GIEDC14-Day1-RSPINTOOvercast skies, well formed seas and steady wind from the east – northeast between 18 and 20 knots were on offer in Sanremo for the first day of racing of Gazprom International European Dragon Championship organised by the Yacht Club Sanremo in collaboration with the International Dragon Association and the Italian Sailing Federation and with the partnership of Gazprom International and BMW.

84 crews from 23 nations left the Yacht Club Sanremo dock this morning to face each other in the single race of the day which started at 11:30 .
The race was held on a windward-leeward course : the crews of Sophie (Switzerland) and Alfie (Great Britain ) initially retained command of the fleet for most of the race, but lost ground on the last beat to the Finnish crew aboard Lisa .

Overall ranking after the first day of the regatta 
1 . Lisa (Finland ) : Jouko Lindgren , Tuomas Tenkanen and Calle Lindfors
2 . Sophie (Switzerland) : Pedro Andrade , Martin Westerdahl and Diogo Cayolla
3 . Debutant (Denmark) Lars Hendriksen , Kleen Frithjof and Anders Bagger
4 . Sinewave (Germany): Thomas Muller, Vincent Hoesch and Michael Lipp
5 . Tergeste (Italy): Nando Colaninno , Guido Antar Vigna and Mauro Grandone

The complete ranking is online

Photo galleries at

The program
The Gazprom International European Dragon Championship continues until Saturday 29 March with a total of seven races planned and no more than two being sailed per day .

The countries represented
The 23 countries represented are : Antigua , Australia, Austria , Denmark, the United Arab Emirates , Estonia, Finland , France, Germany, Great Britain , Hong Kong, Ireland , Italy, Monaco , Netherlands, Norway , Portugal, Russia , United States , Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine and Hungary.

The partners of the event
Gazprom International European Dragon Championship is held in partnership with Gazprom International and BMW (the main partners of the event) and Paul & Shark, Transbunker, Ulysse Nardin , Pantaenius Yacht Insurance, City of Sanremo, Royal Hotel Sanremo, Liguria , Sanremo Casino , Cozzi Parodi Group.

For information
Tel. + 39 02 29403573 – Email:
Umberta Croce: + 39 335 8021171 – Barbara Sanicola: +39 333 3905243