Sanremo Delivers Two Great Opening Races for Dragon 90th Anniversary Regatta powered by Paul & Shark

  • Ireland’s Daniel Murphy and Brian Goggin head Fleet B and Britain’s Mike & Monique Hayles lead Fleet A after opening two races of Dragon 90th Anniversary Regatta powered by Paul & Shark at Yacht Club Sanremo
  • Fleet prepares for Wednesday’s special 90th Anniversary Race in which all boats will come together and for the Champion of Champions Race featuring medallists from the Olympics, World and European Championships and World Cups in any class and the Dragon Gold Cup
  • Series racing will resume on Thursday 10th October

8 October 2019 – Sanremo, Italy – Day two of the Dragon 90th Anniversary Regatta powered by Paul & Shark brought beautiful hot sunshine and racing at last for the 150 strong fleet, who had been held ashore on day one due to strong winds and rough seas. The starts were initially postponed for a little over two hours to allow the wind to build, but by mid-afternoon a delightful 6-7 knots had filled in from the south east quadrant, enabling the Yacht Club Sanremo’s Race Committee to run two excellent qualifying series races.

The fleet has been split into two groups for the qualifiers, with each group racing on its own dedicated windward leeward course. The light airs gave the tacticians and trimmers a good work out as they tried to pick the best lanes and constantly change gears to maintain maximum speed. Consistency was hard to find though and by the end of the day four different race winners had been identified.

First blood in Group A went to Anatoly Loginov sailing RUS27 ‘Annapurna’ with Ivan Bradbury’s beautiful wooden classic GBR375 ‘Blue Haze’, built in 1959 by Pedersen and Theusen, second and Philipp Ocker’s GER1135 ‘Birscherl’ third. Race two was won by Charlotte Ten Wolde in NED435 ‘Olinghi’, with Helmut Muller’s GER810 ‘Zille’ second and Joergen Schoenherr in DEN411 ‘African Queen’ third. Overall however, the most consistent Group A performers were long standing International Dragon circuit supporters Mike & Monique Hayles’ GBR764 ‘Naiad’, and Jeroen Leenen’s UAE58 ‘Desert’, who both ended the day on 14 points. Alexander Ezhkov’s RUS2 ‘Alisa’ lies third with Bradbury fourth.

Charlotte Ten Wolde acknowledge that luck played a part in their second race victory. “The wind was steadier in the second race than the first. We had a pin end start and we just kept sailing until we reached the layline and managed to round first. Downwind we managed to get the shifts and had speed so stayed ahead of everyone else. I wish it worked like that every single time, but I guess we were just lucky!”

In Group B Vasily Senatorov, sailing RUS34 ‘To Be Continued’ won the opening race from Norbert Stadler’s SUI297 ‘Tachiston’ with Brian Goggin’s IRL180 Serafina, helmed by Daniel Murphy, third. The second Group B race was won by Evgenii Braslavets in ITA77 ‘Bunker Prince’ with Goggin and Murphy second and Jens Christensen’s DEN410 ‘Out of Bounce’ third. Overall Goggin and Murphy now lead Group B by two points from Christensen who took fourth in the opener, with Pieter Heerema’s NED412 ‘Troika’ in third thanks to a seventh and fifth place.

Daniel Murphy explained that starting was the key to success. “We had between 6 and 8 knots, reasonably steady but it built out to sea. We had a two and three today so a very good day on the water for us. Starting was everything. We got two very clear good starts right on the line with clear air and got a very nice jump straight away, so the start really was key.”

Back ashore the sailors gathered once again in the Regatta Village for the après sailing party which today was hosted by Glenfiddich. Glenfiddich’s Grant Gordon took the opportunity to make a special presentation to IDA Chairman Vasily Senatorov, the man who has personally been the driving force behind this 90th Anniversary celebration and who stands down as Class Chairman at the IDA AGM this coming Saturday, after two years at the helm. Coming on top of his race one victory, a clearly moved Vasily came to the stage to loud applause to receive his very special Glenfiddich gift.

The third day of the regatta will feature the special Dragon 90th Anniversary Race in which both fleets will come together for a massed start. A special course has been set for the race which it is hoped will get underway at 11.00. The Anniversary Race will be followed by a series of special races for Lady helms, Classic Dragons, Junior crews, Masters crews and the Champion of Champions. To qualify for the Champions race, helms must be medallists from the Olympics, World and European Championships and World Cups in any class and the Dragon Gold Cup. Series racing will commence again on Thursday 10th October and the regatta will conclude on Friday 11th October.

