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Gazprom International Dragon Gold Cup 2013

Post by Webmaster » Tue Aug 20, 2013 9:56 am

Press Release August 19th 2013

First racing at the Gazprom International Dragon Gold Cup 2013.

77 participants were on the start line for day one of racing in the bay of Douarnenez today; the first of six days and six intense races, a particularly tense taster of what is to come. For the fourth time the prestigious international event is being organized in Douarnenez by the city’s Société des Régates (lit. Regatta Society). Winner of the day is Annapurna (RUS 27) followed by Strange Little Girl (RUS 76) – Dmitry Samokhin and Lady Jane (FRA 386) – Luc Pillot.

Twenty claimants

From 16th to 24th August the Bay of Douarnenez is home to what can quite easily be compared to a World Championship event, with 77 teams from 17 countries and including 19 French participants.
Talk on the pontoons suggests that at least 20 of these teams may well be able to claim the title. Whilst it is also said that for victory they must be consistent, because at the Gazprom International Dragon Gold Cup, there is just one long race a day, with each race counting towards the final classification. With 77 boats on the start line, it is obviously not an easy affair.
Among the natural title nominees we can mention the current world champion
Lawrie Smith, the current European champion, Jose SM Matoso, the leader of the IDA (International Dragon Association) classification, Markus Wieser, the triple winner of the Gold Cup (2003-2004-2005) Jörgen Schönherr, the last Gold Cup winner, Thomas Müller and the group leaders of the Russian fleet including Dmitry Samokhin, Anatoly Loginov, and Mikhaïl Senatorov.
There hasn’t been a French winner of the Gold Cup since it began in 1937.
But at Douarnenez this year there are at least three French teams who would like to throw a spanner in the works; current French champion Rémy Arnaud, Olympic medallist Luc Pillot, and the Grand Motte sailor Jean Bréger.
Markus Wiezer, leader of the IDA classification seems to think that Pillot’s team are among his main opponents, and whilst not being one to quote those who might make life difficult for him, he has also mentioned at least ten other possible claimants to the title, including British sailor Laurie Smith, his Ukrainian colleague, Yevgen Braslavets and nearly all the Russians!

Six start procedures before the first race!

It was a laborious start for Jean Coadou and the Race Committee who were not able to officially begin the Gazprom International Dragon Gold Cup until 16h43, when lack of wind and shifty conditions meant the Committee were forced to change the course start line on several occasions, not to mention the accompanying tension within the fleet of the competitors.
A first start was given according to plan at 15h with a westerly wind and steady 8 to 10 knots. An early start for several so it was a general recall. The second procedure was once again laid down but frustrated when the wind shifted about 20º. The course therefore had to be changed before a third start could be undertaken, and was once again interrupted by the wind shifting back to the west.
Another start line, another procedure and another general recall! The fifth start showed the black flag with eight victims.
The sixth start finally saw the Gazprom International Dragon Gold Cup given the off, under a black flag and five boats disqualified.
This first restless day of racing was also a chance to get a good lead over the fellow competitors but without falling into the trap that such a temptation might represent. Markus Wiezer compares the race to downhill skiing, explaining this morning that it was vital on the first two days of racing not to mess up the first gate roundings, and that confidence would gradually come later.
“You have to make good choices straight away. We are usually quite an aggressive team but in the Gold Cup you have to find a good balance between this kind of aggressiveness and a more conservative way of sailing, not take any short-sighted risks and particularly not the event by saying that you are going to win!”
And the favourites were clearly protecting their future; there was not one team among the boats them to be disqualified.
Dutch sailor André Du Pon (NED 414) one of the disqualified teams of the day, admitted that the nerves and anxiety provoked by four start procedures and more than evident out on the water, were partly responsible for his mistake.

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Gazprom International Dragon Gold Cup 2013

Post by Webmaster » Tue Aug 20, 2013 8:07 pm

Press Release August 20th 2013

A stunning victory for Gavia Wilkinson Cox (GRR 761).

There were still 77 participants contesting the Gazprom International Dragon Gold Cups second day of racing, even if things were not quite the same for 13 of them after their disqualification yesterday. Yet the pleasure of sailing on the Bay of Douarnenez and against some of the best sailors in the world is still very much a reality. Sailing conditions today put the specialist minds of tacticians from all sides really to the test, and the general overall feeling was that it was a beautiful day of racing.

