Match Racing in Cascais…

RP170403_StavrosMR_1603Sailing Team “Provezza” are one of 4 teams with 3 out of 3 Wins after day 1 in Cascais.

10 teams from 7 different Nations are doing battle in Cascais to see who will win the 6th Stavros Match Race event in 2017. Perfect sunny conditions of 25 degrees and a Northerly 12 to 14 kts  wind the offered the Dragon Sailors a wonderful opportunity to sharpen up their boat handling skills as they battle against their opponents on a one to one basis… the ultimate challenge.

MiguelPrinciple “Umpire” Miguel Allen talks through the new Match Race “Rules” before racing.

RP170403_StavrosMR_1615Pieter Heerema returns to the Dragons after his successful “Vendee’ Globe experience.

The 4 teams all with 3 out of 3 wins are former America’s Cup helmsman Andy Beadsworth, Princess Sofia winner Patrick de Barros, 2011 Match Race Champion Henrique Anjos and the 2K Venice Team Race Champion Dmitry Samokhin. These 4 top sailors showed great skill and determination yesterday but will be up against each other today as the 15 flight “Round Robin” is completed.

BruceBruce Hebbert (one of the 6 experienced Umpires) awards a penalty during pre-start.

It will be interesting to see who else from the chasing pack steps up to the plate today as each team will race another 6 races before the seeding for the semi-finals will take place.

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Dmitry Samokhin takes “control” of Mihkel Kosk during a pre-start…..

At 6pm the 10 teams returned to the Club Naval moorings to enjoy the traditional “Happy Hours” sponsored by Sailing Team Provezza”.  For some reason Petticrows owner Timothy Tavinor decided I should join him on the dance floor as the “Boys” from the Irish Bar O’Luains sang “It’s a Nightmare, nothing but a Nightmare”…. Tim said he’d had too much sun, I blame the Vodka…..

Fritz

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

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