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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Final Standings at Cannes Grand Prix.

Winners GER 1170 Jochen Schumann, Ingo Borlowski & Helm/Owner Marcus Brenneke.

The final day (Friday 2nd) of the Cannes Grand Prix did not change the overnight results as no additional races were made despite Race Officer Philippe Enel taking the fleet out early to the Gulf Juan Course. With 3 predicted forecast model’s showing different transition periods of when exactly the wind would move from NE to West, it was worth a gamble to try a race before the change. But the transition happened sooner rather than later and the opportunity was lost.  However, an extremely wet squall on the way back to the marina did not dampen sailors spirit so a final attempt was made to race in the building westerly breeze after a short time ashore. Unfortunately, a course was set but after one recalled start the wind rose to 25kts plus….  The skies turned blue and the sun made it’s  first appearance of the week which signalled a “Mistral” so all racing prospects disappeared..

However, it did give an opportunity for some of the fleet to crane out and pack away their boats in a much warmer surroundings than they had experienced all week. It also set things up very nicely for the superb Prize Giving Party held in the Le Tube Restaurant, in the centre of Cannes. 

Yacht Club de Cannes Gerard Blanc with IDA Chairman Vasily Senatorov at Prize Giving.

So the victory went to the team from Germany helmed by Marcus Brenneke, crewed by Triple Gold Medalist Jochen Schumann & Ingo Borlowski.

Jochen Schumann raises the Trophy beside Gerard Blanc & fellow crew Ingo Borlowski. (Marcus Brenneke missing).

Runners Up were the brilliant team from RUS 27 helmed by Anatoly Loginov, crewed by Vadim Statsenko & Alexandre Shaligin. These European Champions from 2016 had to settle for 2nd spot this time after beating Marcus and his team back in St Petersburg 2 years ago… 

2nd overall RUS 27 Vadim Statsenko, Anatoly Loginov (Helm) & Alexandre Shaligin.

Taking the final podium place were the “New Boys” from Abersoch, sailing GBR 818. Although no stranger to sailing success winning countless National Championships in a variety of One Design Classes, Mike Budd was delighted to finish 3rd in his brand new V6. 

3rd Overall GBR 818 Mark Greaves, Mike Budd, Gerard & Chris Gowers (Tim Tavinor crewed day 1).

Top Corinthians were the Swedish Team sailing SWE 389 Karl-Gustaf Lohr, crewed by Jasper Bendix & Mads Hansen. Unfortunately, this team missed the fantastic Prize Giving Party, which was a great pity.  However, the 2nd & 3rd Overall Corinthians were present having fun & celebrate a great result..

2nd Corinthians (left) BEL 88 Gerard with Steven Vermeire, Guy Celis & Willy Hambrouke.

3rd Corinthians (right) BEL 80 Ben Cauwenbergh, who for some reason took all the prizes of his crew Manu Hens & Siebe De Boo !

 

The whole Prize Giving ended up with great music, fine wine, nice atmosphere and lots of dancing…   A very nice way to round off this first European Grade 1 Regatta… My thanks to Yacht Club de Cannes and all the Race Management, helpers and volunteers, who despite the extreme cold weather and against all odds, managed to complete the series and give the 45 International Teams a week to remember 🙂

Higher, Faster, Warmer (Now) …..    Stavros.

Many thanks to Elena Razina for the Prize Giving Photo’s x

 

 

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No Thermals, No Hat, No Chance!

With Europe in this unbelievable cold snap, it is testament to the Dragon Class that they have prevailed in chilly Cannes and completed 4 races thus far…

Quite simply conditions have been somewhat testing to say the least.

With snow capped mountains and sleet covered streets our intrepid sailors set forth to do battle in temperatures more suited for the recent Winter Olympics.

Putting the cold to one side the YCC Committee had their hands full with an immense seaway and an unusual breeze direction from 035 degrees.

With a mean TWS of 9 knots two races were completed today. Race 3 saw our IDA Chairman Vasily Senatorov take the gun in his brand new Petticrows V6 (RUS 34 To Be Continued)……. 2nd was former European Champion Anatoly Loginov helming RUS 27 and 3rd GER 1162 Stephan Link.

Suffering the ignominy of a UFD was Klaus Diederichs (2013 World Champion) helming GBR 758, who will be kicking himself this evening for this expensive transgression. However, Klaus made up for his mistake with an excellent 2nd in the next race.

Race 4 saw similar conditions with an fair line and a clear start…  lead boats at the the top mark came from middle left as some of boats who went all the way left overstood.

Tricky conditions prevailed down wind as GER 1162 Stephan Link took control. Immediately followed by GBR 758 then 3rd was 2015 World Champion Yvgeni Brazlavets helming ITA 77.

So going into the final day this first European Grade 1 is very much up for grabs… Tomorrow will see a discard kick in if any more races can be sailed….

Colder, Frostier, Snowier…..   Stavros.   😉

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Cold in Cannes…..

“RocknRolla” Boy’s Alexsey, Dmitry & Andrey of RUS 76 Win race 1 of Cannes Grand Prix.

