Number 1 is GER 1177 “Pow Wow” Charles Nankin, Michael Zankel & Pedro Andrade!
It was a fantastic climax to the 2nd Winter Series in Cascais, sailed in sunny conditions and 6 to 8 kts of westerly wind. With POR 66, GER 1177 & DEN 138 all within 3 points of each other, the final 2 races would prove critical to decide who would be celebrating their Xmas with the biggest smile!
Ideal conditions see the 25 boat fleet get away in the 6th race of the 2nd Winter Series, Cascais.
Winning “tactician” Pedro Andrade explained “For the first race of the day the fleet split evenly both left and right after the start, although it was the boats on the left who held the advantage at the top mark. We (GER 1177) rounded 3rd with our main two rivals (POR 66 & DEN 138) behind us. On the 2nd upwind both POR 66 & DEN 138 went left, so we covered that side of the course to consolidate our overall position. However, the right side was stronger, with a right shift and pressure falling on the left. This dropped us back to 6th position, but with our main opposition further back”.
DEN 138 “Eva” Lars Hendriksen, Claus Olesen & George Leonchuk Win Race 7 to finish 2nd overall.
Pedro continued “In the final race the left paid again on the first beat, this time it was Lars Hendriksen in “Eva” who was leading around the top mark, we rounded 4th. We kept close to Lars trying not to allow many boats between us and in the end our 2nd place gave us the overall victory”.
POR 66 “Drago” Jose’ Matoso, Gustavo Lima & Stefan Hellriegel finished a deserved 3rd overall.
By winning the final race DEN 138 “Eva” Lars Hendriksen and his top team finished runners up and pushed overnight leaders POR 66 Jose Matoso into 3rd place. However, any podium position in this highly competitive fleet is a fantastic result and really puts down a “marker” to all the other crews. So very well sailed indeed to these top 3 International Teams, we all congratulate you.
Benjamin, Bernhard & Karl receive their prizes from the Club Naval representatives.
Top Corinthian Team who finished a creditable 9th overall were GER 1103 “Rosie” helmed by Benjamin Morgen, crewed by his Father Karl & Bernhard Jocobsohn. This was another great event for this young helmsman who really enjoys his winters sailing with his Father in Cascais, well done Benji.
Just behind the top 3 boats in 4th place was GBR 758 “Fever” helmed by Former World Champion Klaus Diederichs who clearly has his sights set on another World Title next June. 1pt further back was GBR 748 “Sanka” with Dave Ross. This top 5 finish is a fantastic result for Dave and his team who have elected to winter their boat in Portugal and take on the “Big Boy’s” instead of having the easy option of storing their boat in some dark and lonely shed… So why not re-generate your “winter blues” and move your boat down to this “jewel” of a venue in South-West Europe…. You will not be disappointed !
Higher, Faster, Longer……… Stavros.