Dragon Grand Prix Cannes – Day 2 Report

After the opening day’s sunshine the rain and squalls of day two at the Dragon Grand Prix Cannes were less than welcomed by the 51 International Dragon sailors taking part in the first event of the 2019 Dragon European Cup series.

The leaden skies were initially accompanied by very light winds and the race committee was forced to postpone racing, initially ashore and then again afloat once the fleet had sailed out into the Golfe Juan race area – the easterly of the two available courses.

Attempts were made to run two races but only one could be completed, with the second being abandoned more than half way through. The winner of the completed race by a whisker was Portugal’s Pedro Rebelo de Andrade, who beat Dragon stalwart Tommy Müller, a former Dragon World, European and double Gold Cup Champion by a whisker on the final leg.

Müller makes a welcome return to international competition after a couple of seasons break, sailing with a new crew of 2001 Dragon World Champion Phillip Malte and four time Olympian and three time Star European Champion Markus Koy. Müller has clearly lost none of his old touch and his second today combines with yesterday’s two fourths to put him into a five point overall lead. In second overall is fellow German Markus Brenneck, who is crewed by Olympic silver medalist Ingo Burkowski and the legendary Jochen Schumann, three time Olympic medalist and two time America’s Cup winner, who took fifth in the race. Britain’s Grant Gordon took seventh in the race and ended the day in third place overall, just one point behind Brenneck, although he must have been hoping for more as he was leading the fourth race when it was abandoned.

After racing Gordon was sanguine about the situation saying “It was a good race obviously for us until it got abandoned. We had a great start and the boys were doing well. We made some good calls and were going in the right direction and the boat was going fast. But it’s been a great regatta so far, we’re still here and there are two more days to go so lots to play for.”

In the Corinthian Division for all amateur crews Sweden’s Karl-Gustaf Löhr continues to lead fellow Swede Martin Palsson with Germany’s Maximillian Dohse remaining in third.

For Pedro Andrade and his team of top Portuguese dinghy sailors Goncalo Ribeiro and Joao Vidinha de Costa, a race win is familiar territory, but for their fourth crew member 13 year old Kasey Marfo it was a very special day. Marfo is part of the Scaramouche Sailing Project which uses sailing to develop the potential of pupils from the Greig City Academy, located in the London borough of Haringey, one of the most deprived boroughs in the city. Started by geography teacher John Holt, this initiative has brought sailing to young people who would never otherwise have had the opportunity and it has demonstrated the amazing benefits the sport can bring to young people. Holt and Andrade met by chance at a regatta and Andrade was so impressed with the project that he invited them to join him for regular winter training in his fleet of Dragons in Vilamoura. Kasey is one of several children who have subsequently been invited to race with Andrade’s team and in addition Project Scaramouche have been offered the long term use of a Dragon in Cowes. The grin on Kasey’s face said it all at the end of the day!

This regatta is full of world class sailor and perhaps one of the best known is also the furthest travelled competitor. Australia’s Peter Gilmour is a three time World Match Racing Tour and double America’s Cup winner and is now helming JAP56 YRed for Yashiro Yaji as part the Yanmar Sailing Team. Yanmar are also a sponsor of the International Dragon European Cup circuit and are title sponsor of the forthcoming Dragon Gold Cup in Medemblik. After racing Gilmour spoke about Yanmar’s support saying, “Yanmar is one of the world’s biggest diesel engine manufacturers and love supporting sailing and the Dragon class. Their history is over 100 years and the Dragon celebrates its 90th anniversary this year so there’s a symbiotic relationship which is fantastic.” Of his day on the water and in particular the loss of the second race he said, “I think it was a great race and everyone was having a good time. It got a bit funky on the second run and there would have been fortunes made and fortunes lost so it was probably the right decision to abandon it, but it was difficult so far through the race not to be able to get a score.”

