RP151206_CDWS2S_4402 (3)“Pow Wow” GER 1123 Win the 2015 Prince Henry the Navigator Trophy in Cascais.

It was a series of 6 races which saw the top 4 boats finish with 4 points of each other…. It was a close as that, proving once again the high standard of racing we continue to see in the Dragon Class. However, the “Pow Wow” team won the final race to snatch the Victory and add yet another Trophy to their impressive cabinet, so very well done to Michael Zankel, Pedro Andrade and Phil Blinn.


Dmitry signal’s “Number 1” after winning 2 races on the final day, a great effort & well done!

In 2nd place overall, just 1pt behind was RUS 76 “Strange Little Girl” helmed by Dmitry Samokhin, crewed by Andrey Kirilyuk & Aleksey Bushuev. This superb and very popular Russian team fought hard on the final day by winning 2 of the 3 races !

RP151206_CDWS2S_4298Another superb photo taken by “Professional” Ricardo Pinto at the start of race 6.

Perhaps making the best impression of the weekend was Nicola Friesen helming her new acquisition “Smaug” GER 1140, which she purchased from fellow German Sailor, Marcus Brennecke earlier this year.  Nicola started her Dragon Sailing many years ago with her Father on Lake Alster, in Hamburg. Now 20 years later, she is back at the helm and really sailing well with her top crew Vincent Hoesch and Oliver Mose to finish an incredible 3rd overall…  1pt ahead of former European Champion Jose Matoso and his top Olympians.

RP151206_CDWS2S_8658 (2)3rd Overall GER 1140 “Smaug” here we see Nicola (holding her prize) with Mario Quina, Vincent Hoesch, Oliver Mose,  Nichola Wilton & Club Naval Vice Pesident Jose’ Matoso.

The top “Corinthian” team was SWE 385 “Still Crazy” helmed by Stefan Winberg, crewed by Thomas & Nichola Wilton. This “experienced” team recorded a 2nd & a 4th within their results and showed great speed at times…. and Nichola’s Swedish is coming along nicely 🙂

RP151206_CDWS2S_8651 (2)Top Corinthians… Thomas & Nichola with Mario, Stefan & Jose, receiving their prize.

At the Prize Giving the Club Vice President Jose Matos, thanked the visitors for attending the regatta and congratulated the winners. Also Jose invited more teams to join in the fun early next year where the fleet will grow in numbers as they all look forward the Juan Carlos Trophy in April 2016.

Meanwhile Michael Zankel, or should I say “Captain Ahab Zankel” was rushing back home to star in the “Peter Pan” Christmas Panto……….  as   Captain Hook    🙂


Higher, Faster, Longer…………………………..    Stavros.