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Dragon legend Aage Birch has recently passed away aged 90, his family have announced. The officers and members of the IDA send their sincere condolences.
It is recorded that Aage could competently steer his own boat aged 5, and in 1940 aged 14 he was introduced to the Dragon. In 1948 he turned up at trials for the Danish Olympic squad, finishing 3rd in the first ‘Chok’ which he built himself. In 1954 he won a bronze medal in the FD European Championship, crewing for Paul Elvstrøm. In the Dragon he won the European Championship in 1964 and was silver medallist in the 1968 Olympic Games. Aage went on to win seven Gold Cup titles - more than anyone else - in his various Dragons that bore the name Chok.
Aage, who owned a property in Hornbæk, celebrated his 90th birthday shortly after visiting the Gold Cup 2016 in Hornbæk.
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