“There Be Dragons” Back in Palma…!

Super conditions in the bay of Palma de Mallorca for the 1st series at Puerto Portals.

It was great to see 26 Dragons registered for the opening winter series last weekend (18th & 19th Nov) in Puerto Portals, Palma. This is the first time the organisers of the Puerto Portals Marina have run an International Dragon event and they most certainly did not disappoint. Port Captain Alvaro, with principle organiser Pepe’ Vidal & communication director Elena Seijas have done an excellent job to co-ordinate this “new” series to bring Dragons back to Palma.

With non-stop sunshine the “sea-breeze” came in each afternoon to offer fantastic sailing.

The first race was won by our IDA Chairman Vasily Senatorov helming RUS 34 “Even Better”, crewed by Igor Ivasmintcov & Alexandre Muzinchenko. Then race 2 was won by Tanja Jacobson, crewed by her Husband Bernhard and Jan Scharfetter.

Winners of race 2 Bernhard, Tanja and Jan after sailing in Puerto Portals, Palma.

One of the principle Spanish sailor’s and joint organiser Carlos Carbajal (ESP 99) commented how pleased he was to see 13 International Dragons already in Puerto Portals joining the 13 local teams. Carlos continued to say “There are still some small things to improve on but considering this is the first regatta and the good will behind all the organisation in Portals, I am confident we will make a great winter series”. I most certainly agree Carlos, well done.

Race 2 won by GER 1186 “Goldkante” helmed by Tanja Jacobson who opened a good lead.

On the second day of racing the sea breeze filled in slightly earlier so it was possible to have 3 more races before the “cut off” time of 15.30.  Winners on day 2 were GER 1177 “Pow Wow” helmed by Michael Zankel, DEN 266 “My Way” helmed by Frank Berg and GER 1183 “M3” with Michael Schmidt.

Day 2 saw an earlier sea breeze allowing 3 more races to be sailed in perfect conditions.

In the end after 5 races it was the Danish Team led by Frank Berg sailing his beautiful Pedersen & Thuesen who won the series, from Michael Schmidt in 2nd and Vasily Senatorov in 3rd….

Pepe’ Vidal and Elena Seijas with the Winners DEN 266 “My Way” in Puerto Portals.

However, the main winner here was the fact that the Dragons are back in Palma de Mallorca… A venue that has a great history with the class, in particular the popular “Princess Sofia Trophy” and can also look forward to hosting the European Championships in 2020 !

With plenty of facilities available for sailors to park trailers and cars Puerto Portals offers an ideal “safe” place to winter a Dragon so why not join in the fun….    Next series Dec 16th & 17th.

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

My thanks to Francisco Pontes and Helmut Kraus (www.mv-photon.de) for their photo’s.

 

 

 

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Armistice Joy for Anna plus Another Win for Provezza in Cascais.

Gerard Blanc with Winners Michi Lip, Anna Houdek & Dad Rudi Houdek in Cannes.

30 Dragons competed last weekend (10,11 & 12 Nov) for the Amistice Cup organised by the Yacht Club de Cannes. With 5 races completed due to a Mistral forecast on the final day the event was won by 13 year old Anna Houdek crewed by her Dad Rudi and top professional Michi Lip  (recent Gold Cup winner).

This victory will not only go down in history as the youngest helm to win an international event in the modern era but also encourage more owners to bring young sailors into the class. Many congratulations to Anna & her team in GER 1162.

In 2nd place overall was another Lady helm Nicola Friesen, crewed by Vincie Hoesch & Joost Houweling sailing GER 1140. After winning the German Championships in 2016 followed by finishing 1st Lady helm at the recent World Championships in Cascais, Nicola continues to accumulate excellent results. The final podium place went to GBR 375 helmed by Ivan Bradbury, crewed by Lars Hendriksen & George Leonchuk. Very well done to all…

Cascais

Meanwhile down in Cascais at their 1st winter series held over the same weekend it was the current World Champions TUR 1212 who took the victory.

TUR 1212, Simon Fry, Ali Tezdiker & Andy Beadsworth win 1st Winter Series in Cascais,

This also ended up being a 5 race series sailed over 3 days with a 6th race having to be abandoned due to radical shifts making it unfair. However, the weather was fantastic with cloudless skies and a mixture of wind strengths.

The Club Naval de Cascais pulled out all the stops to provide an excellent series.

