Gazprom International Dragon Worlds - Hoj-Jensen shines

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Dragon World Championship 2013 Results

PosNationHelmCrewCrewR1R2R3Nett
1GBR775
Poul Richard HOJ-JENSENHamish MACKAYAndrew NORDEN1.05.01.07
2RUS76
Andrey KIRILYUKAleksey BUSHUEVAlina DOTSENKO4.01.07.012
3UAE20
Hendrik WITZMANNMichael KOCHMarkus KOY9.07.03.019
4RUS77
Inna SHTERNBERGYury BOZHEDOMOVValeriy USHKOV6.08.013.027
5GBR771
Martin PAYNEJohn MORTIMERRui BOIA8.09.011.028
6GBR758
Klaus DIEDERICHSAndy BEADSWORTHJamie LEA16.013.02.031
7GBR708
Quentin STRAUSSSimon STRAUSSNigel YOUNG10.012.016.038
8GBR785
Lawrie SMITHOssie STEWARTTim TAVINOR22.06.018.046
9HUN57
Ferenc KIS-SZOLGYEMIKaroly VEZERTamas KISS11.03.036.050
10DEN138
Lars HENDRIKSENLars Stenfeldt HANSENJoost HOUWELING13.015.026.054
11SWE389
Karl-Gustaf LÖHRMartin RUDBÄCKJesper BENDIX36.014.08.058
12RUS34
Vasiliy SENATOROVIgor IVASHINTSOVAleksander MUZICHENKO34.021.05.060
13UKR8
Yevgen BRASLAVETSIgor SIDOROVSergiy TIMOKHOV5.011.045.061
14GER11
Marcus BRENNECKEMarc PICKELThomas AURACHER3.020.039.062
15GBR782
David ATKINSONIan TURNBULLJohn OUTHWAITE29.019.015.063
16SUI307
Ulli LIBORMichael HANDRICKJoerg MOESSNANG2.038.024.064
17UKR7
Markus WIESERSergey PUGACHEVGeorgii LEONCHUK17.02.046.065
18RUS27
Anatoly LOGINOVVadim STATSENKOAlexander SHALAGIN26.034.06.066
19NED402
Jan BAKKERDominic BAKKEROlivier BAKKER24.016.032.072
20POR55
Jose MATOSOGustavo LIMAFrederico MELO38.032.04.074
21NED412
Pieter HEEREMATheis PALMHerve CUNNINGHAM12.030.035.077
22GER1133
Thomas MÜLLERHoesch VINCENTLipp MICHAEL19.027.031.077
23POR63
Diogo BARROSJorge LIMARúbrio BASÍLIO18.040.027.085
24GER1120
Michael SCHMIDTMalte PHILIPPPeter LIEBNER7.031.052.090
25FRA402
Stephane BASEDENPaul MCKENZIEPatrick AUCOUR14.050.029.093
26SUI313
Dirk OLDENBURGThomas WARTBIEGLERPhil BLINN45.04.047.096
27GER1042
Dr. Philip DOHSEChristian MOELLEROliver MOSE78.0 BFD10.09.097
28AUS227
Marcus BLACKMORETerry WETTONDon COWIE33.017.048.098
29GBR682
Eric WILLIAMSRory PATONKatie COLE20.057.021.098
30GER1071
Helmut SCHMIDTAndreas LISTLStefan HELLRIEGEL46.023.034.0103
31GBR768
Christopher HUNTMark HARTMark DALY50.045.010.0105
32GBR722
Mark WADEAmanda WADESimon CASH52.041.012.0105
33FRA396
Remy ARNAUDHerald ARNAUDPascal CIVEL15.022.068.0105
34RUS35
Victor FOGELSONOleg KHOPERSKIYViacheslav KHAPTIUKHIN27.060.019.0106
35FRA391
Jean BREGERClement SOULETGaetan AUNETTE35.046.025.0106
36GER1013
Peter FRÖSCHLSabrina FRÖSCHLMartin WIESER53.042.014.0109
37SUI311
Hugo STEINBECKMartin WESTERDAHIPedro ANDRADE28.029.054.0111
38GBR610
Mark DICKERSelina DICKERJames CAMPBELL & Katie BARR78.0 BFD18.022.0118
39GBR788