All around the regatta interesting stories are emerging from the participants. For example, three of the regatta’s lady helms have discovered that they have more in common than they first thought. Long standing Dragon sailors Gavia Wilkinson-Cox from the UK and Nicola Friesen from Germany were talking with fleet newcomer Anna Basalkina from Russia. Gavia Wilkinson-Cox takes up the story; “We have curiously found a very distant link that connects all of us and it actually goes back to 1972, the last year in which the Dragons sailed in the Olympic Regatta, in Kiel. Personally, I sailed in the British trials which were held in Torquay, my hometown, and subsequently I was invited to attend the Olympic Regatta with the British Team.” Nicola continued, “I was too young to sail but I was with my father on the race committee for the Dragons at Kiel”. Anna added, “I was born in ‘74 so I had no idea about the Kiel Olympic Games, but I sail now on the 1972 Gold Medal winning boat.” Anna subsequently went on to represent Russia at the 2000 Games in Sydney in the Yngling, making the final link in the chain of this Olympic story.

Full results can be found at www.dragon90.com and you can follow the regatta on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and at www.dragon90.com

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Frustrating Lack of Sailing but Great Camaraderie on Opening Day of Dragon 90th Anniversary Regatta powered by Paul & Shark

  • Strong and shifting winds prevent sailing on opening day of International Dragon 90th Anniversary Regatta powered by Paul & Shark
  • St Petersburg Yacht Club and Friends host spectacular Russian Party for the Dragon sailors and their friends
  • First races now scheduled to start at 11.30 on Tuesday 8th October

7 October 2019 – Sanremo, Italy – The weather gods provided wonderful warm sunshine for the 162 strong fleet from 26 nations on the opening day of the Dragon 90th Anniversary Regatta powered by Paul & Shark at the Yacht Club Sanremo, but unfortunately it was accompanied by strong and very shifty winds which created a nasty chop. Principal Race Officer Nino Shmueli held the fleets ashore and sent his teams out regularly to assess the situation, but by mid-afternoon it became clear that the wind would not settle sufficiently to lay a course and racing was abandoned for the day.

Whilst naturally frustrated not to race, the International Dragon teams, who have travelled from around the world to be here, took the opportunity to enjoy the Yacht Club Sanremo’s wonderful hospitality and each other’s company, to make new friends and to share their passion for the incredible Dragon.

One team which was formed specially for the 90th Anniversary Regatta and has travelled from across North America to be here is that of USA325 Mars, helmed by Clint Webb from Tennesse and crewed by Paul Lajos from Pennsylvania and Gordon Stephens from Florida.
Gordon Stephens explained how the crew came together saying; “I’ve raced with Paul’s father for over forty years in the Dragons, unfortunately he passed away a few years ago and we decided to carry on the tradition. Paul called me in January and said Dad would want us to do this regatta and we pulled it all together and here we are.” Paul picks up the story saying; “I remember sailing the 75th, I’ve sailed numerous times in the Med, we always had a spectacular time, but we never sailed in Sanremo so we wanted to give it a try, especially as the 90th Anniversary is a great excuse to do so. I’ve been sailing Dragons for over thirty years, what’s really amazing is all the different ages of the crews and skippers… the boats are so spectacular, they can endure quite a bit of breeze very easily. The class has been very successful over the years.”

All the way from Asia comes Lowell Chang who has been hugely influential in the success of the Hong Kong Dragon Class. Lowell and his wife Phyllis moved to Hong Kong as newlyweds in 1971 and began sailing in one of the old pre-war Dragons that formed the fleet at the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club. In 1983 Lowell went to the Worlds in Vancouver and saw modern GRP Dragons for the first time. He came home and set up his old Dragon with as many of the new ideas as he could and as a result won the 150 boat Hong Kong Round the Island Race overall. Suddenly all the Hong Kong Dragon sailors wanted better boats. One thing led to another and before long Lowell was shipping a set of Dragon moulds to Hong Kong to commence production. The new boats were an immediate success and the Hong Kong fleet has gone from strength to strength ever since. For Lowell and Phyllis, their love affair with the Dragon continues to this day. “The reason why we are here is because I won’t miss it! I want to support the Dragon Class. I’ve been sailing the Dragon since the early 70’s and we love the camaraderie of the class. The Hong Kong class is still growing with new boats coming in, so we love being here. There’s a lot of competition of course and a lot of sportsmanship being shown.” Explained Lowell.

