Six Races so far in St Tropez….But no wind today.

The Dragons are back in St Tropez, with 6 races over the first two days….

Great drone photo of all 19 boats ready to start.

19 Dragons are having a great time in the South of France now that the rain has passed and the sun is out in this beautiful sailing Gulf between Saint Maxime & St Tropez…

Another super photo from Jean-Louis Chaix.

The SNST (Societe’ Nautique de Saint Tropez) are putting on a nice regatta with sensible 1nm courses which are completed in around 60mins (only possible with a smaller fleet). This meant that 3 races were sailed on both Wednesday & Thursday, but unfortunately, no wind today (Friday). However, the organisers are hopeful that tomorrow (Saturday) will see two more races to round off a very successful event.

TUR 1212 Provezza leads the fleet

Although World Champion Andy Beadsworth (TUR 1212) is currently leading the event the “Provezza” team have not had it all their own way. Indeed both GER 1205 Otto Pohlmann and Russian helm Dmitry Bondarenko GBR 422 are just 4pts behind, both equal on 12pts.

One team that had a nice race yesterday (Race 4) were Ron James & his wife Julia sailing their beautiful cold moulded Borresen “GBR 633” , as they were first to round the windward mark in front of “Provezza”.  Their Professional tactician Ian Turnbull told me “We started near the pin, went left and came in just in front of Andy (Beadsworth). Managed to hold the lead down the run, then Andy split leeward marks with us. When we came together halfway up the 2nd beat they were just ahead and managed to cover us. After that it was just about not getting swallowed up by the group behind and we were happy to finish 3rd in the end”.  Well done and great to see Ron & Julia still enjoying competing on the International Circuit.

GBR 633 Ron James, Julia Walsh & Ian Turnbull lead around top mark in race 4.

So even though there is no racing today (Friday), I think there are many sailors happy to have a easy day sitting around enjoying the sun after a “full on” party hosted by Dirk Oldenburg last night! On behalf on the sailors can I thank Dirk for his generous hospitality and promise that I will be joining you all for sure next year 🙂

More to follow after racing tomorrow………..

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

Many thanks to Jean-Louis Chaix for the action photo’s…






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Stephan is “Linked In” at Torbole’

GER 1162 Stephan Link, Michi Lip & Frank Butzmann  dominate in Torbole’. 4th-6th Oct.

7 races sailed in sunshine and 15kts over 3 days on the picturesque water’s of Lake Garda, saw 3 sailors stand out amongst the 41 teams competing for the Hans-Detmar Wagner Cup. Yes, the 2017 Gold Cup winners, Stephan Link, Michi Lip & Frank Butzmann started with 1st, 1st & 2nd on the opening day and never looked back, only to see their opposition :-).

Michi Lip, Frank Butzmann & Stephan Link presented with the H-D Wagner Cup, Torbole’

Following a fantastic opening day this experienced lake sailing team recorded a 6th, 2nd & 2nd which allowed them the luxury of not needing to sail the final race, which is always a huge relief at any event, particularly of this quality. So very well done to the GER 1162 “Desert Holly” team.

The regular afternoon “Ora” Wind which blows from the South delighted the Sailors…

The runner’s up, just 3pts behind, were the team of 4 sailing GBR 820 “Louise” helmed by Grant Gordon who recently spent time training in Torbole’ along with 3rd placed GBR 819 “Fever” Klaus Diederichs.   Grant followed up his podium place at the Edinburgh Cup in Torquay, with a creditable 4th place in San Remo and now this 2nd in Torbole’.  A truly great season, Grant now packs his new V6 “Louise” for the trip to Perth for the January Worlds, many congratulations to Team Louise….

2nd Overall GBR 820 Jimmy Williamson, Grant Gordon, Ruairidh Scott & Sophie Weguelin.

The final podium place went to GBR 819 “Fever” helmed by Klaus Diederichs  crewed by Jamie Lea and Gustavo Lima who replaced Diego Negri this time, while Diego competes at the Star Worlds. Klaus told me “It was great organisation both on and off the water. Stephan sailed a perfect regatta and did not put a foot wrong. Also Philip Dohse was very strong and finished top Corinthian. Although one boat lost its mast on the last day, its a great venue with many classes hosting their Worlds here”. Well sailed the Fever Team, good luck in Perth.