The art of racing …

The promised conditions caused the teams to expect a particularly challenging game of chess; a conflict between the synoptic easterly and the thermal westerly wind which effectively put in an appearance over the course of the day.

Jean Coadou, from the Race Committee, was a much more relaxed figure than yesterday, and able to get his fleet started off on their heavenly battle. And a fabulous start it was indeed, as planned the boats started at exactly 15h, in a lovely little stable breeze of 6 knots. Two Russian teams (34 and 77) not able to recover from their premature move were disqualified from the race.

The forever typical dilemma in the Bay of Douarnenez of whether to start right, left or centre was once again apparent. But it was left that proved to be the best bet as Gavia Wilkinson-Cox demonstrated with Jerboa (GBR 761). In fact the British team moved into the lead after the first mark rounding and mainly dominated the fleet, widening their lead up until crossing the start line with a chasing pack trailing closely behind them.

Motivated!

Dragon sailors could be divided into three kinds: the pure racers, unconditional practitioners and quite exceptional sailors of the class, the aesthetes, who are smitten by the design of this beautiful keel boat, and those who come to meet up with their sailing family, with its wonderful atmosphere and sense of community. The whole pack mixes wonderfully every morning in the Gazprom International Dragon Gold Cup village marquee, before moving out onto the pontoons and their boats, where focus replaces relaxation.

This morning, the sailors wore a different expression according to personal ambition and the ranking from the day before. The case for Stéphane Maseden (FRA 402),

“The Gold Cup is over for us. We can’t expect to shine any more, even if we had no great hopes to do so, considering the situation. However we are still really motivated, as much as ever, and as we are not longer in the game, we are going to go out and fight to the best of our possibilities and take risks that we wouldnt normally have dared to take.”

For Dmitry Samokhin’s team (RUS 76) second yesterday and today….The challenge of course was quite different,

“We’re going to sail in very light and possibly shifty winds. In such weather everyone has a chance which is good, but it is also challenging, as everyone in the fleet is a potential competitor or might get some luck. In these kind of conditions you really need to stay relaxed and our tactician Andrey Kiriliuk will have plenty of work reading the wind.”

Finally there are the ‘epicureans’, who are drawn to the Douarnenez atmosphere, to meet up once again with their close sailing family and are therefore a pretty mixed bunch,
“I’ve travelled 1200 kilometres to get here, sail on this bay and meet up with these people who can really move mountains,” explains Kito de Pavant, the Mediterranean off-shore sailor, “I think that the people who live here really live in tune with their surroundings and it is quite exceptional.”

From even further afield Tam Nguyen, from Hong Kong and sailing on board Zéphyr (HKG 55) was a man of all smiles this morning whilst contemplating the sky prior to the start, “It’s perfect; it’s warm, the sky is blue, and there is a nice little breeze blowing. Anyone would think we were in Hong Kong ! »

They say :

Gavia Wilkinson Cox (Jerboa – GBR 761) “That’s the first time I win a Gold Cup race! We were the first British boat to finish yesterday and we are the first British boat to finish today and the first lady’s boat, that’s perfect. The boys gave me a textbook race. We always believed there was potential on the left and we followed our determination. The race committee was perfect today and look we’re sailing in shorts! I love to sail in Douarnenez, the first time I sailed here was the first time I got to sail out of England”.

Dmitry Samokthin (Strange Little Girl – RUS 76) - Before start : “We’re going to sail in very light and possibly shifty winds which means the race could be long and we’ll probably have to go through several start procedures. In such weather everyone has a chance which is good, but also challenging, as everyone in the fleet is a potential competitor or might get lucky. In this kind of conditions you really need to stay relax and our tactician Andrey Kiriliuk will have plenty of work reading the wind.

RANKING BEFORE JURY (DAY 2)

1 - JERBOA (GBR 761) – Gavia Wilkinson Cox
2 - HANNI (HUN 57) – Ferenc Kis-Szolgyemi
3 - SINEWAVE (GER 1133) – Thomas Müller


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Gazprom International Dragon Gold Cup 2013

Post by Webmaster » Thu Aug 22, 2013 7:44 pm

Press Release August 21st 2013

Vassilliy Senatorov (RUS 34) claimed the victory of the day 3.

