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Gazprom International Dragon Worlds - Hoj-Jensen shines

by British Dragon Association on 11 Sep 2013
Gazprom International Dragon World Championship IDA/Michael Austin
Weymouth showed herself at her best for day three of the Gazprom International Dragon World Championship where the fleet enjoyed two stunning races, races two and three of the eight race series. With a north westerly wind ranging from as little as six knots all the way up to around 18 knots and constantly shifting, the race committee rose to the occasion and produced spot on courses. The Dragons like to sail long legs for their World Championships and typically run with a 2.2 to 2.5 mile first beat. Despite this the fleet was still rounding the first mark tightly packed and the jury had a number of customers this evening following mark rounding incidents.

The quality of the fleet is truly exceptional and contains multiple Olympic medalists, America's Cup veterans and World and Continental Champions and it is clear from the results that there is a huge depth of talent as some very big names are to be found well down the rankings tonight.

Boat of the day was without any doubt Poul Richard Hoj-Jensen's Danish Blue crewed by Hamish Mackay and Andrew Norden. Having won Sunday's opening race they consolidated their lead by taking a good steady fifth in race two, then going on to win race three in exceptional style. A double Olympic Gold Medallist, Poul is also the winner of five Dragon Gold Cups, four European Championships and is one of only two helms to have won the Worlds twice, first in 1989 and again in 2009. Known to the Dragon fleet as simply 'The Man', Hoj-Jensen proved today that his physical and mental strength are in no way diminished as he approaches his 70th year and he is still more than able to give the young pretenders a good whipping. He led from the first mark and by the time he rounded the last gate for the beat home he had a comfortable lead. The fleet split evenly port and starboard for the final leg making it impossible to cover everyone, but Poul's final beat was a master class in how to defend a position and was the talk of the regatta village post racing.

The only man who came close to Hoj-Jensen's performance was Russia's Andrey Kirilyuc who is sailing with Aleksey Bushuev and Alina Dotsenko. Kirilyuc is another Olympian who raced for Russia in the Laser in '96, in the Soling in 2000 and in the Tornado in 2004. Better known in the Dragon fleet as one of the top tacticians this has been Aleksey's first chance to show his skills as a helm. He only discovered he would helm the boat late last week when owner and regular helm Dmitry Samokhin was forced to pull out. A quick phone call brought Russian match racer Alina Dotsenko into the team and despite having no practice time they rapidly found their feet taking fourth in the opening race. Today they came off the port end of the start of race two like the proverbial scalded cat and never looked back winning by a comfortable margin. This afternoon they again sailed very consistently finishing in seventh place to put them into second overall.

In the overall standings Poul Richard Hoj-Jensen now leads the regatta on seven points with Andrey Kirilyuk second on 12 points. Third place overall is held by Hendrik Witzmann, Michael Koch and Markus Koy sailing for the United Arab Emirates, who added a seventh and third to Sunday's ninth place to give them 19 points overall and an eight point margin on fourth placed Inna Shternberg of Russia. Places fifth to eighth are all held by Brits with Martin Payne fifth, Klaus Diederich's sixth, Quentin Strauss seventh and defending champion Lawrie Smith eighth. After his crew Tim Tavinor sustained a nasty hand injury when fending off another boat on the dock after racing on day one Lawrie was left one man short and facing the prospect of having to withdraw from the regatta. Fortunately good friend Bill Masterman, who has sailed with Lawrie and third man Ossie Stewart in the past, was able to drop everything and rush down to Weymouth to step in.

In the Corinthian Division for amateur crews Poul Richard Hoj-Jensen also leads the way with Mark Wade in second, Peter Froschel third, Remy Arnaud fourth and Rob Campbell fifth. One Corinthian team who got more than they bargained for today was Julia Bailey's Aimee. Going up the first beat of race two they were looking very nice on the left hand side. They went to tack and Julia's husband Graham, who calls tactics in the boat, pulled on the runner. He'd just put his full weight into the final adjustment when a block gave way and he effectively threw himself out of the boat. Fortunately he managed to remain in contact and within less than a minute fellow crew members Richard Powell and Will Heritage had fished him out and they were on their way again. Sadly though the advantage was lost and they finished the race in 63rd place.

As always at the post racing prize giving there were some special lucky draw presentations with Tommy Mueller's team taking home three sets of Maui Jim sunglasses and Julian Sowery claiming goodies from Zhik.

Later in the evening the teams enjoyed a wonderful cocktail party at Portland Castle where guests could take a guided tour of this 16th century Tudor Castle, built by Henry VIII to protect against French and Spanish invasion and now owned by English Heritage and open to the public. As well as delicious canapes and English sparkling wine the guests also enjoyed a traditional Morris Dancing display - an entertainment all too familiar to the British competitors but baffling and entertaining in equal measure to the international visitors. All together a thoroughly British evening.

Tomorrow's two further races are planned and the forecast is for 10+ knots, again from the north west. You can keep up with the latest from the race course via the Pantaenius Live Tracking, where you can also replay past races. News, results and further information will be posted at the event website. The regatta will continue until Friday 13 September with a maximum of eight races scheduled and a single discard coming into play after the completion of race six.