PRO Carmelo Paroli with 3rd Overall Gustavo Lima, Klaus Diederichs & Jamie Lea.

As Klaus mentioned, the top Corinthian Team were GER 1151 Puck IV helmed by Philip Dohse who finished just 4pts off a podium position and once again in a great position of 4th overall. A fantastic result from this Husband & Wife team.

Top Corinthians, GER 1151 Nicola Dohse, Volker Kramer, Christian Moeller & helm Philip Dohse.

So another first class regatta with over 40 boats and a full program of races sailed. As usual there were winners and losers but everyone enjoyed the fantastic sailing Lake Garda offers, year in year out. I spoke with top Professional Lars Hendriksen who for once, did not have a good regatta on board NED 412, he explained ” When we went left, right was right. When we went right, left was right and right was wrong :-). Same thing on the downwind legs, seems like we get everything wrong here. Any attack on the fleet is punished, so it was best to follow the leader and be a good boy”.  But as Lars told me, that is not his style !  :-)..  

Is that not the great thing about Sailing… ?  Every where is a different challenge, every day we all start with a clean sheet of paper…. Be different, be bold, be adventurous but above all, have fun………

And remember fellow sailors…..  Treat every day as though it’s your last…  because one day it will be true”…

Higher, Faster, Longer……….   Stavros.

p.s.   Many thanks to my friend Christopher Nordhoff for these excellents photo’s…








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San Remo Winners at the Final Grade 1 of 2018.

NED 412 Pieter Heerema, Lars Hendriksen & George Leonchuk win the San Remo Grand Prix.

Organiser Tatiana Kurbatova (left) at Prize Giving was joined on the Podium by the top 5 teams of the final Grade 1 event of 2018 in San Remo.

Proud Champions NED 412 Pieter, Lars & George (Centre) were pushed all the way by runner up GER 1207 Nicola Friesen (second right). 3rd place went to ITA 77 Yevgen Braslavets (light blue shirt), 4th was GBR 820 Grant Gordon (third left) and 5th place to RUS 76 Dmitry Samokhin (fourth left).

Although the final day of racing did not materialise through lack of wind, spirits were not diminished. As usual the cream rises to the top  so the best teams over the 5 completed races found their way into the top 5 of this competitive 35 boat fleet. There is no question the standard of Dragon Sailing is getting better and better. The quality of boats, both old and new continues to excel. A total of 4 different sail brands were used in the top 6 boats and the importance of teamwork could not be more apparent! Congratulations to All. 🙂

Top Corinthians GBR 770 David & Lynne Brown & Son Jono with Gilly Hamilton.

Finishing a very creditable 11th place overall this excellent Corinthian Team showed great form again and proved that their 2nd place finish at the 2016 Regates Royal was no fluke. After a fantastic 2nd day, GBR 770 “Storm” recorded consistent results against some of the best teams in the World and now look forward to Cannes next week…  Very well done to this popular “Family” team..  🙂

So there we have it fellow Sailors, another European Grade 1 season over.  We began with February Snow in Cannes (Winner Markus Brenneke).  Then Douarnenez in May (Andy Beadsworth), followed by Dragor in June (Pieter Heerema). Finally San Remo in Sept (Again! Pieter Heerema).

In 2019 Following the World Championships in Perth, we will have Cannes (April), Cascais (May), Kulungsborn (July) and Palma (Nov) then Grade 1 Finals in Palma immediately after…..    With a Gold Cup in Medemblik which “hopefully” will attract up to 90+ boats… the future looks good…

In closing I want to thank the Yacht Club of San Remo for their excellent hospitality, Tatiana and her many helping Ladies for efficient the friendly registration and presentations plus the 35 teams for making this event so memorable….   With special thanks to ELENA RAZINA for her wonderful action photo’s!   What we do in Life… Echo’s in Eternity…

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







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Surf’s Up in San Remo….

