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Régates Royales - Trophée Panerai: quiet Cannes

Régates Royales - Trophée Panerai: quiet Cannes

Cannes September 25, 2017

Grey skies and light airs were on the menu today for the opening day of the 39th Régates Royales de Cannes – Trophée Panerai. Two races were launched for the Dragons while the classics had some serious training before racing starts tomorrow for them too.


The palms on the world-famous Croisette were not moving much today. The wind was light and shifty as the sun rays were almost totally hidden by the thin clouds.   As the sea breeze was late in showing up and it was patchy on the race area, the Race committee had to make several attempts before being able to launch the first race for the 44-boats strong Dragon fleet.


Actually the easterly wind was never stronger than five or seven knots, barely enough to ripple the water. And, after some trying the fleet started the day’s first race with a black flag (meaning that all the boats over the line are automatically disqualified) on a windward/leeward course. The strong Russian crew skippered by Anatoly Loginov on Annapurna prevailed on fellow countryman Igor Goikmberg on Zenith and Germany’s Michaël Schettun on Chi, in third place.


Yet, race 1 was just an appetizer, because the flimsy and shifty wind forced the RC to set a new course to launch race 2. The day’s second round reshuffled the cards on the table: the Russians were not at their best and finished mid-pack, whilst the British and the Germans sailed on a high.


UK’s Yvan Bradbury on Blue Haze won the race,ahead of  Germany’s Michaël Schettun on Chi and Briton Jonathan Brown on Storm finished in third, with Annapurna and Zenith in fifth and eight place respectively.  The first French crew across the line was Jean Bragger’s Ulysse, while Turkish team Monday, skippered by Arkun Demircan, debuted in grand style finishing in the top ten on this first appearance in Cannes.


Classic training


The light air did not discourage the classics’ crews, who took advantage of it to do some training and to fine-tune their setups and improve their manoeuvres before racing starts on Tuesday. 12 Metres or ketches, centenary yawls or gaff cutters, dozens of yachts went out on the bay. There will be many more tomorrow, when racing kicks off officially and just under a hundred boats will wrestle for victory, in different divisions and classes. The wind should still be a light easterly, increasing a notch in the afternoon thanks to a warmer sun on the Bay of  La Napoule. The air temperature should also be very pleasant and typical of the early autumn on the Cote d’Azur, with some 20-23° C.


The outlook for the rest of the week is even more positive: the wind should steadily increase making the Régates royal once more.


Boats, classes and people: the Dragon


Just like the Régates Royales, that were first organized in 1929 as a tribute to the King Christian of Danmark, the Dragon celebrates its eighty birthday. It was designed by Johan Anker in 1929. The original design had two berths and was ideally suited for cruising in his home waters of Norway. The boat quickly attracted owners and within ten years it had spread all over Europe and was also an Olympic class from 1948 to 1972.


Technical specs:









8,90 m

1,95 m

1,20 m

1.670 kg

1.000 kg

16,00 sq. m

11,70 sq. m

23,60 sq. m





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