In 2nd place overall was Mike Budd from Abersoch helming GBR 769, crewed by myself & Joao’ Vidinha. Whilst the final podium position went to GER 1177 helmed by Peter Cuningham, Pedro Andrade & Charles Nankin…

Fantastic conditions for the small but “competitive” fleet in Cascais last weekend.

These photo’s were taken by Anna Zykova who is looking to support Cascais this winter….   Thank you Anna….

It’s great to have all these options available for winter racing…now we are off to Palma de Mallorca… to race with 26 boats based at Puerto Portals…  🙂

Higher, Faster, Longer…………     Stavros.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Stephan Link wins the Gold Cup in St Tropez.

GER 1162 “Desert Holly” Stephan Link, Frank Butzmann & Michi Lipp win Gold Cup.

Gold Cup Podium “Pow Wow” 2nd, “Desert Holly” Winners! and “Desert Eagle” 3rd.

It was a nail biting final day of the Gold Cup in St Tropez as any number of teams could still win this much sought after trophy.. The last race started at 12.16 under a “P” flag with a clear start in 12 kts of breeze from around 65 degrees. At the pin end of the line it was TUR 1212 “Provezza” who made a perfect start and pushed out to the left side then managed to get back across the fleet to hold a comfortable lead by the end of the 2.4 mile beat. Even though the World Champions went on to win the race, it could only pull them up to 10th overall as in race 3 and 4 they were scored in the 40’s…

Pedro Andrade, Lauren Fry, Carolin Laetzsch & Charles Nankin a brilliant 2nd overall.

Pedro’s young crew Caroline Laetzsch & Lauren Fry enjoy their success & first ever Gold Cup !

However, following TUR 1212 across the line in 2nd place was Pedro Andrade helming GER 1177 “Pow Wow” (in Michael Zankel’s absence), who then rolled his genoa and waited to see if any other team could beat his 5 race total of 49 points… But he did not have to wait long as GER 1162 “Desert Holly” helmed by Stephan Link crossed the line in 5th place giving a total of 47 points. It was then Stephan’s turn to look back at the fleet to see where the overnight leader (ITA 77 Yvegeni Braslavets) was?  But Yvegeni was back in the 30’s thus slipping back to 5th overall, so the Gold Cup went to Stephan Link with Pedro Andrade claiming the runner’s up spot, whilst UAE 9 “Desert Eagle” just did enough to hold onto the final podium position by one point !

UAE 9 3rd Overall were UAE 9 Robert Stanjek, Hendrik Witzmann (helm) & Markus Koy.

It was also great to see an equal number of Corinthians & Professionals this year as more and more Corinthians are revelling in the opportunity to race the best in the world..  Lets face it “Can you play Roger Federer at Tennis ? Or race Lewis Hamilton around Monaco ?  Or even Tee Off against Jorden Spieth at Augusta ?  The answer is No”.  But what you can do is race a Dragon against the best one design sailors in the world, at most events anywhere in the world… This is primarily what the Gold Cup is all about. An equal opportunity to test your skills, boat speed and  manoeuvers on the same stretch of water as the legends of our sport…

Top Corinthians and finishing a brilliant 8th overall were GER 1184 (centre) “Caroroo” Reemt & Petra Reemtsma, with Lorenz Jensen. 2nd was GER 1175(left) “Sapphire” Jan Woortmann, Bruhns Sonke & Christian Halbig. With GER 1135 (right) “Birscherl” Philipp Ocker, Florian Grosser & Oliver Davies…

This was a superbly organised IDA event run extremely well by the members and volunteers of the Societe’ Nautique de Saint Tropez, led by their President Andre’ Beaufils and on the water by the excellent International Race Officer Philippe Faure from Marseilles.

IDA Chairman Vasily Senatorov, Andre’ & Stavros, Philippe Faure (IRO) & Walter Mielke (Jury Chairman).

Other presentations awarded were the Nations Cup which was won convincingly by Germany and the Silver Cup (for the middle placed boat) which was FIN 91 “Paloma”..

Silver Cup Winners, FIN 91 “Paloma” Sami Salomma, Mickael Wilhelmsonn & Pihl Kalle.

This cup is the intended prize “if” more teams participate, which would require the fleet to be split in the first part of the week producing a Gold & Silver Fleet later in the competition.  However, until we exceed 100 boats, which maybe possible as the class begins to attract more and more sailors, the Silver Cup will remain the middle placed crew overall.

In closing Gold Cup winning helm Stephan thanked his top crew Frank Butzmann & Michi Lip, he also explain that he has been racing Dragons for 27 years now and this victory was his highest achievement!