NED 412 “Troika” Pieter Heerema is the overall leader after 5 races in San Remo.

Day 3 of the Paul & Shark Dragon Grand Prix provided excellent conditions for the 35 teams competing at the final IDA Grade 1 regatta of 2018.  After losing Day 1 through lack of wind, the San Remo Race Committee managed to organise 3 races by skilfully adjusting the race area along the beautiful Ligurian coast. This got the event back on track and sets the scene for a great battle today between the two front runners, NED 412 Pieter Heerema & GER 1207 Nicola Friesen. With wind between 10 to 15 kts from the East and great surfing waves it was a fun day on the water..

“Girl Power” NED 411 Charlotte Ten Wolde drives “Olinghi” through the waves with precision.

It was a super day for not only Nicola Friesen helming GER 1207 “Khaleesi” who backed up her fantastic first two races with another win in race 4 but also Charlotte Ten Wolde.  Charlotte sailing with her Sister Juliette, best friend Janka Holan and Pedro Andrade added two 4th places to their results and now stand a very healthy 6th overall in this extremely competitive field.

ITA 77 “Bunker Prince” Yevgen Braslavets, fighting hard and currently 3rd overall.

With NED 412 winning two of yesterdays races and GER 1207 taking the other victory both boats have a total of 12 points. Although Pieter has a 3pt advantage over Nicola with discard, it will be very interesting today to see how things pan out….

In 4th place overall is Grant Gordon helming GBR 820 who is just ahead of RUS 76 Dmitry Samokhin in 5th. Although these top teams have been very consistent they have not been able to secure a race win such has been the dominance of the leading two boats.

Sometimes things go wrong “even” for the current World Champions, Provezza. (Top Mark Race 3).

Today will see lighter winds and although two more races are planned my gut feeling  is the Race Management will be happy if they can complete one final race. Whatever the outcome on this final day it has been an excellent regatta and the beautiful town of San Remo will always be a special place for the Dragon Fleet…..

Current Points after 5 races with 1 discard :

NED 412  5 (12),  GER 1207  8 (12),  ITA 77 17 (23),  GBR 820  22 (36), RUS 76  25 (41).

Finally a big thank you to Elena Razina  for her usual excellent action Photo’s.

Higher, Faster, Longer……      Stavros.





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It’s a Game of Thrones in San Remo….

“Khaleesi” GER 1207 wins Race 1 of the San Remo Grade 1 Grand Prix.

First blood in this extremely competitive final Grade 1 event of 2018 went to Nicola Friesen helming her new V6 named after the Queen of Dragons Khaleesi (Game of Thrones)… With Germany’s most experienced Dragon Sailor Vincie Hoesch and the best Star Crew in the World Frithjof Kleen (so he tells everyone), Nicola held on the from the mighty Pieter Heerema NED 412 to take the victory.

It was a light wind race sailed in an easterly wind and a difficult sea. Most gains were made on the left towards the shore although a right hand shift halfway up the first beat saw GBR 770 “Storm” lead at the top mark.  Over the course of two up winds and two down wind legs GER 1207 pulled through to finish just ahead of NED 412 in 2nd and GBR 770 Jono Brown 3rd.

“Troika” NED 412, Pieter Heerema, Lars Hendriksen & George Leonchuk win race 2.

In the second race of the day sailed in similar conditions it was Pieter Heerema fresh from his recent win at the Dutch Nationals who “nailed” the pin end at Full Speed to reach the left hand corner first and take to clear the fleet by a considerable margin…  Pieter extended his lead throughout the race to win comfortably from GBR 820 Grant Gordon in 2nd and GER 1193 Dirk Pramann 3rd.

The strong fleet gather before the start at the Paul & Shark San Remo Grand Prix.

It is hoped that 3 races can be completed today to make up for the lost time on Day 1..  where two races were attempted, but both had to be abandoned as the wind died away….

Higher, Faster, Longer……   Stavros.

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Another Dutch Title for Pieter Heerema….

“Dutch Champions” NED 412 Pieter Heerema, crewed by Claus Olesen & Lars Hendriksen.

