Aberdeen Dragon European Championship 2008

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Aberdeen Dragon European Championship 1-8 August, Oslo

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Aberdeen Asset Management signs on as Title Sponsor for the Europeans 2008

The Dragon European organizing committee is proud to present Aberdeen Asset Management as title sponsor for this premium event.

The presence of Aberdeen Asset Management as title sponsor assures us of a top class event with competitors from all over the world. Aberdeen's generous support will help to ensure that the competitors enjoy both outstanding racing and a varied program of social events culminating in the Closing Reception and Prize Giving

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Quoted on the London Stock Exchange, Aberdeen Asset Management manages just over £102.9 billion (as at end of March 2008) in a range of retail and institutional funds for clients worldwide.
Aberdeen's sponsorship portfolio incorporates a number of events, institutions and individuals, including golf's World Cup Winner, Colin Montgomerie .

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Aberdeen Dragon European Championship 2008

Post by IDA » Thu Jul 10, 2008 8:54 am

Strong entry for the Dragon Europeans in Oslo - high ranked sailors from 18 nations will meet for the Aberdeen Dragon European Championship in Oslo, Norway in the end of July. 62 boats have signed up for the event and the defending title holder Marcus Wieser (UKR) will meet a very competitive fleet.

The biggest contingent this year comes from Russia. The Dragon class has really caught on in Russia the last couple of years, and they are represented with 17 boats in this year’s Aberdeen Dragon European Championship. Among them is Anatoly Karachinsky with Versiya 3.1. He is the CEO of IBS and considered to be the Russian Bill Gates.

Norway will have 15 boats on the starting line. Peder Lunde jr. is among the many top contenders for a podium place. Eivind Melleby, high ranked Star sailor and one of Norways absolutely best sailors, is relative new to the class, but he will most definitely be aiming high.

Odd Roar Lofterød, with his sparkling red Odd Job, is also a man to watch out for when the guns goes off for the first race on August 4th. Seven races are planed with the last on Friday August 8th.

All the 62 three man teams will start gathering on Herbern Marina on Thursday July 31st. The Dragon Class is world know not only for their sailing but also for their parties and social program for family and friends when the race is on. This championship will most definitely not disappoint in that respect.

The Aberdeen Dragon European Championship is one of the many events that celebrate the 125th anniversary of the Royal Norwegian Yacht Club (KNS). KNS is the biggest yacht Club in Norway and has pulled out all the stops to make this event memorable for all.

KNS has a long tradition of arranging big international regattas and The Aberdeen Dragon European Championship is absolutely a big happening for us. Aberdeen Assets Management generous support will help to ensure that the competitors can enjoy both outstanding racing and a varied program of social events culminating in the Closing Reception and Prize Giving, says Tor Moinichen, Vice Commodore KNS and chairman of the organizing committee.

Herbern Marina is located on Aker Brygge. That’s a few minutes’ walk from downtown Oslo, but Aker Brygge offering almost 40 restaurants and bars for all kind of needs and demands. All countries will be supported by their own country guide and Volvo has made 10 cars available for the Dragon sailors. Guided tours to famous sites as Holmenkollen Ski Jump, The Viking Ships, the Opera and Vigeland Sculpture Park will be arranged and KNS has a big staff ready for both competitors and family alike during the championship.

You can enjoy a video of Oslo and Drake sailing here: http://www.nordragon.com/images/drake.wmv

You can view all the competitors here: http://www.sandaker.no/seilnett/deltage ... ilasid=141

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Aberdeen Dragon European Championship

Post by IDA » Tue Jul 29, 2008 5:18 pm

Day one of Aberdeen Dragon Europeans in Oslo started up in lovely hot weather at Karenslyst. Gunther was measuring in his own way as always and people where smiling. Yesterday the measuring and launching of the first boat started. There are 71 entries. The weather is lovely and a lot of tan (=sunburn) occcured to most of the crews and organizers.

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Post by IDA » Mon Aug 04, 2008 10:06 pm

Marcus Wieser (UKR 7) finished first 15 Dragon lengths in front of the next boat on day one of the Aberdeen Dragon European Championship, but lost it all in the protest room. Swiss Mario Kniffka is in the lead.

The sailors in the Aberdeen Dragon European Championship got heavy rain, thunder and light, unstable wind while they waited for the wind to settle on day one Monday. But when the race finally started the sailors had a 6-8 knots breeze for the first round. Then the wind, at times, picked up to 30 knots on the last downwind run. That got the adrenalin pumping and one Norwegian mast to come down.

