Please select your home edition
Edition
Mackay Boats

International Dragon World Championship - Set for final day showdown

by Fiona Brown on 13 Sep 2013
Day 5 of the Gazprom International Dragon World Championship 2013 IDA/Michael Austin
Despite an initial three hour postponement, it was eventually possible for the Gazprom International Dragon World Championship race committee to run two further races, races five and six of the series, in a light breeze of 6-10 knots which veered between 240 and 260 degrees. Both races were incredibly challenging with big shifts and constant variations in wind strength and the teams were exhausted on returning ashore just before dark.

As always getting off the start line and finding a lane in a fleet this big and competitive was a major challenge and those who failed to so this found themselves languishing at the back. Poul Richard Hoj-Jensen was among those whose hopes of a podium position took a turn for the worse today as he added 30 and 45 to his scoreline. Even with the introduction of the discard after the sixth race Hoj-Jensen has dropped from fourth to eighth.

Race five saw Hungary's Ferenc Kis-Szolgyemi rise to the top of the heap for the first time this series in a race where the lead changed on every leg. A 20 degree shift on the first beat effectively shuffled the pack and all the overnight leaders found themselves in the wrong end of the deck. After an intense battle Kis-Szolgyemi eventually beat off all challengers to take victory by a narrow margin from Holland's Peter Heerema with Sweden's Martin Palsson third. Despite rounding the first mark down in the 20s Klaus Diederichs sailed an impressive race to pull up into fourth place while overnight leader Andrey Kirilyuk took ninth.


Acutely aware of the sailor's desire to catch up the programme, which had fallen behind because of the difficult weather conditions, the Race Committee set up for race six as rapidly as possible. With the wind down to around six knots and dusk only a couple of hours away they wisely shortened the course length down to 1.65 miles and went straight to black flag. Sadly Ukraine's Yevgen Braslavets and Sweden's Hans Liljeblad both crossed early and were sent home from the weather mark - frustrating for Braslavets in particular who was leading at the time.

With the wind starting to destabilise as a series of showers swept in there was just sufficient time to complete a two lap course finishing at the top of the second beat. Switzerland's Hugo Steinbeck won the race from Klaus Diederichs who was without doubt man of the day. Third place went to Britain's Mark Dicker, who had finished 65th in race five - once again demonstrating that in a fleet of this quality the difference between a podium finish and down the pan is negligible. Fourth place went to Germany's Nico Reuter with Russia's Victor Fogelson fifth.


In the overall standings Andrey Kirilyuk, crewed by Aleksey Bushuev and Alina Dotsenko has clung onto his lead by just two points having finished 21st in the sixth race, his worst result of the regatta which he immediately discarded. In second is Klaus Diederichs, crewed by Andy Beadsworth and Jamie Lea, who counts 25 points. Markus Wieser added 13 and seven to his scoreline today and discarded a 43rd so now lies in third place, 17 points behind Diederichs. Ferenc Kis-Szolgyemi has moved up into fourth, a single point behind Wieser and Denmark's Lars Hendriksen and Hendrick Witzmann are now both seven points behind Wieser in fifth and sixth respectively.

In the Corinthian Division today's racing and the introduction of the discard threw up some big changes on the leader board. Germany's Philip Dohse was grateful to discard his black flag from race one and thanks to a fourth and fifth he jumps into the lead just one point ahead of Poul Richard Hoj-Jensen. Eight points behind in third place is Remy Arnaud of France with Philipp Ocker, also of Germany, fiver further points back in fourth.


One Corinthian team who didn't have such a great day was Mark and Mandy Wade and Simon Cash from Burnham who went into the day in second overall and came out of it in eleventh. Although disappointed with their results Mark, Mandy and Simon were far from disheartened. After racing they were upbeat saying:

Mark 'The whole fact that we can race against professionals anyway is great, its a good thing for the class, its good for us as Corinthians. Its been a really good challenge. We were disappointed today but tomorrow's another day and if we can get two races in it will be great.'

Mandy 'What's really nice is that there isn't a clear delineation between the pros and the amateurs. We're all racing together on a level playing field and its so difficult. If you fall out of the back of the start its so hard to get back through the fleet. But the racing has been brilliant, the race officer has done a great job.'


Mark 'Absolutely, even if you do slip to the back of the fleet you've got stunning people with you. It's been a real challenge for everybody whether you are pros or amateurs.'

Simon 'At the end of the day its an amateur fleet that has some pros in it and its about the amateurs being able to challenge them, and when you find yourself doing well it gives you a real buzz.'

The other highlight of day five was an informal visit by HRH The Princess Royal, Patron of the Gazprom International Dragon World Championship, who visited Weymouth and Portland Sailing Academy to meet members of the worlds organising committee before heading out onto the water to watch some of the racing.


HRH The Princess Royal is an enthusiastic sailor who not only enjoys cruising but also gives a significant amount of her time to the sport through her role as President of the Royal Yachting Association. She has sailed from an early age, from holidaying on board the Royal Yacht Britannia to crewing the Royal offshore racing yacht, Bloodhound. HM The Queen and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh were presented with Bluebottle, a Dragon K192, by the members of the Island Sailing Club on the occasion of their wedding. In 1949 HRH the Duke of Edinburgh donated the Edinburgh Cup which is presented to the winner of the British National Dragon Championships.

