Island Sailing Club, Cowes, to host the 69th Edition of the historic Dragon Edinburgh Cup

DragonEdinburghCup_pfm002.jpgDesigned in 1929, the International Dragon combines classic elegance with grand prix performance, the world’s greatest sailing venues and some of the best sailors on the planet.  One of the Dragon fleet’s most prestigious trophies is the Edinburgh Cup, which was presented to the class in 1949 by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh and is awarded annually to the winner of the International Dragon British Open Championship. That first Edinburgh Cup in 1949 was raced on the Solent and hosted by the Island Sailing Club, with the inaugural winners being Frank Woodroffe and Clare Lallow.

In 2017 the Edinburgh Cup will return to the Island Sailing Club once more, the fifth time the club has hosted the event and its twelfth visit to Cowes. More than 40 teams from at least 13 nations will compete from 8 to 14 July in a twin regatta event, opening with the Dragon South Coast Championship from 8 to 10 July, and culminating in the Edinburgh Cup from 11 to 14 July.

“The Island Sailing Club is extremely proud of its long association with the International Dragon Class and in particular with the Edinburgh Cup.  The members of the Club presented The Duke of Edinburgh and the then Princess Elizabeth with a Dragon on the occasion of their wedding in 1948, so can truly claim to have been instrumental in the Duke’s close association with the class.  We are very pleased to continue that close relationship through the Edinburgh Cup’s return to the Island Sailing Club this year.” Said Chris Thomas, Sailing Secretary of the Island Sailing Club.

The Dragon fleet is well known for its ability to combine serious competition with a full après sailing programme and the event’s parties will hark back to the glamorous joie de vivre of the 1940s.  The Edinburgh Cup Prize Giving Celebration Dinner Dance will be a black-tie evening and there will be social events throughout the week.

The entry list is expected to include not only the UK’s top crews, but teams from Antigua, Italy, Portugal, France, the Netherlands, Ireland, Belgium and as far afield as Finland, France, Italy, Russia, Switzerland, Ireland, Turkey, Denmark, Germany, Japan and Australia.  Among those racing will be British Olympic bronze medallist Lawrie Smith, who claimed the trophy in 2013 and will no doubt be hoping to make it a hat-trick.

In 1949 Clare Aisher took second place in the opening race of the regatta and lady helms have put in good results on many occasions since.  However, it wasn’t until 2015 that the Edinburgh Cup was finally won by a woman, when Julia Bailey claimed the winner’s laurels in Largs.  Julia is also returning to the fray this year in the hope of a second victory, although having crewed husband Graham to victory in Lymington in 2014, it would actually be her third time on the winning boat in four years.

Regatta Chairman Gavia Wilkinson-Cox, who will herself be competing, commented: “I am thrilled that the Edinburgh Cup is once again returning to the Isle of Wight and to Cowes. The Island Sailing Club’s reputation for regatta management is second to none, and we are expecting a strong fleet from across Europe, Asia, Australasia and the Caribbean.  Our own UK fleet will also be out in force and we look forward to welcoming our visitors and offering them not only great racing but also a vibrant social programme in the great tradition of the Dragon Fleet.  We have outstanding support from our sponsor partners Visit Isle of Wight, Destination Cowes, Red Funnel and Shepards Wharf Marina whose generosity will help to ensure this is an exceptional event.”

Speaking on behalf of Visit Isle of Wight and Destination Cowes Mark McNeill, Chairman of Destination Cowes, added “Yachting plays a huge role in the day to day life of the Isle of Wight and we are extremely proud that the International Dragon Class has chosen Cowes and the Island Sailing Club for this year’s Edinburgh Cup”. David Thornton of Visit Isle of Wight confirmed: “We are working in close partnership with Gavia and her team to create a truly unique event and look forward to welcoming the visitors in July and making their stay in Cowes a memorable one.”

Red Funnel has created a special ferry travel offer to transport the boats and teams to and from the Island, details of which will be available from the event website atwww.edinburghcup.org

Shepards Wharf Marina will provide berthing, launching and recovery for visiting Dragons at a special rate and the Island Sailing Club will provide a launch service from the club to the moorings and marinas. Extended versions of the packages from Red Funnel and Shepards Wharf  are also available to any Dragons wishing to remain on the Island to participate in Cowes Week.

