First Russian winner of the Gold Cup. Marstand 2010

A full range in wind conditions hit Marstrand during the 2010 Gold Cup. Unfortunately only 4 races were completed due to adverse winds on some of the race days; some too much, some too little!

Calculating the winner was easier than most sailing regattas as unusually the rules are that the series should be sailed with no discard. In a 96 boat fleet this can lead to some high scores.

In this championship we were treated to a nail biting finish with place changes occurring on the final beat and the winner not determined until the very end.

Analoly Loginov with Andrej Kirilyuk and Alexander Shalagin showed their form as world ranked number one and final took the title without winning a race.

Filipe Silva, Henrique Costa e Silva and Miguel Pinto in Xalet took the final race to finish third overall – on equal points with Lars Hendriksen, Igor Sidorov and Georgiy Leonchuk who finished second overall.

It was the first Russian victory in the Gold Cup however with the depth of talent and commitment to Dragon sailing in Russia, I am sure it will not be the last!

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