ITA 77 with the 2015 World Champion Evgeniy Braslavets wins 3rd Winter Series in Palma.

It was another impressive turn-out for the 3rd Puerto Portals winter series in Palma as 25 teams completed 5 races over the weekend of 13th/14th January. The event was dominated by our former World Champion Evgeniy Braslavets who won 4 of the 5 races! Crewed by Sergy Pugachev & Sergy Timokhof this ‘Bunker Prince’ team discarded a 3rd place to win with a “perfect” score of just 4 points…..  After the event Evgeniy told me ” The weather was really nice. Wind 8-12 kt, very shifty where all the teams had a chance to win. The organisation was good and we had a nice time in the Marina.  After Palma we are planning to start in Cannes for the Grand Prix end of February”. 

Our IDA Chairman Vasily Senatorov helming RUS 34 gets an excellent start in Palma.

In 2nd place overall was RUS 34 helmed by Vasily Senatorov, crewed by Igor Ivasmintsov & Alexandre Muzinchenko.  Our IDA Chairman told me “It was again light air conditions with very oscillating conditions and big holes in the pressure. A super result for Evgeniy and his team who stayed on for another week to continue training in Palma”.  It was also a very good result for you Vasily particularly winning the final race…  :-).  Very well done.

3rd place overall GER 1183 ‘M3’ Michael Schmidt with Gustavo Lima & Rubrio Basillo.

In 3rd place was the first of the new ‘V6’ Petticrows Dragons helmed by Michael Schmidt from Germany.  With top professional crew of Gustavo Lima & Rubrio Basillo the team of ‘M3’ put together some very consistent results to record another podium position after finishing runner’s up in series 2.

The Marina base at Puerto Portals has proved a very popular location and a safe haven for the fleet. It gives excellent protection to the boats both on and off the water with ample free parking for all competitors. The 4th and final winter series will take place on February 17th & 18th.  Future events in 2018 will be the Princess Sofia Trophy in March followed by the Palma Vella in April. The Spanish Fleet are most certainly gaining in numbers with the arrival of both older & new Dragons.

First ‘Corinthian’ team was GER 1186 helmed by Tanja Jacobsohn. Finishing a very creditable 6th place overall, Tanja crewed by her Husband Bernhard & Jan Scharffetter continue to enjoy the conditions offered in this beautiful bay of Palma de Mallorca…

GER 1186 Tanja Jacobsohn leads the fleet out to the left side of the course.

Top Corinthians GER 1186 Tanja Jacobson, Bernhard Jacobsohn & Jan Scharffetter.

Many congratulations to the organisers of the Puerto Portals Winter Series and to the ever growing Spanish Fleet. It is great to see Dragons racing back in Palma..   (I look forward to joining you all again in February) 🙂

Higher, Faster, Longer……….     Stavros.

I would like to thank Helmut Kraus for allowing me to use these excellent photo’s. All the Winter Series pictures can be found on his web site