The Notices of Race  and Online Entry for the British Dragon South Coast Championship and Edinburgh Cup  are now available at www.edinburghcup.org.

For further information about this event please contact Regatta Chairman Gavia Wilkinson-Cox on 07973 165888 or gavia@wilkinson-cox.co.uk

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World Champion Wins in Cannes…

 

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“Bunker Prince” UAE 8 Wins the Cannes Grand Prix… Yes, our current World Champion Yevgeni Braslavets, crewed by Deigo Negri & Vittorio Zaoli, won the final light wind race to take the overall victory by 5 points (after discard).

With 4 races already completed on the first three days, the Race Officer Philippe Faure tried to start the final race on Saturday in the West Bay of Cannes, but the wind was up to its usual tricks, so it was decided to move over to the East Bay. At first the shifting easterly breeze died away, but perseverance is the name of the game and with a “cut off” time of 4pm the final race eventually started just in time….

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Starting in the East Bay of Cannes, carefully watch from both ends of the line.

Although it was tough to get the boats up to speed off the line, the usual suspects started to shine through..  UAE 8 and his nearest rival TUR 1212 were soon to “pop” out on starboard also with GBR 791 “Christiana” & RUS 34 “Even Better” showing good speed on the left side of the 1.6 mile course. As the race developed the breeze became more consistent which helped the top 5 boats pull away from the fleet..  UAE 8 finished 1st, RUS 34 2nd, TUR 1212 3rd, GBR 789 4th & GBR 791 5th.

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3rd in the final race made TUR 1212 “Josephine” well deserved runners up.

TF1Flying the Flag for Turkey, former Etchells World Champion, Dragon (crew) World Champion & a UK America’s Cup helmsman Andy Beadsworth has certainly got the “mighty” Josephine sailing fast. Crewed by his usual “shotgun” friend and multiple world champion Simon Fry along with 5 times Olympian Gustavo Lima, (who was standing in for Ali Tezdiker who could not attend).

Ali Tezdiker will now ship “Josephine” back to Turkey to add to the building number of Dragons regularly racing in Bodrum. Meanwhile Ali and his Provezza Team will be eagerly awaiting the arrival of their new “Petticrows” soon to be delivered 🙂

Now I am delighted to mention two young lads, Robert Morris (22) and Henry Rochford (19) who helped me to a very pleasing 3rd place overall in this highly competitive fleet. By finishing 4th in the final race we managed to overtake my good friend Pedro Andrade who also had a excellent regatta helming GER 1177 “Pow Wow” (4th overall) in Michael Zankel’s absence.

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3rd overall GBR 789 “Bear”, with my colourful & enthusiastic crew Robert & Henry.

It is really great for the Dragon when we see more younger sailors coming into the class, especially as more “family’s” encourage their children to join in the fun. It’s nice to see the smiling faces as different generations can share the same “quality” of racing and the “enjoyment” of our various social entertainment 🙂

Top of the “Corinthian” Sailors  (all the crew must be non professional) was the 4 person team from GER 1151 “Puck IV” helmed by Philip Dohse, crewed by his wife Nicola, Christian Moeller and Volker Kramer. This team had a real fight to keep FRA 409 Gerard Blanc and FIN 91 Sami Solamaa behind by just 1 point on the scoring!

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Winning Corinthian Sailors of the Cannes Grand Prix…  GER 1151 “Puck IV” Philip Dohse  with 7pts.

2nd Corinthians Overall  FRA 409 “Tsuica” Gerard Blanc, Jean-Gabriel Charton and Pierre Germain.   8pts.

3rd Corinthians Overall FIN 91 Sami Salomaa, Michael Wilhelmson and Kalle Phil   8pts.

This truly was a very hard fought competition amongst the 8 Corinthian Teams and I hope to see all if not most of these teams sailing at the Corinthian Cup in Ostend during late July..  Especially GER 1120 “Blue Pik” sailed by the popular Von Stempel Family, who have added so much fun and friendship to the class..  We all wish Christina every strength in the coming days and a speedy recovery…

Finally, I would like to thank Karine Grene’ at the Yacht Club de Cannes and all her many helpers for organising our first European Grade 1 event of 2017. Cannes is always a wonderful place to visit and to have sunshine, wind and a great social atmosphere during February..  what more could you ask for … 🙂

Higher, Faster, Longer…………   Stavros.

p.s. My thanks to Professional Photographer, Jehan Lerin for allowing me to use some of his pictures.  Also to Michael Kurtz, from Pantaenius Insurance,  for his skilled photo’s with his “Mobile” on the final day!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Superb Conditions in Cannes….

