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Puerto Portals Winter Series….
GER 1183 Michael Schmidt, Rubrio Basilio & Gustavo Lima win the P.P.W.S.
With 4 series run from November 2017 through to February 2018 it was Michael Schmidt from Germany, crewed by Portuguese professionals Rubrio Basilio and Gustavo Lima who took the overall series title.
Close racing on the final day in Palma.
Despite only one completed race over last weekend, the 25 competing teams enjoyed the sunshine and comradery at this new base for the Dragon’s in Palma. After an absence of 10 years, (it was back in 2007 when the prestigious Gold Cup was last raced in the beautiful bay of Palma) the Dragons are regaining their confidence in this wonderful location…
RUS 34 getting “Even Better” Vasily Senatorov finished 2nd overall in Palma.
It was summed up perfectly by our IDA Chairman Vasily Senatorov, who said “There was a lot of fun in Palma during this winter series. With wonderful infrastructure at Puerto Portals, splendid atmosphere in the club and gentlemen behaviour on the water. I thank the Spanish hosts, the Race Committee and all the Sponsors. It was an honour to sail against very strong teams from Germany, Denmark, Italy and see the Spanish Fleet grow again. Particularly as we climbed to 2nd overall”. Well said Vasily & many congratulations on your overall position.
3rd overall was GER 1177 “Pow Wow” Michael Zankel, Pedro Andrade & Charles Nankin.
Leading Corinthians overall was a very close fight between Frank Berg from Denmark and Tanja Jacobsohn from Germany. In the end it was the team from Denmark sailing “Get-a-Way” helmed by Frank Berg (who actually won 2 of the 4 series), who took the top Corinthian spot.
1st Corinthian Team was DEN 266 Frank Berg, Thomas Schmidt and Anders Halsteen.
With the Princess Sofia Trophy (March 30th to April 1st), followed by the Copa de Med and Palma Vella in April & May, the Spanish Fleet are very much alive and kicking… Organiser Pepe’ Vidal, representing the Club de Regates Puerto Portals told me that the next Winter Series would also include racing on Friday’s, making each series a 3 day event.. Also with the European Championships awarded to Palma in 2020, it all bodes well for Spanish Dragon Sailing…
Higher, Faster, Longer……… Stavros.
Many thanks Helmut Kraus for some of these photo’s.. more can be seen at mv-photon.de