Looking at the day’s races in detail the story opened with postponements. Eventually, at the third time of asking and under black flag, race three got underway with a clear line in light drizzle and a north easterly of around 9 knots. If anything conditions were even more difficult to read than the opening day and it was Müller who made the smartest choices up the first beat to lead at the first weather mark by half a boat length from fellow German Stephan Link with Hungary’s Ferenc Kis-Szôlgyemi in third and Portugal’s Pedro Rebelo de Andrade, the 2017 Dragon European Champion, fourth. With the wind up and down in strength as well as shifting this leading pack battled it out but held their places for the next two legs. On the second run Andrade was to the right and timed his gybe perfectly to slip into the lead as he rounded the port gate buoy. With a reduced final beat he held his lead to the finish. Müller crossed second with Monaco’s Jens Rathsack third and Kis-Szôlgyemi fourth.

The rain began to set in in earnest but the wind looked to be holding and the committee rolled into race four, hoping to complete ahead of the approaching thunderstorms. Initially things looked promising and Britain’s Grant Gordon led the fleet comfortably for the first lap and a half, but on the second run things began to unravel and with boats pointing in all directions the race committee made the decision to abandon and sent the boats back to harbour.

Back ashore the Yacht Club de Cannes once again demonstrated why its world renowned as one of the circuits most hospitable clubs with a delicious and much needed post sailing meal and a warm and most importantly dry welcome.

The regatta continues until Friday 5 April with a total of eight races scheduled. The forecast for day three sees a welcome return of the sun with strong westerly winds.

Provisional Top Six After 3 Races
GER33 – Thomas Müller – 4, 4, 2 = 10
GER1170 – Marcus Brennecke – 7, 3, 5 = 15
GBR820 – Grant Gordon – 1, 7, 8 = 16
NED412 – Pieter Heerema – 10, 1, 7 = 18
POR84 – Pedro Rebelo de Andrade – 6, 14, 1 = 21
GER1186 – Tanja Jacobsohn – 3, 2, 16 = 21

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Tanja Jacobsohn Leads Opening Day of Dragon Grand Prix Cannes 2019

German 470 World Champion Tanja Jacobsohn showed the 50 strong fleet how it’s done with some wonderfully consistent sailing at the opening day of the Dragon Grand Prix de Cannes on the Cote d’Azure, France. This first event of the Dragon European Cup 2019 has attracted an extremely strong field from 16 nations across Europe and as far afield as Japan.

Sparkling sun on the beautiful Iles de Lerins and Alpes Maritimes provided the perfect backdrop for what were to be two particularly challenging races, as shifty southerly winds varied from 3 to 13 knots and combined with tricky waves on the 1.7 mile long windward leeward courses.

The first of the day’s two races went to Britain’s Grant Gordon with Holland’s Pieter Heerema taking race two, but it was Tanja Jacobsohn’s 3, 2 scoreline which triumphed to give her a three point overall lead. Gordon came seventh in the second race to put him onto eight points overall and into second place on countback from Germany’s Thomas Müller in third, who was also very consistent with a pair of fourth places. Fellow German Marcus Brennecke is in fourth place counting ten points with Heerema slotting into fifth on eleven points.

Grant Gordon’s tactician Ruairidh Scott gives us a flavour of the day’s conditions with his overview of race one; “We had a reasonable start down near the pin end, we got a little bit lee bowed by Pieter Heerema, he tacked and crossed us and we went a little bit further. Toward the top of the beat the wind went a bit left so we came to the top mark very close with each other and between the top five. We did a really nice job on the first run as the breeze was dropping quickly as we got close to the shore. The sea state was still very confused and the wind was very light and we did a nice job of gybing in the right places and extending away a little bit from the fleet. Only five or six boat lengths, but that was enough to give us the ability to sail where we wanted. From that point we could lead out to the right hand side where the wind filled back in from, and from that point on were were stretching out our lead. So a very good race for us.”

Behind Gordon second place in race one went to the Russian team of Yevgen Braslavets with Jacobsohn, who is crewed by husband Bernard Jacobsohn and Jan Scharffesser, third, Müller fourth and Switzerland’s Hugo Stenbeck fifth. Despite his excellent start Heerema lost ground and crossed the line in tenth place.

