Provezza “Perform” in Douarnenez

        Two wins for TUR 1212 on Thursday move the current World Champions to the top!

With a total of 5 races sailed so far it is the experienced “Provezza” team helmed by Andy Beadsworth, crewed by Simon Fry and Ali Tezdiker who hold a slight advantage at the Guyader Grand Prix in Douarnenez.

Relishing the superb conditions of 10 to 12 knots with a blue sky and rolling westerly waves, this professional team won back to back races after solid “Pin End” starts to go into the final day with a 2 point lead.

Close racing at the top mark as every team battle for an advantage at this Grade 1 event.

In second place overall is GBR 819 “Fever” helmed by Klaus Diederichs who is also enjoying sailing his new Petticrows V6 in the perfect Douarnenez conditions. In third place, on equal points, is Dutch Sailor Pieter Heerema who continues to impress in his beautifully restored Pedersen & Thuessen Dragon. It would be silly to bet against one of these top 3 teams lifting the trophy at the end of the day as the fourth placed boat is a further 9 points behind.  However, with two races scheduled for this final day, anything could and probably will happen!

Lady Helm Gavia Wilkinson-Cox sailing with Petticrows owner Tim Tavinor & Mark Hart.

Last night the 40 teams enjoyed a fantastic Gala Dinner sponsored by Christian Guyader who was thanked by our IDA Chairman Vasily Senatorov. The highlight of the evening saw Louis Urvois wife Kersti given a small token of appreciation for keeping the Douarnenez legacy alive….  Long may it continue…

Higher, Faster, Longer…….   Stavros.

p.s   Many thanks to photographer Francois Van Malleghem for these excellent images.


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Diederichs Delights in Douarnenez

Sweet Success for Diego & Jamie  in DZ.

This year’s grade one Douarnenez Grand Prix, sponsored by Guyader sees Klaus Diederichs and his Fever Team of Diego Negri and Jamie Lea at the top of the leader board after three races. Conditions thus far have been tricky to say the least. Clouds, shifts and pressure difference have all played a big influence on the race course. After three intensive races it is clear that to win in DZ the top team will need to have sailed an impeccable regatta.


Race one sailed in 7-11 knots in West-North West wind in poor visibility saw ‘George Clooney’ local hero Fred Gourlaouen lead at the top mark (viva la France). Tricky and streaky breeze on the run meant that place changing was inevitable. At the finish Klaus Diederichs headed the fleet from Pieter Heerema, and Andy Beathworths in third.


The second day of racing saw the fleet in difficult conditions with a pulsating breeze from 285 degrees. At the top mark it was almost as though the fleet were linked  by a Pig&Hen bracelet. Provezza Dragon went on to win with Troika (Pieter Heerema) in second and Fever (Klaus Diederichs) in third.


In the third race Provezza Dragon were leading at the first windward mark only to see their good work upwind overcome by Klaus Diederichs and Pieter Heerema downwind. As the race unfolded a fourway battle ensued between Fever, Troika, Provezza and Rock ’n Rolla. At the finish Klaus and his Fever team prevailed with Peter and his Troika in second and in third was Dimitri Samokin. Provezza was left with the scraps of fourth place.


With 3 races sailed and a potential 5 more race to sail everything is still up for grabs.


Stay tuned



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2018 Dragon Gold Cup, Helsinki.

                                                                   The Helsinki Sailing Club (HSK) are delighted to be hosting this year’s Gold Cup from July 20-27 and 60 boats are already registered  !

Now the ice around Helsinki has finally melted and Spring is in the air, the Finnish Dragon Association can look forward to an exciting programme of races in the lead up to their main event.

Just prior to the Gold Cup, why not compete in the Finnish National Championships (July 13-15) which will be sailed on the same race course as the Gold Cup. The HSK has ample space for boats to arrive early and a warm welcome will be given to all competitors for early training and practice.

Detailed information on the venue, transportation and accommodation can be found on this “Home Page” of the IDA web site…

Full Listing of the FIN events in 2018.

1).  HTPS Annual Competition     26th May.   

2). R1 HSK Spring Cup    9th & 10th June.   

3). R2  Helsinki Regatta  HSRM   30th June & 1st July.

4).  R3  EVLI Hanko Regatta ESS&HUS&HSF  6th to 8th July.

5).  R4  Open Dragon Championship FDA&HSK  13th to 15th July.

