Gaastra Dragon Worlds 2009 - reports

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Post by IDA » Fri Aug 08, 2008 11:33 am

The Dragon World Championship will be held between 05 - 11 September 2009 in Medemblik, Holland at the Regatta Centre.The Organising authority is the Royal Yacht Club Hollandia and further information will be posted shortly.

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Post by Webmaster » Thu Oct 23, 2008 7:52 pm

The Dragon World Championship 2009 Medemblik

The Dutch Dragon Association is very proud to have the Dragon Worlds in Holland this year and would like to welcome all to the event website. The organising committee is in full swing to make it a successful event. Medemblik is known to most sailors as host to many major sailing events over the years. The old town has it own attractive atmosphere and the Regatta Centre just outside the town provides all the required facilities for the races.

Official Website for the Worlds 2009 is now online

In the coming months the website will be up dated regularly with more information and news. Keep checking it every now and then.

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Post by Webmaster » Thu Sep 03, 2009 10:56 am

The registration and measurement for the Gaastra Dragon Worlds 2009 will start on Thursday September 3rd. Practice Race is scheduled for Saturday 5th, and the first race of the Gaastra Dragon Worlds 2009 will be sailed on Sunday 6th in Medemblik, Holland..

Gaastra Main Sponsor Dragon Worlds 2009

Gaastra is an authentic brand with a rich history and heritage, a name which evokes thoughts of sailing and water sports, throughout the whole world.

Gaastra Sportswear stands for high-quality, functional sailing clothing and sturdy lifestyle sportswear with a maritime character.

Regatta Center Medemblik

The sheltered harbour, the picturesque and inviting city center as well as the world class Regatta Committees have all contributed to Medembliks success as harbour town !

During the Worlds there will be breakfast facilities at the restaurant of the Regatta Center.

Free lunch packages are supplied for all boats on the racing days. The lunch packages will be distributed to the competitors every morning at the Regatta Center.

70 entries from 14 countries

Competitors have to qualify in their own country to be able to compete in the Gaastra Dragon Worlds. 70 teams from 14 countries have been qualified to this World Championship. The event will take place from 3-11 September 2009.

The Dutch Dragon Association is very proud to organize the event. Moreover it is the first time a World Championship is organized in Holland.

With Gaastra as title sponsor the Dutch character of the event is set.

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Post by Webmaster » Sat Sep 05, 2009 4:07 pm

All participants ready for the Worlds !

All participants for the Gaastra Dragon Worlds have arrived in Medemblik. Last two days, the participants had to register their teams, measure their boats and sails, and all teams had to be weighted in..

The practice race of Saturday 5th had been cancelled due to stormy weather. The Regatta Center was a nice hang out and get together place for all participants.

The opening ceremony will take place tonight at the Radboud Castle in Medemblik at 6PM. The organization is looking forward to a great opening and nice start of the event.

On Sunday 6th the warning signal for the first race will be at 13.00 hours.

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Post by Webmaster » Sun Sep 06, 2009 10:12 pm

Lars Hendriksen wins first race !

In a nice 8 - 14 knots breeze, 68 dragons showed up at the start of the first race of the Gaastra Dragon Worlds.. The conditions were difficult because of variating and shifty winds, but it was very fast and tight racing.

The Dutchman Bram de Wilde (NED 311), Lars Hendriksen (UKR 7) and Poul Richard Hoj Jensen (GBR 745) were fighting at the front of the fleet for the victory in this first race.

In the end Lars Hendriksen showed to be the strongest and most consistent sailor and won the race.
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Lars Hendriksen, Winner of Race 1 at the Gaastra Dragon Worlds 2009
Lars Hendriksen : “I am so happy to win the first race of this prestigious event. It was very fast and difficult racing, but we were in good shape and were able to beat Bram de Wilde and Poul Richard Hoj Jensen”.

After the race, drinks and fresh fried fish was served, with some traditional Dutch live organ music. The Gaastra Dragon Worlds is a big success up to now; great sailing and super socials !!

Photo of Lars Hendriksen from Event Website dragonworlds2009.com.

Photos of todays racing can be found at flickr.

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Post by Webmaster » Mon Sep 07, 2009 9:16 pm

Perfect racing day at Gaastra Dragon Worlds !

Medemblik was a little bit like the Caribbean today. 12 to 16 knots of wind, high temperatures and lots of sunshine for the 67 competing teams at the Dragon Worlds.. Two races were sailed which brings the total series to three races.

Englishman Poul Richard Hoj Jensen leads the provisional results closely followed by Ukranian Lars Hendriksen and German Dirk David.