Heerema and his crew of Lars Hendriksen and George Leonchuk are seasoned players though and went into race two determined not to make the same mistake twice. They led from the off and were never seriously challenged, Jacobsohn meanwhile had to battle the pack for her second place with fellow German Marcus Brennecke taking third and Müller his second fourth. Russians Dmitry Samokhin and Anatoly Loginov were fifth and sixth respectively, finishing just ahead of Gordon in seventh.

After racing a delighted Tanja Jacobsohn paid credit to her team saying “We had a good start and I think we were very fast. We trained a lot in the winter and I have a good crew. It was a good course too.”

In the Corinthian Division for all amateur crews Sweden’s Karl-Gustaf Löhr is leading fellow Swede Martin Palsson with Germany’s Maximillian Dohse third.

Back ashore the crews enjoyed some of the Yacht Club de Cannes famous hospitality with a delicious post racing paella party. The après sailing gatherings for this year’s Dragon Grand Prix Cannes have been generously sponsored by Yanmar, sponsors of the 2019 Dragon Gold Cup, which will be held in Medemblik from 9 to 14 June.

Racing continues until Friday 5 April with a total of 8 races scheduled. The sailing instructions indicate that two races will be sailed each day, but with the forecast threatening very strong winds for Thursday the Race Committee has elected to post an amendment which gives them the option to race up to three races on day two of the competition. The forecast for day two is for a lot of rain but good winds, with racing due to start at 11.30am.

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IDA Launches 2019 Dragon Grade 1 Circuit & European Cup

IDA introduces Grand Final to Dragon European Grade 1 Circuit with new Dragon European Cup trophies

2019 series opens with Dragon Grand Prix de Cannes from 2-6 April in Cannes, France

Cannes, France – 2 April 2019 – Throughout its 90-year history the International Dragon has remained at the forefront of international keelboat racing and 2019 sees the launch of a new initiative to further enhance that reputation for world class competition. The 2019 Dragon European Grade One circuit will feature four regattas and will culminate in a spectacular new Grand Final featuring the top 20 teams, with a specially commissioned Dragon European Cup perpetual trophies being presented to the winners.

Attracting top teams from across Europe and around the globe, the events will be spread across the season and located in premier venues with top quality race management. For 2019 the series will comprise:

2 – 6 April – Dragon Grand Prix de Cannes, Cannes, France
1 – 4 May – H.M. King Juan Carlos I Trophy, Cascais, Portugal
3 – 6 July – Dragon Grand Prix Germany, Kühlungsborn, Germany
11 – 16 November – Dragon Grand Prix Spain and European Cup Series Finals, Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Participants will have to qualify for the Dragon European Cup Grand Final. Places will be awarded to the top 20 highest scoring helms in the four qualifying regattas, with one discard allowed from the first three events. The final regatta of the year, the Dragon Grand Prix Spain in Palma de Mallorca, is compulsory for sailors who wish to compete in the Final.

Out of the 20 finalists, there will be a quota for non-Corinthian and Corinthian sailors, based on the proportion of non-Corinthians/Corinthians participating in all four qualifying events. For example, if the total entries for all four events are 160, Corinthian entries total 40 and non-Corinthian total 120, then the Corinthian quota for the Final will be five, and the non-Corinthian will be 15.

The winner will be awarded a spectacular new trophy which has been designed and created for the series by Finnish sculptor and sailor Sami Salomaa. In addition, there will be a perpetual trophy for the top Corinthian helm, presented by legendary Hong Kong Dragon sailor Lowell Chang.

The format for the Grand Final will incorporate up to five races of standard IDA Grade 1 regatta format and duration, subject to weather conditions. If there are five races sailed one discard will apply. There will be no minimum number of races for the final; the trophy may be awarded if only one race is completed.