Robert CAMPBELLMatt WALKERJustin WAPLES56.026.040.0122
40NED311
Abram DE WILDEPier DE IONGHMichiel INSINGER42.039.043.0124
41GBR720
Julia BAILEYGraham BAILEYWilliam HERITAGE & Richard POWELL25.063.038.0126
42GBR755
Julian SOWRYIan OLSONGeoff BUTCHER61.028.037.0126
43NED414
Andre DU PONRobbert BLAUWKUIPHuib BANNIER40.024.063.0127
44GER1035
Nico REUTERMichael OBERMAIERLeopold OBERMAIER44.053.030.0127
45GER968
Michael SCHATTANPeter WICKLMAYRFriederike GEPPERT60.036.033.0129
46SWE357
Leif LARSVALLStaffan CARLSSONUlf KJELIN23.066.044.0133
47NED411
Charlotte TEN WOLDEGillis JONKMartin LEIFELT30.025.078.0 RET133
48GBR717
Patrick GIFFORDMichael GIFFORDAndrew PRITCHARD-BARRETT78.0 DNC33.023.0134
49GBR763
Simon BARTERJames BARTERDonald WILKS39.037.058.0134
50GBR761
Gavia WILKINSON-COXRoger HickmanVicente PINHEIRO49.043.042.0134
51RUS81
Leonid KLEPIKOVAlexander MIRONOVYuri SAMOYLOV55.065.017.0137
52GER1135
Philipp OCKERFlorian GROSSEROliver DAVIES21.056.060.0137
53AUS217
Gordon INGATEDavid GILESDayne SHARP51.067.020.0138
54AUS210
Sandy ANDERSONJohn MONCRIEFFJohn LOW47.049.050.0146
55GBR747
Stewart COLTARTCatriona COLTARTToby ATACK32.055.062.0149
56AUS225
Willy PACKERJulian HARDINGJohn HAY78.0 BFD44.028.0150
57GBR777
Owen PAYAlex DOBSONNick WOOD48.051.055.0154
58IRL198
Garry TREACYPaul MAGUIREDon O'DOWD37.052.067.0156
59GBR693
Timothy BLACKWELLLisa GUYRoger GUY31.059.072.0162
60SWE375
Martin PALSSONGoran ALMJohan NOREN78.0 DSQ35.053.0166
61JPN50
Bocci AOYAMATetsuya SASAKINorio IGEI43.054.070.0167
62GBR675
Christopher BREALYDavid HARRISBrian MCKENZIE41.070.057.0168
63GBR764
Mike HAYLESMonique HAYLESAlex MACDONALD78.0 BFD58.041.0177
64NED314
Rudy DEN OUTERJeroen BURKSLydia VERDUYN57.047.074.0178
65FIN88
Catja EVERHALL BLOMEeva SAUKONENMario WAGNER & Pille VOLMER63.069.049.0181
66GBR753
Jono RATNAGERoss MCKISSOCKGuy CLARABUT66.068.051.0185
67AUS170
Ronald PACKERJohn LONGLEYPhilippa PACKER58.073.056.0187
68SUI294
Zuercher WALTEROral JORDYRuppli URS54.072.065.0191
69SWE358
Hans LILJEBLADJohn MAGNUSSONFredrik HEIJNE78.0 BFD48.066.0192
70GBR660
Dave ROSSDave BEDFORDPaul KELSEY78.0 BFD61.059.0198
71AUS218
Robert ALPEPETER ABRAHAMRene NEL64.064.071.0199
72GBR739
Nigel KAULATeresa WILKESSimon HOWARD & Joanna RICHARDSON67.075.061.0203
73NED393
Richard BLICKMANDaan DIJXHOORNNick SPAANS78.0 BFD62.064.0204
74NED403
Maarten KLINKENBERGDaniel GOEDKOOPBart KLINKENBERG65.071.069.0205
75AUS201
Raymond CHATFIELDKaren CHATFIELDBrett WATKINS59.074.073.0206
76GBR633
Ron JAMESJulia WALSHMark PETTITT62.078.0 DNS78.0 DNS218
77RUS47
Boris KHABAROVVadim FEDOROVElena KHABAROVA & Denis BYKOV68.076.075.0219



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