” wins race 2 of the Dragon Saint Tropez 2015 Regatta…..

Finishing in 2nd place behind RUS 31, was RUS 35 “Sunflower” helmed by Victor Fogelson, who was OCS in race 1, so needed a good score in race 2. Following behind in 3rd place was POR 63 “Seven Seas” helmed by Rui Silva.

However, in the “provisional” overall standings it looks as though RUS 34 leads (subject to protest) in 2nd place is GBR 789 “Bear” helmed by Mike Budd and 3rd overall is SUI 315 “Hazbin” owned by Adrian Friend and helmed by Eddie Warden-Owen.

Three more races are scheduled for today, so keep watching for further updates….

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





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