Boats from five different nationalities make up the top ten.

Race 2

The fleet had a big split after the start. Danish Jörgen Schönherr led the fleet round the first mark going in to the run. In the second lap the right side of the beat was favoured.

Thomas Müller made a big gain and captured the lead at the top mark followed by Frenchman Jean Breger.

This was also the finishing order. Hoj Jensen came in third.

Race 3

After two general recalls the racing committee hoisted the black flag.. The fleet came off the line clean with no individual recalls. The right side of the course still was favoured.
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Poul Richard Hoj Jensen in the lead after Day 2, Copyright sandervanderborch.com
But Hoj Jensen chose the middle of the course and was leading at the first mark. He lost his lead on the second beat to Russian Victor Fogelson, who extended his lead during the rest of the race.

Danish Frank Berg came in second followed by the first female skipper Gavia Wilkinson-Cox from Great Britain.

Photo of PRHJ from Event Website dragonworlds2009.com Copyright sandervanderborch.com

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Post by Webmaster » Tue Sep 08, 2009 8:04 pm

Schönherr and Taran showed to be the best in tropical weather !

The third day of the Gaastra Dragon Worlds was a very difficult one. In a very light breeze and beautiful, 27 degrees, weather, the competitors had some difficult and long racing to do.. Jörgen Schönherr (DEN 396) won the first race. Second race was won by Ruslana Taran (UKR 9).
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Starting procedure Day 3, Photo www.sandervanderborch.com
The Dutch Gaastra blokes Marc Blees, Ben Kolff and Gerben van de Werff showed to be some serious competitors, not to under estimated, they did a 2nd and 11th place.
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My spinnaker, my love... Photo www.sandervanderborch.com
More details about today’s races will follow shortly.

Tonight there will be the big Gaastra Worlds dinner in the Bonefacius church of Medemblik.

Tomorrow is Lay Day..

Photos from Event Website dragonworlds2009.com Copyright sandervanderborch.com

Gaastra Dragon Worlds 2009, Top 10 after Day 3 (5 Races)

1. UKR 7 - Lars Hendriksen, Michael Hestbek, Sergei Pugatchev 27,0 pts (1-5-8-8-5)
2. GBR 745 - Poul Richard Hoj Jensen, Theis Palm, Lars Jensen 41,0 pts (2-3-4-17-15)
3. UKR 9 - Ruslana Taran, Roman Sadchikov, George Leonchuk 55,0 pts (9-14-19-12-1)
4. DEN 392 - Valdemar Bandolowski, Soren Hvalso, Carsten Hey 60,0 pts (13-19-9-13-6)
5. SUI 297 - Ulli Libor, Frank Butzmann, Stefan Hellriegel 67,0 pts (11-10-10-15-21)
6. DEN 396 - Jørgen Schönherr, Axel Waltersdorph, Christian Videbæk 75,0 pts (5-6-14-1-49)
7. NED 373 - Mark Neeleman, Pieter van Reeuwijk, Gerard van der Krogt 77,0 pts (14-15-18-5-25)
8. RUS 27 - Anatoly Loginov, Andrey Kirilyuk, Alexander Shalagin 78,0 pts (4-16-47-9-2)
9. GER 996 - Thomas Müller, Vincent Hoesch, Michael Lipp 85,0 pts (16-1-6-45-17)
10. GBR 716 - Gavia Wilkinson-Cox, Ron Rosenberg, Jon Mortimer 92,0 pts (29-23-3-7-30)

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Post by Webmaster » Fri Sep 11, 2009 8:31 pm

Mix of conditions get the best out of the sailors at Gaastra Dragon Worlds

Lay day was very welcome to most of the teams. Five races were sailed in different conditions. Sunday and Monday offered winds between 12 and 16 knots and lots of sunshine.

Tuesday was still very sunny but with light winds. The change in wind also showed in the results. Hoj Jensen who was in the lead after three races, had two top 20 finishes on Tuesday which dropped him back to second place behind Lars Hendriksen. Hendriksen sails the UKR 7 and so far has the most consistent serie (1,5,8,8,5). In third place is Ruslana Taran, she won the last race on Tuesday.

Top 5 provisional results after 5 races :

1. UKR 7 Hendriksen - 1,5,8, 8,5 = 27 points
2. GBR 745 Höj Jensen - 2,3,4,17,15 = 41 points
3. UKR 9 Ruslana Taran – 9,14,19,12,1 = 55 points
4. DEN 392 Valdemar Bandolowski – 13,19,9,13,6 = 60 points
5. SUI 297 Ulli Libor – 11,10,10,15,21 = 67 points
When six races are sailed there will be a discard of the worst result in the serie.

