“Khaleesi” GER 1207 wins Race 1 of the San Remo Grade 1 Grand Prix.

First blood in this extremely competitive final Grade 1 event of 2018 went to Nicola Friesen helming her new V6 named after the Queen of Dragons Khaleesi (Game of Thrones)… With Germany’s most experienced Dragon Sailor Vincie Hoesch and the best Star Crew in the World Frithjof Kleen (so he tells everyone), Nicola held on the from the mighty Pieter Heerema NED 412 to take the victory.

It was a light wind race sailed in an easterly wind and a difficult sea. Most gains were made on the left towards the shore although a right hand shift halfway up the first beat saw GBR 770 “Storm” lead at the top mark.  Over the course of two up winds and two down wind legs GER 1207 pulled through to finish just ahead of NED 412 in 2nd and GBR 770 Jono Brown 3rd.

“Troika” NED 412, Pieter Heerema, Lars Hendriksen & George Leonchuk win race 2.

In the second race of the day sailed in similar conditions it was Pieter Heerema fresh from his recent win at the Dutch Nationals who “nailed” the pin end at Full Speed to reach the left hand corner first and take to clear the fleet by a considerable margin…  Pieter extended his lead throughout the race to win comfortably from GBR 820 Grant Gordon in 2nd and GER 1193 Dirk Pramann 3rd.

The strong fleet gather before the start at the Paul & Shark San Remo Grand Prix.

It is hoped that 3 races can be completed today to make up for the lost time on Day 1..  where two races were attempted, but both had to be abandoned as the wind died away….

Higher, Faster, Longer……   Stavros.