The third day of the Gazprom International Dragon Gold Cup saw racing in baking temperatures and very light winds. It was a great stroke of luck for the holiday makers in Douarnenez, but for the tacticians on board the Dragons it threw all kinds of doubts and questions into the mix. On board each of the 77 boats in the race, organization and hierarchy can greatly vary, but good communication and knowing who has the last say is essential. With particularly whimsical wind conditions putting the nerves of all the participants to the test, it was Vassilliy Senatorov (RUS 34) who claimed the victory of the day. And half-way through the ‘Gold Cup’ it is still full of suspens.

Whimsical winds and a shake-up for the results
Jean Coadou started the fleet at 15 h 10 with three boats crossing the line before the gun and unable to rectify. Among them was yesterday’s race winner Gavia Wilkinson-Cox (GBR 761), who completely jeopardized his final results at the Gazprom International Dragon Gold Cup.
On the second tack, 300 metres from the gate, the wind which had been a West-NorthWesterly of 6 knots up until that moment, suddenly shifted South-West, and as the Race Committee explained,
“We had to change the course and make the boats come up to 270º to balance it out.”
Suddenly out on the water there was complete disruption and RUS 34 Vassilliy Senatorov, who was 21st round the windward mark, suddenly moved up to 8th at the downwind mark, and finished in the lead. Markus Wieser (UKR 7) showed very consistent form in his racing, moving from second to first place and finished second overall. The first Frenchman over the line was Luc Pillot having moved from 8th dropped to 31st and then moved up again to finish 19th.

A race for the trimmers or the tacticans?

Stéphane Baseden (FRA 402) seemed divided on this particular question whilst preparing to leave the docks for the race course,“It will be one for the trimmers or tacticians but definitely not for the helmsmen. »
For the heavy-weights of the series the Gazprom International Dragon Gold Cup is a particularly prestigious event and the stakes are high. And Laurie Smith (GBR 785), the helmsman of his Dragon is also the boss on board, “On other boats the helmsman....the helm and the tactician, tell the rest of the crew what to do. It works a little differently on these boats, we talk about the wind and our options and it is me who makes the final decision, even if I am the helmsman.” For Luc Pillot it is the same, “We are all tacticians, but I’m the one who decides.”
On board Dimitri Samokhin’s Dragon (RUS 76) however, each crew member has their own very specific roles,
“On the boat it is the tactician who interprets the conditions on the water and tells us where we have to go. My role as helmsman is to do my best to make the boat keep moving and get it off to a good start. That is what I stay focussed on.”

THEY SAY :

Vassilliy Senatorov (EVEN BETTER – RUS34),“We were pissed off yesterday because of the disqualification and Tim (Kröger – GER) told us “tomorrow, we’ll make a bullet”. We started quick and in a proper position. The most important moment in the race was the first downwind mark, we were 8th and the boats went to the right gate and we chose to go to the left. On the first tack on the next upwind leg we felt some pressure from the right and that was it, we were first at the 2nd upwind mark. It was a perfect day, everything was harmonized, the weather, the feeling on the boat. It was really enjoyable.
I’m steering so I don’t have time to look around, even though I am giving them feedback on how the boat is doing. Igor Ivahintsov our tactician talks with Tim and then he makes the final decision on where we should go.”

Lawrie Smith (ALFIE - GBR785) Before the start, “We need to have a good result today as our two first races in the Gold Cup were “OK”. The conditions will be very light though and we know we would be faster in stronger winds. But you can win the Gold Cup even if you have a lot of points, over the 6 days, there’s always a chance that someone makes a mistake or …if we get some luck. The week is not finished yet and it can be difficult to sail consistently during a week.”

RANKING BEFORE JURY (DAY 3)

1- EVEN BETTER (RUS34) – Vassilliy Senatorov
2- BUNKER QUEEN (UKR7) – Markus Wieser
3- SOPHIE III (SUI311) - Hugo Stenbeck

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Gazprom International Dragon Gold Cup 2013

Post by Webmaster » Thu Aug 22, 2013 8:13 pm

Press Release August 22nd 2013

4 races, 4 winners ! Jorgen Schönherr (DEN 406) leads race 4 from start to finish !