A Big Hug for Stephan from his brilliant crew, Michi Lip….  Well done “Desert Holly”.

So congratulations GER 1162 and well done to all the podium teams. Athough, the biggest winners were probably all the 88 teams who took part in this amazing event…. Now the honor of hoisting this prestigious annual event passes onto Helsinki next July….   Will you be there ?

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

Once again Elena Razina, your photo’s are great, thanks for the memories of St Tropez 🙂

 

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Yevgeni makes his move at Gold Cup.

Winners of race 4, ITA 77, Yevgeni Braslavets, Sergey Timokhov & Sergey Pugachev.

It was another perfect sailing day outside the Gulf of St Tropez for the 88 teams competing at the 2017 Gold Cup. However, after losing one of the favourites DEN 411 “African Queen” helmed by Jorgen Schonherr due to a disqualification in race 3 on Tuesday, a Black Flag disqualification to RUS 27 in race 4 also put an end to Anatoly Loginov’s challenge yesterday.

With these two front runners out of the game the last two days have been dominated by ITA 77 Yevgeni Braslavets who finished 2nd in race 3 followed by a win in race 4 & NED 412 Pieter Heerema who won race 3 followed by a 2nd in race 4…

NED 412 Pieter Heerema, Lars Hendriksen & Claus Olesen won race 3 & are 3rd overall.

With 4 races now completed the team holding onto to 2nd place is UAE 9 “Desert Eagle” helmed by Hendrik Witzmann who has a total of 30 points.

2nd overall UAE 9 Hendrik Witzmann is in control, with Markus Koy & Robert Stanjek.

Leading the Corinthians at the moment is GER 1184 “Caroroo” helmed by Reemt Reemtsma who has been sailing very consistently crewed by his wife Petra & Lorenz Jensen. 

Currently leading the Corinthians GER 1184 “Caroroo”, Lorenz, Reemt & Petra.

There is another Husband & Wife team also putting together a good set of results sailing GER 1151 “Puck IV”. Yes, Philip & Nicola Dohse with Sabine Lenkmann & Christian Moellev are just 3 points behind the leaders so this title will go right down to the final race for sure…

GER 1151 “Puck IV” Philip & Nicola Dohse with Sabine Lenkmann & Christian Moellev.

Chasing hard in 3rd place at the moment is our IDA Vice Chairman Helmut Schmidt sailing with Michael Birenbach & Andreas Liste. This team are current 7 points behind the Corinthian leaders so still in with a chance.

Another magical photo by Elena Razina, catches GER 1071 Helmut Schmidt in full flow.

Today will hopefully see a 5th race added to the series but the forecast is for much stronger winds from the east.  Those of you familiar with St Tropez will know this direction means the wind is blowing directly into the Gulf, so principal Race Officer Phillippe Faure has moved the start time forward to 10.30am, in the hope of completing a race before the wind gets too strong.

However, as I sit at the SNST club and write this blog, I can already see many white horses on the tops of the waves, it’s already blowing hard and whistling through the rigging…. Let’s see what happens!

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

A huge thank’s to Elena Razina for all of these excellent photo’s… a true Professional.

 

 

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Great Start to the Gold Cup in St Tropez.

Race 2 start of the 2017 Gold Cup in St Tropez (photo by Elena Razina)

The Gold Cup has started with 2 superb races out in the bay of Pampelonne’ in the most perfect conditions. Thermal southerly winds of 8 to 12 kts have provided the 88 teams with excellent races over a 2.4 nm course set well away from the famous beaches of St Tropez. The SNST organising committee led by Principal Race Officer Philippe Faure, have taken the positive initiative to tow all boats out from the port to this most fantastic race area. It has meant long days that begin with an 11am departure and a 6pm return, but this is a Gold Cup and all competitors have been happy when returning ashore…

“Golden Sky” The sun set’s as the last boats are towed back to the St Tropez Marina

In the opening race on Sunday 15th, it was GER 1162 helmed by Stephan Link who opened up a nice lead by the end of the two and a half hour race. As they crossed the line, crew member Michi Lip gave the high fives to fellow crew Frank Butsmann and deservedly so…  A great win for this top team who can now add the famous “Borge Borresen” trophy to their growing list of achievements 🙂  In 2nd place was SWE 393 helmed by Gutta Johansson and 3rd was RUS 27 Anatoly Loginov.

Race 2, Monday 16th, was held in similar conditions and this time it was DEN 411 “African Queen” who led at the top mark closely followed by UAE 9.

