RP_150313_CDWS5S_4928 (640x360)“Pow Wow” GER 1123 leads the competitive fleet in race 2 yesterday, 5th Cascais W.S..

With the current World Champion, Klaus Diederichs sailing and the former World Champion, Lawrie Smith also “setting” up his new Petticrows boat, the 5th Cascais Winter Series was always going to attract serious competition….

Indeed last Worlds Runners up RUS 76 also have been here in sunny Portugal training all through the winter, to see if Dmitry Samokhin and his team can go one better this year, in La Rochelle, and take the title. However, it was former European Champion Jose’ Matoso POR 66 who won the first race of the day. With the strong “gusting” wind from the North, oscillating at times through 30 to 40 degrees all the teams had to be at the top of their game to avoid any mishaps and be competitive in these testing conditions.

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Jose Matoso, helming POR 66 with Gustavo Lima and Frederico Melo win Race 1.

Here you see Jose’ and his team keeping the boat as flat as possible to minimise the “leeway” slide, also helming exactly on the wind as his Genoa sets perfectly gaining maximum height… 

In race 2 in was GER 1123 who took a commanding lead, with Michael Zankel at the helm, local professional Pedro Andrade as tactician and Vasco Empis as 3rd crew, this team sailed a brilliant race. After starting 4 boats up from the pin end of the line, Pedro took his team towards the left side of the first beat, which seem to lift on starboard going out and port coming back…”Happy Days” !

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The Pow Wow team, celebrate their deserve win of race 2 of the 5th Cascais Winter Series.

Another team really starting to show some form is GBR 780 helmed by Grant Gordon, crewed by North Sails Ruairidh Scott and Kasper Harsberg, who finished 3rd in race one and 4th in race two. This currently puts this relatively new team in 3rd place overall, behind POR 66 1st and GER 1123 2nd.. 

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Grant Gordon and his team on “Louise” GBR 780, currently 3rd overall in Cascais.

Another fantastic forecast today with sun and again a brisk northerly wind will hopefully see 3 more races completed for this excellent fleet…..

Higher, Faster, Longer…………..    Stavros.

p.s I would like to thank top Professional, Ricardo Pinto for all of these fantastic “Action” photo’s !!