It wasn’t until half-way into the afternoon that the dead calm that had settled over the water was lifted by a light south-westerly breeze. On day four at the Gazprom International Dragon Gold Cup racing finally kicked off at 17 h, thanks to the salvation of a light wind that finally transformed into a fine afternoon’s racing.

A really beautiful day of sailing

Race day four of the Gazprom International Dragon Gold Cup finally started after a long wait out on the water. Not a whisper of a breeze on the horizon until 17h. Jean Coadou and Jean Gabriel Le CLéac’h, his right-hand man, were keenly studying the horizon and awaiting the arrival of the light wind that had been expected, but which really made them wait, “We knew that it would come, we just had to be patient, but it was really worth it,” admitted Jean Coadou. And when it came in, the south-westerly wind of ten knots relieved the bay of the searing heat and freed up the 77 teams. After a first general recall, a good start was given to the race under a black flag, but without any disqualification.

At the first upwind mark three boats had gained some advantage on a very staggered fleet DEN 406, GER 88 and GER 1133, and they were all still dominating the game on the second mark rounding. It was an absolutely fabulous performance from Jorgen Schönherr from start to finish, who crossed the line with his two chasers.

“These are excellent sailing conditions, the best we have had in the Gold Cup so far,” the Committee was happy to declare, “There is wind, sun and beautiful light. Everyone loves it. This is a real race, with a stable wind, not shifty and complicated like we had yesterday.”

At the beginning of the afternoon, Jorgen Schönherr (DEN 406) admitted that he was sailing for pleasure and wasn’t looking to be ranked among the professionals, « I won the Gold Cup three times put I’ve never been ranked as a pro, and I don’t want to. And I also want people who sail with me to do it for pleasure. If you have a passion, you will commit to it and with a lot of commitment you can achieve good results. We have a good team here and a good spirit”.
Jorgen is a triple winner of the Gold Cup (2003, 2004, 2005).

A gentleman’s class

Dragon sailors are civilised. And as Catia Everhall-Blom (FIN 88) confides,“They are real gentleman.” As one of the few women participating in the Gazprom International Dragon Gold Cup, and in a world often considered very male-dominated, the Dragon class is apparently the exception to the rule,
“We are really treated like princesses,” continues Catia, who sails with an all-female team, “I think that the Dragon sailors really appreciate the presence of women in the class and unfortunately there aren’t more of us. I take part in all the races every year, and there are probably about 10 females to 150 men sailors.”

Jean Sébastien Ponce, crew member of ITA 56, Giussepe Duca’s Italian boat, had sailed on numerous circuits and a whole number of different classes before he finally settled on the Dragon,“The Dragon class is made up of many owners, who might take on a 25 metre boat if they wanted, but who prefer to join this series, where we can all just go out racing on equal terms. You just need two crew, a car, a trailer and of course a Dragon. It’s a fun international class and there is mostly a really high level of sailors.”

Abram de Wilde (NED 311) sums up quite well the spirit of the series, “« The Gold Cup is a Gentleman’s race, yes,… well, except at the start. The start is so important, that it’s war on the line!” (laugh).
“We have the feel of the Gentleman spirit when we are in a port / starboard priority situation. We generally discuss out on the water to know what the other is going to do. And usually the priority boats cross without the other one having to manoeuvre; and that can happen 2 or 3 times in a race. Another example is that a crew will not tack on you to put you in their dirty wind. All this is better for both crews, the race is better if you give each other room. It’s a competition still, but not an aggressive one”.

THEY SAY:

Jorgen Schönherr (DEN 406) : “We had a perfect start at the pin end of the line. We went on the left, as I said I would do it this morning and then we’ve been leading, increasing the distance on our competitors during the race. We had a good speed and good tactics in perfect medium conditions. I’m sure this win will make our evening even more enjoyable even though we had a long day! We’ll certainly have a good sleep tonight.