IDA Chairman Vasily Senatorov shared his thoughts on the new series; “The new Dragon European Cup adds an additional focus on top-flight competition, whilst carefully maintaining the essential balance between the professional and Corinthian teams. In selecting Cannes, Cascais, Kühlungsborn and Palma for this year’s events we have secured four superb and hugely popular venues which will ensure outstanding regattas, an excellent mixture of sailing areas and conditions, and of course some great après sailing activities, as camaraderie and hospitality are vital elements of any Dragon regatta.”

Already participation is confirmed from a stellar line up of competitors representing at least fifteen nations including, America’s Cup skipper and four time World Match Racing Tour winner Peter Gilmour, top Dutch Dragon sailor and Vende Globe veteran Pieter Heerema, 2017 Dragon European Champion Pedro Andrade (POR), 2017 Dragon Gold Cup winner Stefan Link (GER), 2013 Dragon World Champion Klaus Diederichs (GBR), and Russians Yevgen Braslavetz and Anatoly Loginov who are both past winners of the Dragon Gold Cup and double Dragon European Champions.

At least 50 teams are enteredd for the opening event in Cannes which gets underway on Tuesday 2 April and runs until Friday 5 April, with up to 8 races scheduled over the four days. Full coverage of the event will be available from www.intdragon.net, the IDA Facebook Page and Twitter.

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San Remo shines for the Dragon Cup.

Wonderful weather in San Remo during the Paul & Shark Dragon Cup 14-17 March.

33 boats enjoyed Italy’s Ligurian coastline sailing 7 quality races over 4 days, at the Paul & Shark Dragon Cup in San Remo. There is no doubt the 90th Dragon Anniversary is in good hands and will be “Festival of Celebration” at this excellent location from October 5th to 11th.

Winners of Race 1 ITA 77 Yvgeni Braslavets, Sergey Pugachev & Sergey Timokhov.

From the very first race ITA 77 made a statement by just squeezing out GER 1207 at the finish to take the victory. It was as close as any finish could be, but saw Yvegeni continue his recent success in Palma and set the tone for the rest of this Paul & Shark Dragon Cup. In race 2 a big gain was made by EST 16 tacking out to sea (which is not normally the preferred direction in San Remo) as the Race Committee set courses further away from the land. This lead was maintained by Mihkel Kosk and his new Estonian crew and there were no happier sailors afloat when they crossed the finish line..

 

Winners of Race 2 EST 16  Mihkel Kosk, Pearu Pold & Helle Vain.. Great Result Mihkel!

This event was also part II of the Italian National Championship it was sailed in good spirits, extremely well organised both on and off the water providing all participants maximum sailing time in a variety of conditions. Yacht Club San Remo showed why it hosts so many top International events, providing the complete package for any Sailing Championship and will be ideal for our 90th Anniversary later in the year. Many Corinthian teams enjoyed the sailing conditions and none more so than “popular” Sami Salomaa who eventually took the title with his team of Kalle Pihl & Jari Bremer, well done guys.

Corinthian Winners & 6th overall were FIN 91 Sami Salomaa, Kalle Pihl & Jari Bremer.

 Overall it was a fantastic battle which went all the way down to the wire, due to the amazing final day of  Ivan Bradbury’s “Blue Haze” recording a 1st & 2nd to finish level on points!  But, on count-back,  Yvgeni’s three race wins against Ivan’s two, (how close is that?) gave his Yacht Club San Remo team of Sergey Pugachev & Sergey Timokhov the victory. Many congratulations to these amazing sailors.

Yvgeni Braslavets, with San Remo President Beppe Zaoli, Sergey Pugachev & Sergey Timokhov.

At his winning speech Yvgeni thanked his team, all the helpers and volunteers of  Yacht Club San Remo and said he was looking forward to returning for 90th Anniversary in October. He acknowledged the Race Committee had set excellent courses and complimented his main competitors Ivan Bradbury, Lars & George on such close racing which kept the final outcome in doubt until the very last seconds of the final race!

2nd overall GBR 375 “Blue Haze” Ivan Bradbury, Lars Hendriksen & George Leonchuck.

