Superb Conditions in Kuhlungsborn…..

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66 top Dragons are having fantastic racing at the 2015 Gold Cup in Kuhlungsborn.

With 2 more races completed yesterday in near perfect conditions it is the British helm Lawrie Smith sailing GBR 801 with Tim Tavinor and Joost Houweling who have the best overall score after 4 quality races.

RP_150826_DRAGGC_1176 (640x426)Overall Leaders after 4 races,  GBR 801.  Counting 2nd, 2nd, 2nd & 8th places.

Consistency is the name of the game particularly when you are sailing in a Gold Cup as it is a no discard series of 6 races over a 12 mile course.

11903826_931182430254542_8438124701888055184_nDragon Class Photographer “Ricardo Pinto” in action on day 4 in Kuhlungsborn.

In the first race of the day (race 3 of series), the top few boats around the first mark after a 2.4 mile beat were GER 1068, GER 1133, UAE 7, GER 1113, GBR 801, GBR 761 and NED 412. As the fleet came down towards the bottom gate, the 66 boats filled the horizon with an array of colourful spinnakers….

RP_150826_DRAGGC_1646A (640x360)Race 3 Winners, NED 412 Pieter Heerema, Lars Hendriksen & Claus Olesen.

However, it was GBR 801, GER 1113 and NED 412 who eventually broke away from the pack by the 3rd and final upwind leg. Although Lawrie Smith and his team held a slender lead it was NED 412 helmed by Pieter Heerema, crewed by Lars Hendriksen and Claus Olesen who took the victory making the best of a substantial left hand shift at the very end. GBR 801 was 2nd and GER 1113 Tanja Jacobsohn, crewed by her husband Bernhard with Sabine Lenkmann & Sussane Bergmann who finished 3rd.

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One of the very best Corinthian Teams GER 1113 were 3rd in Race 3 of the Gold Cup.

In the 2nd race of the day (race 4 of the series) it was again an “all clear” start this time under a Black Flag to make sure the race could be completed in time as the wind was forecast to die away.  However, this was not the case as the fleet enjoyed another “cracking” 12 mile race in an oscillating wind ranging between 8 to 14kts from around 190 degrees. The top boats to the first mark on this occasion were UAE 20, RUS 27, RUS 76, UAE 8, UAE 7 and RUS 35.

10313786_580191488785893_7063514414676277515_n 66 boats shortly after the start of race 4 at the 2015 Dragon Gold Cup in Kuhlungsborn.

As the race developed RUS 76 eventually made her downwind speed really work to open up a substantial lead by the final beat. So it was Dmitry Samokhin, Aleksey Bushuev and Andrey Kirilyuk who added another race win to their very impressive series and are now 2nd overall after 4 races.

RP_150826_DRAGGC_1304 (640x426)Winners of Race 4, RUS 76 Dmitry Samokhin, Aleksey Busheuv & Andrey Kirilyuk.

So GBR 801 leads overall, RUS 76 is 2nd then NED 412 moves up to 3rd. Meanwhile still leading the Corinthians is GER 1151 “Puck IV” (12th overall), followed by GER 1113 (14th overall) and in 3rd place is GER 1121 (currently 19th overall). Anything can and surely will happen over the next two days with two more races planned, but these are the teams that have sailed the best so far. Keep it up and remember ….

Higher, Faster, Longer…………       Stavros.

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