Vilmos Naray heads up a four-boat team who have driven over 1000km from Hungary’s Lake Balaton to be here. “We have just completed the Hungarian Championship last week and four of us decided to come to Sanremo. We came to enjoy racing with a lot of Dragons at this one-time occasion. It’s wonderful to sail in such an elite fleet with sailors from all around the World. We very much enjoy being here and what we’ve seen until now is a very nice organisation and programme, and even though we’ve had no sailing yet we’re enjoying it very much.”

Andy Beadsworth, British Olympian, America’s Cup veteran and reigning Dragon World Champion, was disappointed not to race but understood the race committee’s decision and was loving the shoreside ambiance. “It’s fantastic to be here in Sanremo at this time of year. It’s one of my favourite venues of the past couple of years, and with 160+ boats it’s an amazing spectacle. It’s a bit like an old school reunion to see everybody. The social has been good fun in the evenings and it’s just a great event for the class. There are some great sailors here and we’re really looking forward to a great regatta.”

The daytime socialising slid neatly into a wonderful sunset party hosted by the St Petersburg Yacht Club and Friends. Vodka, caviar and blinis were served to some 600 Dragonists and their gusts as a live jazz band entertained. Speaking on behalf of the St Petersburg Yacht Club, Tatiana Kurbitova explained; “Hospitality for one’s friends is hugely important in Russian culture. There is great friendship between the members of the St Petersburg Yacht Club, the Yacht Club Sanremo and all the Dragon sailors of the world, so we are delighted to host this wonderful party to help celebrate our beloved Dragon’s 90th Birthday.”

Fortunately, the forecast for day two of the regatta is looking much more promising with light to moderate southerly winds and clear blue skies and a planned first start time of 11.30am. Every effort will be made to sail as many of the four planned qualifying races as possible in preparation of the fleet splits to Gold and Silver at the end of tomorrow’s races.

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Yacht Club Sanremo Welcomes 162 Teams for Dragon 90th Anniversary Regatta powered by Paul & Shark

  • International Dragon 90th Anniversary Regatta powered by Paul & Shark attracts 162 teams from 26 nations around the globe
  • Regatta commences in style with spectacular Opening Ceremony at Yacht Club Sanremo
  • Fleet splits are confirmed for qualifying race series
  • Racing set to commence at 12.30 on Monday 7th October

6 October 2019 – Sanremo, Italy – The International Dragon 90th Anniversary Regatta powered by Paul & Shark got underway in spectacular Italian style on Sunday 6th October at the Yacht Club Sanremo, with a gala opening ceremony at which the 162 participating teams were welcomed. Dragon sailors and friends of the class have travelled from across the globe for this unique celebration of the Dragon’s illustrious 90-year history, and the regatta is already infused with a wonderful sense of fiesta.

The Italian hospitality flowed freely and featured a host of local Ligurian delicacies such as Brandacujun (a delicious creamed fish dish), and Vermentino and Frizzantino wines, which are so local that the sailors will be able to see the vineyard from the racecourse. As the live band played and the sun set over the fleet moored around the village in the heart of Sanremo Old Port, it was the perfect opportunity for everyone to relax, soak up the incredible atmosphere and catch up with Dragon friends old and new.

International Dragon Association (IDA) President Vasily Senatorov will be racing aboard his Dragon RUS34 and is eagerly anticipating the week ahead; “After coming to Sanremo I got a strong feeling of a Birthday party. Almost everyone is here, and it is a wonderfully friendly atmosphere with the expectation to have the party of the decade. Happy Birthday Dragons!”

The fleet will initially be split into two groups. The first 30 of the IDA ranking list has been divided between Groups A and B with the rest of the entries being allocated to give 81 boats in each fleet. These two groups will race up to four qualifying races and then the fleet will be regrouped according to their overall positions with the first half of each qualifying group forming the Gold Fleet, and the second half the Silver Fleet.

The Yacht Club Sanremo is hugely experienced in running major regattas for large numbers of boats, but even by their standards this is a big keelboat event. The registration and launching of all the boats went exceptionally smoothly and the yachts are now moored on pontoons alongside the regatta village. The race committee will be operating two separate racecourses in recognition of the large fleet, and there will also be an International Jury to see fair play, chaired by French International Judge Yves Leglise.

“We are happy and proud to host this event, that is so much more than just a race, but a real celebration of this boat that made, and continues to make, history in sailing. We want to give our warmest welcome to the 162 teams from all over the world that are joining us in Sanremo.” Declared Yacht Club Sanremo’s President Beppe Zaoli.

