In the bag for Hoj-Jensen

Danish team victorious on final day of the Dragon class' Edinburgh Cup

Wednesday May 31st 2006, Author: Fiona Brown, Location: United Kingdom
It was snakes and ladders in shifty airs today for the final race of the 2006 Dragon Edinburgh Cup at Cowes. After yesterday's extreme conditions the 36 crews from seven nations were delighted to find a moderate but cold wind and only a light chop when they got to the race course.

After a short delay whilst the race committee adjusted the line the fleet was away with an individual recall. The top teams favoured the left hand end of the line and then tacked into the north shore to take advantage of the wind bend. For the first half of the beat this looked like the smart move but then a huge left hander turned the race inside out. At the weather mark Rob Campbell aboard Quicksilver III headed the fleet with James Mehew, Graham Bailey and Richard Jordan dropping in behind him.

On the first run Campbell opened up a bit on the pack and on the second lap he kept a loose cover to control the race whilst his nearest competitors vied for second. On the final beat another massive shift caught out lots of people but Ireland's Simon Brien spotted his moment and slipped into the lead. As he crossed the line he and his crew were delighted with their win, which they believed gave them second place overall. Sadly it transpired that Brien had been OCS at the start and, having failed to re-cross the line, was disqualified from the race pushing him down into sixth overall.

Brien's disqualification meant that Cambell, crewed by Jonathan Hill and Matt Walker, actually took the final race honours with Russia's Alexey Krylov second, Poul-Richard Hoj-Jensen third and Graham Bailey fourth.

Elsewhere on the course Graham Bailey's young nieces Katie 12 and Anna 15 were racing against each other in Dragons for the first time. Sisterly rivalry was encouraged by their skippers who allowed both the girls to helm in the pre-start and for part of the race. In the end if was youth that won the day with Katie and her fellow crew members owner Chris Dicker and father Richard Bailey beating big sister Anna who was sailing aboard Edward Sawyer's Clairvoyant with Lars Hendrikson and Will Willett. Anna's disappointment at being beaten by her younger sister may be slightly eased by knowing how impressed Lars and Will, both highly experienced and successful Dragon sailors, were with her abilities. "She was really confident in the pre-start and got the boat onto the line beautifully before handing over to Lars. She's a great little sailor in the making." said Will Willet back ashore.

Despite the frequently very difficult conditions the Royal Corinthian Yacht Club's Race Committee, led by PRO Ian Lallow, successfully completed all six of the scheduled races while Tony O'Gorman and his protest committee ensured fair play in the protest room.

In the overall standings Denmark's Poul-Richard Hoj-Jensen sailing Danish Blue takes the Edinburgh Cup (the Open British Dragon National Championship) for the fourth time with 12 points. A double Olympic gold medallist and multiple World, European and National Champion in Dragons, Etchells, H-boats, Quarter Ton and many other classes, Hoj-Jensen was crewed by his regular team of Chris Britten and Andrew Nordon, each of whom also have a string of Dragon championship wins to their names. Second place with 17 points goes to the Russian Alexey Krylov aboard Versiya 3.0 crewed by Vlad Kapitonov and Anatoly Karachinsky with Germany's Thomas Muller and crew Martin Payne and Mario Wagner sailing Sinewave into third on 22 points.

Despite the difficult conditions the event was declared a huge success with all the teams enjoying both great racing and great camaraderie. At the prize giving the first order of business was the Edinburgh Cup Prize-Giving Raffle where prizes totalling some £2,000 went to Graham Bailey, Rob Gray, Mike Holmes and Alexey Krylov.

Alongside the principle trophies the Edinburgh Cup also has a number of speical awards including the First Female Helm which went to Cowes Fleet Captain Gavia Wilkinson-Cox who finished in eight place.

