RUS 27 “Anapurna” Anatoly Loginov (Helm) Vadim Statsenko & Alexander Shalagin win in Cannes.
23 Dragons competed over the weekend of 9th to 11th Nov for the Grand Prix de L’Armistice held by the Yacht Club de Cannes. With a variety of weather conditions ranging from small “Twisters” to beautiful rainbow filled skies and perfect wind, all teams had a chance to record at least one top position over the 6 races….. Although Anatoloy and his very experienced team won 3 races, FRA 423, SUI 296 & SWE 389 took victory in race 2, 5 & 6 respectively.
FRA 423 “Ginkgo” won race 2. Pascal DeSantis, Etienne Lafon & Christine Briande.
I spoke with the Ginkgo team after winning the windiest race of the weekend, “We managed to get our lead from the right hand side of the first upwind” Christine to told me, “Then we were able to hold our advantage to the end”. Very well done to this 4 person team (Serge Suzzi is missing from photo).
SUI 296 Justace Kniffka won race 5 celebrating with his team Christian & David in Cannes.
On the final day (Sunday) Justace Kniffka had a convincing win in the first race of the day proving that he is benefitting from attending many events on the circuit, which include Cascais, St Tropez, San Remo and now Cannes. Then in the final race of the series it was GBR 769 helmed by Richard Davies who was first through the bottom gate taking the starboard buoy, whilst SWE 389 Karl -Kustaf Lohr elected for the port buoy. As both lead boats cleared the spinnakers on their respective sides, it was indeed SWE 398 who held the advantage to lead at the 2nd upwind mark then continued on to win the race and finish runner up overall.
GBR 769 Nigel Cole with Richard Davies (Great to see Richard back again after 3 years out of the class).
By winning the final race SWE 389 just managed to pip, ( just 1 point), FIN 85 into the runner’s up spot, so Christian Borenius had to settle for 3rd overall.
2nd overall SWE 389 “High Times” Jasper Bendix, Mads Hansen & Karl-Gustf Lohr (Helm).
3rd overall FIN 85 “Thouban” Christian Borenius, Richard Pernici & Chris Winter.
The Yacht Club de Cannes were quick to organise craning out and as most teams will be competing at the next Cannes event “Coupe d’Hiver” Nov 30th to Dec 2nd, many boats were quickly washed down and covered leaving their masts up.
Many thanks to Organisers Karine Green and Gerard Blanc plus all the voluntary members and helpers of the YCC for a very well organised and thoroughly enjoyable regatta….
Higher, Faster, Longer………… Stavros.