During my 25 years of Dragon Sailing in Cannes I have never seen snow, apart from on the Ski Slopes during the annual Ski-Vol in January. Yet this week it’s been cold enough to freeze the balls off a brass monkey :-).

Cannes Grand Prix Day 1, sailed in very cold conditions with around 8-10kts of breeze.

Yesterday two races were sailed, but today it was simply not possible.  Although there were a handful of sailors “keen” to go and face the elements, the majority breathed a sigh of relief when all racing for today was cancelled. The wind was too strong and the chill factor was more like Sir Ernest Shackleton experienced during one of his three expeditions to the Antarctic… 

A little Snowman in Cannes, proves it was extremely cold on Monday…   OMG.

However, despite 10 teams deciding to not participate, there were 43 hardy teams on the start line yesterday for the first race that was won by RUS 76 helmed by Dmitry Samokhin, crewed by Alexsey Bushuev & Andrey Kirilyuk.

Although race 2 was shortened after the 2nd beat because the wind began to die, it still gave the fleet another race which may prove crucial by the end of the week and the current forecast. Race 2 was won by GER 1170 helmed by Marcus Brennecke, crewed by Olympic Legend Jochen Schumann & Ingo Borlowski.

Marcus Bennecke and Jochen Schumann win race 2 and lead overall.  (Previous photo)

Marcus Brennecke had already recorded a 4th in race 1 so now leads overall. In 2nd place is Abersoch’s Mike Budd who launched his new V6 two days ago with his top sailing friend Mark Greaves. This newish team into the Dragon Class have a wardrobe full of National Championship Titles which include Squibs, SB 20, Melges 24, J 80, RS 400, Laser and 1720’s..  They were joined yesterday by Petticrows owner Timothy Tavinor, because their regular crew was stuck at Heathrow Airport back in the UK! However, a steady 10th place followed up by 2nd in race 2 was enough to keep them ahead of 3rd overall SUI 318 on count back…(both on 12 points).

GBR 818 2nd Overall after 2 races, Tim Tavinor, Mark Greaves & helm Mike Budd.

Currently in 3rd place (as mentioned) is SUI 318 “1 quick 1” helmed by Wolf Waschkuhn, crewed by our current World Champions, Andy Beadsworth & Simon Fry. Wolf is now the proud owner of a Petticrows V6 and the name comes from one of my past comments (which in fact originated from Irelands Robin Hennesy) 1 quick 1 and then we will drink the next 4 slowly 🙂

So now, as we all huddle together and try to avoid freezing to death, our fingers are crossed for more racing tomorrow …   

Higher, Faster, Longer………..    Freezing in Cannes   Stavros.

Thanks to Elena Razina for her lovely photo’s 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Puerto Portals Winter Series….

 

    GER 1183 Michael Schmidt, Rubrio Basilio & Gustavo Lima win the P.P.W.S.

With 4 series run from November 2017 through to February 2018 it was Michael Schmidt from Germany, crewed by Portuguese professionals Rubrio Basilio and Gustavo Lima who took the overall series title.

Close racing on the final day in Palma.

Despite only one completed race over last weekend, the 25 competing teams enjoyed the sunshine and comradery at this new base for the Dragon’s in Palma. After an absence of 10 years, (it was back in 2007 when the prestigious Gold Cup was last raced in the beautiful bay of Palma) the Dragons are regaining their confidence in this wonderful location…

RUS 34 getting “Even Better” Vasily Senatorov finished 2nd overall in Palma.

It was summed up perfectly by our IDA Chairman Vasily Senatorov, who said “There was a lot of fun in Palma during this winter series. With wonderful infrastructure at Puerto Portals, splendid atmosphere in the club and gentlemen behaviour on the water. I thank the Spanish hosts, the Race Committee and all the Sponsors. It was an honour to sail against very strong teams from Germany, Denmark, Italy and see the Spanish Fleet grow again. Particularly as we climbed to 2nd overall”.  Well said Vasily & many congratulations on your overall position.

3rd overall was GER 1177 “Pow Wow” Michael Zankel, Pedro Andrade & Charles Nankin.

Leading Corinthians overall was a very close fight between Frank Berg from Denmark and Tanja Jacobsohn from Germany.  In the end it was the team from Denmark sailing “Get-a-Way” helmed by Frank Berg (who actually won 2 of the 4 series), who took the top Corinthian spot.

1st Corinthian Team was DEN 266 Frank Berg, Thomas Schmidt and Anders Halsteen.

With the Princess Sofia Trophy (March 30th to April 1st), followed by the Copa de Med and Palma Vella in April & May, the Spanish Fleet are very much alive and kicking…  Organiser Pepe’ Vidal, representing the Club de Regates Puerto Portals told me that the next Winter Series would also include racing on Friday’s, making each series a 3 day event..   Also with the European Championships awarded to Palma in 2020, it all bodes well for Spanish Dragon Sailing…

Higher, Faster, Longer………     Stavros.

Many thanks Helmut Kraus for some of these photo’s..  more can be seen at mv-photon.de

 

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