Regatta sponsor Paul & Shark’s association with both the Yacht Club Sanremo and the International Dragons goes back many years, making them the perfect match as the event’s title partner. Each of the participants has received a Paul & Shark Dragon 90th Anniversary polo shirt and the Paul & Shark pop-up shop will be open throughout the week selling event regalia as well as a range of their lifestyle and technical apparel.

There will be a briefing from competitors at 09.30 and racing will commence at 12.00 on Monday 7th October with up to two races planned for the opening day. You can follow the regatta on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and at www.dragon90.com

Journalists wishing to attend the event or requiring additional information, video footage or images should contact IDA Press Officer Fiona Brown on fiona.brown@fionabrown.com or +44 (0)7711 718470.

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Dragons Gather In San Remo For Dragon 90th Anniversary Regatta Powered by Paul & Shark

Some 160 Dragons from 26 nations are gathering at the Yacht Club San Remo, Italy, for the International Dragon 90th Anniversary Regatta powered by Paul & Shark which will take place from 7th to 11th October 2019. Teams from across Europe, Australasia, Asia and North America will come together to compete in five days of spectacular racing and enjoy six nights of fabulous partying.

The incredible success of the International Dragon is rooted in the fact that it offers something for sailors at every level. From truly world class competition, via club racing and special events for the classics, to family sailing and cruising, the Dragon’s innate elegance, impeccable sailing characteristics and legendary fleet camaraderie make her the perfect vehicle for all types of sailor. This 90th Anniversary celebration will honour every aspect of that appeal with a wonderful mix of participants from across the nations, generations and interest groups.
Hong Kong sailing legend Lowell Chang summed up the special feeling for the regatta saying, “Racing amongst the family of Dragon sailors Internationally since 1983 has given both my wife Phyllis and myself great joy not only from sailing competitively (though those days are gone for us now) but from the fact that we became close friends with many fellow sailors from all over the world. I wouldn’t miss the 90th for the world. The class is strong because it is sailed by gentlemen and ladies who value honesty, good manners and sportsmanship above winning, people you want to spend time with. May it always be so.”

The racing programme incorporates a four day fleet racing series run across two separate race courses, in which the boats will initially be divided into qualifying groups for a round robin series on Monday 7th and Tuesday 8th October, before Gold, Silver and Bronze fleets race off in the Finals on 10th and 11th October.

Originally, the plan had been to sail the Classic Dragons (wooden Dragons built prior to the early 1970s) as a separate fleet, but one of the great strengths of the Dragon has always been that the boats have incredible longevity, with the older boats more than capable of holding their own against their modern counterparts. By popular demand, it has therefore been agreed that the Classics will race within the main fleet, adding still further to the sense of excitement and inclusiveness.

Top Australian Dragon sailor Richard Franklin admitted he couldn’t resist the lure of the event saying; “I’ve sailed a Dragon in Sydney for a number of years with the added attraction being the fabulous sailing and competition in Europe.  So much so, that I now also maintain a Dragon at Cannes Yacht Club.  The spectacle of the 90th Anniversary Regatta was too much to resist.  I’m looking forward to a great party that celebrates the wonderful boat we sail …. And also, to some fun on the water.”

Wednesday 9th October will be a very special race day as the fleet takes a break from series racing for some special birthday races, after which the sailors will come together at the stunning art deco waterside Morgana Victory restaurant.  The first special race will bring together all 160+ entrants on the same starting line for a spectacular one off 90th Anniversary Gala Race. This will be followed by races for Lady Helms, Junior crews (combined crew age of under 100 with the skipper born after 5.6.1986), Masters (combined crew age over 180), Family Crews (all crew members must be related) and a Crews race (crew member must helm). The special races will culminate with a Champion of Champions race in which winners and medallists of Olympic Games, World and European Championships and World Cups in any class and from the Dragon Gold Cup are eligible to participate.

Competing in the Masters, Ladies and Champion of Champions will be Britain’s Gavia Wilkinson-Cox, one of the most successful lady helms on the circuit. Gavia had crewed Dragons since her teens, but only started helming when she became a Dragon owner in 2003. “The Dragon 75th anniversary celebrations in St Tropez in 2004 introduced me to sailing my boat on the international circuit. For the past 15 years I have been enjoying some 16 international regattas a year and it is exciting to now be celebrating 90 years in San Remo, a venue we love.”

