The 3rd Stavros “Match Race” event will take place this weekend in Cascais. With 8 teams from Holland, Germany, Sweden, Great Britain, Ireland and Portugal.

With racing taking place so close to the wonderful beaches of Cascais and Estoril, it allows for spectators and the general public to see some of the top Dragon Sailors in the world go “Head to Head”.

 

Pieter Heerema (NED) will be trying to retain his 2012 title won last year with North Sails “Guru” Theis Palm. But Vincent Hoesch has other ideas, as he brings his “Bavarian” Dream Team of Michi Lip and Peter Liebner to help his cause.  Also in with a shout is Martin Payne, who is flying in the famous “Bakker Boys” from Holland……

Heading the local teams is Olympian Patrick de Barros who has the very top Portuguese Match Race crew on board.  As does new comer Hugo Stenbeck (SWE) who will have Pedro Andrade calling the shots…

 

 

 

Each of the 8 teams will race all the others twice, giving them 14 races over two days. The top 4 teams then progress onto the semi-finals, then finals. With daily “Happy Hours” and Irish Music, plus a complementary evening meal on the Sunday at the famous fish restaurant O’Pescador.. Where else would you want to be sailing at this time of year……. ?

 

 

Higher, Longer, Faster………..  Stavros.