Finishing 3rd in this competitive field were the the “Double” European Champions and former Gold Cup Winners RUS 27 “Annapurna” helmed by Anatoly Loginov, crewed by Vadim Statsenko and Alexander Shaligin. They fought hard, recording three 2nd places and one 3rd but could not quite top the leader board on this occasion. Such was the quality of the two leading boats.

3rd Overall RUS 27 “Annapurna” Anatoly Loginov, Vadim Statsenko & Alexander Shaligin.

Also having another very good regatta was top Lady Helm Nicola Friesen despite having to put up with her excellent tactician Vincent Hoesch feeling under the weather all week complaining to us all how ill he felt 🙂 So very well done to Nicola  and her GER 1207 team “Khaleesi” for this performance.

4th Overall GER 1207 “Khaleesi” Nicola Friesen, with Vincie Hoesch & Frithjoff Kleen.

Meanwhile the Italian National Championship title (combined Alassio & San Remo scores), was won by ITA 76 “Yanez” Giuseppe Duca crewed by Jean Sebastian Ponce & Vittorio Zaoli. Very well done to this top Italian Team.

Italian National Champions ITA 76 Giuseppe Duca, Jean Sebastian Ponce & Vittorio Zaoli.

With ITA 77 & GBR 375 sharing 5 race wins between them the final race winner was MON 2 Jens Rathsack, Frederico Melo & Diogo Pereira.  Jens also sailed well in race 2 & 3 and is beginning to show the form he had at last years Europeans in Hungary.

Winner of race 7 MON 2 “Jeanie” Jens Rathsack, Frederico Melo & Diogo Pereira.

So congratulations again to ITA 77 with 3 race wins taking the title ahead of GBR 375 (2 race wins) and RUS 27 in 3rd place. A great time was had by all so make sure you get an entry in for the 90th Anniversary, the stage is set, 200 boats are anticipated and San Remo is certainly a fantastic place to visit… 🙂

Higher, Faster, Longer………    Stavros.

p.s.  Many Thanks to Elena Razina for these superb photo’s, see more on her F.B. page.

 

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Stephan “Linked in” Vilamoura….

Vilamoura Winners Stephan Link, Michi Lip & Frank Butzmann with Nino Shmueli (Left).

Stephan Link and his experience 2017 Gold Cup winning team won the final Vilamoura Winter Series at the weekend organised by Vilamoura Sailing with IDA International Race Officer Nino Shmueli overseeing 8 races during 3 sunny days with 10 to 14 kts of breeze.

There is no doubt Vilamoura offers amazing weather throughout the winter and why Pedro Andrade has selected this Algarve “jewel” location to realize his sailing dream….

Crystal clear waters in Vilamoura for the 14 Internationals Teams in 5th winter series.

With over 121 sailors participating over the 5 winter series and 1 team racing event, the future looks bright for the resurgence of Vilamoura. In the late 1990’s we always enjoyed top racing conditions at this excellent location, but sadly interest dropped. However, now Vilamoura Sailing working with Pedro Andrade have really put this excellent venue back on the map. A total of 38 races were completed over the 5 winter series showing that conditions are extremely reliable offering competitors more time on the water sailing and less time waiting ashore…

IDA Treasurer Anne Vanneste & Brother Xavier with Andy Beadsworth lead at Mark 1.

With PRO Nino Shmueli running the races (approx 50 mins) the turn around from race to race keeps the competitors alert and on their toes. Then ashore the local seafood, regional wines & refreshments keep everyone happy, making this winter program a great success.

Runner up overall was the beautiful Pedersen & Thuessen of Ivan Bradbury “Debutant” (Formerly FIN 50), sailing with Lars Hendriksen & George Leonchuck. Ivan and his team put together some very consistent results over the 3 days to finish just ahead of Marcus Brennecke.

2nd overall, Lars Hendriksen with Ivan Bradbury (Helm) & George Leonchuck.

3rd overall Ingo Borkowski, Marcus Brennecke (Helm) & Jochen Schumann.