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Post by Webmaster » Fri Sep 11, 2009 8:37 pm

Neeleman superior, Höj Jensen back on top of leaderboard.

Dutchman Mark Neeleman won both races on the fourth day of the Gaastra Dragon Worlds.
He was the most consistent in the typical IJsselmeer circumstances. Poul Richard Höj Jensen is back on top of the leaderboard. He has a lead of only two point over Lars Hendriksen which promises a very exiting final race tomorrow.

"This was our day"
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NED 373 My Trust - Mark Neeleman, Pieter van Reeuwijk, Gerard van der Krogt,
Photo www.sandervanderborch.com
Mark Neeleman was very pleased with his results of today which brings his team to fifth place in the overall series : "When we were preparing for the worlds we did not have much time to train on the water because we were mainly busy with the boat in good shape. But today everything went our way. Our speed is getting better every race but I’m afraid it’s too late to be a real contender for the title."

"Tough but fun"

Höj Jensen continued his good form with a sixth and a fourth place: "It was tough, I am very tired. Luckily we were a bit lucky today with our choices. But it was great fun being on the water today. Just one race left and we still have a good chance of grabbing the title, that would be a perfect ending of a great championship."

Top 5 provisional results after 7 races :

1. GBR 745 Höj Jensen - 2,3,4,(17),15,6,4 Total : 34 points
2. UKR 7 Hendriksen - 1,5,8, 8,5,(14),9 Total : 36 points
3. DEN 396 Schönherr – 5,6,14,1,(48),18,3 Total : 47 points
4. RUS 27 Loginov – 4,16,(47),9,2,5,16 Total : 52 points
5. NED 373 Neeleman - 14,15,18,5,(25),1,1 Total : 54 points

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Post by Webmaster » Fri Sep 11, 2009 8:46 pm

Höj Jensen new Dragon World Champion !

The eighth and final race on Friday was decisive for the Gaastra Dragon Worlds in Medemblik. Going into today’s race Höj Jensen (GBR 745) was leading the series with a two point buffer to second placed Lars Hendriksen (UKR 7) .. The 63 year old Höj Jensen fought of all attacks of the Ukranian boat to finish the last race in 3rd position thereby winning the championship.

Tough week

The new world champion has not won a race this week but sailed a very consistent series.
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Dragon World Champion 2009 Poul Richard Höj Jensen, with Theis Palm and Lars Jensen crewing GBR 745 Danish Blue at the Gaastra Dragon Worlds, Photo www.sandervanderborch.com
Höj Jensen: "We had to work very hard for this title, we had some great battles with Lars. Today we were less than three boat lengths separated for practically the whole race. But in the final beat we were able to shake him off and secure the championship. I am a very happy and proud champion !"

Dutchman Mark Neeleman was disqualified for starting too early in the last race. He dropped out of the top five.. The rest of the top five has not changed.

Top 5 provisional results after 8 races :

1. GBR 745 - Höj Jensen - 2,3,4,(17),15,6,4,3 = Total : 37 points
2. UKR 7 - Hendriksen - 1,5,8, 8,5,(14),9,8 = Total : 44 points
3. DEN 396 - Schönherr – 5,6,14,1,(48),18,3,4 = Total : 51 points
4. RUS 27 - Loginov – 4,16,(47),9,2,5,16,2 = Total : 54 points
5. GER 996 - Müller – 16,1,6,(45),17,12,12,6 = Total : 70 points

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Post by IDA » Sun Sep 13, 2009 12:12 pm

The Gaastra Dragon World Championship, by Stavros.

Poul-Richard Hojensen has regained the World Title after 20 years! Yes Campers, the 'Man' sailing
the latest Petticrow Dragon with a superb North Sails Team of Theis Palm and Lars Jensen, has taken
the prestigious Dragon Racing Trophy for the second time after last winning in 1989 at Torquay, England..
Beating off strong competition from Lars Hendrickson sailing a Borresen Dragon, who has recently
finished 2nd in the Gold Cup,and Jorgen Schonherr who won the worlds in 2005, in Neustadt, Germany.
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The competition was hosted by the Dutch Dragon Association at the Medemblik Olympic Centre, based
beside the beautiful Northern Isslemere. With the generous help of their main sponsor, Gaastra, the hosts
provided the 67 competitive boats from all over the world, with a week to remember. From our first arrival
to the end crane out and de-rig, the organisation was excellent. Three or four efficiently driven small tow
trucks, manoeuvred the trailers to and from the quiet launching areas on this unique fresh water facility.
Numerous helping volunteers worked hard to give everyone a stress free racing week on a race area that
tested both boat speed and tactics to the hilt.