DEN 411 Jorgen Schonherr leads around mark 1 yesterday after a 2.4 mile beat.

As the race developed it was UAE 9 helmed by Hendrik Witzsmann who took the lead and went onto win a very close race. DEN 411 had to settle for 2nd place and RUS 27 again took 3rd.

UAE 9 “Desert Eagle” Hendrik Witzmann, with Markus Koy & Robert Stanjek win Race 2.

Top Corinthian team after 2 races is FRA 409 helmed by Gerard Blanc from Yacht Club de Cannes. In 2nd place is GER 1184 Reemt Remstsma and 3rd is GER 1071 Helmut Shmidt..  With 41 Corinthians out of the 88 teams this will be a tough title to win this year, so watch this space for more updates.

FRA 409 Gerard Blanc fights to hold his position above MON 2 Jens Rathsack during race 2.

So overall after 2 races it is GER 1162 who leads on 6pts. In 2nd place also on 6pts is RUS 27 then just 3pts back in 3rd is UAE 9. However, early days yet as 4 more races to go and with a no discard series, it’s never over till it’s over….

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

Many Thanks to Elena Razina for these wonderful photo’s from day 2.

 

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RUS 76 Dmitry Samokhin Wins in Garda…

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Hans-Detmar Wagner Cup Winners RUS 76 Dmitry Samokhin, Aleksey Bushuev & Andrey Kirilyuk.

On the podium from left to right Markus Wieser, Ingo Ehrlicher & Thomas Auracher (2nd).  Andrey Kirilyuk, Dmitry & Aleksey Bushuev (1st).  Sergio Lambertenghi, Pedro Andrade & Charles Nankin (3rd).   Then CORINTHIAN winners Philipp Ocker, Florian Grosser & Oliver Davies (GER 1135) 4th.

In Torbole’ the 8th and final race was won by MON 2 helmed by Jens Rathsack, in 2nd place was GER 1177 Pedro Andrade & 3rd HUN 57 Ferenc Kis-Szolgyemi. This meant that there was no change to the top 2 overnight positions that had RUS 76 Dmitry just 2pts ahead of GER 1068 Ingo..

ReflectionMirror, Mirror, on the wall Dmitry, Andrey & Aleksey are the Winners of them all 🙂

Winning helm Dmitry explained to me “With just one race today it was impossible for anyone other than us or Ingo to be 1st or 2nd. So our idea was to start with them, which is what we did.  We started right under them knowing our 2pt lead was good as their discard was 10 and ours 11. We are grateful for your Match Race event each year as this gives us perfect training for tough start situations like this” 🙂 Thanks Dmitry, good stuff and another great win, well done.

So GER 1068 Ingo Ehrlecher, Markus Wieser & Thomas Auracher had to settle for a very good runner’s up position. Then GER 1177 helmed by Pedro Andrade with Charles Nankin & Sergio Lambertenghi were pleased to jump up to 3rd overall after their excellent 2nd place in the final race…

OckerTop “Corinthians” & 4th Overall.  GER 1135 Philipp Ocker, Florian Grosser & Oliver Davies.

Meanwhile, having a great final three races was GER 1135 who recorded a 2,3 & 6 to move up to 4th position overall and finish as top Corinthians..  Very well done to Philipp, Florian & Oliver…

So there we have it fellow sailors, all the Grade 1’s are now completed and another very successful Hans-Detmar Wagner Cup, with a total of 8 races completed.

H-DWResultsFinal Results of the 13th Hans-Detmar Wagner Cup, in Torbole’, Lake Garda. 2017.

Congratulations and many thanks to Principle Race Officer Carmelo Paroli and his team of helpers and volunteers at the “Circolo Vela Torbole’.

Plus an added thank you to Christopher Nordhoff for his excellent photo’s!

Higher, Faster, Longer……….   Stavros.

 

 

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Let’s “Rock n Roll” like we did last Summer !

LetsRocknRollRUS 76 “Rocknrolla” Dmitry, Andrey & Aleksey now lead Hans-Detmar Wagner Cup, Torbole’ after 7 races…

With two more races completed today (6th Oct) in a surprising Northerly wind, the “Peler ” on Lake Garda, we have a new leader in this final Grade 1 event of 2017.. I spoke with “Petticrows” Tim Tavinor who was watching today’s racing he told me “First race right paid big time, then 2nd race left paid.. The wind stayed in the north and increased to 15-18 kts. With two more races tomorrow, the championship is still wide open”. Thanks Timmy…

LeadersGardaOvernight leaders GER 1068 Ingo, Markus & Thomas now move to 2nd overall in Garda.

