Dragon Grand Prix has been opened
The CHILDHOOD Race as a highlight at the beginning of the “Grade 1” Event.
DEN 406 with Jørgen Schönherr at the helm is the winner of the CHILDHOOD Race, the starting event of the Dragon Grand Prix Germany.
With his Corinthian crew Jan Eli Gravad and Axel Waltersdorph he was in the lead from the start, beating Uli Kapteina (GER 1086) by a couple of boat lengths at the finishing line. 2011 European Champion Jens Christensen had worked his way into the top three at the last windward gate but was beaten on the last tack towards the finish line by SWE 358 with helmsman Hans Liljeblad who took third place.
“It was a great day for racing. If things keep going like this – that would be great!” says Moritz Stegmann who is in charge of the waterside organisation as Principal Race Officer on behalf of the Norddeutscher Regatta Verein.
The weather forecast for the Dragon Grand Prix Germany is looking excellent with warm tempeteratures, sunshine and the breeze increasing slightly to inbetween 10 and 14 knots – great racing conditions for this majestic class.
The CHILDHOOD Race traditionally marks the start of this high-class sailing event. The World CHILDHOOD Foundation, founded by Her Majesty Queen Silvia of Sweden, is the charity partner of the dragon class. Close to 1 million Euros have been raised in the past with the help of the childhood races under the motto “top dragon class sailing for children in need”. Dozens of companies have pledged their support for CHILDHOOD on colourful spinnakers.
All the sailors, were sailing for the Queen’s Foundation dressed in ocean blue shirts from MARINEPOOL, the official supplier.
During the opening ceremony, Rolf Seelmann-Eggebert, member of the curatorship of the World CHILDHOOD Foundation, presented the HM Queen Silvia Sailing Trophy, which will be awarded for the first time for the Dragon Grand Prix Germany 2012.
Götz Ulf Jungmichel, Director of boot Düsseldorf, the biggest boat show in the world, explained the idea of the boot Düsseldorf Corinthian Award: “We appreciate the excellent idea that professionals and amateurs are sailing against each other at such a high class event.”
The first race of the Dragon Grand Prix Germany will start on Sunday, July 1st, 11.00 h in the bay of Weiße Wiek.
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