The Champion of Champions Race will include some of the biggest stars in sailing. From Australia comes Hamish Pepper, a four time Olympian, double Star World Champion, Farr 40 and Farr 30 World Champion. Fellow Australian Peter Gilmour, an America’s Cup veteran and four-time World Match Racing Tour Champion, will be sailing for Japan with his son Sam and Yasuhiro Yaji, as well as acting as brand ambassador for event sponsor Yanmar.

Jørgen Schönherr is a two-time Flying Dutchman World Champion, a 505 World Champion and in Dragons has won five Gold Cups and the 2005 World Championship and will be flying the flag for Denmark in the competitions.

British Olympian, Etchells World Champion and three-time Dragon World Champion Andy Beadsworth will race with Ali Tezdiker and Simon Fry, with whom he won the Dragon Worlds in Freemantle earlier this year and in Weymouth in 2017.

Russia is putting forward a strong team for the regatta and amongst their Champion of Champions entries are Yevgen Braslavetz, who won both the World and European Dragon Championships in 2015 and who comes fresh from victory at last week’s Regates Royales in Cannes. Dmitry Samokhin, who currently leads the 2019 Dragon European Cup Circuit series, and Anatoly Loginov, who has two Dragon European Championship and one Gold Cup win to his name, will also be hoping to claim Champion of Champions victory for Russia.

Leading the Portuguese challenge is Pedro Andrade, a Dragon sailor of twenty years standing with many victories to his name including the 2017 European Championship and this year’s Dragon Gold Cup in Medemblik. Pedro will be crewing for Pedro Mendes Leal in the series racing but will take the helm for the Champion of Champions race. Looking forward to the event he summed up the sailors’ feelings succinctly, saying “I am excited to be going to San Remo to celebrate this fantastic anniversary with so many sailors.  I think one of the main attractions is that the sailors that are coming are not so focused on sailing results, but want simply to be part of this amazing gathering and to enjoy this unique party to celebrate our class.  It will be a great gathering and will really show the spirit of the class.”

Registration for the Dragon 90th Anniversary Regatta powered by Paul & Shark opens at the Yacht Club San Remo on Saturday 5th October, the social programme commences with the Opening Ceremony on Sunday 6thOctober and racing will run from 7th to 11th October. The special 90th Anniversary Race and Gala Dinner will be held on Wednesday 9th October and the regatta will conclude with a spectacular Closing Ceremony and Prize Giving on Friday 11th October. Alongside main sponsor Paul & Shark the event will also be sponsored by Brugge Zot, Glenfiddich, Yanmar, OneSquare, Amer Yachts and the Royal Hotel San Remo.

Further information about the regatta is available at www.dragon90.com.  You can also follow the regatta on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter

Journalists wishing to attend the event or requiring additional information should contact IDA Press Officer Fiona Brown on fiona.brown@fionabrown.com or +44 (0)7711 718470.

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41st Regates Royal in Cannes.

The West Bay of Cannes was filled with almost 40 Dragons on Monday, as RUS 76 “Rock’nRolla” wins race 1.

In the lead up to a 160 boat festival of fun as the Dragons celebrate their 90th Anniversary, 39 teams are enjoying the hospitality of Yacht Club de Cannes before heading over to San Remo Oct 7th to 11th.

It’s the 41st edition of the Regates Royal and many of the Worlds top Dragon Sailors are fighting for the title here in Cannes. Day 1 was sailed in a brisk 12 to 24 kts of westerly breeze, which tested both the sailors and equipment … Two masts were broken and several boats retired as the breeze increased later in the afternoon. However, race 1 was won by RUS 76 Dmitry Samokhin, crewed by Kasper Harsberg & Andrew Kirilyuk and race 2 by RUS 27 Werner Fritz (who is standing in for Anatoly Loginov this week).

Winners of Race 2 RUS 27 “Anapurna” Werner Fritz, Vadim Statsenko & Alexander Shalagin.

Also showing great consistency on the opening day was POR 85 “Neptune” helmed by recent Gold Cup winner Pedro Andrade. Recording two 2nd places Pedro went to the top of the leader board and clearly enjoys the strong wind, flat water sailing conditions.

Leading Overall after day 1 Pedro with his brother Francisco, Rodrigo Paiva & Salvador Furlov.

On day 2 the wind dropped away and the Dragons moved over to the East Bay of Golf Juan, as the Classic Yachts began their racing in the West Bay. With two more races “eventually” completed after 7 hrs on the water, it was ITA 77  “Bunker Prince” who took two bullets and launched themselves into serious contention.

Winners of races 3 & 4, ITA 77, Evgenii Braslavets, Alexandr Mirchuk & Sergey Timokhov.