TUeGreat weather at the Cannes Grand Prix, providing the 45 boats with exciting racing.

Since the light wind race on the first day, 3 more races have been completed in wind ranging from 10 to 25 kts, testing the 45 competitive teams and boats to the limit. Leading this competitive field after 4 races is UAE 8 “Bunker Prince” helmed by the current World Champion, Yevgeni Braslavets, crewed by Deigo Negri & Vittorio Zaoli. Counting three top 5 results and an 11th place, puts Yevgeni 6 points clear of America’s Cup Helmsman Andy Beadsworth sailing TUR 1212 “Josephine”.

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TUR 1212 “Josephine” makes an excellent start in the middle of the line today to Win Race 4.

Since winning the 4th Winter Series in Cascais, this beautifully restored Pedersen & Thuessen Dragon has been sailed brilliantly by Andy, Simon Fry and this week by 5 time Olympian Gustavo Lima. Tomorrow’s final two races will be a perfect showdown between “Bunker Prince” & “Josephine”.

Currently standing in 3rd place overall is RUS 35 “Sunflower” helmed by Victor Folgelson who is showing great skill and determination as he recovers from a successful hip operation and struggles with a bad back.. Crewed by the great Finn legend Oleg Khoperskiy & Kaptiukhin Viacheslaw this Russian team will fight hard to keep their “podium” position.

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A recalled start today, some boats were simply too eager to sheet on their sails & hike hard.

Leading the Corinthian Sailors is FIN 91 “Paloma” helmed by Sami Salomaa, crewed by Michael Wilhelmson and Kalle Phil. Sami is not only a top sailor but is well know for his epic “Cray Fish” regatta held every August just outside Helsinki. This event provides competitive sailing with exquisite cuisine…. 🙂

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The popular Estonian Team on EST 17 round the spreader mark today in good shape…

Tomorrow will hopefully see 2 final races, as the forecast is for a perfect day, to conclude this excellent Grade 1 event.

My thanks to Jehan Lerin for these excellent photo’s..

Higher, Faster, Longer…………..         Stavros.  (GBR 789).

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Fast and “FREE” in Cannes….

3aWinners of Race 1 SUI 313 “FREE” Dirk Oldenburg (Centre) Dominik Zycki & Mikolaj Chadubski

The Cannes Grand Prix began today with a very light easterly breeze of around 5 knots after a short onshore delay. Over eager starters caused a General Recall so our President du Committee de Course, Philippe Faure successfully restarted the 45 boat fleet using the “U” flag, which saw just one early starter. 

5aPatience was required at the beginning of day 1 as competitors waited for the wind.

At first boats starting in the middle of the line looked strong, in particular TUR 1212 “Josephine” helmed by America’s Cup helmsman Andy Beadsworth, who has just won the 4th Winter Series in Cascais. However, as the majority of the fleet were on the right side of the course, TUR 1212 elected to tack onto Port to cover the “pack”.  This proved to be a mistake as the boats who continued on Starboard out to the left hand side of the 1.6 mile beat faired best. In fact both DEN 394 & SUI 313 who pushed the furthest left corner finished at the front of the fleet….(2nd & 1st respectively).

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2nd DEN 394 “Blue Lady” team of Anders Baggers, Philipp Holm Skafte & Soren Persson (helm)

Another team having a great race was GER 1178 “Lea V” helmed by 78yr old Pit Burkhardt, crewed by his Son Paul and Top Professional Joerg Moessnang who first started racing here in Cannes in 1973!  I first met Joerg when he won the Regates Royal in 2000 with nearly 80 boats competing, so plenty of experience here to guide the “Burkhadt” team around the course :-).

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3rd in Race 1 were GER 1178 “Lea V” Paul & Pit Burkhardt with Joerg Moessnang.