All 42 teams enjoyed another great competitive race to conclude the Open Dutch Championship on Sunday in Medemblik, Holland.  The fleet started with a clear line under a “U” flag in a south-west wind of 10-14 knots and the usual Ijsselmeer chop which certainly concentrates the mind 🙂

At seconds to go a clear line “sag” is visible due to the “U” Flag one minute rule deterrent.

Starting right at the pin was NED 422 Jan Bakker sailing with his son’s Olivier & Dominic. Despite a building breeze with a variety of shifts and enormous pressure from overall Leader NED 412 and GBR 585 the “Bakker’s” held onto their lead to secure a much needed race win. This moved this popular family team up to 6th overall.

During the race Pieter Heerema and his experienced team were keeping a watchful eye on their closest rival JPN 56 Peter Gilmore, who was trying everything he could to recover a 5pt deficit. In the end JPN 56 had to settle for 4th place in the final race and a very creditable runner’s up spot overall.  Very well done to this newly formed team representing Japan.

2nd Overall (left) were the team from Japan, helmed by Pieter Gilmore, crewed by his Son Sam Gilmore & Yasuhiro Yaji JPN 56.

3rd Overall (right) sailing BEL 79 Floris Mortlemans (helm), crewed by Dries Van den Abbeele & Richard Van Rij.

These podium sailors worked well as a “team” and were always quick to react to the wind shifts and various pressure changes that required constant sail and runner tension trim. The Ijsselmeer “chop” can really stop a boats momentum unless all 3 or 4 crew make the necessary changes and adapt to the ever changing conditions.

My team on board GBR 585 put together a very solid set of results to finish 4th overall and I am extremely grateful to Frank Dobbels from Belgium and Niklas Jansson from Estonia. All our results were inside the top 10 and I really enjoyed getting back into competitive racing after assisting at various events this season on the Committee Boat. 

NED 411 just ahead of  GBR 585 at the final “Right Gate” NED 422, 412 & JPN 56 rounded the left hand gate.

5th overall was BEL 80 helmed by Ben Cauwenbergh who recorded three 2nd places throughout the seven races and were always a threat to the top teams.

BEL 80 Ben Cauwenbergh, Pier de Longh & Siebe de Boo finished 5th overall.

This was an excellent Championship and the friendly Dutch Sailors always make the visiting teams welcome so the scene is set for the 2019 Gold Cup. Medemblik offers a variety of Accommodation near to the Olympic Sailing Centre where all boats will be rigged and trailers parked. The sailing is great fun on the non salty enclosed waters of the famous Ijsselmeer so make sure you put next years Gold Cup in your diary….  you will not be disappointed 🙂

Higher, Faster, Longer……….    Stavros.    (GBR 585).



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Super Close Racing in Medemblik..

The Ijsselmeer has provided 6 quality races so far in the 2018 Open Dutch Championships.

A record number of 42 boats are currently battling for the Silver Dragon awarded to the winning team of the Dutch National Championship.  Many of the visiting teams are using this event as a warm up for the 2019 Gold Cup to be held here in Medemblik on the famous Ijsselmeer next June.

Being on the correct gybe at the right time is so important in a close fleet of 40+ boats!

With a variety of wind strength and direction each day, this strong fleet have enjoy some fantastic close racing enhanced by short lasting substantial wind shifts that keep all teams on the edge of their seats.  One minute you can look famous on the left, only to see the right side of the course suddenly pay big time. Tacking on the shifts is important, keeping clear air is a challenge and keeping the boat moving fast through the short chop is essential.  When you put all these ingredients into the melting pot it has produced quality racing enjoyed by all.

NED 412 Pieter Heerema, leads NED 411 Charlotte Ten Wolde downwind in Race 1.

NED 412 Pieter Heerema, Lars Hendriksen & Claus Olesen have won 2 races so far and lead overall on 10pts.  Close behind them are the visiting team from Japan led by “America’s Cup” Peter Gilmore helming JPN 56 crewed by his Son Sam & Yasuhiro Yaji.  This new team who are recently into the International Circuit are really beginning to get to grips with handling the Dragon and all its innuendo’s ..  Peter is currently on 15pts and most certainly is up for the challenge.

