The 25 boat fleet had a frustrating first day in Cascais yesterday as the 3rd Dragon Winter Series got underway. It is unusual to have to wait for wind in Portugal, but that’s what this very talented fleet had to do until shortly before 3.45pm. Starting in extremely light winds is not best suited to a Dragon as the slightest turn or change of course can slow the boat and then take an absolute age to get going again… So with that in mind the four boats that attempted to win the “PIN” end, arrived seconds too early and could only hope that the Race Oficer would be generous, but the double hooter sounded and as they did not return to restart, all four were correctly pulled out at the first windward mark…… (OCS) !!!

However RUS 76 helmed by Yury Bozhedomov made a nice gain on the left and was never challenged as he easily went on to win the two upwind and two downwind legged race. After starting on the right side but soon getting back to the left GER 10 helmed by Markus Brennecker sailed a steady race to take 2nd place & SWE 356 Stefan Winberg finished 3rd.

Today and tomorrow will hopefully see three races per day, to give this high standard group of sailors a seven race series….  The forecast is looking good with westerly winds of around 12-14kts and only a 20% chance of rain. Watch this space for the next update…..

Higher, Faster, Longer………..   Stavros.  (GBR 767).