“Provezza” TUR 1212, Power upwind to lead Practice Race of 2017 Worlds in Cascais….
It was a most exhilarating day to kick start the 2017 Dragon World Championships here in Cascais… With a northerly wind ranging from 16 to 25kts, big waves and sunshine, the 70 boat fleet had a chance to experience first hand the superb sailing conditions offered in this wonderful Iberian Peninsula location…
Although some of the fleet chose to relax ashore, many opted to prepare for the next 6 days of competition by taking part in the “Practice Race”. Leading the way at the first mark after a 2.2 nautical mile beat was the experienced Andy Beadsworth helming TUR 1212 crewed by Simon Fry & Ali Tezdiker. This well drilled team just had the edge on former European Champion Jose’ Matoso who rounded 2nd, followed by Japan’s Bocci Aoyama in 3rd place.
POR 66 “Drago” Jose’ Matoso, Gustavo Lima & Frederico Melo, 2nd to the top mark.
With a big Atlantic swell rolling in from the port side of the course, it took great skill for helm’s to keep the boats tracking upwind on starboard tack to minimise the heel as the waves push the boats to windward. Sails had to be constantly trimmed so as not to over-power & lose precious metres.
3rd to the top mark was JPN 50 “Yevis II”, Bocci Aoyama, Martin Payne & Nori Igei.
On port tack the waves were astern which allowed for some straight line speed sailing whilst looking out for pressure gusts and the occasional lulls. Although the lead 3 boats all elected to return to the marina at the top end of the course some did stay out a little longer to enjoy the day…
Another wonderful shot from Elena Razina, who will be covering the Championship this week.
Tomorrow the serious racing begins so it will be interesting to see who prevails this year… Can Yevgeni Braslavets retain the title he won in La Rochelle 2 years ago ? Or will “Provezza” take the crown ? With too many other contenders to mention, you will all simply have to keep a look out for the daily results….. 🙂
Higher, Faster, Longer……… Stavros. (JPN 50)