Dragon World Championship 2013 Results

Pos Nation Helm Crew Crew R1 R2 R3 Nett
1 GBR775
Poul Richard HOJ-JENSEN Hamish MACKAY Andrew NORDEN 1.0 5.0 1.0 7
2 RUS76
Andrey KIRILYUK Aleksey BUSHUEV Alina DOTSENKO 4.0 1.0 7.0 12
3 UAE20
Hendrik WITZMANN Michael KOCH Markus KOY 9.0 7.0 3.0 19
4 RUS77
Inna SHTERNBERG Yury BOZHEDOMOV Valeriy USHKOV 6.0 8.0 13.0 27
5 GBR771
Martin PAYNE John MORTIMER Rui BOIA 8.0 9.0 11.0 28
6 GBR758
Klaus DIEDERICHS Andy BEADSWORTH Jamie LEA 16.0 13.0 2.0 31
7 GBR708
Quentin STRAUSS Simon STRAUSS Nigel YOUNG 10.0 12.0 16.0 38
8 GBR785
Lawrie SMITH Ossie STEWART Tim TAVINOR 22.0 6.0 18.0 46
9 HUN57
Ferenc KIS-SZOLGYEMI Karoly VEZER Tamas KISS 11.0 3.0 36.0 50
10 DEN138
Lars HENDRIKSEN Lars Stenfeldt HANSEN Joost HOUWELING 13.0 15.0 26.0 54
11 SWE389
Karl-Gustaf LÖHR Martin RUDBÄCK Jesper BENDIX 36.0 14.0 8.0 58
12 RUS34
Vasiliy SENATOROV Igor IVASHINTSOV Aleksander MUZICHENKO 34.0 21.0 5.0 60
13 UKR8
Yevgen BRASLAVETS Igor SIDOROV Sergiy TIMOKHOV 5.0 11.0 45.0 61
14 GER11
Marcus BRENNECKE Marc PICKEL Thomas AURACHER 3.0 20.0 39.0 62
15 GBR782
David ATKINSON Ian TURNBULL John OUTHWAITE 29.0 19.0 15.0 63
16 SUI307
Ulli LIBOR Michael HANDRICK Joerg MOESSNANG 2.0 38.0 24.0 64
17 UKR7
Markus WIESER Sergey PUGACHEV Georgii LEONCHUK 17.0 2.0 46.0 65
18 RUS27
Anatoly LOGINOV Vadim STATSENKO Alexander SHALAGIN 26.0 34.0 6.0 66
19 NED402
Jan BAKKER Dominic BAKKER Olivier BAKKER 24.0 16.0 32.0 72
20 POR55
Jose MATOSO Gustavo LIMA Frederico MELO 38.0 32.0 4.0 74
21 NED412
Pieter HEEREMA Theis PALM Herve CUNNINGHAM 12.0 30.0 35.0 77
22 GER1133
Thomas MÜLLER Hoesch VINCENT Lipp MICHAEL 19.0 27.0 31.0 77
23 POR63
Diogo BARROS Jorge LIMA Rúbrio BASÍLIO 18.0 40.0 27.0 85
24 GER1120
Michael SCHMIDT Malte PHILIPP Peter LIEBNER 7.0 31.0 52.0 90
25 FRA402
Stephane BASEDEN Paul MCKENZIE Patrick AUCOUR 14.0 50.0 29.0 93
26 SUI313
Dirk OLDENBURG Thomas WARTBIEGLER Phil BLINN 45.0 4.0 47.0 96
27 GER1042
Dr. Philip DOHSE Christian MOELLER Oliver MOSE 78.0 BFD 10.0 9.0 97
28 AUS227
Marcus BLACKMORE Terry WETTON Don COWIE 33.0 17.0 48.0 98
29 GBR682
Eric WILLIAMS Rory PATON Katie COLE 20.0 57.0 21.0 98
30 GER1071
Helmut SCHMIDT Andreas LISTL Stefan HELLRIEGEL 46.0 23.0 34.0 103
31 GBR768
Christopher HUNT Mark HART Mark DALY 50.0 45.0 10.0 105
32 GBR722
Mark WADE Amanda WADE Simon CASH 52.0 41.0 12.0 105
33 FRA396
Remy ARNAUD Herald ARNAUD Pascal CIVEL 15.0 22.0 68.0 105
34 RUS35
Victor FOGELSON Oleg KHOPERSKIY Viacheslav KHAPTIUKHIN 27.0 60.0 19.0 106
35 FRA391
Jean BREGER Clement SOULET Gaetan AUNETTE 35.0 46.0 25.0 106
36 GER1013
Peter FRÖSCHL Sabrina FRÖSCHL Martin WIESER 53.0 42.0 14.0 109
37 SUI311
Hugo STEINBECK Martin WESTERDAHI Pedro ANDRADE 28.0 29.0 54.0 111
38 GBR610
Mark DICKER Selina DICKER James CAMPBELL & Katie BARR 78.0 BFD 18.0 22.0 118
39 GBR788
Robert CAMPBELL Matt WALKER Justin WAPLES 56.0 26.0 40.0 122