Day 3 arrived with another strong westerly wind which was forecast to increase throughout the afternoon. At 12.30 all racing was cancelled for the day, which upset a number of sailors, but in hindsight was probably the correct decision.

Day 4 was similar to day 2 not only in less wind and a long 8hr day on the water, with 2 more races completed, but also because ITA 77 won both races! There is no question Evgenii and his team are a formidable force in light to medium winds and are enjoying the continued development of their Zaoli Sails… 

So going into the final day of racing ITA 77 seems to have their names already on the Trophy, but as we all know in Sailing anything can happen. Two more races are planned and I’m sure 2nd place POR 85 and 3rd placed RUS 27 will still be pushing hard for the Podium Positions…

Higher, Faster, Longer……..  Stavros.

My thanks, as always, to ELENA RAZINA for the lovely photo’s..

 

 

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International Dragons To Celebrate 90th Anniversary With 160 Boat Gala Regatta In San Remo

From 7th to 11th October 2019 160 International Dragon keelboats will gather in San Remo, Italy, to mark the 90th Anniversary of this illustrious and extraordinary class. Dragon sailors past and present, friends of the class and the media are invited to participate in this week-long celebration of all things Dragon.

From her inception as an entry by Johan Anker in the Royal Gothenburg Yacht Club’s 1928 competition for a new inter-islands cruiser for young people, to her current status as the world’s leading three-man keelboat class, the story of the Dragon has been remarkable.

The legendary Uffa Fox recognised the class’s great potential when, in 1937 he wrote “The Dragons have the qualities sought for in one-design classes. They will continue and prosper.” And prosper the Dragon most certainly has with almost 1500 boats registered and racing in 31 National Associations across five continents today, and as many again cruising Dragons still bringing pleasure to leisure sailors around the world.

The Dragon’s story has included selection for six Olympic Games from 1948 to 1972 and the active participation of many of the world’s greatest sailors, as well as members of the Royal families of Britain, Greece, the Netherlands and Denmark. She made a successful transition from wooden construction to GRP in the early 1970s as part of her constant programme of carefully managed evolution, and with her elegant metre boat lines the Dragon is widely considered to be the most beautiful of the International One Design keelboats, as well as one of the most successful.

The 90th Anniversary Regatta will bring together sailors from 25 countries and four continents in a gala celebration hosted by the Yacht Club San Remo on Italy’s Ligurian Riviera. The racing will encompass not only a 90th Anniversary Regatta series, which will run from Monday 7th to Friday 11th October and begins with round robin races to decide gold, silver and bronze fleets, but will also feature a number of special races to be sailed on Wednesday 9th October.

The first of those special races will be the 90th Anniversary Gala Race in which all 160 boats will come together for a spectacular one-off race. This will be followed by special races for Masters, Juniors, Family Crews, Ladies and the Champion of Champions, which is open to medallists of Olympic Games, World Championships, European Championships and World Cups in any class and the Dragon Gold Cup.

Racing daily alongside the open fleet will be the Classic Division where the oldest boat competing will be IRL15 Gypsy, built in 1933 and now owned and raced regularly from Glandore in Ireland by blue water sailing legend Don Street. The Classic Division encompasses the traditional carvel planked wooden Dragons built up until the early 1970s. Many of these boats have fascinating histories and this will be one of the largest gatherings of Classic Dragons in some years.

From Canada comes KC118 Mistral owned and skippered by Norman Allyn. Mistral is a 1970 Borresen Dragon, built for Marty Godsil of Seattle, USA. She was purchased in 1972 by Bob Burgess and moved to Canada where she acquired her current sail number. She came second in the 1975 Dragon Worlds in Rochester, New York and then went on to win the 1983 World Championship in Vancouver. From 1990 to 2013 she remained in Vancouver under the ownership of Heinz Rautenberg. Norman Allyn purchased her in 2013 and began a two restoration to return her to her original glory.

Other boats of note that will be joining the Classics fleet include Dan O’Connor’s IRL40 Leprechaun, which was sailed to considerable success by Bruce Banks under the sail number K412, and Ivan Bradbury’s Blue Haze, a 1959 Pedersen & Thuesen boat which won the Edinburgh Cup and European Championship in 1965 and went on represent Britain at the Olympics in 1968 and 1972.