Jorgen Schönherr (African Queen – DEN406) - Before the start : “I was not happy about our first race. On the second one we were a bit unlucky, we picked the right side, tacked 3 minutes before the layline on one leg and.. it was too early! The boat which went further to tack, grabbed a major shift and passed us. I’m trying to stick to the top 10. That’s the charm of the Gold Cup, you can be at the top of the ranking with 70 (a lot of) points. We’ve been learning a lot since the beginning of the week and we managed to get plenty of information from local sailors - it helps a lot to know the tricks in the bay of Douarnenez!”

RANKING BEFORE JURY (DAY 4)

1- Jorgen Schönherr (DEN 406)
2- Peter Koenig (GER88)
3- Markus Wieser (UKR7)

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Gazprom International Dragon Gold Cup 2013

Post by Webmaster » Fri Aug 23, 2013 8:58 pm

Press Release August 23rd 2013

Not long till the last line!

This morning dawned with two races to be sailed before the Gold Cup 2013 winner can be crowned. In the village discreet calculations were already being made, and one thing was for sure, those who could still potentially win had made up their minds to do themselves proud. Out on the water conditions had changed somewhat with a westerly wind of 10 to 15 knots, choppy seas and a veil of mist.
Yevgen Braslavets (UKR 8), was the winner of the fourth race of the Gazprom International Dragon Gold Cup 2013

A word to the wise…

So we were there at 15 h when the Race Committee started today’s race. Five boats were early to the line, three able to recover, and the two recalcitrant others were an OCS, namely SWE 385 and Dimitry Samokhin (RUS 76) who may well have been biting down just a little too hard…
The man of the day was unquestionably Yevgen Braslavets (UKR 8). The Ukrainian team, (also third in the IDA (International Dragon Association ranking), went into the lead from the start, rounded all the marks ahead of the fleet and dealt the final blow on the finish line. Behind them it was a fierce battle between DEN 138 and GER 11 who completed the podium of the day.

A high voltage race

For this fifth race of the Gazprom International Dragon Gold Cup, the light summer clothing of the first few days had been replaced by foulies. Markus Wieser (UKR7) might have gained a certain advantage with 21 points on Thomas Müller and 35 points ahead of Ferenc Kis-Szolgyemi (HUN 57), but with two races to go before the end of the Gold Cup nothing was for certain.
Dimitry Samokhin’s (RUS 76) unfortunate counter performance yesterday was as such an eye-opener, and having finished 60th in the fourth race the talented Russian team have quite likely seen their chances of victory slip away from them.

Suddenly it was the same topic of conversation for all the participants,“Nothing is ever over,” “there are still 10 who might win,” “just look at the points of Samokhin ou De Groot (NED 309), one bad finish position or a disqualification and it’s all over. Markus is definitely in a good position to win, but there are still two races to go…”

Markus Wieser (UKR7), leader after the fourth race, was looking quite serene,“We’ve been sailing consistently; so far, so good. We have our plan and we’re going to stick to it. It would not be very smart to do anything else at that time. There’s no pressure. Business as usual.”

Thomas Müller’s crew (GER 1133) were more on the attack. Winner in 2012, Thomas is prepared to fight tooth and nail to defend his title if necessary, as he explained this morning before racing,“Markus Wieser obviously has an advantage with 4 beautiful races. A difference of 21 points is nothing in a Gold Cup though. The situation was almost equivalent in the 2012 Gold Cup and with good sailing we finally ended up winning it. Luck is also part of the picture, even though I don’t wish any bad luck to anyone. There is little chance that we can win it, but we will fight like cows”

The Justice of the Peace

All competitions have their very own justice of the peace; and in sailing it is the same as in all other sporting disciplines. At the Gazprom International Dragon Gold Cup, Yves Léglise has the delicate mission of running the international jury. There are five other jury members working beside him, from Belgium, Germany, New Zealand and Scotland. The Gold Cup has been owned by the Clyde Yacht Club Conference Association since its creation in Scotland in 1937, and Terence Brownrigg is its representative.

“In an international event we need a minimum of five jury members and three nations must be represented, “explains Yves Léglise, “Since the beginning of the competition we have dealt essentially with protests about OCS and BFD. It is quite logical since in the Gold Cup, they can’t miss a round and if there is a disqualification it has a very definitive effect on the final results. Even if we get on well with the participations we are only here to deal with the rules and our feelings cannot come into it.”