JPN 56 helmed by Peter Gilmore won Race 2 and Race 5 so currently 2nd overall on 15pts.

The two other race winners were BEL 79 Floris Mortelmans (race 3) and GBR 585 Martin Payne (race 6). These two boats now lay 3rd & 4th overall respectively, with BEL 80 Ben Cauwenberg very close behind in 5th place.  It’s worth noting that Floris has just won the Belgium Nationals as crew for Alex Helsen and fellow crew Dries Van den Abbeele.  This two top sailors now have the experience of Richard Van Rij on board so it is no surprise to see them up fighting for a “Podium” position.  Well done to all.

Great to see NED 311 Bram de Wilde back racing his lovely wooden Dragon.

So the final day today will see one more race to conclude this very successful Championships. The forecast is good and we will see how teams perform after a joyous Gala Dinner last night hosted at the Medemblik Hotel.  The highlight of the evening was when Lars Hendriksen said how good it was to see NED 311 Bram de Wilde back into the class. Bram has faced his biggest challenge over the past two years with his usual passion and heart that he puts into all his activities. A standing round of applause said it all…….

Higher, Faster, Longer……….    Stavros.   (GBR 585).




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24,000e Pledged by Sailors at Gold Cup.

IDA Chairman Vasily Senatorov accepts the Grade 1 Perpetual Trophy from Sami Salomaa.

During the successful Gold Cup in Helsinki, 24,000e was pledged by a number of sailors who would like “Professional Race Management” to continue at all major regatta’s. This will include all 4 European Grade 1 events, the biannual Europeans, each Gold Cup and every World Championship. We are all very thankful for these sailors generosity.

The following Sailors have already pledged money:

Markus Brenneke, Ali Tezdiker, Otto Pohlmann, Jens Christensen, Pieter Heerema, Vasily Senatorov, Mikhail Senatorov, Victor Folgelson, Dirk Oldenburg, Jorgen Schonherr, Denis Charvo, Martin Westerdahl, Drew Peacock, Stefan Link, Charlotte Ten Wolde, Klaus Diederichs, Dirk Pramann, Dmitry Samokhin, Serge Pugachev, Jens Rathsack, Christian Einfeldt.

Hopefully, more contributions will follow throughout the rest of 2018.

In addition Helsinki Sailor and Professional Sculptor “Sami Salomaa” made a beautiful Bronze Trophy that was accepted by our Chairman, Vasily Senatorov on behalf of the IDA.  Sami had intended this magnificent piece of art work to be kept by the Gold Cup winner, Jorgen Schonherr.  However,  because this trophy is so special after so many hours of sweat, toil and skill & with Sami’s permission, Jorgen will keep it for one year, then it will become the perpetual trophy for the new Dragon Grade 1 Cup.

Sami Salomaa’s Bronze Dragon, will become the European Grade 1 Series “Overall” Trophy.

The Grade 1 series for 2019 will begin in Cannes during April, then Cascais in May, followed by Kuhlungsborn in July, then over to Palma in November. A further 2 days of “Finals” will be sailed in Palma directly after the Grade 1 where the top 20 teams of the Grade 1 series will compete for the overall title. Each team can discard one result from the 4 Grade 1 events, to give many sailors the opportunity to win this unique prize…..  🙂

The future of the Dragons looks exciting…..   Why not join the fun ?

Higher, Faster, Longer……..     Stavros.



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4 Gold Cup’s for Jorgen Schonherr…

DEN 411 Win Gold Cup in Helsinki…  Jorgen Schonherr, Theis Palm & Christian Videbaek.

Like every good book or Movie, it needs a good beginning to get the full attention of it’s reader or audience then a dramatic ending to keep everyone on the edge of their seats eager to know it’s conclusion….   This is exactly what the 2018 Dragon Gold Cup conjured up for its 59 teams from 12 different Nations, in Helsinki.

