A “Hooligan” wins in Saint Tropez….

AUS 227 “Hooligan” helmed by Marcus Blackmore, crewed by Theis Palm & Terry Wetton.

Day 2 of the Dragon Saint Tropez was to prove a true test for the 31 boat fleet as one minute there was a steady 22 kts blowing from predominately the west, then a total shutdown of pressure over parts of the course… At times in between the high’s & low’s on each tack, there were also moments of huge wind shifts that could easily frustrate even the best of sailors….

Tough conditions on Day 2 in Saint Tropez.. Here you see the fleet heading upwind.

The start of race 3 got underway after a general recall and the use of a Black Flag at around 11.30. Those boats who stayed on starboard tack longer off the line seem to do better than the ones that tacked away onto port as boats on the right side were the first to fall into no wind. So the left side of the beat was paying, this allowed AUS 227, GER 1157 and RUS 34 all to be in the mix at the top mark. Meanwhile FRA 365 and GBR 789 had been making good progress up the middle of the course and eventually a nice right hand shift put both of these boats back into the leading group…

The lead boats round the “Dog-Leg” and set their spinnakers for the exciting downwind leg

As the race unfolded it was AUS 227 “Hooligan” who took the lead on the 2nd beat and gave helm Marcus Blackmore his first International Dragon Win at the tender age of 70 years old !! In 2nd place was GBR 789 “Bear” helmed by Mike Budd and 3rd was GER 1157 “M3″ helmed by Stefan Waack who was substitute for owner Michael Schmidt who was not well….

The winning team of race 3 AUS 227 “Hooligan”, Theis Palm, Terry Wetton & Marcus Blackmore.

Unfortunately the full “Mistral” came in around 1.0pm so racing had to be abandoned for the day, however with 2 more days to go it is still too early in the competition to pick a winner….

The Flags flying over the new SNST Yacht Club signal no more racing for the day…

Overall leaders after 3 races are RUS 34 Vasily Senatorov 10pts. 2nd GBR 789 Mike Budd 16pts. 3rd SUI 315 Eddy Warden-Owen 24pts…

 

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

 

 

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