Just to add some additional information, when a boat crosses the line early (OCS) without rectification it is penalized with 78 points (the number of participants +1), and when under a black flag (BFD) there are an additional 8 points - finishing the race is costly!

THEY SAY:

Yevgen Braslavets (UKR8), “The race was a little more difficult than usual today as there was a big fog. We picked the left side and just sailed. We could only spot the top mark once we were 300m from it and then we discovered we were leading! We’ve been lucky! It’s a bit of a surprise”.

Ferenc Kis- Szolgyemi (HUN57) – 3rd at the provisional ranking this morning, “The game is really open, anybody could lose or win. The reason we came here was to be in the top ten so we’re pretty happy with our ranking at the moment. Today we’ll sail in 10-15 knots, hopefully stable. We prefer that to the fickle, changing winds. The start will obviously be crucial today and tomorrow, so we’ll make sure we make a safe start”.

RANKING BEFORE JURY (DAY 5)

1- Yevgen Braslavets (UKR8)
2- Lars Hendriksen (DEN138)
3- Markus Brennecke (GER 11)

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Gazprom International Dragon Gold Cup 2013

Post by Webmaster » Sat Aug 24, 2013 5:18 pm

Press Release August 24th 2013

Bunker Queen Winner of the Gold Cup!

After six days of racing triumph at the Gazprom International Dragon Gold Cup for Ukrainian Markus Wiezer and his team (UKR 7) – a victory pieced together one day at a time with true consistency and spirit. The racing finished beautifully on the Bay of Douarnenez and proved to be much more invigorating than on previous days. The virtuoso of the day was Marcus Brennecke (GER 11) who won the last race of the Gold Cup with apparent ease, by leading from start to finish for the full three hours of the race.

Gazprom International Dragon Gold Cup: A great winner

Not one faux pas for Bunker Queen on their road to victory, in fact their performance in this year’s Gold Cup has been magnificent; finishing in the top ten boats throughout the week, with the exception of today’s race where they crossed the line in 28th position. And this on paper was the panacea for victory. Everyone racing knew it but out of the 77 participants, Marcus Wieser was the only one to achieve it. At some time or other during the week all the favourites have stumbled and seen their victory slip from their hands. Unable to withdraw a race from the rankings the Gazprom International Dragon Gold Cup allows no margin for error.

The last race

After first a wind shift, and then a general recall interrupted the start procedures, the race was finally given the off at 12.12h. Two boats (FRA 207 and UKR 1) were early over the line and disqualified.

Conditions for the 77 teams in the Gazprom International Dragon Gold Cup on the last day of racing involved shifty, unstable wind of 15 knots and two-metre waves, and after five days of much lighter weather, the Dragon sailors weren’t displeased by the more challenging conditions.

A careful Markus Wieser crossed the line in the middle of the fleet. Despite a clear 36 points advantage over Bunker Boys (UKR 8), the Bunker Queen boss (UKR 7) was not intending to take even the slightest risks,

“I’m happy. I’m not going to put myself under any pressure but I’m well aware that the Gold Cup is far from finished,” he claimed this morning before heading out to the start area.

His direct pursuer in the overall classification Yevgen Braslavets, seemed determined to snatch as many points of possible from them, passing the windward mark up with the first ten, whilst Markus Wieser was back in 25th position. It was Marcus Brennecke’s (GER 11) Dragon that set the pace from the first mark rounding and maintained the pressure as each mile passed, followed by José Matoso (POR 55) who sailed a fabulous race. Likewise Thomas Müller (GER 1133) made a spectacular come back of 10 positions and in just a few miles sailed into his third-place and podium position.

Rendez-vous at the Grand Prix Guyader!

The Bay of Douarnenez has naturally not revealed all her secrets, and will always remain the setting for the legend of la Ville d’Ys complete with its mysteries. For the Dragon sailors the question is still going to be – to the Left or the Right? Even for a local sailor like Gwen Chapalain it’s a dilemma.

So just to keep the true quest alive, and to have the chance to keep reading this magnificent stretch of water, the rendez vous has been set for 2014.

So we’ll be back again at the next Grand Prix Guyader which as every year will take place in the first two weeks of May.

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