Day of the Danes

At the Dragon class' Edinburgh Cup in Cowes

Wednesday June 5th 2002, Author: Matt Armstrong, Location: United Kingdom
Another spanking day on the water for race 4 of the International Dragons Edinburgh Cup, hosted by the Royal Corinthian Yacht Club at Cowes on the Isle of Wight.

For the first time this week the fleet was treated to a northerly wind - as they say, when the wind is in the north go north, that didn't mean a huge amount today as the 10-15 knot wind was constantly on the move.

It was without doubt a day for recoveries, with the exception off course of Paul Ricard Hoj Jensen who was constantly at the top of the fleet and pulled off another win.

Andrew Craig in Chimera also had a solid day after the disappointment of yesterday, he had a good first beat and challenged for the lead all the way round, he
eventually posted a second. Stavros Payne had a bit of an up and down day, always up at the right end and when he wasn't bouncing off other boats did well enough to post a third.

The comeback kid of the day award belongs to Rory Bowman who after rounding the first windward mark in 19th came back to post a fourth - his crew obviously finding the right gears for his sails.

The USA registered Clairvoyant also had another solid result with a fifth, Ted Sawyer's crew and Dragon legend Vincent Hoesch proving they could put the results in.

Star of the day though was Moonbeam, a rather splendid wooden Dragon built by Borresen, she held of the challenges of the plastic and cold-moulded boats to secure a sixth place - fellow competitors amazed by the pace shown of a boat which was built over 30 years ago, driven by Ian Luscombe and crewed by Peter Visick and David Jephcott they had a truly great day at the office.

Overall Paul Hoj Jensen still holds the lead, Rory Bowman moves up to second, Ted Sawyer is in third, Stavros Payne fourth, but without doubt the most popular result in the overall standings is that off Richard 'Hoj' Jordan and his crew on Chaotic, a local Cowes boat.

Racing continues until Friday so two races to go - still all to play for and as the Irish proved against Germany in the football earlier in the afternoon, it's not over until the fat lady sings.

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