Wolf Waschkuhn SUI 318 Wins his first International Regatta in San Remo.

20 teams from 9 Nations completed 5 races from March 25th-28th in San Remo at the International Italian Dragon Cup, sponsored by Paul & Shark. Although conditions were extremely light for the opening days, the final race day showed San Remo at it’s very best.

Light winds in San Remo with an overcast sky.

After the 1st race on Thursday had to be abandoned, the fleet had a long wait ashore also on Friday until the skies cleared and a 6-7kt breeze filled in from 210 degrees later in the day. A clear start saw the fleet away and ITA 6 helmed by Giuseppe Duca made the best of heading inshore until layline to round the top mark first, followed by SUI 318 Wolf Waschkuhn. On the downwind leg SUI 318 managed to roll over ITA 6 to lead through the bottom gate and immediately head into the shore, this proved to be the winning formula and the race finished with SUI 318 1st, ITA 6 2nd and ITA 49 (Fabio Mangione) 3rd.

Saturday’s conditions began similar to Friday’s but the forecast showed the possibility of more breeze later in the day. In race 2 it did not pay the boats that chose to go inshore as there was more breeze on the left side of the course. This time it was GBR 819 Klaus Diederichs, GER 62 Stephan Link and SWE 345 Jan Secher who made the best of this stronger breeze to finish 1st, 2nd and 3rd respectively. In the second race on Saturday (race 3) the breeze had settled into the south and this time it was local hero “Beppe” Zaoli helming his newly acquired boat ITA 1 (Petticrows former KIN and Dragonfly) who led around the top mark.

ITA 1 Beppe Zaoli, winner of Race 3 in San Remo.

Beppe and his crew managed to sail a clean race and hold onto their lead finishing ahead of SUI 318 2nd and GER 69 Christof Wieland 3rd. After three days of difficult conditions only 3 races had been completed, never the less, with an excellent forecast ahead for the final day, teams maintained their high spirits and were all pleased to be back sailing again after a long winter of lockdown’s and continued covid restrictions.

Superb conditions for the final day in San Remo.

Sunday proved to be even better than anticipated with perfect conditions of 14 to 17kts from the East. Overall winner Wolf Waschkuhn talks us through his final day “Although there was a little pin end bias we decided to start conservatively between the pin and middle as we did not want to become locked out going too far left”. This is the typical San Remo scenario with and easterly wind. Wolf continued “We headed towards the shore then tacked just under the lay line and arrived at the windward mark just half a boat length behind GER 62. No change on the downwind leg and we both rounded the right gate mark and went left again towards the shore on the next upwind. But this time GER 62 (Stephan Link) tacked too early in our opinion and was not laying the mark, so we continued. Arriving at the top mark we were able to just cross Stephan on port, to give us the lead which we held on to win race 4.”  Following SUI 318 home in race 4 was POR 83 Torvar Mirsky 2nd and RUS 76 Dmitry Samokhin 3rd.

Main sponsor’s Paul & Shark in San Remo.

The final race of the series (race 5) saw newcomer to the class Torvar Mirsky helming his brand new Petticrows V6 (POR 83) make a fantastic start towards the pin end and sail a near perfect race. Torvar has quickly settled into the Dragon after a few local winter regatta’s in Puerto Portals. He represents the Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club in Australia. He told me “To finish 2nd overall in this regatta is a huge achievement for us, my thanks go to my talented crew Oisin Mclelland and Shane Diviney plus Petticrows Portugal who supplied a great product the V6.1. It is clearly on the pace and ready to go, I used an old set of Pedro’s Quantum Sails, he (Pedro) told me his settings and tuning, we plugged it in to the new boat and it worked out great! We have felt very welcomed into the fleet and the people in this class are what make it and why I am committed to it”.  Well said Torvar and I wish you continued success in the future.

As stated Torvar’s final race victory moved him to the runner’s up place on the podium just ahead of GBR 819 Klaus Diederichs, crewed by Diego Negri & Frithjof Kleen who’s 2nd place in the final race earned them 3rd overall. But the winning team finishing a clear 4 points ahead was SUI 318 “1 Quick 1” Wolf Waschkuhn, crewed by Joao Vidinha and Charles Nankin.

Final Podium Teams 1st SUI 318 (left) 2nd POR 83 (right) 3rd GBR 819 (centre), joined by Marco Cimarosti (Italian Dragon Class Secretary).

The top Italian Team was ITA 6 helmed by Guiseppe Duca, crewed by Gustavo Lima and Cesare Bozzetti who finished a creditable 4th place, equal points with GBR 819 but just losing out on count back.

Finally, much credit must go to Yacht Club San Remo for putting in a great effort to make this regatta happen… It is good to see Dragons back on the water after such a long time so well done to Umberto and his many helpers, also to the Italian Dragon’s coordinated by Class Secretary Marco Cimarosti.

Higher, Faster, Longer…..     Stay Safe.        Stavros.