La Baule started it’s Dragon Derby yesterday with 4 fantastic races in a building breeze and warm sunshine… After the 36 boats were towed out of the secure harbour, racing began on time at 10.am. In past years it normally pays to head for the shore, but recent sand drifts and an ever changing beach has given this superb bay an added twist… To this end it sometimes paid to go right and sometimes left was favoured, so racing was close and very competitive. In race one, Fred Gourlaouen took a Pin start and was soon ahead when a 15 degree shift took him clear of the fleet.. Fred stayed cool to win the race… 

In race two it was a battle of the giants with Pould-Richard just squeezing ahead of Martin Payne to take the winner’s gun.. In race three Gerard Blanc from the Yacht Club de Cannes took first place and Martin Payne won race four as the wind increased up to 20kts…  With another 3 or 4 races today and a 10.30 start with 12-16 kts of forecast wind, where else would any Dragon Sailor wish to be…..

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