The 3rd Cascais Winter Series recorded 3 more great races yesterday in a mixture of rain, squalls & sunshine, with a reasonably steady wind from the Northwest at around 12kts. Each race saw a different boat take the winners gun which proves how competitive even a 25 boat fleet can be, even though the conditions remain more or less the same. In race 1 the current European Champion Jens Christensen helmed “Bear” into the lead at the first mark and held onto first place despite some close racing with RUS 27. In race 2 GER 10 helmed by Marcus Brennecke made the most of a late left-hand shift at the top of the beat to hold a commanding lead and was never bothered for the rest of the race. Then is race 3 “yours truly” got his arse into gear and after winning the committee boat end at the start,  managed to keep a leading position for the remainder of the race with HUG 57 always a serious threat……

Meanwhile some very consistent sailing from GBR 720 helmed by Julia Bailey has moved her into a well deserved 3rd place overall and with 3 more races planned for today, still has a realistic chance to take the title from either Brennecke or Christensen….  These three boats have at least a 6pt gap from the rest of the fleet and I would expect the winner to come from either “Billy Baby”(Brennecke), “Bear”(Christensen) or “Aimee” (Bailey)….    But what do I know… ?

Higher, Faster, Longer……………   Stavros. (GBR 767)


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