At times during this 8 race series, the fleet was split over a four to five mile area during the 2.5 mile
initial beats. The race officer and his excellent team gave the competitors courses that would bring out the
best in this fiercely competitive fleet, overflowing with Olympic Medallists, World and National Champions.
Those boats that arrived in the leaders at the first mark often started towards the middle of the start line,
as the 15 to 20 degree shifts did not last long. Experienced teams took the early advantages and then built
on their leads with superior boat handling and sailing skills. The cream always rises to the top, no matter
whatever the conditions and true to form the familiar faces began to emerge.

Tommy Muller GER 966, the defending world champion, showed his current form with a race win but had to settle
eventually for 5th place just behind the ever consistent Anatoly Loginov RUS 27, who has won many of the 2009
events on the International Circuit this year, who took 4th place overall. Behind Muller was Frank Berg, who
although finishing 6th, showed Pin End starts of sheer brilliance which saw him finish with two 2nd's & a race win.
Then we come on to the top three, Hoj-Jensen, Hendrickson and Schonherr, probably three of the greatest
Danish dragon sailors ever, let alone greatest world sailors. But despite quite superb sailing over the last two
days, Hendrickson and Schonherr could not snatch the trophy from the 'Mans' grasp. So the 63 year old Master
holds the World Title for another two years, as he did when he was a 43 year old in Torquay twenty years ago.
And I can tell you Campers, the Man will be around for many more years to come.........................................

Special mention must go to the local Dutch hero, Mark Neeleman and his team racing a beautiful Doomernik
Dragon. Who showed a clean pair of heels with two race wins on the difficult Thursday, only to be Black Flagged
on the last race. They showed great speed and tactical awareness in the difficult Isslemere chop, which can
be the most testing sailing conditions in the world. 7th place was their just reward, for this team of the future.

Uli Libor, again Doomernik, followed up his 2nd place at the previous worlds with a consistent 8th overall.
Another very pleased and deserved sailor Gavia Wilkinson-Cox and her talented team who finished in 10th place,
after some very steady results throughout the week. And lastly, the older helms from the USA and AUS, Ted
Sawyer and Gordon Ingate who are still strutting their stuff in the twilight of their years...76 and 82 respectively.
Ted was awarded a beautiful half-dragon model at the formal dinner for coming back from a terrible sailing
accident a few years ago that saw him break his neck in Cowes. He eventually mastered the difficult waves
on the Isslemere to finish just behind Poul-Richard in 5th position in the penultimate race. A great achievement.
Gordon on the other hand turned back the years and was often seen dancing the night away, to then follow
up with some great pin end starts which saw him highly placed at the windward mark. Well done to both.

Finally Campers, Andrew Merrett flew over from Australia to give the presentation on behalf of the Royal
Brighton Yacht Club, Melbourne. Who will host the next World Championship in January of 2011.
They have put together a superb package and programme, get planning now, be there or be square!
After the poor turn out back in 2003 in Tasmania, it would be fantastic to see a full complement of
Dragons from all our represented countries turn out for the ultimate prize, the Champion of the World.

Long Live the Dragon, Long Live the 'Man' ......... Higher, Faster, Longer........................... Stavros.

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Gaastra Dragon Worlds 2009 by Heike Blok

Post by IDA » Wed Sep 16, 2009 2:01 pm

OL’ MAN WIND GIVETH, OL’MAN WIND TAKETH, and that’s the game he mostly played at our Worlds in Medemblik. Nevertheless we, too, want to play unless of course, when Ol’ Man Wind (OMW) is on the take, because then we curse the day he was born long ago and suddenly starts cutting us down to size. And so it went with quite a few this time around in Medemblik In the first three races producing huge wind shifts upending hopeful as well as hopeless positions..

How about the fine team of Joergen Schoenherr, Axel Waltersdorff and Christian Videbaek? On the 3d day they started with a bullet and then OMW, light and treacherous, did cut them down to a size he obviously judged befitting. Holy Mackerel - from first to 46! And Anatoly Loginov, Andrey Kirilyuk and Alexander Shalagin, having wildly been thrown about by OMW over a range from two 2nds via two 16th to a 47th. And here comes the “royal” team of Tommy Mueller, Vincie Hoesch and Michael Lipp. That’s the real stuff people - with loads of cunning and experience. “Royal team eh”? OMW must have thought. “OK, we’ll see about that” and there goes the mean old bastard, throwing everything at them from 1st to 45th and via 17th stabilizing. He also went at Frank Berg, Soren Kaestel and Sig Lassen, from a 2nd to 46.th But then came Frank’s revenge with a bullet.

