The Commodore at Cannes 1 Oct 2005
Martin Makey sailed into second place at the prestigious Cannes Regatta in a fleet of 93 Dragons, second to Markus Weiser of Germany in Queen GER 1016 BB and just ahead of FRA 300 Ar Youleg, sailed by Louis Urvois. In addition to some of the oldest yachts still racing, the event attracts 6,8 and 12 Metre rated yachts as well as one of the largest fleet of Dragons to race in Europe.
“The Ganador team of Martin, Phil Green and Doc Sudell, not normally known for setting the pace in such events and much to our surprise, found ourselves on the pace against some serious competition right from the start with a 12th in the first race. A 47th in the next race sailed in very light conditions was more like out normal form but an 18th in the third gave us hope that we were in for a better than normal event. A rash promise by the skipper that there would be champagne for any top 10 result obviously inspired the crew, because our last three finishes were 5, 2, 2!
When asked by those seeking the secret of success, Martin replied that he hadn’t a clue although good starts (for once), sailing in free wind and keeping out of trouble during mark roundings all played an important part. Good team work was critical (MM – what should I do up this beat? Phil- go right, it’s paid every time. MM- that was a dodgy tack, Will- get on with your own job and remember high stress is bad for your health).
The best news about a good result is that you don’t have to wait for the crane. The bad news is that Martin had to make a speech in French (he failed by the way).
Seriously though, we thought the most astute comment made on our return to Burnham ( 18 hours door to door and 200 litres of diesel one way for those interested in such things) was that such a result by a bunch of amateurs is good for the UK Dragon fleet as it goes to show that the professionals don’t always dominate the results sheet. (MM Phil, Doc- don’t get any ideas about turning pro!). Now it’s back to reality sailing in the autumnal cool on the Crouch but nonetheless still very enjoyable and competitive!”