Gerard Blanc with Winners Michi Lip, Anna Houdek & Dad Rudi Houdek in Cannes.

30 Dragons competed last weekend (10,11 & 12 Nov) for the Amistice Cup organised by the Yacht Club de Cannes. With 5 races completed due to a Mistral forecast on the final day the event was won by 13 year old Anna Houdek crewed by her Dad Rudi and top professional Michi Lip  (recent Gold Cup winner).

This victory will not only go down in history as the youngest helm to win an international event in the modern era but also encourage more owners to bring young sailors into the class. Many congratulations to Anna & her team in GER 1162.

In 2nd place overall was another Lady helm Nicola Friesen, crewed by Vincie Hoesch & Joost Houweling sailing GER 1140. After winning the German Championships in 2016 followed by finishing 1st Lady helm at the recent World Championships in Cascais, Nicola continues to accumulate excellent results. The final podium place went to GBR 375 helmed by Ivan Bradbury, crewed by Lars Hendriksen & George Leonchuk. Very well done to all…


Meanwhile down in Cascais at their 1st winter series held over the same weekend it was the current World Champions TUR 1212 who took the victory.

TUR 1212, Simon Fry, Ali Tezdiker & Andy Beadsworth win 1st Winter Series in Cascais,

This also ended up being a 5 race series sailed over 3 days with a 6th race having to be abandoned due to radical shifts making it unfair. However, the weather was fantastic with cloudless skies and a mixture of wind strengths.

The Club Naval de Cascais pulled out all the stops to provide an excellent series.

In 2nd place overall was Mike Budd from Abersoch helming GBR 769, crewed by myself & Joao’ Vidinha. Whilst the final podium position went to GER 1177 helmed by Peter Cuningham, Pedro Andrade & Charles Nankin…

Fantastic conditions for the small but “competitive” fleet in Cascais last weekend.

These photo’s were taken by Anna Zykova who is looking to support Cascais this winter….   Thank you Anna….

It’s great to have all these options available for winter racing…now we are off to Palma de Mallorca… to race with 26 boats based at Puerto Portals…  🙂

Higher, Faster, Longer…………     Stavros.