The race was shortened at the top mark 2nd time as the wind, which had shifted slightly right, was beginning to die away. Despite trying to hold a 2nd race, it was decided at around 4pm to call it a day and head back to the Yacht Club de Cannes for a “Pasta” & “Drinks” get together…

Tomorrow the forecast is for slightly more wind, so hopefully 2 more races may be completed, with an option of holding a 3rd race “if” conditions allow. For sure the Race Committee did their very best today & all the 45 teams look forward to some more competitive race  over the next 3 days.

Higher, Faster, Longer………..    Stavros.   (GBR 789).

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P.S. A late Game of Boule is always good for the Soul 🙂

With EST 17, GER 1178 & GBR 789.

 

 

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Flags are Flying in Cannes…..

aw12 Nations will be represented at the Cannes Grand Prix 22nd to 25th Feb, 2017.

45 International Dragons will compete over the next 4 days at the first European Grade 1 event of 2017. This prestigious event will give the 41 Professional and 4 Corinthian teams the opportunity to test their speed and boat handling skills against many of the best sailors in the world.

Nations represented are Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Norway, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey & United Arab Emirates.  With our current World Champion Yevgeni Braslavets and the 2016 European Champion Anatoly Loginov in the field it will certainly be a top quality regatta both on and off the water…

The “President du Committee de Course” will be Philippe Faure who was in charge at the 2015 World Championships in La Rochelle and he will be assisted by our Jury Chairman Yves Leglise.

More to follow over the next few days………

Higher, Faster, Longer……..      Stavros.    (GBR 789).

 

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Turkish Delight in Cascais..

4thSeriesThe beautiful “Josephine” TUR 1212 wins the 4th Winter Series in Cascais.

28 International teams representing 12 different countries were treated to a  superb weekend of sailing in a variety of conditions at the 4th Winter Series in Cascais. Unfortunately, the huge Atlantic sea’s that roll in towards the impressive shoreline prevented any racing on Friday, but improved conditions on Saturday allowed for 2 “full on” races providing the ultimate test for both sailors and equipment.

Race 1 was started in 22 kts of easterly wind on a square line with ample room for all boats to get away cleanly on starboard tack heading in towards Estoril. One of the first boats to break from the pack was GBR 801 “Monday” helmed by Lawrie Smith, who is racing this year with a 4 man team. It was a question of not going in too far left, which meant you could “over stand” the top mark, but playing the left side of the 1.3 mile course. Lawrie and his successful team who won the 3rd winter series, got it just right and cruised to a deserved victory.

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Winners of Race 1 GBR 801. Lawrie Smith, Hugo Rocha, Goncalo Ribeiro & Ruben Sole.

Race 2 got underway shortly after the 1 hr 10 mins first race with the breeze starting to build showing occasional gusts of 27 kts. This was not a race for the feint hearted and 7 teams opted for an early shower then a warm whisky..  But for the 21 boats who remained out it was a most exciting a rewarding race, as the surfing conditions saw all the thrills and spills of a circus :-).  This time Lawrie and his team had pressure from the beautifully restored “Josephine” representing Turkey led by Ali Tezdiker, helmed by Andy Beadsworth and crewed by the most enthusiastic English Rugby supporter, Simon Fry. Although GBR 801 led at the top mark 2nd time around, they allowed TUR 1212 to gybe inside them giving away their advantage on the final downwind leg to the finish.. This was the first International race win for Ali and his team in the most exhilarating conditions.

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Winners of Race 2 TUR 1212 “Josephine” Andy Beadsworth, Ali Tezdiker and Simon Fry.

With the wind not showing any sign of reducing, our experienced Race Officer Jose’ Cansella, sent the fleet back in for a well deserved “Happy Hour”, superbly provided by the staff at the Club Naval.

On Sunday the wind was much lighter and turned around to the Southwest. With smaller waves and a 6kt breeze it needed full concentration by both helm and crew to keep the boats momentum, especially as an easterly tide kicked in halfway through the day. At the beginning of race 3 it was POR 40 who took the initiative of tacking to the right after a committee boat start.

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Race 3. POR 40 “Dragul” helmed by Jose’ Bello, starts at the boat & tacks to the right.

With the fleet split 50/50 it was not until the top mark that an advantage could be seen, although for those boats on the far right of the course, they began to smile.  Smiling even more was young Bernardo Torres Pego, sailing his first Dragon race on board POR 40 with Jose’ Bello and Andre’ Caiado, as they rounded the top mark in a clear 1st position..