From the moment International Race Officer Nino Shmueli gave his first briefing on Sunday 22nd July the whole fleet knew they were about to experience a most enthralling 6 days of their lives 🙂

Race 1, for the Borge Borresen Trophy was won by SWE 320 who showed the top Professionals that on any given day a good Corinthian team are as competitive as any highly trained team! Not only did Per Skoglund, Bjorn Osterblom & Patrik Karlsson get a great start, but they led at the first top mark and extended their lead throughout the 2 hours and 20 minute race.

Bjorn, Per & Patrick with the Borge Borresen Trophy presented at the Gala Dinner.

The prestigious BB Trophy was then filled time after time with 2 bottles of matured Whisky donated by Grant Gordon (Glenfiddich) and Terence Brownrigg (Clyde Yacht Club). A truly proud moment for this excellent Corinthian team, many congratulations Gentlemen.

Race 2 was another light wind race sailed in a southerly breeze. Nino Shmueli skilfully set a line with enough port bias to encourage the fleet to spread along the 750m line knowing that sailors would again favour the right side of the course. This time it was Triple Gold Cup winner Jorgen Schonherr helming his new “African Queen” who took full advantage. Jorgen managed to cross the fleet from the Pin End shortly after the start and played the right hand side of the 2.2 mile upwind leg. Although hard right had paid handsomely for SWE 320 the previous day, there was a sting in the tail for boats who elected to go all the way to the starboard lay-line as a left shift at the top of the beat made a significant difference.

 Race 2 Winners Jorgen Schonherr, Theis Palm & Christian Aaberg Videbaek. 

It was another glorious day on the water for both the sailors and the race management team as although the winds were light boats could sail out of the Helsinki Sailing Club Marina to the race course (3.5 miles) and then return under Spinnakers. It was a pleasure to see the colour and satisfaction on the faces of all the competitors as we passed by onboard the Principle Committee Boat on the way back in.

Day 3 saw a change in wind direction as it turned to the East. This certainly challenged the race management team to set a course within the restricted busy shipping lanes of the Tallin to Helsinki Ferries. Knowing that the Gold Cup rules require a course just of around 12 nautical miles, when possible, Nino Shmueli posted an amendment that allowed a third lap of the course. As anticipated, a 1.7 nm first beat did not allow this competitive fleet to separate sufficiently, but it did not affect the result of another excellent and “fair” Gold Cup race….   This time it was our current World Champions TUR 1212 who made a significant statement as they owned the Committee Boat end of the line, tacked early to the right and led the race from start to finish.

As the leaders approached the top mark for a 3rd time in a dying breeze the sensible decision was made to shorten the course on the “Dog-Leg” and not to risk a 3rd and final lap. This proved to be a masterstroke by Nino as the wind gradually died away and many boats gratefully received a tow back to the marina.TUR 1212 stand on top of the 1952 Olympic Podium, DEN 410 (2nd) NED 412 (3rd)

We then had 2 days of little to no wind. Day 4 saw the Race Committee monitor the Race Area in the suffocating heat and glass like water surface whilst the Fleet sat patiently ashore grateful for any shade. Then on Day 5 the fleet were towed out during the middle of the day to provide the smallest opportunity to squeeze in a race should conditions allow, but alas they did not.  So AP over A was displayed at around 3.20pm and the fleet were towed back into the Marina.

I did hear one bright spark who sarcastically mentioned on the VHF that they would indeed “sail” back in.  But even the funnelled wind that sometime prevails between the islands died away and the foolish sailor who made this childish comment had to eat his words as he embarrassingly threw his rope to one of the official tow boats…  I hope the person in question will think twice before communicating such disrespectful words to the Race Committee in the future.

The “Mini-Bar” for Sailors every day back at the HSK, an Optimist full of refreshment 🙂

So onto Day 6 and a climax to make everyone smile !  Two quality races with wind again from the East, but this time around 10kts for Race 5 and an impressive 14 kts for Race 6. With the Race Committee risking life and limb (Literally) the course was stretched to the maximum boundaries of the Shipping Lanes to allow a 2.1 nm first upwind which allowed two excellent races of the highest level.  Both races were dominated and won by TUR 1212 Andy Beadsworth, Simon Fry and Ali Tezdiker, but their early results of 17th & 18th meant that even with three 1st places they would not lift the Cup.

