Winners TUR 1212 “Provezza Dragon” (Centre) Simon Fry, Ali Tezdiker & Andy Beadsworth.

After 6 super competitive races over the first two days, with winds between 10 to 18kts the 19 boat fleet had a great time sailing in the beautiful Gulf of St Tropez.  Unfortunately, after the weather cleared up and the rain clouds disappeared so did the wind…  So for the second half of the regatta no races could be sailed. However, it did not stop this joyous group of sailors from enjoying their liquid lunches and delicious seafood extravaganza’s 🙂

Not even the experienced SNST Race Committee can do anything but wait, when there is no wind.

Therefore, the overall leaders TUR 1212 were confirmed winners and will hope to continue their form onward as Andy Beadsworth, Ali Tezdiker & Simon Fry look to win “Back to Back” World Championships in Australia early in 2019…  Who is going to bet against them ?   Not me!

Runners Up overall were GER 1205 “Meerblick” Otto Pohlmann, Hugo Rocha & Charles Nankin. This was another excellent result for Otto and his team as they continue to impress recording consistent podium positions….   Well done.

3rd overall on equal points with Otto, but losing on countback was a team from Russia sailing GBR 422 “Heuschrecke” helmed by Dmitry Bondarenko (Top Photo, 5th left), crewed by Alexandre Shaligin (3rd left) and Vadim Statsenko (4th left).  Dmitry is enjoying sailing his choice of two beautifully restored Pedersen & Thuessen’s, this time he was using GBR 422, he also has GBR 408 back in Russia… He recently told me “I like having two wooden boats because when one is in the yard having a small repair, I can race the other”  🙂   I like your thinking Dmitry !

Great to welcome American Mike Breivik, into the class with Ron Rosenberg & Will Willett. (Two 7th places in his first ever Dragon Regatta!).

This was another good regatta organised by the experienced SNST and all the sailors would like to thank the members, volunteers, office staff and especially the PRO Michele Urando. This is certainly an event you should put into your diary for next year… Why not stay on for this regatta if you are coming for the 90th anniversary in Cannes next year? Join the fun in St Tropez in 2019…

Higher, Faster, Longer…………    Stavros.