All 14 boats will now move up to Cascais for a winter series event followed by the Grade 1 Juan Carlos Trophy early May. Meanwhile, many Dragons based in Cannes and Italy will attend the popular Italian National Championships in San Remo. As the Yacht Club of San Remo will be hosting the prestigious 90th Anniversary of our wonderful class in October, this will give the organizers a chance to pre-welcome many Dragon Sailors to this excellent Liguria venue. I look forward to assisting the Race Management Team and writing more reports during the regatta from 14-17 March, whilst ashore Tatiana Kurbatova will organize things to her usual high and efficient standard.

Higher, Faster, Longer………   Stavros.

 

 

 

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III Mediterranean Cup Success for ITA 77.

The “Winners take it All” the Top 3 Teams, plus 1st Corinthian & 1st Classic Team. Presented by CEO of Puerto Portals, Corinna Graf (in Green).

A total of Six Races were sailed over 15th, 16th & 17th Feb, in glorious sunshine, cloudless skies with light easterly winds and late afternoon sea breezes. All 26 teams enjoyed a fantastic time both on and off the water with the Race Management Team from Club de Regatas Puerto Portals providing excellent courses, perfectly set lines and clear VHF communication. After race refreshment was also provided by this well situated friendly Sailing Club/School making the whole event very appealing for future winter racing….

ITA 77 “Bunker Prince” helmed by Yvgeni Braslavets dominated in Palma.

From the onset ITA 77 “Bunker Prince” followed their victory of the Puerto Portals Winter Series by winning race 1, race 3, race 5 & race 6 giving Yvgeni Braslavets and his team of Sergey Pugachev & Sergey Timokhov another well deserved victory.

Close Racing in Puerto Portals, another excellent photo from Nico Martinez

It was great to see many new faces joining the fleet as sailors from other classes experienced for themselves the fun of Dragon Sailing. Also, many teams have Family members on board learning the intricate skills of boat tuning and sail trim. One young Lady in particular experienced something that many sailors can only dream of…rounding the windward mark of a race in first place! Yes 14 year old Maria del Mar Lopes crewing for her Father Carlos in POR 69, led at the top mark of the final race and held on to finish 3rd.

14 yr old Maria del Mar Lopes leads around the top mark of Race 6 in POR 69.

The two other teams finishing on the “Podium” was GER 1207 “Khalessi” helmed by Nicola Friesen, crewed by Vincent Hoesch & Frithjof Kleen on 22pts, followed by ESP 71 “Gunter” helmed by Javier Scherk, crewed by Miguel Angel Santaursula & Pedro Andrade with 23pts.

2nd Overall GER 1207 “Khalessi” Nicola Friesen, Vincent Hoesch & Frithjof Kleen.

3rd Overall ESP 71 “Gunter”  Javier Scherk, Miguel Angel Santaursula & Pedro Andrade.

The top Corinthian Team and finishing a very creditable 6th place overall was SWE 375 helmed by Martin Palson, crewed by Peter Lindh & Thomas Wallenfeldt.  Martin and his crew put together a good series finishing with an excellent 2nd place in the final race.

Best Corinthians were SWE 375, Martin Palson, Peter Lindh & Thomas Wallenfeldt.

It’s always great to see variety in our wonderful class and the Spanish Fleet have a number of Classic Dragons racing on a regular basis. The maintenance required to keep the boats looking so beautiful is always justified when you see the rows of Dragons all sparkling in the Marina. On this occasion the top Classic Dragon was NED 190 “Dragonera” sailed by Arjen Bouwmeester, Lotte Bouwmeester & Joren Dieben, very well done to all.

This was a very well structured regatta and my thanks go to all the main Puerto Portals Organiser’s (Pepe’ Vidal & Alvaro Irala Rivero), the Marina Staff, Helpers and Volunteers. I thoroughly enjoyed my time assisting Marta Reynes and her Race Management Team of the Regatas Puerto Portals & look forward to many more races in this wonderful location.

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

P.S.  Thanks once again to Nico Martinez for many excellent action photos.

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Victory for Ivan in Vilamoura.

     Ivan Bradbury GBR 375 leads the 15 boat fleet in sunny Vilamoura 7th-9th Feb.

