20140601_144419_LLS (320x180)Winners of the Coupe d’ Hiver RUS 27 “Anapurna” Alexander, Anatoloy & Vadim.

European Champions Anatoly Loginov, Alexander Shalagin & Vadim Statsenko finished off a remarkable 2016 season in style by winning the Yacht Club de Cannes “Coupe d’ Hiver” at the weekend achieving 5 wins a 2nd out of the 7 scheduled races… (discarding a 3rd).

It was a fantastic finale to the Cannes 2016 season as the weather was amazing and the President of Commite’ du Course, Jerome Nutte did an excellent job to complete all 7 races over the 3 sunny days….

With 22 registered boats the regatta got underway on Friday afternoon with a gentle sea breeze of no more than 5 kts in the west bay of Cannes. Making a perfect start at the Pin end of the line, RUS 27 was first out of the blocks and looked to be having things completely their own way… until former “Olympian” Per Arne Nilsen, helming his beautiful Red Cold Moulded NOR 275 “The Knucker”, caught a favourable shift after sailing all the way to the left on the final beat to pip RUS 27 at the finish! (well done to Per Arne, Lars Hovan & Jan Petter Hodne).

The other team managing to prevent RUS 27 from having a “clean sweep” of victories was GBR 761 “Jerboa” helmed by Gavia Wilkinson-Cox who not only won race 4 but also finished a very creditable 2nd overall with her top team of Mark Hart & Philip Catmur. Many congratulations to Team “Jerboa”….

3rd place overall went to the “Flying Fin’s” sailing “Lisa”, FIN 83. Helmed by Jouko Lindgren, crewed by Calle Lindfors & Tuomas Tenkanen, they  recorded three 2nd places along the way by being mainly in the right place at the right time, which was certainly not an easy task.  Another brilliant performance from these experienced former “Olympians” 🙂

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Gerard Blanc with “Jerboa” in Hats! 3rd, RUS 27 1st & “Lisa” 2nd & PRO Jerome Nutte.

I must say the conditions for early December were brilliant, we had wind every day and the sun never stopped shining… The courses were well laid with very “fair” lines. The VHF communication from the Committee Boat was clear and precise and the races were quickly turned around so that no one was kept waiting. My congratulations & thanks go to Jerome & his team.

Here is the link to the final results.          coupe-dhiver-des-dragon

Now all eyes will focus on Cascais for their final Dragon event of 2016, the 2nd winter series starting Friday and promises to be well attended with over 30 boats as more teams arrive to prepare for the Worlds next year. Unfortunately, I will have to sit this one out as my neck “locked” up with a possible trapped nerve down in Cannes at the weekend… But don’t worry folks,, I will bring you a full account of the racing, as always 🙂

Higher, Faster, Longer……     Stavros.    

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In the “Bear” before my neck problem…… 🙂  Taken by Jerome on the Committee Boat.