Kuhlungsborn Kicks Off…..

Dirk1GER 1193 Dirk Pramann wins race 1 of Dragon¬†Grand Prix in Kuhlungsborn, with Stefan & Stefan ūüôā

The Grade 1 Grand Prix in Germany began today with 2 races sailed in a 12 knots of westerly breeze that gradually died away by the end of the day…. In race¬†one GER 1193 helmed by Dirk Pramann, crewed by Stefan Waack & Stefan Hellriegel made the best of the left side of the course to win from SUI 311 “Sophie Racing” Hugo Stenbeck in 2nd & GER 1177 “Pow Wow” helmed by Pedro Andrade in 3rd…. I spoke with Pedro after the race, he told me “The left side was paying a little bit in the beginning so¬†most of the¬†fleet made their gains¬†in that area”.. Many congratulations to Dirk & his team…

KUStartThe start in Kuhlungsborn is perfectly captured by “Ace” photographer Ricardo Pinto…

In race two everybody went left, but this time the left was not so¬†strong as¬†the wind began to die. This allowed¬†the boats further right¬†to hold their¬†breeze longer¬†which proved to be the deciding factor.¬†¬†Making the most of this was our current European Champions RUS 27 “Annapurna” helmed by Anatoly Loginov, crewed by Vadim Statsenko & Alexander Shalagin,¬†who¬†went on to win¬†the race. In 2nd place was RUS 76 Dmitry Samokhin & 3rd place went again to GER 1177 “Pow Wow” helmed by Pedro Andrade (In the absence of Michael Zankel)..

AnRace 2 winners, RUS 27 “Annapurna”, Anatoly Loginov, Vadim Statsenko & Alexander Shalagin.

Although there are only 26 Dragons at this fantastic event¬†in Northern Germany, it is not a true reflection on the high regard Sailors have for this wonderful venue. The Segelclub Kuhlungsborn have put an enormous amount of work¬†to organise and raise sponsorship for this regatta, which relies on¬†the fantastic support and help¬†of¬†many happy volunteers.¬† My hat goes off to the people who offer their time and effort to make this a memorable Championship…..¬†¬† 3 more days to go……

Higher, Faster, Longer……….¬†¬† Stavros.

 

 

 

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