Lawrie Smith wins BMW Dragon Grand Prix 2013

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Lawrie Smith wins BMW Dragon Grand Prix 2013

Post by malevents » Sun Jun 16, 2013 4:53 pm

About 3000 euro donation for the flood victims of Germany

16th June 2013 - HM Queen Silvia Trophy, the coveted crystal vase that has chosen the Queen of Sweden herself, this year goes to the crew of "Alfie" with helmsman Lawrie Smith and his crew Tim Tavinor, Ossie Stewart. "This was the best regatta we have ever been part of. A great organization - whenever we came from the water, there was a small party with drinks and food - plus the BMW Racing Parcour, which was very varied. Special thanks go to the race officer, my crew and the organisators", Lawrie Smith said at the price giving ceremony.

Smith, the reigning world champion and Volvo Ocean Race sailor, went second overall in today's final day. But retained in the start-thriller with strong gusts, shifting winds and numerous jump starts the nerves. Thomas Müller (NRV) and his crew, who started as overall leader in the last racing day, got a Black Flag Disqualification in the first race today. Bitter - although they could remove this outliers in the results, they remained, with an eleventh place in the second race on the silver medal rank. Smith was able to hand the overall victory with 24 points. The bronze medal, Markus Wieser argued with his crew UKR 7 "Bunker Queen". After struggling with problems at the helm yesterday, he secured today with a first and a second place third overall. Best amateur team and thus the winner of the Corinthian standings and winner of the Gold Dragons sponsored by the boot Duesseldorf is the Belgian team with helmsman Ben van Cauwenberg. Second place goes to the Luebeck Yacht-Club with helmswoman Tanja Jacobsohn, who was also the best woman in the field.

"A thoroughly beautiful and world-class event with first-class races. Yesterday and today we even had real dragon weather, with wind from the southwest direction, that means coming from the land, it is not easy to sail, as it turns quickly. That was really exciting until the end. Kühlungsborn is a very attractive and beautiful place for the dragon fleet. We now need a little work together behind the scenes, but the characters that we come back next year are very good", said Rupert Fischer, Commodere of the German Dragon, at the price giving ceremony.

Also Bernd Döpke BMW AG, international vice president of corporate and direct sales, was enthusiastic about the event: "In particular, the dynamic of the races with many lead changes at the top has pleased me very well - with Lawrie Smith, this year's BMW Dragon Grand Prix has a worthy winner. With our presentation the sailing regatta interested were constantly informed about the tension on the water". Moreover Döpke turned out the honest partnership to the organizers, the organizing Sailing Club Kühlungsborn, Touristik Service GmbH Kühlungsborn and all regional partners. "We felt very welcome and it was a fun and relaxed atmosphere." The winner Lawrie Smith was coveted next to HM Queen Silvia trophy, even though a road bike: the BMW M Carbon Racer. In addition, the three sailors were given a Tutima watch and prices of clothing partner Marinepool. Robert Stark, CEO of sailing clothing manufacturer, has confirmed its commitment to the BMW Dragon Grand Prix already for the next years. The best German team mate Thomas Mueller has qualified for the finals of the BMW Club Cup in late October in Torbole on Lake Garda.

With the donations of businesses and sailors, the organizers can announce that this year the magic mark of one million euros was cracked. The money goes to the CHILDHOOD Foundation of Queen Silvia - the donations were collected together in the past nine years. "Anything beyond this million goes to the flood victims from Germany. That's over 3000 Euros", said the main organizer, Manuela Libor.

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