Also having a fantastic final day was GER 1205 helmed by Otto Pohlmann, with Charles Nankin & Hugo Rocha.  This extremely talented for former Finn Sailor will be a concern for the top teams as a BFD in race 1 was the only thing that prevented Otto and his team from a overall podium finish!  Well sailed GER 1205….

However, consistency is the name of the game, especially in this non discard series which makes the Gold Cup such a magnificent event. So it all came down to the final positions of NED 412 Pieter Heerema and DEN 411 Jorgen Schonherr who had just one point separating them going into the last race.

In the end DEN 411 crossed the line 5th and NED 412 7th, so the Gold Cup went to Denmark’s Jorgen Schonherr and runner up to Netherlands Pieter Heerema…  what a finish, what a Championship.  The final beat of the final race…   and that my fellow sailors is what the Gold Cup is all about !  🙂

The GOLD CUP is Jorgen Schonherr’s, Christian Videbaek & Theis Palm’s for 2018.

Runner’s Up   Pieter Heerema, Lars Hendiksen & George Leonchuk, 3rd Andy Beadsworth, Simon Fry & Ali Tezdiker….

A huge thank you to Ted Grondahl from the HSK and all his helpers and volunteers who made this 2018 Gold Cup so special.  We all thank the main sponsor Gurit organised by Rudy Jurg and the many other sponsors for providing an event we will hold dearly in our hearts. Racing Dragons and attending events such as this give us all the opportunity to visit new places, experience different cultures and above all to meet new friends.  In this world of uncertainty and fake news, it’s a breath of fresh air to socialise with true, honest people and forge close friendships that will last a lifetime….

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

More Photo’s, Results, Corinthian news, the fantastic Sami Salomaa Sculpture, Discussions from the Owners Meeting and much, much more to follow…………  🙂












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NED 412 Win the Danish Grand Prix in Dragor.

Pieter Heerema, George Leonchuk and Lars Hedriksen Victorious in Denmark.

In the most perfect sailing conditions on the final day the 35 teams representing 13 Nations finished the Grade 1 Danish Grand Prix with two excellent races.  A windward, leeward course of 1.9 nautical miles gave this highly competitive fleet the opportunity to see “Dragor” (situated by the magnificent “Oresund” bridge that link’s Denmark to Sweden) at its very best.

The 5th race (first of the day on Sunday) was won by SWE 375 helmed by Martin Palsson who is currently the holder of the Swedish, Norwegian and Danish National titles! Quite an achievement and many congratulations.

SWE 375 Martin Palsson, Gusta Gardebaeck & Thomas Wallenfeldt win Race 5 in Dragor.

Then the final “Race 6” was a battle between NED 412 and FRA 401 to see who would lift the overall trophy. Not realising they were holding a 5 point lead, NED 412 thought they had lost their opportunity after FRA 401 took the line honours just ahead of RUS 76. However, 3rd place was enough for NED 412 to win by 2 points and gave Pieter, Lars & George the overall championship.

Gerry Trentesaux won Race 6 but had to settle for the runners up spot in FRA 401

This was another excellent regatta for Gerry Trentesaux who originates from multiple Yachting success and his team of Eric Brezellec, Jean Queveau and Christian Ponthieu. Many congratulations to FRA 401.

FRA 401 leads the fleet at the bottom gate in the final race in Dragor, Denmark.

Also having another great series were the ever popular and well respected team from RUS 76 who finished just ahead of GER 1205 Otto Pohlmann.

RUS 76 Alexsey Bushuev, Dmitry Samokhin & Andrey Kirilyuk 3rd Overall in Dragor.

So there we have it, another Grade 1 over and 3 worthy podium teams who raced well in a variety of conditions during this well organised 4 day regatta. Race Officer Kim Pedersen set excellent courses, backed up by a host of Dragor Sailing Club volunteers. Club representative Mik Jensen thanked all the helpers and competitors for making this such a memorable regatta and congratulated the podium sailors….

Final results Dragon Grandprix Denmark 2018

My team on the Committee Boat led by Principle Race Officer Kim Pedersen, did a great job.

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

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