It is not an easy task to organize a regatta for such a large fleet, that was why at the beginning they divided the fleet in two groups for qualifiers, and then the golden and silver fleets were made. Moreover, there were special races on the 9th of October with an anniversary race, being one of them, which brought together all the participants at one course. The Race of Champions was organized later on, involving the winners and runners-up of the Olympic Games, world and continental championships of any classes. One third of the fleet held such titles. 51 crews went to the start of the Champions Race. The crew of the multiple Champion of Russia and current prize-winner of the European Championship Dmitry Samokhin celebrated victory in this prestigious race. Alexander Ezhkov and the Champion of Europe 2018 Anatoliy Loginov made it to the top five.
Russians received one more special trophy. Alexey Zhigadlo's crew RUS12 "Drug" ("Friend" un Russian) won in a separate race of classical Dragons.
The all-around winner of the anniversary regatta became the Champion of Europe 2011 Jens Christensen from Denmark, the veteran and multiple Champion of the Netherlands Pieter Heerema finished second, the British crew of Christof Wieland closed the top three. And once again the Russian sportsmen were in focus of attention. Evgeniy Braslavets and Anatoliy Loginov won two races at the final day. Thus, the Olympic Champion finished the competitions at the forth and Loginov – at the sixth places.
"It was a wonderful sailing festival, great atmosphere onshore and at the course, and to be at the start line with 150 Dragons is an unforgettable experience, - Dmitriy Samokhin comments. – Besides that, we are happy that we managed to win a prestigious trophy of the Race of Champions."
The 2019 calendar of Dragon class competitions is about to be completed. The decisive regatta of the European series is ahead of us, which will take place from November 11 to 14 at Mallorca.