The Clube Naval de Cascais served up two delicious races today with sunshine, 10-15 kts of breeze from a Northerly direction and 21 very competitive Dragon’s, two of them were brand new !! In fact of the two different race winners, one of them was a new Petticrow, straight out of the wrapper.  In race one, GBR 720 helmed by Julia Bailey, made an excellent start and soon made a jump on the fleet from the left hand side of the 1.2 mile beat. In these most wonderful sailing conditions the wind was surprisingly steady for the first mile and Julia, under the skillfull guidence of her Husband Graham, made easy work of the first upwind leg to hold a comfortable lead at the top mark. In the following pack was RUS 76 Dmiti Samokhin, straight from his win last weekend at the Primo Cup, Monaco.

Over the next three leg’s, two down wind and one more upwind, GBR 720 fought hard to keep her nose in front, but on the final run, it was RUS 76 who just took the victory from Julia and her team of four. In 3rd place was the Club’s President, POR 55 Jose’ Matoso.

Our experienced PRO quickly got proceedings underway for race two, shortly after the final boat had crossed the finish line, so that everyone was kept busy and no time to feel cold or lose interest. Again the fleet had a clean start & this time it was the turn of MON 2  Jens Rathsack helming his new boat, to take the lead from playing the right-hand-side of the first beat. Jens and his hard working team revelled in the ever increasing wind conditions and never looked back as they went on to christen their beautiful “Jeanie” in style. In 2nd place was POR 55 Jose Matoso who was having a fantastic day and backed up his 3rd in race one by holding onto the runners up spot. In 3rd place was the other “New Petticrow” DEN 405 with the current European Champion, Jens Christensen at the helm. It just shows what a product Petticrows continue to produce day in day out, two new boats uncovered only yesterday and at the front of this competitive fleet from day 1..  Fantastic!

So Campers after day one and the first two races of this 4th Cascais Winter Series, it is indeed the Club President who leads the field with his 3rd and 2nd places. Well done to Jose, Stefan Hellriegal and his “Olympic Tactician” Gustavo Lima (who will hopefully be in Weymouth next year representing his country in the Laser Class)!! All the way, Gustavo..

More to follow tomorrow…..    Higher, Faster, Longer….    Stavros. (GBR 751).