Where he really “fried the fat out of the bacon” was with Mark Neeleman, Pieter van Reeuwijk and Gerard van der Krogt. What looked to become a nice and solid, but rather uninspired series - finally – after a 25th they’d had enough and made a main sail change from a North A9 to a rather well used A7. Now he got at that OMW and plunked down two, consecutive bullets. My God! However…. don’t you f… with OMW now, not being in the mood, especially at our Worlds it seemed. My motor vessel reeling in that fat Medemblik chop, full of drooling Dutchmen at the start of the last race and ogling at Mark cs, seeing them picking up speed after a mediocre start and yes, apparently looking good and reaching the mark in 4th…. aaahhh…… But wait. Oh, well, OK, at least 4th at the crane and drop that last race as OMW threw a black flag at them and so in the end he got them anyway.

Derision aside. There is “royalty” that cannot tricked out so easily. Just look at those magnificent scores of the three top teams and especially those of Poul H. Jensen, ably crewed by Theis Palm and Lars Jensen and Lars Hendriksen with Michael Hestbek and Alexander Shalagin, sailing for the Ukraine. Let’s face it, this is breathless power, talent, the will to win, a better grip on those ever changing circumstances, and above all… knowing that their “pecking order” is way up front and right in the top of the Dragon “food chain”. Yet still 7 points between them and this great “come-back-team” of Joergen Schoenherr. Is it therefore that OL’MAN WIND let them have more of his good wind or - if you want - can take away less from them?

Any way, Poul Richard Hoy Jensen, got more out of him and once again proved his able and steady hand at this magnificent game.

And here is something else you should realize. Let’s not forget that the Dragon is an old class and like the Star, has come a long way through an enormous amount of changes. Time was that the Dragon was built more with the eye of the builder along much less and smoother rules than nowadays with templates and all. Petticrow’s virtually modernized the class and made it more One Design by selling a lot of Dragons. “If Poul Richard can sail that boat coming out of Burnham On Crouch so well, may-be we can too”. That’s why we have about 90% of all Dragons coming from Pettcrows.

Driven by the best bug - a nice business, Petticrows, even in difficult times still builds them and at very reasonable prices. OK the Pound is where it should be but that is not all it takes to be successful. Building good fiberglass boats, the way the wooden ones were built was at least bothersome and so, taking a lot of flak in the process, Poul started suggesting and helping to implement practical rule changes, enabling Petticrow’s to build better fiberglass boats and build them more economically.

If you want your modern Dragon to be more like a floating Stradivarius with a wooden deck, then you want Joop Doomernik’s superb handy craft or Marcus Glass’s. Although the price will reasonably reflect this, Doomernik can also make you a very fine all fiberglass boat. (By the way, a vintage Stradivarius without a wooden deck, will buy you at least 10 to 15 Doomerniks). However, if you are one of those who like the classic shine of fine craftsmanship like myself, you’ll probably have more fun owning it. But hey - the only two firsts by one team at the Worlds were made by an all fiberglass Doomernik.

From what I saw and heard our NDC can be proud of having organized our Dragon Worlds in Medemblik. Almost everything went smoothly and that is quite a feat with so many boats and people. All this thanks to an enthusiastic army of volunteers and not least some generous sponsors of which, GAASTRA was our main benefactor. Congratulations NDC!

Every day generous snacks and happy hour drinks were to be had for free. Special mention deserves the great opening with Dutch clog dancing and long speeches. A super shindig at Brakeboer’s, sponsored by Guus de Groot, and an impressive welcome party given by our friends the Aussies for the upcoming Worlds in Australia, next year.

As a long time participant to racing events, I was impressed by the well organized launching and hoisting of the boats, a very important part of such an event, as we all know.

Marius Blickman and his able crew saw to some fine race management on the course notwithstanding some often hefty wind shifts. Knowing they would most probably shift back again, left the fleet to work it out rather than panic and cause more stress and loss of precious time.

Our traditional Dragon Worlds dinner surprised everyone as the food was excellent although with long unintelligible (because of the bad acoustics) speeches and an exciting show.

Afterwards off to our world famous pub Brakeboer, giving us a chance to ponder our minds and dwell on victory and defeat with Brakeboer’s soothing elixer and friendly chat.

Let’s do this again!

Heike Blok
September, 2009

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