Sophie Racing SUI311 wins first ever Grade One in Douarnanez

Martin Westerdahl crew on SUI311 and a member of the Sophie Racing Team comments: 

"Coming back to Europe in March was exciting. Would the teams training in Dubai with their PCT-Dragons be quick compared to the guys that stayed in Europe over winter? Would all the rig and sail testing pay off? Well, during Juan Carlos in Cascais, Hendrik Witzmann, Henrique Anjos and Theis Palm proved that the Arabian winter had been beneficial scoring a second just shy of first. We scored a 6th but felt we could do better with the boat behaving well in the breeze and the waves.

One month later, almost 50 Dragon Teams met up in France for the third big event of the year, The Grand Prix Guyader in Douarnenez. We sailed almost immaculately to take the lead after the first day with a 1 and a 3. Then we had to wait. And wait. And when the wind finally decided to come back we had an absolutely cracking race, constantly moving up through the fleet, finishing first. The youngest miudo onboard, Bernardo, just couldn´t fail. He even had time to throw in a couple of words of wisdom during racing: Guys, just shush and be patient! For the last race we just had to make sure to finish no less than four boats behind our fellow training partners from Dubai Stephen Link, Frank Butzmann and Michi Lipp to win the event. We chose to finish ahead and won our first Grade One event in the Dragon class in style."