Dutch skipper Fred Imhoff took the overall lead of the Setanta Dragon
European Championship today after an impressive performance in race five of
the series. The new leader commanded the 50-boat fleet from the outset and
won by three minutes from Denmark's Frank Berg.
Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark dropped from the overall lead to fourth due
to a combination of an eighth place today and the single discard coming into
force. Places one to four are separated by ten points and a show-down
finale is on the cards tomorrow.
Double Olympic Gold medalist Poul Richard Hoj-Jensen was unable to repeat
yesterday's performance when a sixth place leaves him stuck in fifth place
and facing a tough challenge to break into the top three finishers.
A bottom third result for France's Louis Urvois places him seventh overall
and effectively out of contention in spite of earlier promising results.
Five Irish boats featured in the top 15 finishers this afternoon with Cork's
Neil Hegarty overtaking Andrew Craig in tenth and eleventh places
respectively and the twin duel for the 'best Irish boat' title plus a top
ten result lies ahead.
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Results - Race 5:
1 Danish Joker - The Netherlands (Imhoff/Van Rijj/den Outer);
2 My Way - Denmark (Berg/Kaestel/Christensen);
3 Hanseatic Lloyd - Switzerland (Hoesch/Kniffka/Faber);
4 Sinewave - Germany (Muller/Wagner/Oesterreich);
5 Maria - Sweden (Lofstedt/Alsen/Larsson);
6 Danish Blue - Denmark (Hoj-Jensen/Hoj-Jensen/Rappel).
Overall after five races (includes one discard):
1 Danish Joker - 18.0 points
2 Hanseatic Lloyd - 22.8
3 My Way - 24.0
4 Nanoq - 27.7 (Frederik/Hendrikson/Harsberg)
5 Danish Blue - 40.7
6 Bahati - 47.0 (Brennecke/Wieser/Auracher);