Tomorrow's final day schedule has been revised to allow for two races instead of one, starting at 11.00, and with the forecast promising good winds there is every chance of getting the second race started before the 14.00 cut off. With so little separation between both the overall and Corinthian leaders everyone will be hoping for at least one really good race to close the championship in style.





The regatta will continue until Friday 13 September with a maximum of eight races scheduled and a single Event website

PredictWind.com 2014Insun - AC ProgramRS Sailing 660x82

Related Articles

SAP 505 Worlds Sailor Profile - Eric Anderson
Eric Anderson - Software Engineer for Google Eric Anderson - I sail with everyone! Out west, I’m mostly sailing with Bruce Edwards and Parker Shinn, although I've also made some guest appearances with JB and Mike Martin. Chris Segerblom and I are sailing the major events together this year – Midwinters, North Americans and, of course, the upcoming Worlds.
Posted today at 6:48 am
Rolex World Sailor of the Year nominees announced
World Sailing, the international federation for the sport, and Rolex are proud to announce a diverse lineup of nominees The Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards is the most prestigious award of recognition in the dynamic sport of sailing. Since the awards' inception in 1994, the trophy has proudly accumulated the names of those who have demonstrated unparalleled, performance, endurance and accomplishment in sailing.
Posted on 21 Sep
RS Aeros at the Massapoag Yacht Club 68th Annual Regatta
Michael Housley drove all the way from Maryland and back on a weekend when country was being battered by Hurricane Irma. RS Aero sailor Simeon Thomas flew all the way to the regatta from Colorado. That is a 4,000 mile round-trip. Simeon told me that on the lakes in Colorado the winds are either zero or 30 mph. Nothing in between.
Posted on 21 Sep
Laser Standard Men's Worlds - Day 5 - Another champagne sailing day
Fears of wind coming from all directions on Day 2 of ‘Finals’ at Laser Standard Men’s World Championships were unfounded Fears of wind coming from all directions on the second day of ‘Finals’ at the Laser Standard Men’s World Championships were unfounded when a westerly breeze developed just after noon. All three fleets were sent afloat to another new course area three miles from Split harbor in front of island ?iovo. In the gold fleet, three races were completed.
Posted on 19 Sep
Laser Worlds - Electrical storm and light airs set scene for Day 4
The weather changed again for the first day of Final Series racing in the Laser Standard Men's World Championship The weather changed again for the first day of Final Series racing in the Laser Standard Men's World Championship in Split, Croatia. The start of racing was delayed to wait for an impressive electric storm with golf ball sized hail to pass over the city.
Posted on 18 Sep
Laser Worlds - Big breeze and fast rides on Day 3 in Croatia
The final day of qualifiers in Split, Croatia delivered the promised 20-knot southeasterly wind, gusting up to 27 knots The final day of qualifiers in Split, Croatia delivered the promised 20-knot southeasterly wind, gusting up to 27 knots and giving great surfing conditions downwind with a tough workout upwind. If there were any doubts that Laser sailing is not athletic, they were quelled today watching the world's best battle of skill in three back-to-back races.
Posted on 17 Sep
Nine changes in the top ten on Day 2 of the ILCA Standard Men's Worlds
The single race held at the end of the second day, after a delayed start, was worth waiting for. The single race held at the end of the second day, after a delayed start, was worth waiting for. The race committee expected light wind today and last night postponed the scheduled start by two hours. On arrival at the boat park a further three-hour postponement was needed as the gradient wind was completely neutralized by a feeble sea breeze thermal wind.
Posted on 16 Sep
Laser Standard Men’s World Championship – Day 1
Total entry list is divided daily into three equal fleets, all racing two races a day in a three day qualifying series At the opening press conference, in Split, Croatia, the 2016 Olympic Gold and Silver medal winners predicted a tough championship with any one of 30 sailors capable of scoring a top five place in the 147 strong fleet from 52 countries. Australian Tom Burton and local sailor Tonci Stipanovic of Croatia proved the reasons for their predictions...
Posted on 15 Sep
Max Salminen secures Opel Finn Gold Cup after intense Medal Race
Jonathan Lobert took the silver while Nicholas Heiner took bronze after leading the race from start to finish. With a reasonable wind forecast it was with some dismay that the sailors arrived at Spartacus SC to a windless lake and a postponement. However it wasn’t long before an easterly wind was in place and the top 10 were sent out for the medal race.
Posted on 10 Sep
Despite common approach the World Cup Finals do not fit the Kiel Week
So the hope was to continue this cooperation between World Sailing and the Kiel Week Organisation for the next year The World Sailing President Kim Andersen (Denmark), DSV President Mona Kueppers, President of the German Paralympic Sports Association Friedhelm Julius Beucher, John Petersson (Denmark) from the International Paralympic Committee as well as representatives from the city of Kiel and Schleswig-Holstein did praise the successful integration.
Posted on 4 Sep