Russian claims Dragon Coupe de Bretagne
Solent or genoa? That was the question in the Dragon fleet on the Bay of Douarnenez today in the freshening breeze. Despite being created in 1929, the school seemed to be out on this topic today among the 57 crews taking part in the Coupe de Bretagne de Dragon today, prior to the main Dragon racing at the Grand Prix Douarnanez that starts on Wednesday, where 90 boats are expected.
Among the line-up is the 2009 World Champion, Norwegian Poul Richard Hoj-Jensen the double Soling Olympic Gold medallist on Danish Blue who today finished second in the Coupe de Bretagne. However if the Scandinavians have always been strong in the classic one time Olympic keelboat, it is the Russians who have recently been making their mark and so it was today that the Coupe de Bretagne was won by Annapurna skippered by Anatoly Loginov.
Despite still being relatively new to the class, Loginov already has form - second at the Open de France, second at the Grand Prix Petit Navire 2009, fourth at the Worlds and third at the Gold Cup. With this series, the young Russian is currently the leader in the Dragon world ranking.
Another notable in the fleet is none other than British Soling bronze medallist, better known for his Whitbread Round the World Race exploits on the likes of Rothmans, Silk Cut and Intrum Justitia. Smith who retired from professional sailing some years ago but is in Douarnanez at the helm of Alfie and posted a sixth place today.
Results (after five races)
1 Annapurna (Anatoly Loginov) RUS 27
2 Danish Blue (Poul Richard Hoj Jensen) GBR 745
3 Ar Prim (Louis Urvois) FRA 395
4 Drago (José Matoso) PQR 55
5 Sinewave (Thomas Müller) GER 996
6 Alfie (Lawrie Smith) GBR 751
7 Fever (Andy Beadsworth) NOR 282
8 Murka 7 (Olga White) RUS 69
9 Christmas II (Pedro Mendes Leal) PQR 50
10 Murka 8 (Mikhail Mouratof) RUS 96