GER 1068 Dr Ingo Ehrlicher with Markus Wieser & Thomas “The Tank” Auracher win in Palma.

Last weekend the 2nd “Copa del Mediterraneo” for the Dragon Class took place in Puerto Portals, Palma. After 7 races it was German sailor Dr Ingo Ehrlicher helming his new PCT Dragon, with his fantastic tactician Markus Wieser and Thomas Auracher who took the championship with a race to spare.

Ingo and Markus receive their winning prize whilst Thomas is outside packing the boat 🙂

Ingo explained “With different weather conditions showing winds of 10-25kts, the sailors enjoyed a beautifully organised tournament. The particularly good collaboration of the Spanish Dragon Association, the Balearian Sailing Federation and the Yacht Club Puerto Portals proved themselves greatly for the coming European Championships in 2020”.  Many congratulations to Ingo and his top team.

In 2nd place overall and really becoming a major player on the International Circuit, was GER 1193 helmed by Dirk Pramann, crewed by Stefan Waack & Stefan Hellriegel. This team have been together now for several seasons and continue to put together some great results.

GER 1193 Dirk Pramann, Stefan Waack & Stefan Hellriegel pushing hard down the waves.

In 3rd place overall was another German Sailor Otto Pohlmann, who has followed up his Princess Sofia success with another podium position. Otto crewed by Hugo Rocha and Markus Koy, was also racing a PCT Dragon and relishing being back sailing again after such a long time out of the game. Many congratulations to both Dirk & Otto with their 2nd & 3rd positions.

GER 1205  Otto Pohlmann, Hugo Rocha & Markus Koy hiking hard upwind in Palma.

Although 20 boats were registered, a total of 14 boats actually made it to the starting line. There was a great spirit both on and off the water as the Spanish Fleet show good comradery and excellent organisational skills. The Marina of Puerto Portals is well managed and has an excellent infrastructure.

GER 1068 (Ingo) makes a great start at the Pin End in Puerto Portals, Palma.

Frank Berg sailing his beautiful wooden Pedersen & Thuesen “Get-Away”

Had some top results with two 2nd’s and one race win, but his two UFD’s spoilt any chance of a podium place. In the end Frank had to settle for 2nd overall Corinthian.  Also having a great, fun winter in Palma is Sweden’s Bjorn Osterblom who finished 3rd Corinthian.

SWE 342 Bjorn Osterblom, crewed by Peje Emilsson & Per Skoglund round the gate in Palma.

However, the winning Corinthian Team was SWE 316 helmed by local sailor Fernando Leon, crewed by Alvero Irala and Jordi Sales. This team from the Clube de Regates Puerto Portals finished a creditable 6th overall, well done.

Higher, Faster, Longer……….    Stavros.

Many thanks to Nico Martinez @MartinezStudio for these excellent photo’s…..