With three races completed in 8 to 16 kts of shifting winds mainly from the North West, the consistency of triple Gold Cup winner Jorgen Schonherr helming his “African Queen” means he top’s the leader board at the half-way stage of this second Spring Cup run by the Club Naval de Cascais.  Jorgen recorded two 2nd places and 3rd to lead by 3 pts from Tim Ladehof helming GER 1078 and Matt Whitnall (from Australia) helming “Bear” a further 10 pts back in 3rd.

In race one a big right hand shift halfway up the first beat split the fleet. Although “African Queen”, Troika (GER 1078) and the “Bear” were the three boats battling for the podium positions, it was Top Lady Helm Gavia Wilkinson-Cox GBR 761 “Jerboa” who won the race with a great last downwind leg to beat Schonherr by half a boat length….

In race two, the left hand side paid on the first beat and again Tim Ladehof sailed a great race to win, with Vincent Hoesch 2nd and Jorgen Schonherr 3rd. In race three the left side of the first beat was strong and it was a chance for local helm Diogo Barros helming an all wooden “Lallow” Dragon from 1988! This boat, ex “Mayfly” has been completely re-fitted by Petticrows and Vicente’ Pinheiro de Melo has worked hard to co-ordinated the whole project. This win justifies all the expense and time spent on the boat and proves once again that any Dragon sailed well can do well !!!

Three more races are planned for tomorrow and this will complete this Spring Cup “Warm Up”..  The forecast is for slightly less wind, but still enough to conclude this exciting series.

Higher, Faster, Longer……………..   Stavros.  (USA 310)..