IMG-20170816-WA0010 Winning crew of Race 1 was 15yr old Bernardo Torres Pego, GER 1177 “Pow Wow”.

Pedro Andrade nailed the opening race of the 2017 European Championship today with his crew of Charles Nankin & Bernardo Torres Pego, who joined the Pow Wow team after owner Michael Zankel had to withdraw. Despite not participating in the Swiss Nationals their course strategy could not be faulted.

SSDominating Race 1 of the European Championship in Lake Thun was GER 1177 “Pow Wow”.

Starting near to the committee boat, Pedro soon tacked onto port and went all the way to the right hand side of the Lake. Meanwhile, many of the 63 boat fleet elected to start further down the line as there was a port end bias. However, it was the right side that paid catching many top sailors out, including several locals who also thought the left side would be favourable…

Although several of the major players pulled through to record “counters”, other potential contenders, including our current World Champions, found themselves at one point, counting single digits from behind 😉

crossClose racing on Lake Thun as the European Championships finally get underway. (With Swan)!

However, it was great to see GBR 633 helmed by Ron James finishing in 12th place with his Wife Julia sailing her first race since knee surgery. With Jamie Lea calling tactics, this team sailed a fine race after a difficult start, showing good fleet awareness and speed. Well done Julia, great to see you back. 🙂

RRGBR 633 helmed by Ron James, with Julia and Jamie Lea showing good downwind speed.

Fighting their way through to finish 2nd today was GER 1170 helmed by Markus Brenneke, crewed by Jochen Schumann & Ingo Borowski. This talented team finished in 3rd place at last years Europeans in St Petersberg, so will be looking to improve on that result this year.

SCCThe 2016 European Champions,  RUS 27 Anatoly Loginov,  finished 5th today….

In 3rd place today was RUS 98 helmed by Igor Goikhberg, crewed by Dmitry Berezkin & Roman Sadchykov. After recently competing in Cowes at the Edinburgh Cup, Igor and his team adapted well to the flat waters and gentle breeze that was on offer to the fleet today…

Top 10 Results.   1st GER 1177, 2nd GER 1170,  3rd RUS 98,  4th GER 1162, 5th RUS 27,  6th RUS 34,  7th GER 1194,  8th SUI 320,  9th UAE 9,  10th RUS 76…

Many congratulations to all the boats who finished in the top 10 today, it was not easy and nor will it be for the remaining three days… Tomorrow the start time is again 08.30 so it’s off to bed now for some rest before a new day 🙂

Higher, Faster, Longer……….    Stavros.   (GBR 789).

Many thanks to Elena Razina for these excellent on-the-water photo’s….   !!