As well as great racing, the Yacht Club San Remo has also created a superb social programme for the event. The social activities will open with a Jazz Aftersail Party sponsored by the St Petersburg Yacht Club and Friends on Monday 7th October and on Tuesday Glenfiddich will host the Aftersail Party. The dazzling 90th Anniversary Gala Dinner will take place on Wednesday following the special 90th Anniversary races. Yanmar will host the Aftersail Party on Thursday and on Friday 11th October the regatta will conclude with a cocktail party and Prize Giving to honour the winning teams. The regatta is also generously supported by sponsors Paul & Shark, Brugse Zot, One Square, the Royal Hotel San Remo and Amer Yachts.

Further information about the event including a full entry list can be found at www.dragon90.com or by contacting Event Director Umberto Zocca di Montelupo on eventi@yachtclubsanremo.it or +393356098403.

You can follow news from the regatta on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Members of the media wishing to attend the Dragon 90th Anniversary Regatta should contact IDA Press Officer Fiona Brown on fiona.brown@fionabrown.com or +44 (0)7711 718470 or Skype fpbrown.

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Another Dutch Championship for Pieter Heerema.

NED 412 George Leonchuck, Pieter Heerema & Lars Hendriksen, win the Dutch Nationals, in Muiden.

The final day of racing yesterday was started in a 7 to 12 kt breeze from around 240 degrees that moved to 260 on the first beat. Race Officer Jan Willem de Vlaming was quick to adjust the down wind gate so that the remainder of race 6 could be sailed with a perfect course. GBR 408 helmed by Dmitry Bondarenko, crewed by Aleksander Shalagin & Vadim Statsenko (who are often seen crewing on RUS 27) responded well to the right hand shift to take the lead at mark 1, just ahead of SWE 398 Karl-Gustaf Lohr and NED 412 Pieter Heerema. Indeed this also proved to be the finishing order of race 6 and with his 3rd position gave Pieter Heerema the overall Dutch National Title once again, not needing to sail the final race.

GBR 408 Vadim Statsenko, Alexander Shalagin & Dmitry Bondarenko worthy runners up taking the Silver Medals.

Race 7 was started around 1pm with a well set line, but saw too many boats pushing their luck, so recalled & re-started under a Black Flag.  With both SWE 398 & GBR 585 close together in the pre-start as they fought for the final podium place, it was eventually SWE 398 who broke loose first and made significant gains to lead at the top mark.

 Jan, Olivier & Dominic Bakker win race 7 to finish 6th overall.

At the bottom gate SWE 398 took the right mark followed by NED 422 whilst GBR 585 chose the left.. Half-way up the second beat both SWE 398 & GBR 585 were neck and neck as they came together on opposite tacks. Meanwhile NED 422 pushed deep into the left corner, hoping for a favourable shift, which finally came and saw the Bakker “Boys” (Dominic & Olivier) sailing with their father Jan win the race. SWE 398 proved too strong on the day for GBR 585 and so Karl-Gustaf Lohr with Jasper Bendix & Mads Hansen took the final podium place.

SWE 398 Karl-Gustaf Lohr takes the Bronze Medal, in front of Muiden Castle….

4th Overall GBR 585 Martin Payne, Frank Dobbels, Niklas Jansson.

5th NED 360 Mart Harmsen ter Beek, Daan Goedkoop & Bart Klinkenberg.

This was an extremely well organised Championship, both on and off the water. I would like to congratulate the young Corinthian team onboard NED 360 for their excellent top 5 position. Also a huge thank you to all the helpers and volunteers at the Royal Netherlands Sailing and Rowing Club, in particular Ferry de Vries for his endless hours of craning, trailer organisation, on the water assistance and great friendship. This event was enjoyed by all 30 teams, completing the full 7 scheduled races in sunny, warm conditions.

Higher, Faster, Longer……    Stavros.

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Open Dutch National Championship, Muiden.

Dmitry Bondarenko GBR 408 leads in Race 1 of the Dutch Nationals.

The Royal Netherlands Yacht Club, is a Dutch Yacht Club and Rowing Club based in Muiden. It has two marina’s in Muiden and Enkhuizen. The organisation was founded in 1847 and is the oldest “remaining” water sports club in the Netherlands…

From the moment visiting Dragon Sailors arrive at the club, you are welcomed with a cool beer & bitterballs, a friendly handshake and made to feel at home in this peaceful and well located venue.

Another clear line start at the Open Dutch Nationals, in Muiden.