6).  Gold Cup  2018  (Races from 22nd to 27th) July.

7).  R5  Champagne Regatta  HSS   4th & 5th  August.

8).  Viapori Trophy SUPS  10th 0r 17th August (Wooden Boats Only).

9).  R6  Crayfish Regatta  HSK  18th & 19th August.

10).  R7  BS Classic Regatta  BS  25th & 26th August.

So there we have it fellow sailors, what a programme the Finnish Fleet are providing this season….    See you all at the Gold Cup   🙂

Higher, Faster Longer……..    Stavros.

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NED 422 “Elephant” win on “The” Aalsmeer.

Klaas Ruigewaard with NED 422 the Overall Winners, Dominic, Jan (helm) & Olivier Bakker.

The Dutch Fleet, along with many International Teams (1 EST, 3 GER & 7 BEL), have recently completed their opening races on the wonderful sailing area of Aalsmeer. After a total of 19 races over 3 weekends it is the Family Team of NED 422 “Elephant” who reign victorious. Many congratulations to Jan Bakker and his two sons Dominic & Olivier….

Report from Philip de Koning    27 TEAMS OPENING DUTCH SEASON IN AALSMEER

Higher, Faster, Longer…………    Stavros.

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Copa del Mediterraneo Win for Ingo…

GER 1068 Dr Ingo Ehrlicher with Markus Wieser & Thomas “The Tank” Auracher win in Palma.

Last weekend the 2nd “Copa del Mediterraneo” for the Dragon Class took place in Puerto Portals, Palma. After 7 races it was German sailor Dr Ingo Ehrlicher helming his new PCT Dragon, with his fantastic tactician Markus Wieser and Thomas Auracher who took the championship with a race to spare.

Ingo and Markus receive their winning prize whilst Thomas is outside packing the boat 🙂

Ingo explained “With different weather conditions showing winds of 10-25kts, the sailors enjoyed a beautifully organised tournament. The particularly good collaboration of the Spanish Dragon Association, the Balearian Sailing Federation and the Yacht Club Puerto Portals proved themselves greatly for the coming European Championships in 2020”.  Many congratulations to Ingo and his top team.

In 2nd place overall and really becoming a major player on the International Circuit, was GER 1193 helmed by Dirk Pramann, crewed by Stefan Waack & Stefan Hellriegel. This team have been together now for several seasons and continue to put together some great results.

GER 1193 Dirk Pramann, Stefan Waack & Stefan Hellriegel pushing hard down the waves.

In 3rd place overall was another German Sailor Otto Pohlmann, who has followed up his Princess Sofia success with another podium position. Otto crewed by Hugo Rocha and Markus Koy, was also racing a PCT Dragon and relishing being back sailing again after such a long time out of the game. Many congratulations to both Dirk & Otto with their 2nd & 3rd positions.

GER 1205  Otto Pohlmann, Hugo Rocha & Markus Koy hiking hard upwind in Palma.

Although 20 boats were registered, a total of 14 boats actually made it to the starting line. There was a great spirit both on and off the water as the Spanish Fleet show good comradery and excellent organisational skills. The Marina of Puerto Portals is well managed and has an excellent infrastructure.

GER 1068 (Ingo) makes a great start at the Pin End in Puerto Portals, Palma.

Frank Berg sailing his beautiful wooden Pedersen & Thuesen “Get-Away”

Had some top results with two 2nd’s and one race win, but his two UFD’s spoilt any chance of a podium place. In the end Frank had to settle for 2nd overall Corinthian.  Also having a great, fun winter in Palma is Sweden’s Bjorn Osterblom who finished 3rd Corinthian.

SWE 342 Bjorn Osterblom, crewed by Peje Emilsson & Per Skoglund round the gate in Palma.

However, the winning Corinthian Team was SWE 316 helmed by local sailor Fernando Leon, crewed by Alvero Irala and Jordi Sales. This team from the Clube de Regates Puerto Portals finished a creditable 6th overall, well done.

Higher, Faster, Longer……….    Stavros.

Many thanks to Nico Martinez @MartinezStudio for these excellent photo’s…..

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Pieter Heerema Wins the 23rd Juan Carlos Trophy.

  NED 412 “Troika” Pieter Heerema holds the Trophy with Lars Hendriksen & Claus Olesen.

