winners2HUN 57 “Johanna” won the opening Winter Series in Cascais in a fleet of 20 top International teams.

Ferenc Kis-Szolgyemi, crewed by Karoly Vezer and Tamas Kiss were worthy winners, as their discard was a 6th place, quite remarkable considering the high standard of this fleet. Ferenc simply told me afterwards “This is our first European Regatta win & we are very happy” 🙂

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Ferenc Kis-Szolgyemi prepares to gybe, with Tamas trimming & Karoly moving the pole.

This was a very well organised regatta which completed 6 of the 7 scheduled races despite losing the first day due to lack of wind. Top Professional Photographer “Ricardo Pinto” was again in action to capture some amazing pictures both from the water and the air with the use of his drone.

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“When two boats cross, one boat is going the wrong way” 🙂  POR 57 crosses ESP 71. (left).

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GER 1140 Nicola Friesen (purple kite)leads the pack & finished an excellent 4th overall (right).

The runner up in this 1st series was DEN 138 “Eva” owned & helmed by Lars Hendriksen, crewed by Claus Olesen & George Leonchuk. This professional team had two race wins along the way and showed great speed throughout the weekend.

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Lars, George & Claus set their kite on board “Eva” the beautiful 1957 Pedersen & Thuesen.

The final “podium” place went to the Local Hero’s of Cascais and former European Champions POR 66 “Drago” helmed by Jose’ Matoso, crewed by Olympian Gustavo Lima & Frederico Melo.

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3rd overall POR 66 “Drago” Jose’ & Gustavo sit to windward whilst Frederico looks below.

There will be many new teams joining the fleet over the next few months in Cascais in the build up for the 2017 World Championships next June. Offering a winter series every month the Club Naval de Cascais is the ideal place to enjoy the very best sailing conditions, fantastic competition and superb hospitality. Where else would you want to be…… 🙂

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