At this Championship we have 30 boats competing from 7 Nations which include Belgium, Great Britain, Russia, Germany, United Arab Emirates, Sweden and of course Holland. Over the first two days we have sailed 5 races in sunshine and winds ranging from 6 to 12 kts. Leading the field at the moment is Pieter Heerema helming NED 412 who sailing a near faultless regatta scoring 2, 1, 1, 1 & 1…. close behind at this stage is Dmitry Bondarenko in another beautifully restored Pedersen & Thuesen and Martin Payne in his 1992 Petticrows.

Pieter Heerema NED 412 takes control in race 2 with GBR 585 & NED 345 in pursuit.

The Race Officer and his experienced team have set square lines and sensible course length to suit the ever changing conditions. In all 5 races there have been no recalls and minimal UFD’s which reflect excellent race management and a few over excited helms :-).

Blue Skies and warm sunshine have blessed the sailors in Muiden this week.

Today (Saturday) we have sunshine but very little wind, so the Race Committee sensibly called racing off at 12.30 as there is a perfect forecast for tomorrow which will see the final two races completed.

Results after 5 completed races with 1 discard..  2 more races to go.

Tonight we have the regatta “Dinner” which will be attended by all and see a few sore heads in the morning as traditional Dutch hospitality usually leads to good food and copious amounts of alcohol consumption….  🙂

Final report to follow …

Higher, Faster, Longer………  Stavros.

 

 

 

 

 

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Grade 1 schedule 2020 announced

The Grade 1 Grand Prix Events 2020 have been  announced

The Grade 1 Grand Prix events in Europe comprise the circuit for the European Grand Prix Cup.

1st Grade 1 Hobart, Tasmania. Prince Phillip Cup 4 – 11 January 2020 
2nd Grade 1 – Palma, Majorca. Princess Sophia 26 – 29 March 2020

European Championship – Palma 20 -26 April 2020

3rd Grade 1 – Scarlino, Italy.   27 – 30 May 2020

4th Grade 1 – Douarnenez 19 – 22 August 2020

Gold Cup Kinsale Sept 5 – 11

5th Grade 1 and European Grand Prix Cup finals – Vilamoura 2-7 November 2020

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French Open National Championship…Port Camargue.

Fantastic final day in Port Camargue, 18 to 24 kts from the North with sunshine.

23 teams took to the water for the final 3 races to decide who would win the Sud Dragon “Open French Championship” in Port Camargue. Although  GBR 789 and FRA 409 were leading overall tied on 21 points with 3 races still to go the Championship was still very much undecided.

The President du Committee de Course, Paul Bastard set a 1.2 nm course and a sensible length line for the strong wind conditions. As the wind was predominantly from the North this kept the water relatively flat, but with some sizeable wind oscillations.  So many places could be won or lost if teams got out of phase with the 20 to 30 degree shifts, but this provided an excellent challenge for the top teams.

Open French Champions, in Port Camargue, Mihkel Kosk, Martin Payne & Emma York.

In the end it was my team on “Bear” GBR 789, representing Yacht Club La Baule who came out on top recording 2nd, 3rd & 2nd to finish on 28pts. My thanks go to Mihkel Kosk and Emma York for their sailing skills and excellent company throughout the week.

Runner’s Up & French National Champions Joseph Guillou, Gwen Chapalain & Gauthier Guillou.

In 2nd place overall was “Nenette” FRA 413 representing SR Douarnenez helmed by Gauthier Guillou, crewed by Joseph Guillou and Gwen Chapalain. As the leading French team they also received the French National Title, after a brilliant final day which included two race wins to finish on 34pts.

3rd overall “Tsuica” FRA 409 Jean-Gabriel Charton & helm Gerard Blanc.

This was an excellent performance by Gerard Blanc and his team representing Yacht Club de Cannes. Going into the last day Gerard, crewed by Jean-Gabriel Charton & Richard Pernici we’re joint leaders and despite their valiant efforts they were just pipped by one point finishing on 35pts. This gave them the runner’s up title in the French Nationals. 

A special mention must go to “1 Quick 1” SUI 318 who was the other race winner on the final day. Wolf Waschkuhn, crewed by Tim Tavinor & Joao Vidinha sailed a great race 9 to add to their previous win in race 4.

In closing I would like to congratulate Jean Berger FRA 319 for not only his excellent sailing (4th overall) but also for establishing Port Camargue on the International Dragon Circuit. This is a perfect sailing area set only a short distance from the well equipped Marina. The “Sud Dragons” have an excellent venue for future Dragon events and l strongly recommend travelling sailors to participate here in 2020.

Higher, Faster, Longer…….   Stavros.

p.s.  Many thanks to Fred Jepasse & Sud Dragon for the photo’s.

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