It was a very pleasing final day for Pieter Heerema, with his team of Lars Hendriksen and Claus Olesen, as they rounded off a successful championship with a 1st and 3rd place to win the 23rd H.M. Juan Carlos Trophy by a clear 8pts.  Pieter told me “Portugal is having an unsettled spring with lots of rain, cool temperatures and an unbelievable swell. But we were very happy to perform well in a 7 year old Petticrows instead of our usual Pedersen & Thuesen. In the end our lead of 8 points looked comfortable but it did not feel like that. There were huge waves and huge shifts with big dead spots making it very tricky and nerve racking”.  Well done to the NED 412 team…

Close racing on the final day in Cascais, as NED 412 Pieter Heerema wins overall.

Despite the 8 point lead of the winners, it was all extremely close for the other podium positions with only 1 point separated the next 3 boats.  SUI 311 “Sophie Racing” (23pts)  just squeezed out NED 411 “Olinghi” (23pts) on countback leaving SUI 296 to finish 4th (24pts).  So congratulations to Hugo Stenbeck for taking the runners up spot and well done to top Lady Helm Charlotte ten Wolde for finishing 3rd overall.

 Runners Up SUI 311 “Sophie Racing” Hugo Stenbeck, Martin Westerdahl & Robert Stanjer.

It was a very good 3rd and 2nd place on the final day that helped the 4 person “Olighi” team of Charlotte Ten Wolde with sister Juliette, best friend Janka Holan and local professional Pedro Andrade take the final podium place. It’s great to see 3 young ladies sailing at this level in the Dragon Class, always smiling and adding so much colour to the fleet 🙂 Well done girls !

3rd Overall NED 411 “Olinghi” Juliette & Charlotte ten Wolde, with Janka Holan & Pedro’s Brother 🙂

So there we have it, another Juan Carlos Trophy over. Many congratulations to all the podium teams and a big thank you to the Race Management at the Club Naval de Cascais for successfully completed the scheduled 7 race series despite testing conditions.

Higher, Faster, Longer………    Stavros.



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Two Bullet’s for Hugo…in Cascais.

    Sui 311 “Sophie Racing”, helmed by Hugo Stenbeck , won both races today in Cascais,

The lighter winds and slightly less rolling waves suited the “Sophie Racing” team today as two more races were completed in the 23rd Juan Carlos Trophy. By winning both races Hugo Stenbeck, Martin Westerdahl & Robert Stanjer have put themselves right back in contention for the overall prize. Also showing good form were the talented NED 412 “Troika” team headed by Pieter Heerema, crewed by Lars Hendriksen & Claus Olesen who finished with two 2nd places. Following Pieter home in both races was POR 58 helmed by Filipe Silva, with Henry Costa Silva & Diogo Cayolla recording two 3rd’s.

Two 3rd places for POR 58 “Marias III” today, as Diogo Cayolla retrieve’s the kite.

The team from SUI 296 “Ariston”, who were the leaders after 3 races, did not have such a good day recording a 5th & 11th.  This drops Justus Kniffka into 2nd place overall after discarding the 11th place and surrenders the lead to NED 412 “Troika” Pieter Heerema who tops the fleet on 11pts after 5 races.

Jorge Lima gets the pole ready on SUI 296 “Ariston” in race 4 today, slipping to 2nd overall.

The CNC Sports Director Rita Goncalves, is hoping to squeeze in two more races tomorrow, despite a forecast of light south-westerly winds and rain! With a start time of 11.00 and a “cut off” time of 14.00 (for the last possible warning signal) the 12 teams will be crossing their fingers and hoping for the best. Cascais is renowned for usually completing the full series of 7 races so let’s see how the day goes….

Close racing across the waves on Day 3 of the H.M. Juan Carlos Trophy in Cascais.

With Pieter Heerema on 11pts, Justus Kniffka on 12pts & Hugo Stenbeck on 13pts, everything is set for a super finale to this championship. Finally, don’t forget competitors, the winner of the final race also wins the “Stavros” Trophy, so that gives an extra incentive for tomorrow 🙂

Higher, Faster, Longer……    Stavros.

Thanks again to Anna Zykova for her usual super photo’s….

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23rd Juan Carlos Trophy, in Cascais.

NED 411 Charlotte ten Wolde leads at the top mark in Race 1 of the XXIII Juan Carlos Trophy.

