Sculptor Sami Salomaa’s amazing bronze “Flow” awaits the overall Grand Prix Champion

May 1st to 4th will see the 24th H.M. Juan Carlos Trophy (second round of the new International Dragon Grand Prix Cup) take place in beautiful Cascais, Portugal. This will give many teams the ultimate sailing challenge, racing on the Atlantic Sea. The Northwesterly trade wind often blows down the Portuguese shoreline, past Europe’s most western landmark, Cabo da Roca combined with the continental shelf where the sea bottom rises significantly, can produce exhilarating waves. Great surfing opportunities for all…

Current World Champion crew, Ali Tezdiker at “Cabo da Roca” will race with me in Cascais.

The Club Naval de Cascais has an excellent Race Management Team and super club facilities as proved when they hosted the 2017 Dragon World Championships. Next week we will see top Dragon Sailors including local favourite  Pedro Andrade (winner of 1st Grade 1 in Cannes), Pieter Heerema (NED), Peter Gilmore (AUS & JPN), Gerry Trentesaux (FRA), Javier Scherk (ESP), Martin Byrne (IRE), Anatoly Loginov & Dmitry Samokhin (RUS), Hugo Stenbeck (SUI), Jens Rathsack (MON), Jose Matoso (POR) & Grant Gordon (GBR) the list of top sailors competing goes on and on…….. 

Teams will have a choice of swing moorings or marina berthing in Cacsais.

Although I hope to race myself, I will endeavour to write a blog or two (depending on how much Guinness is consumed at O’luains Irish Bar) 🙂 Plus we will have “Icarus Sports” filming the whole event, as they did so successfully in Cannes. So more to follow….

Higher, Faster, Longer…………      Stavros.