40 NED311
Abram DE WILDE Pier DE IONGH Michiel INSINGER 42.0 39.0 43.0 124
41 GBR720
Julia BAILEY Graham BAILEY William HERITAGE & Richard POWELL 25.0 63.0 38.0 126
42 GBR755
Julian SOWRY Ian OLSON Geoff BUTCHER 61.0 28.0 37.0 126
43 NED414
Andre DU PON Robbert BLAUWKUIP Huib BANNIER 40.0 24.0 63.0 127
44 GER1035
Nico REUTER Michael OBERMAIER Leopold OBERMAIER 44.0 53.0 30.0 127
45 GER968
Michael SCHATTAN Peter WICKLMAYR Friederike GEPPERT 60.0 36.0 33.0 129
46 SWE357
Leif LARSVALL Staffan CARLSSON Ulf KJELIN 23.0 66.0 44.0 133
47 NED411
Charlotte TEN WOLDE Gillis JONK Martin LEIFELT 30.0 25.0 78.0 RET 133
48 GBR717
Patrick GIFFORD Michael GIFFORD Andrew PRITCHARD-BARRETT 78.0 DNC 33.0 23.0 134
49 GBR763
Simon BARTER James BARTER Donald WILKS 39.0 37.0 58.0 134
50 GBR761
Gavia WILKINSON-COX Roger Hickman Vicente PINHEIRO 49.0 43.0 42.0 134
51 RUS81
Leonid KLEPIKOV Alexander MIRONOV Yuri SAMOYLOV 55.0 65.0 17.0 137
52 GER1135
Philipp OCKER Florian GROSSER Oliver DAVIES 21.0 56.0 60.0 137
53 AUS217
Gordon INGATE David GILES Dayne SHARP 51.0 67.0 20.0 138
54 AUS210
Sandy ANDERSON John MONCRIEFF John LOW 47.0 49.0 50.0 146
55 GBR747
Stewart COLTART Catriona COLTART Toby ATACK 32.0 55.0 62.0 149
56 AUS225
Willy PACKER Julian HARDING John HAY 78.0 BFD 44.0 28.0 150
57 GBR777
Owen PAY Alex DOBSON Nick WOOD 48.0 51.0 55.0 154
58 IRL198
Garry TREACY Paul MAGUIRE Don O'DOWD 37.0 52.0 67.0 156
59 GBR693
Timothy BLACKWELL Lisa GUY Roger GUY 31.0 59.0 72.0 162
60 SWE375
Martin PALSSON Goran ALM Johan NOREN 78.0 DSQ 35.0 53.0 166
61 JPN50
Bocci AOYAMA Tetsuya SASAKI Norio IGEI 43.0 54.0 70.0 167
62 GBR675
Christopher BREALY David HARRIS Brian MCKENZIE 41.0 70.0 57.0 168
63 GBR764
Mike HAYLES Monique HAYLES Alex MACDONALD 78.0 BFD 58.0 41.0 177
64 NED314
Rudy DEN OUTER Jeroen BURKS Lydia VERDUYN 57.0 47.0 74.0 178
65 FIN88
Catja EVERHALL BLOM Eeva SAUKONEN Mario WAGNER & Pille VOLMER 63.0 69.0 49.0 181
66 GBR753
Jono RATNAGE Ross MCKISSOCK Guy CLARABUT 66.0 68.0 51.0 185
67 AUS170
Ronald PACKER John LONGLEY Philippa PACKER 58.0 73.0 56.0 187
68 SUI294
Zuercher WALTER Oral JORDY Ruppli URS 54.0 72.0 65.0 191
69 SWE358
Hans LILJEBLAD John MAGNUSSON Fredrik HEIJNE 78.0 BFD 48.0 66.0 192
70 GBR660
Dave ROSS Dave BEDFORD Paul KELSEY 78.0 BFD 61.0 59.0 198
71 AUS218
Robert ALPE PETER ABRAHAM Rene NEL 64.0 64.0 71.0 199
72 GBR739
Nigel KAULA Teresa WILKES Simon HOWARD & Joanna RICHARDSON 67.0 75.0 61.0 203
73 NED393
Richard BLICKMAN Daan DIJXHOORN Nick SPAANS 78.0 BFD 62.0 64.0 204
74 NED403
Maarten KLINKENBERG Daniel GOEDKOOP Bart KLINKENBERG 65.0 71.0 69.0 205
75 AUS201
Raymond CHATFIELD Karen CHATFIELD Brett WATKINS 59.0 74.0 73.0 206
76 GBR633
Ron JAMES Julia WALSH Mark PETTITT 62.0 78.0 DNS 78.0 DNS 218
77 RUS47
Boris KHABAROV Vadim FEDOROV Elena KHABAROVA & Denis BYKOV 68.0 76.0 75.0 219

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