After no racing on Thursday with too much wind, the 23rd Juan Carlos Trophy  began today (Friday) with an 8 to 12 knot north-westerly wind and a big rolling Atlantic swell.  Three races were completed for this small but competitive 12 boat fleet, with Lady Helm Charlotte ten Wolde winning race 1. Sailing with her sister Juliette, Janka Holan and local professional Pedro Andrade, Charlotte made a great start to the championship and will take the Vincent Hoesch Trophy (Awarded to the winner of Race 1) back home with her to Holland :-). 2nd place was SUI 296 Justus Kniffka & 3rd NED 412 Pieter Heerema.

Winner of Race 2 was SUI 296 helmed by Justus Kniffka, with Jorge Lima & Joao Vidinha.

In race 2 it was Justus Kniffka helming SUI 296 who put in a fantastic performance to take the victory, crewed by Jorge Lima & Joao Vidinha. Joao explained “It was a very tricky day with a big swell and our tactician Jorge did a good job. For a change it mainly paid to go left, we are very happy”.  2nd was GBR 810 Tom Vernon and 3rd POR 47  Vasco Serpa.

Although the majority of the fleet headed right, it was the left side that paid most times.

In Race 3 it was again GBR 810 helmed by Tom Vernon, crewed by Adam Bowers & Ollie Spensley-Corfield, who were at the front end of the fleet. In the end Tom took the victory from POR 67 John Herald Orneberg in 2nd & POR 47 Vasco Serpa with another 3rd place.  As both Tom and Vasco had a UFD from race 1 they were both happy to record back to back top three places.  Unfortunately, Tom was protested in Race 2, which was upheld, so it will now be tough to finish on the podium overall, but I’m sure they will fight hard to redeem the situation…

The CNC Committee Boat shepherd’s the fleet back to the swing moorings in Cascais.

So after three races it is SUI 296 Justus Kniffka who sits at the top of the leader board with scores of 2, 1, 4. In 2nd overall is NED 411 Charlotte ten Wolde with 1,7,5 and 3rd is POR 67 with 9, 4 & 2. However, there are still two more days to go, so lets see what tomorrow brings…..

Higher, Faster, Longer……….     Stavros.


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A Princess Sofia Trophy for Otto..

Winners of the Princess Sofia Trophy, Markus Koy, Jorge Lima & Helm Otto Pohlmann.

It was great to see the Dragon’s racing again at the 49th Princess Sofia Trophy held over the Easter Weekend, as the Spanish Dragon Fleet continue to attract more visiting teams. After a very successful winter series based at Puerto Portals, it was the turn of the Real Club Nautico to host the 16 teams for this top International event.  A total of 5 races were completed over 3 days in near perfect conditions, despite one day being lost due to wind over 30kts!

The second start from Day 3 with the wind between 8 – 13kts, saw DEN 266 called “UFD”!

The event was dominated by Germany’s Otto Pohlmann helming UAE 9 “Desert Eagle” who recorded three 1st places, a 3rd and a 5th, to finish on just 11 points. With no discard until a possible 6th race, this gave Otto and his top team of Markus Koy and Jorge Lima victory by a clear 6 points.

Impressive sailing from UAE 9 Otto Pohlmann & his team winning 3 of the 5 races.

Otto’s crew Jorge Lima commented after sailing “It was nice and warm, classic Palma days even though we could not race on the Saturday. On Friday two races were sailed in nice waves with wind between 18 to 23 kts, then on Sunday we completed 3 races in a lovely sea-breeze of 8 to 13 kts. Our team did a fantastic job with very few mistakes, this gave us a solid win over a very good fleet.” So many congratulations to Otto, Markus and Jorge.

Also showing good speed and tactical awareness was our IDA Vice Chairman Stephane Baseden, crewed by Patrick Aucour & Pascal Rambeau, who put together a strong series after winning the opening race. Helming FRA 420 “Outlaw” Stephane finished on 17 points with scores of 1, 4, 5, 4 & 3.

2nd Overall FRA 420 “Outlaw”, Stephane Baseden, with Patrick Aucour & Pascal Rambeau.

Fighting hard to take the final podium place was top Spanish sailor Javier Scherk helming ESP 71 “Gunter”, racing well to hold off Germany’s Tanja Jacobsohn who had to settle for 4th place overall. Javier, based in Barcelona, is mixing his Dragon racing with the competitive J 70 class and doing an excellent job of helping to promote one design racing in Spain.

3rd overall ESP 71 “Gunter” Javier Scherk, with Alvaro Marinho & Domingo Manrique.

