20140506_225343 (320x180)Fred Gourlaouen presents Annie Ravach with the Statue of Henriot-Quimper..

A great evening was had by all in the magnificent Tent of Douarnenez last night as the “French” Sailors put on a Dinner for the Dragon Fleet and presented Annie Ravach with a wonderful Statue of Henriot for her hard work, loyalty and dedication given over the last 30 years to the S.R.D.       

20140506_225528 (320x180)Annie proudly holds the “unwrapped” Statue of Henriot , first created in Quimper in 1690.

Henriot-Quimper was created in 1690 in Quimper by Jean-Baptiste Bousquet, it is one of the oldest French Manufactures. So Annie will be able to display at home, this appropriate gift by the Society Regates Douarnenez for her 30 years of dedication. A fitting tribute to a lovely lady that works so hard behind the scenes. Well done Annie, the Dragon Class salutes you. xx

One of the delicious courses served last night after the Soupe de Poisson was the tradition French “Langoustines”, as you can see below this Optimist (dinghy) is fairly full of these colourful, succulent white shellfish 🙂

20140506_202106 (320x180)Making good use an Optimist Sailing Dinghy normally used for children up to the age of 15

So a very enjoyable evening was had by all and a variety of Dragon Sailors were also rewarded with a lottery prize of and evening meal offered by some of the local Hotels and Restaurants for the whole Dragon crew…  🙂

One of the Top French Dragon Teams at the party was the Coupe de Bretange “Runners Up” FRA 396 “Legend”  This team helmed by Remy Arnaud, crewed by his Son Herald Arnaud and Pascal Civel sailed an excellent first series.

Foto_2                 Remy on board FRA 396 “Legend” with Herald and Pascal.

So now we all look forward to the main event, the Guyader Grand Prix. With 50 boats registered and a predicted forecast of medium to heavy winds, it could prove to be the most competitive Grand Prix ever. The day will begin with a Briefing in the Tent at 10.00am where the excellent PRO and President du Committee de Course Jean Gabriel Le Cleach will explain to all the competitors that the courses will be much longer (2 mile windward legs), the lines much longer and the finishes will be to windward… etc….

So here we go fellow sailors, may the Best Team Win……

Higher, Faster, Longer……………   Stavros.  (GER 1102).