The Dragons are back in St Tropez, with 6 races over the first two days….

Great drone photo of all 19 boats ready to start.

19 Dragons are having a great time in the South of France now that the rain has passed and the sun is out in this beautiful sailing Gulf between Saint Maxime & St Tropez…

Another super photo from Jean-Louis Chaix.

The SNST (Societe’ Nautique de Saint Tropez) are putting on a nice regatta with sensible 1nm courses which are completed in around 60mins (only possible with a smaller fleet). This meant that 3 races were sailed on both Wednesday & Thursday, but unfortunately, no wind today (Friday). However, the organisers are hopeful that tomorrow (Saturday) will see two more races to round off a very successful event.

TUR 1212 Provezza leads the fleet

Although World Champion Andy Beadsworth (TUR 1212) is currently leading the event the “Provezza” team have not had it all their own way. Indeed both GER 1205 Otto Pohlmann and Russian helm Dmitry Bondarenko GBR 422 are just 4pts behind, both equal on 12pts.

One team that had a nice race yesterday (Race 4) were Ron James & his wife Julia sailing their beautiful cold moulded Borresen “GBR 633” , as they were first to round the windward mark in front of “Provezza”.  Their Professional tactician Ian Turnbull told me “We started near the pin, went left and came in just in front of Andy (Beadsworth). Managed to hold the lead down the run, then Andy split leeward marks with us. When we came together halfway up the 2nd beat they were just ahead and managed to cover us. After that it was just about not getting swallowed up by the group behind and we were happy to finish 3rd in the end”.  Well done and great to see Ron & Julia still enjoying competing on the International Circuit.

GBR 633 Ron James, Julia Walsh & Ian Turnbull lead around top mark in race 4.

So even though there is no racing today (Friday), I think there are many sailors happy to have a easy day sitting around enjoying the sun after a “full on” party hosted by Dirk Oldenburg last night! On behalf on the sailors can I thank Dirk for his generous hospitality and promise that I will be joining you all for sure next year 🙂

More to follow after racing tomorrow………..

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

Many thanks to Jean-Louis Chaix for the action photo’s…