Paul & Shark Winners, ITA 79 Yvgeni Brazlavets celebrates victory in San Remo with Family.

Yacht Club San Remo delivered yet another amazing regatta for the 33 lucky International Dragon Teams who took the opportunity to sail in the beautiful clear Mediterranean waters March 20th-23rd.

This was the largest Dragon Fleet to assemble so far this season and is a good omen for the rest of our 2024 calendar as we look forward to many exciting events at some breathtaking venues. YCS have run a well supported series this winter, sensibly making sure dates did not clash with nearby Yacht Club de Cannes regatta’s. So it was no surprise to the YCS organisers that 33 boat’s showed up to participate in this extremely well established and popular annual event sponsored by Paul & Shark.

 

Fantastic turnout for the International Italian Dragon Cup – Paul & Shark Trophy

7 quality races were completed over the 4 days under the guidance of YCS reliable Race Officer Fulvio Parodi assisted by Jury Chairman Marco Cimarosti who relaid race information and timings via the VHF to competitors. Complimentary after race drinks were served with delicious locally sponsored food for all teams to enjoy each day, in the sunshine outside of the Yacht Club, so a great time was had by all.

Although the strong Italian Team of ITA 79 won the championship taking two race wins along the way, Yvgeni Braslavets, Andrea Zaoli & Davide Marella had to work hard to keep ahead of this competitive fleet. On the opening day Sweden dominated with race wins for SWE 404 “High Times” Karl Gustav-Lohr (race 1)  and SWE 416 “Nono II” Martin Palsson (race 2). Races 3 & 5 were won by Yvgeni, but race 4 was won by ITA 7 “Peace for All” helmed by Igor Petukhov. Race 6 was won by GBR 818 “True Story” Martin Payne & race 7 by our current World Champion SUI 318 “1 Quick 1” Wolf Waschkuhn.

 

Fantastic “Apres” Sail refreshments, Pasta, Wine, Beers, all served in the Mediterranean sun.

So many congratulations to the 3 top teams ITA 79, UAE 17 & GER 62 and a huge thank you to YCS for hosting yet another superb regatta. In particular President Beppe Zaoli and Race Co-ordinator Umberto Zocca Di Montelupo, Mich, Sebastio and all the helpers needed to make it such a success….

Winner’s Andrea, Yvgeni & Davide…  take the Paul & Shark Trophy!

Higher, Faster, Longer…….      Stavros.  GBR 818 “True Story”