After a delay of 3 hours yesterday the wind arrived from around 310 degrees, the sun came out and the 36 boats competing in the 20th Juan Carlos Trophy sailed 2 fantastic races in near perfect conditions. It was a great call by the PRO to keep the fleet ashore until he was positive the “normal” trade wind that blows down the Portugal Coast had fully established. So by the time the ever enthusiastic and highly talented sailors had covered the 3 miles to the race area “A”, it was absolutely wonderful sailing conditions.
Hendrik Witzmann, “Desert Eagle” UAE 20 was first to the windward mark in race 1.
After 3 general recall’s the fleet eventually got underway with just 3 boats “Black Flagged” (one of those was GBR 758 Klaus Diederichs, the current World Champion). The team from Dubai sailing their new PCT boat “Desert Eagle” showed good speed and rounded the top mark first closely followed by Lars Hendriksen DEN 138 and Jose’ Matoso POR 66. With these three boats having a tremendous tussle it was all very close at the second upwind mark, but UAE 20 had over-stood the “change of course” new black mark, allowing POR 66 and DEN 138 the chance to close right up and all three boats rounded virtually together.. However, it was Jose’ Matoso with his Olympian Tactician Gustavo Lima & Frederico Melo who won the race on the final spinnaker leg.
POR 66 “Drago” helmed by Club Vice President Jose’ Matoso took the lead on final downwind.
In race 2 the first beat was extended to make sure this competitive fleet had chance to spread out and hopefully avoid big collisions at the top mark, indeed Lars Hendriksen and his team who have spent the winter training in similar conditions in Lanzarote, won the race after leading all the way…. He was closely followed by NED 412 Pieter Heerema who finished 2nd, who also has been with Lars in Lanzarote. (Is this the magic formula) ?
Top “Corinthian” team are POR 36 “Peggy” helmed by the POR Class Secretary Miguel Magalhaes, crewed by Jorge Pinheiro de Melo and Jose’ Magalhaes. After recording a 6th & 13th it puts this excellent team 8th overall.
Another fantastic photo from Professional Ricardo Pinto as the fleet ready for a start..
With similar conditions forecast today, we will hopefully see three races completed to make up for the missed day on Thursday. Watch this space to keep up with all the latest action from this second European Grade 1 event of 2015….
The Juan Carlos Trophy with other prizes await the winners in the Club Naval de Cascais.
Higher, Faster, Longer……………. Stavros. (POR 50).