Marcus Wieser, sailing UKR 7 with Thomas Auracher and Sergei Pugatchev as crew, held on to the lead from the start and finished 15 boat lengths in front of Swiss Mario Kniffka.

- The conditions were very shifty and we were lucky. We sailed conservatively and covered our lead for the whole race, says Wieser.

But the pleasure of getting the gun soon faded. UKR 7 was protested for an incident in the start, and ended up being disqualified.

Kniffka, sailing with Michael Koch and Michael Lipp, won the first race. Two races are planned for Tuesday. Best Norwegian sailor was Eivind Melleby in 4th place.

- We were in second right behind Wieser on the first top mark, but lost it on the last beat, says Melleby.

64 boats are competing in the Aberdeen Dragon European Championship. Seven races is planned and the last on will be sailed Friday August 8th.
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Marcus Wieser got the gun in the first race of the Aberdeen Dragon European Championship, but was later disqualified leaving Swiss Mario Kniffka as winner. (Photo: Roger Strandli Brendhagen)
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Post by IDA » Wed Aug 06, 2008 11:49 am

Russian Emelianov on top. The Russians have the largest fleet in the Aberdeen Dragon European Championship. After three races they also have taken the lead. Konstantin Emelianov, Pirogovo Yacht Club is the happy Dragon leader.

Tuesday started with a perfect 16 knot breeze from north in the Oslofjord. During the first race the wind eased of to 8 knot, but stayed steady and gave the sailors close to perfect moments. Emelianov Konstantin on RUS 31 finished in third, while fellow countryman Mikhail Senatorov took the gun.

In the second race it was time for Norwegian Terje Wang to show off. He got off to a good start and was on the first top mark as boat number 10. Wang and his crew read the coming shift well and sailed pass the competitors on the last leg to finish 20 meters in front of Senatorov in second.

- It was a good race with tricky conditions. We are hoping for seven races so we can forget yesterdays OCS and the 39. place from the second race, says Wang who is in 33. place so far.

Konstantin sailed in to a 15. place in the last race, and that was enough to send him to the top of the overall list for the Aberdeen Dragon European Championship. Senatorov is in third, with Dane Jørgen Schönherr in between the two Russians.

The complete results can be viewed here: http://www.kns.no/Engelsk/Race/Aberdeen ... p/Results/

64 boats are competing in the Aberdeen Dragon European Championship. Seven races is planned and the last on will be sailed Friday August 8th.
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Swede Hans-Åke Book gets ready for the downhill run. (Photo: Roger Strandli Brendhagen)

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Post by IDA » Wed Aug 06, 2008 10:44 pm

Moscow takes a firm Dragon grip. The Moscow sailors from Pirogovo Yacht Club have taken a firm grip on the Aberdeen Dragon European Championship. They have all the podium places after five races.

- We all have very good helmsmen and skippers, and the conditions in the Oslofjord is very similar to what we have in Moscow; shifty, says Maxim Logutenko, skipper on I Feel Good from Pirogovo Yacht Club.

He is sailing with Mikhail Senatorov on the helm and Vladimir Krutskih. The I Feel Good crew was in third place after three races, but today they took the leap all the way to the top of the list.

In very difficult conditions in the last race, with a big wind shift and a long period of very light winds, they managed to take the gun.

- In the first race we had a very poor start, and never managed to recover. But in the last we got off to a great start and where the first boat round the top mark. When the wind disappeared we drifted for an hour or so, but we managed in the end, says Logutenko

Dmitry Berezkin (RUS 90) is in second and Vadim Statsenko (RUS 12) is in third. They are all from the same yacht club. The same is the Russian Dragons in 6th and 7th place..

It’s only German Thomas Mueller and Norwegian Eivind Melleby that has been able to get in between the fellow Pirogovo Yacht Club sailors.

After the two races on Wednesday the sailors were invited to a big reception with the Mayor of Oslo in the Town Hall. Two more races are planned for the Aberdeen Dragon European Championship with the last on Friday August 8th.

The complete results can be viewed here: http://www.kns.no/Engelsk/Race/Aberdeen ... p/Results/
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Photo: Close and hard racing in the Aberdeen Dragon European Championship in Oslo. (Photo: Roger Strandli Brendhagen)

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Post by IDA » Fri Aug 08, 2008 10:48 am

No racing on day four in Aberdeen Dragon European Championship. The Aberdeen Dragon European Championship where sent off at 11.00 sharp Thursday, but as the hours went by in the light wind the regatta committee finally had to shoot the race off.

- We were leading when they canceled, but there was no wind, so…, says Maxim Logutenko, skipper on I Feel Good from Pirogovo Yacht Club.