It was RUS 76 “Rocknrolla” helmed by Dmitry Samohkin, crewed by Andrey Kirilyuk & Aleksey Bushuev, that really set the lake on fire today after winning race 6 followed up by a 2nd place in race 7.. This gives Dmitry and his team a 2pt lead ahead of overnight leaders GER 1068 Ingo Erhlicher who now sit in 2nd place and GER 1140 Nicola Friesen who had a great day and moved up to 3rd overall….

NicolaGER 1140 Nicola Friesen, Vincie Hoesch & Joost Houweling are now 3rd overall in Garda.

It is no surprise to many of us that the great Vincie Hoesch, who is on board GER 1140, had another good day today.  Vincie is the main organiser of the Hans-Detmar Wagner Cup which began back in 2004 with just 6 boats. It then grew and grew over the years, sometimes recording nearly 50 boats. 🙂 However, with the Gold Cup just around the corner, numbers are down this year, but I have no doubt many sailors will return to Torbole’ in 2018 as this picturesque venue gives so much joy to the sailors, on and off the water.

So the sun set on Lake Garda after yet another satisfying day of racing. Tomorrow will hopefully see two more races to decide the winner of this successful final Grade 1 event of 2017.

What this space…….    Higher, Faster, Longer…   Stavros.

p.s.   More fantastic photo’s from Christopher Nordoff..  Many thanks my friend.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Ingo takes the Lead in Garda…

IngtoGER 1068 Ingo Ehrlicher, with Markus Wieser & Thomas Auracher lead after 5 races..

Three more races were completed this afternoon in Torbole, Lake Garda and GER 1068 has taken top spot after 5 races…  Yes, Ingo Ehrlicher is leading this very competitive fleet after winning race 3 followed by two 3rd places.  Crewed by the “famous” Markus Wieser (who recently won the Maxi Worlds) Ingo has a great team which also includes Thomas Auracher.  When I first met Thomas we shook hands, he was above me on a Dragon in the trailer park…  I was on the ground..  As he grabbed my hand he lifted me up! 🙂

Yes, not easy I know, but that is Thomas..

Meanwhile, the winner of race 4 was once again GER 1177 Pedro Andrade… who is most certainly on a roll this year after winning Kuhlungsborn, Cowes & the European Championship in Thun… well done my friend.

PedalowGER 1177 Pedro Andrade, Charles Nankin & Sergio Lambertenghi win Race 4 in Garda.

Then our Principle Race Officer, Carmelo Paroli, decided to squeeze in a 5th race which was an excellent decision as the Ora afternoon wind was still holding.. On this occasion it was GBR 375 “Blue Haze” helmed by Ivan Bradbury who set the early pace and led at the top mark.

IvantopmaekGBR 375 leads around the top mark in race 5. Ivan Bradbury, Lars Hendriksen, Frithjof Kleen.

In fact this top team managed to hold onto their position throughout to win the race and provide some consolation for their UFD result in race 3. Basically the middle of the course was paying, with many place changes throughout the day. Tomorrow the forecast looks more of the same, so hopefully we will see at least another two races for this excellent fleet…

Rock&RollA “Rocknrolla” day for RUS 76 Dmitry Samohkin, Andrey Kirilyuk & Alexsey Bushuev. 3rd Overall.

So overall after 5 races, Ingo Ehrlicher leads, from Pedro Andrade & Dmitry in 3rd..

Lets see what tomorrow brings…..

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

p.s. I would like to thank both Christopher Nordhoff & Timmy Tavinor for the photo’s..

 

 

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Day 1 of Final Grade 1 in Torbole’

African Queen25 Dragons return to Torbole’ for the final Grade 1 event of the 2017 season on Lake Garda.

It was inevitable that numbers would be reduced for the 13th Hans-Detmar Wagner Cup this year despite the added attraction of the IDA making it a Grade 1 event. Although over 90 Dragons are about to participate in the 2017 Gold Cup in St Tropez in 12 days time, 25 top teams have still made the trip to Lake Garda which shows the tremendous “strength” of our International One Design Class.

With a light to medium (3-12kt) Ora Wind blowing from the South race 1 got underway around 3pm this afternoon (Oct 4th).  First to the windward mark was GBR 758 Klaus Diederichs helming a new V6 Petticrows, followed by GER 1168 Ingo Ehrlicher and GER 1177 Pedro Andrade in 3rd place.

