The final Winter Series in Cannes saw 25 Dragons compete for the prestigious Commodore’s Cup, this was the 2nd largest winter regatta following on from the 33 boats in San Remo at the Paul & Shark Trophy, proving once again the popularity of the Dragon Class.

25 teams based at Port Canto for the Commodore’s Cup April 5th-7th.

With extensive improvement works continuing at Yacht Club de Cannes the 25 teams from all over Europe enjoyed the very best conditions in the final Winter Series of 2024. Now we are into “Spring” we can look forward to exciting sailing in Cascais at the Juan Carlos Trophy 19th-21st April, “The” Aalsmeer series, the Douarnenez Trophy Atlantic & our 1st European Grade 1 in Riva del Garda 1st to 4th May. Truly “spoilt for choice” as these locations offer Dragon sailors wonderful options.

Superb Conditions in Cannes for the Commodores Cup April 5th to 7th.

The Commodores Cup had 7 quality races over the 3 days, completing 3 on Friday, 3 on Saturday & 1 on Sunday. Port Canto offers superb facilities, with plenty of space for rigging boats, parking cars, keeping trailers and apres’ sail activities. YCC President and our IDA Chairman Gerard Blanc organised a very well attended Dinner at YCC for around 75 people and a good time was had by all. Gerard thanked Port Canto for helping out whilst YCC is refurbished and looked forward to an exciting 2024 season in this his 2nd term as IDA Chairman.

Port Canto provided quick and efficient craning and trailer manoeuvres.

The regatta was hard fought and in the end ITA 79 helmed by Yevgeni Brastlavets had to concede his winter domination to a new helm into the class Christoph Toepfer who recent purchased the PCT Dragon of Marcus Brenneke GER 11. Christoph was not alone in his challenge as his crew were top professionals Markus Koy (recently back from success in Miami, Star Class) and Michael Koch.

Winner’s GER 11 with YCC Jean Pierre Gales, Christoph Toepfer, Markus Koy & Gerard Blanc.

So ITA 79 Yevgeni Braslavets, crewed by Paolo Bozzano & Andrea Quaranta had to settle for the runners up spot and GBR 408 Dmitry Bonarenko, Alexander Shaligin & Vadim Statsenko in 3rd.

Final Podium in Cannes at the Commodore’s Cup, April 5th to 7th.

In closing a huge thanks to YCC Secretary Karine Green and all the many helpers and volunteers who make these fantastic regatta’s “happen”. Sometimes as competitors we forget about the behind the scenes, but without the generosity of volunteers, we would not have such structure and enjoyment.

Let’s look forward to a fantastic season with Grade 1’s in Riva del Garda, Travemunde, Dublin & Imperia and Europeans in Parnu, then the Gold Cup in the beautiful Kinsale. Why would you want to sail in any other class…….

Higher, Faster, Longer……   Stavros.     GBR 818 “True Story”.