Logutenko has a seven point lead before the final race on Friday, so the Moscow-boys has to work hard to fight off the competition.

The complete results can be viewed here: http://www.kns.no/Engelsk/Race/Aberdeen ... p/Results/
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The Dragon racers got a quiet down wind leg before the race was called off. (Photo: Roger Strandli Brendhagen)

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Post by IDA » Sat Aug 09, 2008 12:14 pm

Logutenko controlled the fleet and the victory. Maxim Logutenko, skipper on I Feel Good from Pirogovo Yacht Club never lost sight of his closest enemies, and friends from the same yacht club, in the last race in Aberdeen Dragon European Championship. He and his crew are the new European Champions..

- This is probably my best result in my sailing carrier ever, said a very happy Maxim Logutenko when the last race of the Aberdeen Dragon European Championship was over.

While Maxim Logutenko sailed the last race in Oslofjorden, Norway the Olympics opened in Beijing. He is usually a coach for the Russian Yngling team and he hopes that they also will bring back the gold. Besides the Dragon he sails a ton class back in Moscow, and has been the national champion “a couple of times”

Together with Mikhail Senatorov and Vladimir Krutskih they decided to sail conservatively in the last race. The gold was within reach.

- We had a good start and focused on keeping our enemies behind us all the way. Our enemies are also our friends as we come from the same yacht club, says Logutenko.

The strategy worked and they finished in 9th place with no one in front that could beat them on points. They got 61 points total, while Dimitry Berezkin, Pirogovo Yacht Club, got 73 points and the silver.
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Photo finish between local Terje Wang in NOR279 and Swede Johan Palmquist in SWE 194. Both got awarded second place. (Photo: Roger Strandli Brendhagen)
It was only German Thomas Mueller who managed to sneak in between the dominating Pirogovo sailors. He took the bronze with three other Moscow sailors right behind him.

Finn Henrik Dahlman had his best day in the good breeze Friday and won the last race. That achievement sent him up to a 7th place in total. Best local sailor was Terje Wang on 9th.

Tor Möinichen, Vice Commodore KNS and chairman of the organizing committee for the Aberdeen Dragon European Championship, enjoyed the last day off racing as much as the sailors.

- The conditions on Friday were very good and it was an excellent last race for the championship with very close competition, says Möinichen.

The complete results can be viewed here: http://www.kns.no/Engelsk/Race/Aberdeen ... p/Results/

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Aberdeen Dragon European Championship 2008

Post by IDA » Thu Aug 14, 2008 11:18 am

The Dragon European Championship 2008 - Statement from Rob Campbell, Chairman, International Dragon Association (IDA)

The 2008 European Championships were held in Oslo, at the top of their most beautiful fjord. They were won by a Russian entry for the first time, RUS 34, 'I Feel Good', helmed by Maxim Logutenko and crewed by Mikhail Senatorov and Vladimir Krutskih.. I would like to congratulate the Russian fleet on their rapid progress in the Dragon Class, giving us western Europeans a real challenge! A total of 64 boats attended, from 14 countries, making the event truly international . The event was sailed in very mixed weather conditions, varying from very light winds up to force 6 Beaufort.

The event was enjoyed by the participants, with close racing and a very full and enjoyable social programme. On behalf of the IDA, I would like to thank the Kongelig Norsk Seilforening (“KNS”) for all the work that had gone into making the event a success, both on and off the water.

The European Championship is raced for between separate boats (it is not a team event) and I believe the whole Dragon fraternity were disappointed when 3 boats withdrew from the event after the first day, representing themselves as “Team Transbunker”. The 3 boats had had a disappointing first day, with one disqualification and one Rule 42 infringement but I hope this did not affect their attitude to the event. They then circulated an open letter, containing some valid criticisms of the organisation, but also some damaging and totally inaccurate statements. A valid criticism was certainly the distance to and from the racecourse. The boats were moored in a marina in the heart of Oslo’s social centre. This was excellent but, unfortunately, resulted in a long tow each day, which was somewhat arduous. The International Dragon Association always attempts to ensure, through our National Associations and their Yacht Clubs, the best possible championship events. We will accept the valid criticisms and use these constructively to improve future events. However, the whole Dragon fraternity were disappointed by the actions of the 3 boats that left after the very first day, and I would like to apologise to the KNS on behalf of the Dragon fleet for their behaviour.

Finally I would once again like to thank KNS for the very warm welcome we received and for the effort that I know went into the 2008 European Championships.


Robert Campbell
Chairman, IDA

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