a99The Bavarian “Dream Team” lead after 5 races with Nicola Friesen at the Helm of GER 1140.

With sunshine from dawn to dusk, the 38th Edition of the Regates Royal combined  with the French Open Championship is well underway here in Cannes. 50 Dragons are competing over 5 days in this festival of sailing that also hosts beautiful Classic, 5.5m & 12m yachts.  



Some of the 50 Dragons “resting” in the Old Port of Cannes, at the Regates Royal.

Each day the courses for all the sailors have been moved around so that no fleet sails in the same area. So far the Dragons have enjoyed the freedom of the West Bay before moving to the beautiful clear waters towards Golf Juan and Juan les Pins on the East side of Cannes. This variety is proving very popular with the sailors and offers a new challenge for each race.

a9999DEN 394 “Blue Lady” helmed by Soren Pehrsson with one of the many beautiful Classics.

The overall leader after 5 races is the “current” German National Champion Nicola Friesen, helming GER 1140 “Smaug”, crewed by Vincent Hoesch & Michael Lip (the Bavarian Dream Team). Counting 7th, 3rd, 5th & 2nd places gives Nicola a 3 point lead over RUS 27 Anatoloy Loginov and RUS 34 Vasily Senatorov.

a9Feeling “Even Better” is our IDA Chairman Vasily Senatorov who is currently equal 2nd overall.

Not far behind the leaders in overall 4th place is ESP 71 “Gunter” helmed by Javier Scherk on 30 points, then in joint 5th place on 32 points are GBR 770 “Storm” helmed by Jonathan Brown and GBR 789 “Bear” helmed by the “amazing” 84 years young Edward Sawyer from the USA…  (keep it up Teddy) :-)

a999Ted Sawyer concentrates fully as he glides the “Bear” around the top mark.

Over the next 2 days our very able President du Committee, Olivier de Turckheim is planning for 4 more races. So plenty of opportunity for many place changes and more fun in the sun for these happy 50 Dragon Teams.

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

p.s.  Many thanks to Michael Kurtz, from Pantaenius, for these excellent photo’s..