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POR 40 “Dragul” leads Race 3 with Jose’ Bello, Bernardo Torres Pego and Andre’ Ciaado.

For the next hour Bernardo had the excitement of helping Jose’ and Andre’ to maintain their lead ahead of TUR 1212 who kept to the task of finishing with another excellent result. In the end POR 40 took the very popular local victory, with TUR 1212 in a close 2nd place. This put Ali Tezdiker and his “Josephine” team into the overall lead on just 7 points from the 3 races.

Going into the final race of the series (Race 4) it was between TUR 1212 & GBR 801 for the series win, whilst RUS 76 (Dmitry Samokhin) and GER 1177 (Pedro Andrade) were battling for the final podium finish.  This time the left hand side of the beat seem to pay as a strong 2 to 3 kt current continued to push the fleet across the course from left to right. Making good use of their countless years of local knowledge was POR 66 “Drago” helmed by Jose’ Matoso, crewed by 5 times Olympian & Social Media celebrity Gustavo Lima, with Frederico Melo who commanded the race.

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POR 66 “Drago” Jose’ Matoso wins race 4, the final race of the series as the wind died away.

2nd in the final race was DEN 138 “Eva” helmed by Lars Hendriksen, who had also recorded a 4th early in the day. Unfortunately, Lars had gear failure on Saturday so was not able to participate in the strong winds, but I am sure he will be a main force in the remaining series building up to the Worlds in June. Meanwhile RUS 76 just managed to stay ahead (3rd) of GER 1177 (4th) giving Dmitry and his experienced team 3rd place overall. 

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3rd Overall RUS 76 “Strange Little Girl” Dmitry Samokhin, Aleksey Bushuev & Andrey Kirilyuk.

In the fight for overall winners it was TUR 1212 who kept a close eye on GBR 801 to finish 5th & 6th respectively, so the series deservedly went to Ali Tezdiker, Andy Beadsworth and Simon Fry.

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Winners TUR 1212  Ali Tezdiker (Centre) with Andy Beadsworth & Simon Fry.

Of the 8 Corinthian Teams it was once again SWE 385 “Still Crazy” helmed by Stefan Winberg who finished top. Sailing with Fredrik Brotell and Markus Lagerquist, Stefan and his team finished an excellent 6th overall after discarding an OCS in race 2. Very well done to all the “Podium” Teams.

In his winners speech, Andy Beadsworth thanked the Club Naval de Cascais and all their helpers for hosting an excellent weekend of racing in testing conditions. Andy added that he considered Cascais a fantastic venue and he could not think of a better place in Europe to hold a winter series and they very much look forward to competing at the World Championships in June.

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

My thanks as always go to Ricardo Pinto our brilliant Photographer…  without his wonderful action pictures, my Blog’s would not be possible…

 

 

 

 

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Lawrie “Does” like Mondays !

LawriedoeslikeMondaysLawrie Smith wins the 3rd Winter Series in Cascais, with his 4 crew team in “Monday”.

The 2017 European Dragon Circuit could not have started better with the most perfect sailing conditions for the 28 top International Teams in Cascais, Jan 13th-15th.

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Pedro Andrade’s new Petticrows Dragon “Monday” chartered to Lawrie Smith, wins the first European event of 2017 in Cascais, Portugal.

With 6 races completed over three days in a full range of conditions it all came down to the final race as Lawrie Smith went “Head to Head” with Andrey Kirilyuk (who was helming RUS 76 in Dmitry’s absence). Going into the final day Andrey, with his team of Aleksey Bushuev & Vitaly Ignatenko, held a slender lead over the former World Champion & 2015 Gold Cup Winner. However, Lawrie Smith’s 2nd in the 6th race (which in fact was the final race of the series due to a dying breeze) proved crucial. This gave Lawrie and his team of Hugo Rocha, Goncalo Ribeiro & Ruben Sole the victory by just 1pt !

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“Strange Little Girl” had to settle for an impressive 2nd overall. Andrey, Vitaly & Aleksey.

