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Training in the Netherlands

Over the winter there have been several new additions to the Dutch and Belgian Dragon fleet.

Petticrows dealer Andre Dupon felt it would be a great kick start to the new Dragon owners sailing to put together a training weekend where some of the important basics of Dragon tuning and handling could be passed on to these sailors.

Petticrows sponsored Martin “Stavros” Payne to travel to Aalsmeer to run the training camp. Stavros, as well as being a well season and successful Dragon sailor is also a trained teacher so was able to pass on his knowledge and I am sure a few jokes too......

Over April 1st and 2nd, I travelled to Holland to train some new and interested teams on the Aalsmeer.
The training was arranged by Andre' Dupon and took place over a cold but fresh two days.
Sailors from 9 different teams came together to try out the new Petticrow Boat, with a centre
consul that allows the helm easily to move forward when the boat is settled on each tack.........

Jacob Roosjen, Coen Verhorst, Ulli Kapteina, Walter Schneemann all arrived with their teams
on day one and found the indoor briefing given by Martin Payne worthwhile, as he explained
the different rig set-ups, the marking and measurement's of how to make a Dragon go fast.
Unfortunately, despite a wet and windy effort, it proved too windy to give any training, so back into the
classroom for Martin to contiue sharing his experience with all that attend...............

On the second day the weather was much kinder and Twan de Loos, Boudewijn vd Kroon,
William Klomp, Stefan Huebner and Michel v Cauwelaert all had a chance to test the new boat
with Martin's guidance from the rear deck. The new boat handled superbly and as Andre'
transferred each team from his superb motor boat to and from the Dragon, everyone had an
opportunity to feel the excitement and exhilaration of the latest Petticrow dream..................


There are a number of experienced sailors who are willing to run training camps tailored to your needs on an individual or group basis.

Martin Payne
Vincent Hoesch