The “Winners take it All” the Top 3 Teams, plus 1st Corinthian & 1st Classic Team. Presented by CEO of Puerto Portals, Corinna Graf (in Green).

A total of Six Races were sailed over 15th, 16th & 17th Feb, in glorious sunshine, cloudless skies with light easterly winds and late afternoon sea breezes. All 26 teams enjoyed a fantastic time both on and off the water with the Race Management Team from Club de Regatas Puerto Portals providing excellent courses, perfectly set lines and clear VHF communication. After race refreshment was also provided by this well situated friendly Sailing Club/School making the whole event very appealing for future winter racing….

ITA 77 “Bunker Prince” helmed by Yvgeni Braslavets dominated in Palma.

From the onset ITA 77 “Bunker Prince” followed their victory of the Puerto Portals Winter Series by winning race 1, race 3, race 5 & race 6 giving Yvgeni Braslavets and his team of Sergey Pugachev & Sergey Timokhov another well deserved victory.

Close Racing in Puerto Portals, another excellent photo from Nico Martinez

It was great to see many new faces joining the fleet as sailors from other classes experienced for themselves the fun of Dragon Sailing. Also, many teams have Family members on board learning the intricate skills of boat tuning and sail trim. One young Lady in particular experienced something that many sailors can only dream of…rounding the windward mark of a race in first place! Yes 14 year old Maria del Mar Lopes crewing for her Father Carlos in POR 69, led at the top mark of the final race and held on to finish 3rd.

14 yr old Maria del Mar Lopes leads around the top mark of Race 6 in POR 69.

The two other teams finishing on the “Podium” was GER 1207 “Khalessi” helmed by Nicola Friesen, crewed by Vincent Hoesch & Frithjof Kleen on 22pts, followed by ESP 71 “Gunter” helmed by Javier Scherk, crewed by Miguel Angel Santaursula & Pedro Andrade with 23pts.

2nd Overall GER 1207 “Khalessi” Nicola Friesen, Vincent Hoesch & Frithjof Kleen.

3rd Overall ESP 71 “Gunter”  Javier Scherk, Miguel Angel Santaursula & Pedro Andrade.

The top Corinthian Team and finishing a very creditable 6th place overall was SWE 375 helmed by Martin Palson, crewed by Peter Lindh & Thomas Wallenfeldt.  Martin and his crew put together a good series finishing with an excellent 2nd place in the final race.

Best Corinthians were SWE 375, Martin Palson, Peter Lindh & Thomas Wallenfeldt.

It’s always great to see variety in our wonderful class and the Spanish Fleet have a number of Classic Dragons racing on a regular basis. The maintenance required to keep the boats looking so beautiful is always justified when you see the rows of Dragons all sparkling in the Marina. On this occasion the top Classic Dragon was NED 190 “Dragonera” sailed by Arjen Bouwmeester, Lotte Bouwmeester & Joren Dieben, very well done to all.

This was a very well structured regatta and my thanks go to all the main Puerto Portals Organiser’s (Pepe’ Vidal & Alvaro Irala Rivero), the Marina Staff, Helpers and Volunteers. I thoroughly enjoyed my time assisting Marta Reynes and her Race Management Team of the Regatas Puerto Portals & look forward to many more races in this wonderful location.

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

P.S.  Thanks once again to Nico Martinez for many excellent action photos.