Dragon, an evergreen class. At the San Remo European in 84

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Dragons-EuropeanAs many as 84 boats populated San Remo at the Gazprom International European Dragon Championship organized by the San Remo Yacht Club. Once again, this is proof that the “oldies” of the sea never die: despite being over 80 years old, the Dragon remains one of the world’s most esteemed keelboats. The reasons for this enthusiasm are its outstanding sailing qualities and a structured and effective Class organization. Such a combination of qualities explains its worldwide distribution in more than thirty nations.

DANES WIN, COLANINNO-VIGNA-GRANDONE OK AMONG CORINTHIANS
The Danish team of Lars Hendriksen, Kleen Frihjof and Anders Bagger, who raced aboard Debutant, is the 2014 European Dragon Class Champion. Best Italians Giuseppe Duca, Jean Sebastien Ponce and Vittorio Zaoli aboard Duca, in seventh place. This is the overall standings of the Gazprom International European Dragon Championship. Among the “Corinthians,” or crews without professionals on board, the victory of “Tergeste” with Nando Colaninno, Guido Antar Vigna and Mauro Grandone on board is noteworthy.

1. Debutant (Denmark): Lars Hendriksen, Kleen Frithjof and Anders Bagger – 28 points
2. Bunker Queen (Germany): Marcus Wieser, Sergey Pugachev and Georgii Leonchuk – 30 points
3. Bunker Boys (Ukraine): Yevgen Braslavets, Igor Sidorov and Sergiy Timokhov – 33 points
4. Agtivists (Germany): Philipp Malte, Michale Kurtz, Thorsten Imbeck – 45 points
5. Annapurna (Russia): Anatoly Loginov, Vadim Statsenko, Alexander Shalagin – 50 points
6. Sophie (Switzerland): Pedro Andrade, Martin Westerdahl, Diogo Cayolla – 63 points
7. Cloud (Italy): Giuseppe Duca, Jean Sebastien Ponce, Vittorio Zaoli – 66 points

TWENTY-THREE NATIONS AT THE START
There were 23 countries represented during the Gazprom International European Dragon Championship: Antigua, Australia, Austria, Denmark, United Arab Emirates, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Hong Kong, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Russia, United States, Sweden, Switzerland, and Ukraine.

THE BIG NAMES IN SAILING

Some big names in international sailing have raced in San Remo. Britain’s Lawrie Smith-in his resume, among others, a bronze medal in the Soling class at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, three Whitbread entries, and the America’s Cup in 1983 at the helm of Victory-was aboard Alfie. German Olympian Vincent Hoesch, World and European champion in a variety of classes including Dragon, Star and H-Boat, raced Sinewave. German Markus Wieser-in 2013 he won the 5.50 World Championship and a third place at the World Dragoon Championship-was aboard Bunker Queen. Marc Bouet, world Soling 91, at the Olympics in ’92 and 96 and helmsman of Ville de Paris and Cap Harmonie at the America’s Cup raced on Irina.

THE PARTNERS
The Gazprom International European Dragon Championship was held with the partnership of Gazprom International and BMW (main partners of the event) and Paul&Shark, Transbunker, Ulysse Nardin, Pantaenius Yacht Insurance, Municipality of Sanremo, Royal Hotel Sanremo, Region of Liguria, Casino di Sanremo, Cozzi Parodi Group.


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