NED 412 Pieter Heerema, Lars Hendriksen & George Leonchuk win the San Remo Grand Prix.

Organiser Tatiana Kurbatova (left) at Prize Giving was joined on the Podium by the top 5 teams of the final Grade 1 event of 2018 in San Remo.

Proud Champions NED 412 Pieter, Lars & George (Centre) were pushed all the way by runner up GER 1207 Nicola Friesen (second right). 3rd place went to ITA 77 Yevgen Braslavets (light blue shirt), 4th was GBR 820 Grant Gordon (third left) and 5th place to RUS 76 Dmitry Samokhin (fourth left).

Although the final day of racing did not materialise through lack of wind, spirits were not diminished. As usual the cream rises to the top  so the best teams over the 5 completed races found their way into the top 5 of this competitive 35 boat fleet. There is no question the standard of Dragon Sailing is getting better and better. The quality of boats, both old and new continues to excel. A total of 4 different sail brands were used in the top 6 boats and the importance of teamwork could not be more apparent! Congratulations to All. 🙂

Top Corinthians GBR 770 David & Lynne Brown & Son Jono with Gilly Hamilton.

Finishing a very creditable 11th place overall this excellent Corinthian Team showed great form again and proved that their 2nd place finish at the 2016 Regates Royal was no fluke. After a fantastic 2nd day, GBR 770 “Storm” recorded consistent results against some of the best teams in the World and now look forward to Cannes next week…  Very well done to this popular “Family” team..  🙂

So there we have it fellow Sailors, another European Grade 1 season over.  We began with February Snow in Cannes (Winner Markus Brenneke).  Then Douarnenez in May (Andy Beadsworth), followed by Dragor in June (Pieter Heerema). Finally San Remo in Sept (Again! Pieter Heerema).

In 2019 Following the World Championships in Perth, we will have Cannes (April), Cascais (May), Kulungsborn (July) and Palma (Nov) then Grade 1 Finals in Palma immediately after…..    With a Gold Cup in Medemblik which “hopefully” will attract up to 90+ boats… the future looks good…

In closing I want to thank the Yacht Club of San Remo for their excellent hospitality, Tatiana and her many helping Ladies for efficient the friendly registration and presentations plus the 35 teams for making this event so memorable….   With special thanks to ELENA RAZINA for her wonderful action photo’s!   What we do in Life… Echo’s in Eternity…

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