Hendriksen Wins 3rd European Title in San Remo…….

foto (280x320)European Champions, Lars Hendriksen, Kleen Frithjof & Anders Bagger

The stage was set for a final showdown of the very best Dragon Sailors in the World, on a day where San Remo “glistened” and “sparkled” with a blue cloudless sky and a challenging Mediterranean sea…..Just a handful of points separated Lars Henriksen DEN 138, Markus Weiser UAE 7 and Malte Philipp MON 9, going into the last race so the European Title was up for grabs.

The line was skilfully set by the excellent International Race Officer Dodi Villani, with a slight starboard bias, as most sailors would probably want to take advantage of heading inshore. Although there was some misunderstanding on the start with a few boats, the fleet got away first time with just an “Individual” recall flag flying. As predicted everyone headed towards the shore on a long starboard tack, looking for extra pressure, flatter water and a wind bend that a curved land mass can often produce. With a 2.3 mile first beat, it was obvious the land would play a vital tactical role.

I spoke with Lars after the race he explained “We heard a lot of noise on the radio and after the most perfect start decide to go back, thinking it was a general recall. However, we soon discovered it was just an individual so quickly tried to make amends calling myself the most stupid idiot ever” !!

I asked Lars how he managed to get back into contention after such a basic error at the start? ”The only chance we had was to go hard RIGHT as all the fleet was going left and we would have been in bad air. So we ‘banged’ the right corner, in clear air desperate to catch up and get close to our main competitors overall”.  “We then came back in from the right” Lars continued, “and we could see that the boats close to the shore were getting some tidal/current advantage, so we cut into the fleet and made some more gains by short tacking around the coast”. “After rounding the first mark in around 30th position, we worked hard to take more boats on the downwind leg knowing we had to get closer to Markus Weiser who was in a top ten position.”

In actual fact it was SUI 311 helmed by Pedro Andrade, crewed by Martin Westerdahl and Diogo Cayolla who were leading the race and did an excellent job to hang on till the end, despite some huge pressure from former World Champion Lawrie Smith, who was finding his form a little too late in this competition..  MON 9 who sailed brilliantly the day before recording two 1st places, were struggling in the stronger wind conditions, so unfortunately former World Champion, Malte Philipp and his team dropped out of overall contention, but still sailed a brilliant championship to finish 4th.

20140329_152037 (320x180)      Final race winners & 6th overall, Diogo, Pedro and Martin. SUI 311.

And so it came down to the final beat which saw Lars and his magnificent  team of Kleen Frithjof and Anders Bagger eat away at the distance between them and the superb UAE 7, team helmed by Markus Weiser. At the finish it was a great relief all round for Hendriksen and his team as they managed to get to within 3pts of Markus, thus taking the European Championship by just 2pts. This is the 3rd European Title for Henriksen after previously winning in 1991 (Thunersee) & 2005 (Cowes) a well deserved ”Triple” European Champion, congratulations my friend from us all.

A big “Thank You” must go to the Yacht Club of San Remo and all the many helpers for providing such a fantastic event. With the main financial help from Gazprom and BMW, the organisers were able to put on a first class Championship, which not only  did themselves proud but also the town of San Remo. The general race management led by Dodi Villani was excellent as was the onshore entertainment and the general atmosphere was electric through out the week.  Congratulations Yacht Club San Remo, you served us well….

Higher, Faster, Longer………….    Stavros.  

 

 

 

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Lars Hendriksen is Gazprom International European Dragon Champion

Results now posted at http://www.yachtclubsanremo.it/Default.aspx?pageid=page121

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Gazprom International European Dragon Championship – Day 4 Press Release

The fleet of the Gazprom International European Dragon Championship, which is being organised by the Yacht Club Sanremo, was greeted today by excellent weatherconditions with a bright sunny sky and steady westerly breeze.

The first race of the day began in a steady 10-knot westerly. The first boat over the finish-line was Agtivists of Germany (Philipp Malte, Michael Kurtz, Thorsten Imbeck), followed in second by Bunker Queen, also of Germany (Marcus Wieser, Sergey Pugachev, Georgii Leonchuk), with the Russians of  Annapurna (Anatoly Loginov, Vadim Statsenko, Alexander Shalagin) in third.

The Race Committee then started the second race which was won once again by Agtivists, followed by Bunker Queen and the Danes of Debutant (Lars Hendriksen, Kleen Frithjof and Anders Bagger).

The provisional overall standings after five races are as follows:

1.     Debutant (Denmark): Lars Hendriksen, Kleen Frithjof and Anders Bagger – 15 points
2.     Agtivists (Germany): Philipp Malte, Michale Kurtz, Thorsten Imbeck – 16 points
3.     Bunker Queen (Germany): Marcus Wieser, Sergey Pugachev and Georgii Leonchuk – 20 points
4.     Bunker Boys (Ukraine): Yevgen Braslavets, Igor Sidorov and Sergiy Timokhov – 25 points
>5.     Cloud (Italy): Giuseppe Duca, Jean Sebastien Ponce and Vittorio Zaoli – 32 points.

The complete standings are available on line at: www.yachtclubsanremo.it.

The last day of racing in the Gazprom International European Dragon Championship is tomorrow, Saturday, March 29.

The nations represented:

A total of 23 nations are represented: Antigua, Australia, Austria, Denmark, United Arab Emirates, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Monaco, Norway, Holland, Portugal, Russia, United States, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine and Hungary.

The event partners are:

The Gazprom International European Dragon Championship is being staged in partnership with Gazprom International and BMW (main partners of the event), and Paul&Shark, Transbunker, Ulysse Nardin, Pantaenius Yacht Insurance, Comune di Sanremo, