StTrop2013Gavia Wilkinson-Cox helm of GBR 761 with Nick Hartshorn & Mark Hart.

21 boats gathered last weekend for the annual St Tropez Regatta 16th-19th Oct. Unfortunately the event “clashed” once again with the popular “Torbole” regatta so numbers were lower than expected. (I hope the events can be kept apart next year)!

However, competition was still very strong and although a full day was lost due to strong winds, 9 races were completed offering 2 discards. In the end it came down to the last race on the last day, with 4 boats all still in with a chance (GBR 761, RUS 32, MON 9 & ITA 56).

In the end it was GBR 761 “Jerboa” helmed by Gavia Wilkinson-Cox who completed the “DOUBLE” of winning both Cannes and St Tropez in “back to back” regatta’s. A fantastic achievement to Gavia, Mark and their new crew Nick (all pictured above).  2nd overall was RUS 32 helmed by Leonid Altukhov and 3rd overall MON 9 helmed by Malte Phillipp.

Gavia said” We are absolutely delighted to make this our second regatta win and so soon after winning the Regates Royal. It was a challenging event and all credit must go to my superb crew particularly as Nick Hartshorn is sailing in only his second Dragon regatta!”

Gavia continued” The hospitality of the St Tropez Regatta was superb, which included competitors being treated to a marvellous reception dinner with local wines and excellent food. Followed up by a magnificent champagne dinner at the Byblos Hotel on the final night.”

So once again lets congratulate our Cote d’Azur Queen, to win both in Cannes & St Tropez in the same year is very special. Well done to all aboard “Jerboa”. Let’s hope Torbole’ and St Tropez DO NOT clash next year, so that we all can enjoy both of these wonderful sailing venues………..

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