Andrey Kirilyuk, who is normally tactician for Dmitry Samokhin, is a fantastic sailor. He has won numerous Dragon Regatta’s including a victory in Torbole’, Lake Garda. He also finished runner up at the 2103 World Championships in Weymouth, again just losing by a single point! So Andrey is an extremely competitive helmsman when given the opportunity … Thank goodness for all of us he normally sits in the middle of the boat ! 🙂

In fact hard on the heels of these two “Legends” of the sailing world was the man who won those World Championships back in 2013, Klaus Diederichs. Sailing in his GBR 758 “Fever” with Jamie Lea & Deigo Negri, they put together a very impressive series to finish a comfortable 3rd overall.

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Team “Fever” Klaus Diederichs, Jamie Lea & Deigo Negri work hard to take a podium place.

Just behind the top 3 boats was today’s (Jan 16th) Birthday Boy Lars Hendriksen, helming his beautiful 1957 Pedersen & Thuessen “Eva”.

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Happy Birthday Lars !!  

4th Overall in the 3rd Winter Series, Cascais.

Sailing with Claus Olesen & George Leonchuk.

Now leading the overall winter series after 3 events 🙂

 

Right behind these great sailors was the Top Corinthian Team, who finished an excellent 5th place overall… GER 1180 “Rosie” helmed by young Benjamin Morgan, crewed by his Father Karl and Nicolas Raedecke.

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5th Overall & 1st Corinthian Team GER 1180 “Rosie” Benjamin Morgan had a great weekend.

In closing this was a fantastic way to start the new year in Europe. Cascais can now look forward to a full programme of racing as it leads up to host the 2017 Worlds in June. With more Winter Series in Feb & March, then the Grade 1 Juan Carlos Trophy in April (preceded by the 6th Stavros Match Race event), followed by the Portuguese National Championship in May… Where else would you want to be ?

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

p.s.   Many congratulations to GORDON INGATE for winning his 3rd National Title in Australia !  Fantastic Result….. at 90 years young !!  Hope to see you in Cascais my friend.

p.p.s   My deep thanks, as always to Ricardo Pinto for these amazing photo’s… 

 

 

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We have lost “Our” Annie….

Annie1“Our” ANNIE RAVACH sadly passed away this week, she was much loved & will be greatly missed…

Dear Annie, 

I, like every Dragon Sailor and Friends of Sailing all over the World are deeply saddened to hear you have left us. You were instrumental in making our Douarnenez experience “come alive”. The way you assisted the great Louis Urvois and the Society of the Regatta’s volunteers was amazing. My good fortune has been to know you since 1999 when the first Grand Prix was introduced onto the International Dragon Circuit. I, like you, have attended every G.P. since then and have always appreciated your friendship, organisation, helpfulness and generosity but above all your smile…

Of course your expertise and involvement with the Dragon Class did not just stop in Douarnenez, as you also helped run events from Cazuax to Cannes…  But it is inside the big White Tent which hosted the thousands of International Sailors over the 17 years that your legacy will remain in our minds and in our hearts. No problem is a problem when there is a solution… You had all the answers to our questions, nothing was ever too much trouble and you always had time for us…

I have read the hundreds of comments and memories of you that have been posted on social media which show how much you were appreciated and loved. Indeed Tommy Muller contacted me recently to ask me to “Thank You” on behalf of all the lucky sailors who had the pleasure and opportunity to be guided by you and receive so much of your valuable time and effort.

We will miss you Annie but you will never be forgotten……..     Stavros x

 

 

 

 

 

 

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“POW WOW” Win in Cascais…

1177Number 1 is GER 1177 “Pow Wow” Charles Nankin, Michael Zankel & Pedro Andrade!

It was a fantastic climax to the 2nd Winter Series in Cascais, sailed in sunny conditions and 6 to 8 kts of westerly wind. With POR 66, GER 1177 & DEN 138 all within 3 points of each other, the final 2 races would prove critical to decide who would be celebrating their Xmas with the biggest smile!

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Ideal conditions see the 25 boat fleet get away in the 6th race of the 2nd Winter Series, Cascais.

Winning “tactician” Pedro Andrade explained “For the first race of the day the fleet split evenly both left and right after the start, although it was the boats on the left who held the advantage at the top mark. We (GER 1177) rounded 3rd with our main two rivals (POR 66 & DEN 138) behind us. On the 2nd upwind both POR 66 & DEN 138 went left, so we covered that side of the course to consolidate our overall position. However, the right side was stronger, with a right shift and pressure falling on the left. This dropped us back to 6th position, but with our main opposition further back”.