With perfect sunshine and light to medium southerly winds all 15 teams thoroughly enjoyed the 4th winter series racing in the Portuguese Algarve. While many parts of Europe dealt with snow, rain and cold northerly winds, Vilamoura showed why many International Dinghy Sailing Teams use this winter base for Olympic Training. Meanwhile, a growing number of Dragons are making their way down to join in the fun.

   Ivan Bradbury, crewed by Lars Hendriksen & George Leonchuk sail “Debutant” to victory.

There were 6 races completed over the 3 days with experienced International Race Officer Nino Shmueli maximising the conditions & providing enjoyment for all. Later this season we are extremely fortunate to have Nino as our PRO for the German Grand Prix in Kuhlungsborn (July), the Spanish Grade 1 & Finals in Palma (Nov) and finally the 90th Anniversary Celebrations San Remo (Oct). I look forward to working alongside Nino at these Premier events.

   FRA 420 Stephane Baseden, IRL 201 Martin Byrne & BEL 88 Guy Cellis enjoyed Vilamoura.

2nd overall helming one of Pedro Andrade’s charter boats “Earth” was Benjamin Bonnaud crewed by Goncalo Ribeiro, Joao Matos Rosa & David Abecassis.  Benjamin is new into the class after much success sailing 470’s. As the current French National 49er Coach he is a great addition to the Dragons.

3rd overall was FRA 426, the new V6 Petticrows of Gerry Trentesaux who is now in his 3rd Dragon season after numerous years with major successes in Offshore Racing. Gerry also sailing with a 4 man team of Christian Ponthieu, Eric Brezellec & Jean Queveau.  Very well done to all the podium teams.

       GBR 375 crosses the fleet on Port tack during the “Vilamoura Sailing” Winter Series.

All in all this was a very successful event and offers another great winter option for the Dragon Class. Many congratulations to “Vilamoura Sailing” and Pedro Andrade for putting this special venue back on the map. I recall many happy times sailing in Vilamoura (late 90’s) and look forward to joining the action next winter. 

Next up we will see a 30+ fleet in Puerto Portals, Palma 15-17 Feb, followed by part one of the Italian Championship in Alassio  22-24 Feb. Will you be there ?

Higher, Faster, Longer……….   Stavros.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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From Vilamoura to Palma & Alassio all in February.

The beautiful Marina of Alassio, will host part one of Italian Nationals later this month.

Over the coming 3 weekends Dragon Sailors from all over Europe have the option to race at 3 different venues… Starting this Thursday 7th – 9th, Vilamoura will host at least 15 Dragons in the crystal blue Algarve waters where Pedro Andrade is working hard to establish another prime winter location. The organisers “Vilamoura Sailing” are delighted to see numbers grow as more sailors experience the excellent not stop sunny sailing conditions. More Info : Pedro@8dsailing.com

More and more Dragons are arriving in Vilamoura here we see the 8Dimension V6’s.

Then from Feb 15th to 17th Puerto Portals Marina will host the “Copa de Meditteranea” in Palma de Mallorca. With over 20 visiting teams electing to winter their Dragons on this popular Spanish Island adding to the ever building local fleet, a 35+ fleet is anticipated for this annual regatta. For more information contact Pepe’ Vidal : info@crpuertoportals.com

Dragons safely at rest in the beautiful Puerto Portals Marina, Palma de Mallorca, Spain.

Finally, the first part of the Italian National Championship begins in Alassio Feb 22nd to 24th.  This event works jointly with the San Remo regatta March 14th to 17th. Alassio is another popular town on the Ligurian Coast rich of traditional food, wine, history and fun. For more information contact principle organiser Tatiana Kurbatova  : tatiana@ycsanremo.com

2019 Italian Championships “Alassio” Feb 22-24 Followed by “San Remo” March 14-17.

So fellow sailors, don’t sit freezing in front of the TV or look out of your window at the cold, grey landscape….  Go have some fun, get down to Portugal, Spain or Italy and join your fellow Dragon Sailors….  You have no excuses 🙂

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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