12143191_879237715487481_1608061335846878483_n (2)Victorious Vasily Senatorov RUS 34 “Even Better” makes his winners Speech in St Tropez.

RUS 34 “Even Better” helmed by IDA Vice Chairman Vasily Senatorov, crewed by Igor Ivashintsov and Alex Muzichenko won the Dragon Saint Tropez Regatta yesterday, despite not feeling 100%…. However, this sweet victory will make Vasily feel a whole lot better as he travels back home today 🙂

Following the 24 hour mistral on Thursday afternoon, Friday came and went with absolutely no wind what so ever… So our experienced PRO Jean Pierre Mannetstatter asked all competitors to be available on the final day yesterday for a 10am start. With the series already validated (3 races completed), if a 4th race could be sailed, then a discard would be implemented. Unfortunately after a short delay the 31 boat fleet sailed out to find the light breeze had vanished…. So after another 90 minutes of bobbing around in the glorious Mediterranean Sunshine 19 boats decided enough was enough and elected to crane out.

12109091_540846082738831_57329103694469223_nOur experienced PRO Jean Pierre Mannetstatter & Team wait patiently for the wind.

However, at around 1pm the faintest of sea breezes of 3 kts made it just possible for final race, so the 12 teams who had elected to wait it out were rewarded for their patience. Whether an International Dragon race should be started in conditions less than 5 kts is irrelevant now, as it happened and it was EST 17 who made the best of the conditions to win the race.


EST 17 “ABB FUN” helmed by Mihkel Kosk, crewed by Niklas Jansson & Kasper Kamij win race 4.

This victory for the “Young” Estonian Men moved them up to 2nd place overall, a very well deserved result for this up and coming team, well done. Also making the most of the final day by finishing 2nd in the race was RUS 31 “Convergence” helmed by Mikhall Senatorov, crewed by Maxim Semerkhanov and Alexandr Yanin. Their final result moved them into a tie for 3rd place overall with GBR 789 “Bear” on 16 pts, however with a race win on the opening day, Mikhall and his top team took the final podium position.

12118657_540844746072298_6937914339083303415_n3rd overall RUS 31 “Convergence” Mikhall Senatorov, Maxim Semerkhanov & Alexandr Yanin.

In 4th place overall was GBR 789 “Bear” helmed by Mike Budd, crewed by Gillian Hamilton and Martin Payne, who elected to crane out (my decision) but had enjoyed a fantastic regatta in this wonderful venue.

12109100_540848716071901_3043354077952891241_n4th Overall, GBR 789 Bear,  helmed by Mike Budd, with Gillian Hamilton & Martin Payne.

In 5th position overall was SUI 315 “Hazbin” helmed by Eddie Warden-Owen, crewed by owner Adrian Friend and Simon Fry. This experienced team had put together some very consistent results finishing just 1 point behind the 3rd & 4th placed boats….

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Sui 315 “Hazbin”, helmed by Eddie Warden-Owen finished 5th overall in Saint Tropez.

In his closing speech, Vasily thanked the organisers and volunteers of the Societe Nautique de Saint Tropez for running an excellent regatta. With many days of cloudless blue skies and over 8 hours each day of sunshine the 31 lucky teams enjoyed a great time both on and off the water, particularly in the new SNST Yacht Club….  Thank you all and see you next year……

Higher, Faster, Longer……     Stavros.  (GBR 789).