In accepting the Edinburgh Cup Poul-Richard Hoj-Jensen gave recognition to the Royal Corinthian Yacht Club and to the organisers including giving praise for the new four day format. There was also special mention for the Russian teams taking part in the Edinburgh Cup for the first time. The dramas of the last few days have given everyone plenty to talk about in the bar and now all eyes are turned toward the Aberdeen Dragon European Championship, being hosted by the Royal Yacht Squadron, registration for which takes place this weekend with racing from Monday 5 to Friday 9 June.

Results:

Pos Sail Boat Owner R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 Tot Net
1 GBR 705 Danish Blue P R Hoj-Jensen 2 5 -7 1 1 3 19 12
2 RUS 25 Versiya 3.0 Alexey Krylov -8 3 3 7 2 2 25 17
3 GER 996 Sinewave Thomas Muller -14 6 2 3 3 8 36 22
4 GBR 708 Rumours Len Jones 3 14 6 4 9.4* -20 56.4 36.4
5 GBR 688 Quicksilver III Rob Campbell -28 16 4 11 8 1 68 40
6 IRL 193 Kin Simon Brien 20 1 5 2 13.2* -38 79.2 41.2
7 GBR 660 Aimee Graham Bailey 9 7 21 -38 5 4 84 46
8 GBR 716 Jerboa Gavia  -21 11 1 17 7 14 71 50
9 GBR 700 Princess Jalina David Palmer 5 9 14 6 16* -21 71 50
10 GBR 702 Rascal Rat Richard Jordan &  13 8 -20 13 11 5 70 50
11 GBR 653 Njord Owen & Josy Pay 6 17 -23 10 13 13 82 59
12 GBR 693 Virago Peter Nicholson 11 -20 15 15 12 7 80 60
13 GBR 682 Ecstatic James Eric Williams 1 2 8 16 -38 38 103 65
14 GBR 649 Comanche James Mehew 7 10 19 21 -38 12 107 69
15 GBR 664 Navaho Rick Gillingham 15 4 -38 20 15 16 108 70
16 GBR 684 Hand of Fortune Michael Holmes 10 21 -28 12 16 11 98 70
17 USA 310 Clairvoyant Edward Sawyer 4 -38 38 8 4 19 111 73
18 GBR 704 Ganador Martin Makey 22 15 17 -25 14 6 99 74
19 GBR 348 Troika Rob Gray -31 28 18 5 9 15 106 75
20 GBR 626 Fuzzy Duck V Paul Woodman &  18 13 22 9 14* -27 103 76
21 GBR 710 Avalanche Mark Wade -24 19 11 19 10 18 101 77
22 GBR 690 Stampede Neil Payne -26 22 12 18 6 22 106 80
23 GBR 709 Kuling Christopher Dicker 16 23 24 24 -38 9 134 96
24 GBR 706 Chips John Boyce 12 18 -38 38 14* 17 137 99
25 FIN 63 Nenya Lauri Rechardt 19 26 -38 38 18 10 149 111
26 RUS 37 Red Oktober Georgy Shayduko -38 29 9 14 38 23 151 113
27 GBR 681 Kraken Patrick Gifford &  17 12 16 -38 38 38 159 121
28 GBR 575 Flotation Richard Davies 25 30 10 22 -38 38 163 125
29 AUS 175 Apalala Robert Alpe 32 31 -38 26 17 25 169 131
30 GBR 687 Amok Clive Morgan 23 32 13 27 -38 38 171 133
31 GBR 669 Supremacy Keith Skelsey 29 33 29 23 -38 26 178 140
32 RUS 3 Bars Sergey Maslov 30 24 25 -38 38 24 179 141
33 GBR 593 Flamboyant John Dudley 33 25 27 -38 38 28 189 151
34 GBR 698 Jubilee Sarah Sullivan 27 27 26 -38 38 38 194 156
35 GBR 521 Kedron 3 Gary Grimshaw 34 -38 38 28 38 38 214 176
36 GBR 701 Merithe Jo Irving -38 38 38 38 38 38 228 190

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