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DEN 138 “Eva” Lars Hendriksen, Claus Olesen & George Leonchuk Win Race 7 to finish 2nd overall.

Pedro continued “In the final race the left paid again on the first beat, this time it was Lars Hendriksen in “Eva” who was leading around the top mark, we rounded 4th. We kept close to Lars trying not to allow many boats between us and in the end our 2nd place gave us the overall victory”.

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POR 66 “Drago” Jose’ Matoso, Gustavo Lima & Stefan Hellriegel finished a deserved 3rd overall.

By winning the final race DEN 138 “Eva” Lars Hendriksen and his top team finished runners up and pushed overnight leaders POR 66 Jose Matoso into 3rd place. However, any podium position in this highly competitive fleet is a fantastic result and really puts down a “marker” to all the other crews. So very well sailed indeed to these top 3 International Teams, we all congratulate you.

benjiBenjamin, Bernhard & Karl receive their prizes from the Club Naval representatives.

Top Corinthian Team who finished a creditable 9th overall were GER 1103 “Rosie” helmed by Benjamin Morgen, crewed by his Father Karl & Bernhard Jocobsohn. This was another great event for this young helmsman who really enjoys his winters sailing with his Father in Cascais, well done Benji.

Just behind the top 3 boats in 4th place was GBR 758 “Fever” helmed by Former World Champion Klaus Diederichs who clearly has his sights set on another World Title next June. 1pt further back was GBR 748 “Sanka” with Dave Ross. This top 5 finish is a fantastic result for Dave and his team who have elected to winter their boat in Portugal and take on the “Big Boy’s” instead of having the easy option of storing their boat in some dark and lonely shed… So why not re-generate your “winter blues” and move your boat down to this “jewel” of a venue in South-West Europe….  You will not be disappointed !

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Higher, Faster, Longer………        Stavros.

 

 

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“DRAGO” Turn up the Heat…..

gustavoPOR 66 “Drago” take the overall lead after 5 races in the 2nd Cascais Winter Series….

Former European Champion and Vice President of the Club Naval de Cascais, Jose’ Matoso, with his top team of Gustavo Lima & Stefan Heiregel sit 2 points clear at the top of the leader board after 5 very competitive races in Cascais.

Below is POR 66’s evening meal as they prepare for tomorrow’s show down 🙂

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Of the 25 top Dragon’s enjoying the fantastic conditions in Portugal, just 8 are local boats, the remaining 17 visiting teams are all settling in really well as they participate in an excellent winter programme which will reach it’s pinnacle, during the World Championships in June next year… 

Today saw a further 3 races after the successful 2 races yesterday which were sailed in slightly more pressure. However, “Running Cool” in the lighter air today were the team from Cowes, Isle of Wight, GBR 748 “Sanka”, helmed by Dave Ross, crewed by Alex Dobson & Mark Hart. This enthusiastic team who are enjoying their first winter in Portugal won 2 of the 3 races which was sailed in a 6 – 10kt Westerly wind with 2.5 metre waves.

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GBR 748 “Sanka” the happy faces of Alex, Dave & Mark as they sail back into the Marina after winning their 2nd race of the day (Race 5 of the Series).    They played the right hand side of the course on the last upwind which proved perfect!

Many congratulations to Dave and his team, to win any race in this competition is great… to win 2 races is brilliant !!

In 2nd place overall is GER 1177 “Pow Wow” helmed by Michael Zankel, crewed by local expert Pedro Andrade and Charles Nankin. This top team are just 2 pts off the lead and with 2 more races scheduled for tomorrow, anything could and probably will happen….

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GER 1177 “Pow Wow” are counting a 10th, 1st, 4th & 2nd so far, just 2pts behind POR 66.

3rd Place overall are team “Eva” DEN 138 helmed by Lars Hendriksen, crewed by Geroge Leonchuk and “Santa” Claus Olesen 🙂 

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Santa Claus & former European Champion Lars Hendriksen, prepare DEN 138 “Eva”…

With “Eva” just 1pt behind “Pow Wow”….  tomorrow will be an excellent finale to this great winter series…

Who will take the “Turkey” Title home for Xmas?   POR 66, GER 1177 or DEN 138 ?

Higher, Faster, Longer……..    Ho Ho Ho…..    Stavros.    🙂

 

 

 

 

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