Pieter Heerema with Lars Hendriksen and George Leontchuk sailed a serie of 2-1-1-1 with discard of a 7 during the last Grade 1 event of 2018 in San Remo. You can read more details of this event in Stavros’ BLOG at www.intdragon.net
With this victory Pieter and his team can look back at a fantastic year. He is now leading the international score board of the qualified races of the Class. With his national titles of both Danmark and The Netherlands, this Grade 1 score in San Remo and his 2nd place at the Gold Cup in Helsinki he definitely has put his mark in the fleet for the coming Worlds in January 2019 in Perth, Australia.
Well done Pieter, Lars, Claus and Georg !
This page shows an overview of the 4 days in Medemblik.
Highlights of the seven races with close races on a 2 nm upwind leg and highlights of the socials.
The night before the final is Theodoor Gilissen Night
The prize is for the no 1 overall on day 3. One never knows what might happen on day 4…….
Team NED 412 was the winner of the “Theodoor” as we call this scale model with a history.
He’s back again with “Back Again” in Warmond.
The Champions and Prize giving
The silver Dragon of the first Dutch Open 1948 is the annual trophy for the champion and went (again ) to team NED 412 of Pieter Heerema, Lars Hendriksen and Claus Olesen. Including the gold medal and the wimpel of the Dutch MNA ofwel Watersportvebond. The prize giving was done by Peter Burggraaf, in charge of racing at the Dutch MNA.
Team JPN 56 (Peter Gilmour, Sam Gilmour and Yashihiro Yaji) had to get accustomed to the IJsselmeer and the chilly showers. But how great to have two former America Cup sailors and an Olympian sailor in the fleet who competed strongly with the top 10 to become 2nd overall.
Happy Team BEL 79 (3rd) photographed by Jan Bakker ( 6th overall) sailed very well after the Yanmar party. No wonder they are sponsored by the Belgian Duvel Beer brewery.
David Warner (IRL 198) , sailing in Burnham-on-Crouch, became the FL and was awarded a set of pictures for his team.
Netty Tiggelman and Maaike de Jong were absent during the Championship Dinner where all ladies in the fleet were praised for their perseverance. So they received their bottle of Dragon Blood as well.
Impressions from the Fly Bridge
BEL 80 sailed a great final race and climbed to the 5th place overall.
Team NED 412 and Team JPN 56 leading the fleet well in front of the peloton.
How good to see the NED 311 ‘full colours’ back in the fleet !
JPN 56 securing their win in race 2 while NED 390 did good business as well
NED 411 raced very well, however twice U-flagged on day 3 didn’t improve their overall result. 13th overall.
Long starting lines create banana’s in the middle and busy crowds at the committee boat
The Eric van den Bandt Serie
The Socials @ Medemblik
The annual Dutch Dragon Championship Dinner, a tradition as well since 1948, was held in Hotel Medemblik.
152 sailors, RC-members and partners were present to participate in this annual event. It was a great evening where
many old friends met. For example Bart Kimman, keen Dragon sailor in the class in the ‘ 70’s and ’80’s, joined us for dinner after a day as spectator on the water. So was Hajo de Iongh, father of three sons who all sail the Dragon and who was on board NED 398 during the Gold Cup 2014.
It was an emotional moment for many of us when Lars Hendriksen took the mike and said warm words to Bram de Wilde who is also ‘Back Again’ after an uphill fight. For those who do not know Bram: he sails his could moulded NED 311 in Holland and his Börrensens NED 305 in Cannes during the winter for almost 25 years or even more. This winter Bram will be off again to Cannes again to join the international group of Dragon sailors during the local winter regattas on the MED.
And new teams mingled with the old hands while new acquaintances were made when Philip asked the owners to find the owner of the pictures of another boat. The pictures were distributed at random.
There was also a moment to applaud the ladies in the fleet who – without fear – sailed the second day in showers with hail and gusts over 25 knots. They were given the best Grand Reserve of Dragon Blood from the special cave of the Dutch Class.
After dinner a few of the sailors went to Brakeboer and had an after party with the Aken crews. It was like old times. Medemblik had revived.