Torb1stmarkGBR 758 helmed by Klaus Diederichs, crewed by Jamie Lea & Diego Negri lead at mark 1.

By the end of the second upwind leg, GER 1177 Pedro Andrade had taken the lead and was able to maintain his winning position on the final run with GER 1162 Stephan Link moving up to 2nd and GBR 758 Klaus Diederichs dropping to 3rd.

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European Champion Pedro Andrade wins race 1. Stephan Link 2nd, Klaus Diederichs 3rd.

A second race got underway shortly after in a dying breeze…  At the top mark it was SWE 342 Bjorn Osterblom who rounded first, with RUS 76 Dmitry Samokhin in 2nd and GER 1140 Nicola Friesen 3rd. Although the second upwind leg proved extremely tricky with a big shift to the right, it was RUS 76 who just pulled through to win the race. This gave Dmitry, Andrey Kirilyuk & Alexsey Bushuev a deserved victory, from RUS 34 Vasily Senatorov in 2nd and GER 1140 Nicola Friesen hanging on to finish 3rd.

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Overall “Provisional” results after 2 races. GBR 758 Klaus Diederichs leads.

Tomorrow will see two more races, with a civilised start time of 13.00, which will hopefully allow the afternoon Ora wind to fill in…

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

P.S.  Many thanks to Tim Tavinor for these action photo’s and the regular updates 🙂

 

 

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Another Regates Royal Title for Hendriksen…

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39th Regates Royal winners GBR 375 “Blue Haze” Lars Hendriksen, George Leonchuk & Ulrik Sanders.

It was a tense final day for Lars Hendirksen in Cannes on Saturday (30th Sept) as an uncharacteristic 24th place in race 8 slightly “opened the door” for the chasing pack, in particular race 8 winner RUS 27 “Annapurna” Anatoly Loginov..  However, in the final race Lars secured a positive 4th place which was good enough to take the title, thus leaving Anatoly as runner up.

20160124_122400 (2)RUS 27 “Annapurna” Anatoly Loginov, Vadim Statsenko & Alexander Shalagin 2nd overall.

I spoke with winning helm Lars Hendriksen after racing he told me “We messed up the first race today but came back strong in the final race. Never letting our main competitors RUS 27 & GER 1177 out of sight and played it very safe. Thanks to my strong team George & Ulrik, we had a great team spirit”.  Good to hear Lars and congratulations on yet another victory.

Finishing in 3rd place overall was GER 1177 helmed by Pedro Andrade &  crewed by his fellow European Champion Charles Nankin. Pedro used a variety of crew throughout the week and was very strong towards the end of the 5 days with two wins and two second places…

canes3rd3rd overall GER 1177 Helmed by Pedro Rebelo de Andrade and crewed by Charles Nankin.

The above photo shows how light conditions were, so high angles were the order of the day downwind to maintain pressure in the kite to keep the boat moving. It was plain to see that experienced Lake Sailors were used to such conditions, none more so than GER 968 “Chi” helmed by Michael Schattan, crewed by Lars and Marion Rommel.  Michael won this event back in 2000 and deservedly took Top “Corinthian” place from FRA 309 “Tsuica II” Gerard Blanc in 2nd and GBR 770 “Storm” Jono Brown 3rd.

First Lady helm and an excellent 4th position overall from the 44 teams was Gavia Wilkinson-Cox in GBR 761 “Jerboa”.  Sailing with Mark Hart and George Etty, Gavia put together some very consistent results in these exceptionally tricky, light wind conditions.

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Top Lady Helm Gavia with George and Mark, 4th overall in GBR 761 “Jerboa”…

The Yacht Club de Cannes organised the final Prize Giving Party which was extremely well attended and a great time was had by all…  The following day tow’s were organised from the Old Port from 6am so that all the boats could be craned out and sailors could make their way home on Sunday..

TowThe early morning tow from the Old Port across to Yacht Club de Cannes as the sun rises.

So there we have it, another successful Regates Royal completed and the prospect of a 90+ boat fleet ahead in St Tropez for the coveted Gold Cup just 2 weeks away! What a wonderful class we have….    🙂

Higher, Faster, Longer………     Stavros.   

P.S.  As our IDA Chairman Vasily, just reminded me, next week of course we have our final Grade 1 event of the year, in Torbole’, Lake Garda.  It would be nice if a few more boats could join in the fun at this excellent venue. 🙂

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

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