So many congratulations to these top three teams and well done to the Spanish Fleet for the continued resurgence of Dragon’s back in Palma de Mallorca. The next event will be the “Copa del Meditterraneo” in just a few weeks time April 13th to 15th, based in Puerto Portals and possible charter  boats are available. Just contact Pepe’ at Club de Regates, Puerto Portals for further information and the N.O.R.

Finally, with the European Championships scheduled for Palma in 2020, I can only see the Spanish Fleet going from strength to strength…..

Higher, Longer, Faster……….     Stavros.

Many thanks to “professional” Photographer Bernardi Bibiloni for these fantastic images.




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Provezza Prevail in San Remo.

TUR 1212 “Provezza Dragon” win the Paul & Shark Dragon Cup in San Remo, Italy.

38 teams competed in San Remo from March 22nd to 25th, sailing 5 races over the 4 days with wind predominately from the east, beginning with a comfortable 9 to 12 kts on day 1, building to 25+kts on the final day.  The first day saw 2 victories going to GER 1170 “Cameleer” helmed by Markus Brenneke fresh from his Grade 1 victory in Cannes 3 weeks ago.

GER 1170 “Cameleer” Markus Brenneke, Jochen Schumann & Ingo Borgowski 2 race wins. 

As the regatta progressed and the wind became stronger, Markus and his brilliant team could not quite match the “Heavy Weather” sailing from TUR 1212 and RUS 76 who shared the next three races between them. In the end Markus, Jochen & Ingo had to settle for 3rd overall which continues their magnificent start to the 2018 season. Well done.

Another fantastic photo from ELENA RAZINA see’s the fleet & the beautiful San Remo.

Meanwhile, taking up the challenge and moving into the lead after 4 races were the top Russian Team from RUS 76 “RocknRolla”, helmed by Dmitry Samokhin. After recording a 3rd & 4th place on the opening day, Dmitry, Andrey & Alexsey sailed very well to finish 2nd in race 3 and then won race 4. This put these excellent sailors in first place overall on 10 points after 4 races. Great sailing from Dmitry, Andrey Kirilyuk & Alexsey Bushuev.

Team “RocknRolla” RUS 76 won race 4 to hold the overall lead after 3 days in San Remo. 

However, snapping at their heels as the wind increased were the 2017 World Champions TUR 1212 “Provezza Dragon” helmed by Andy Beadsworth, crewed by Ali Tezdiker & Simon Fry. After recording a 10th & 6th place in the opening two races, these fantastic sailors proved once again why they won the Worlds last year, as they finished 1,2 & 1.

Power Play” from the Provezza Team as the current World Champions are at Full Speed.

Unfortunately, as the wind increased during the final race RUS 76’s mast collapsed at the top of the downwind leg. It happened during a severe gust so all Dmitry and his team could do was to thank their lucky stars that they were safe and sound and were quickly towed back to the marina.

Despite the broken mast RUS 76 ended up on equal points to TUR 1212, but 2nd on countback.

Its always sad to see a mast down on any boat, particularly during a race, especially the final race. But a positive Dmitry said “This is how the last race of San Remo Cup has ended up for us and how we lost first position overall. Things like this are teaching us something. Definitely. We just keep guessing what exactly :-)”  Keep doing what you are doing Dmitry, RUS 76 continues to write history…

The Top Corinthian Team was once again Karl-Gustaf Lohr helming SWE 389 “High Times”.  Karl and his team of Jasper Bendix & Mads Hansen always enjoy sailing at San Remo and not only were first Corinthians but also finished in 9th Overall.

Setting the pace and top Corinthians Overall, SWE 389 “High Times” Karl-Gustaf Lohr.

Karl told me “It was tough and challenging with really hard wind and high waves. At the same time we had really High Times !” To finish in the top 10 overall in this excellent fleet is a great result Karl, many congratulations to You, Mads and Jasper.

1st Corinthian Team. SWE 389 “High Times”. Karl, Jasper & Mads power upwind in San Remo.

So there we have it, another top quality Dragon Regatta over and San Remo can look forward to hosting the 4th European Grade 1 event for 2018 during September. Why not make a note in your calendar for Sept 13th-16th to join in the fun before travelling onto the Regates Royal in Cannes Sept 24th-28th…   Never mind working, just go Sailing 🙂

Higher, Faster, Longer…………     Stavros.

Many thanks once again to the excellent Elena Razina for these wonderful photo’s…





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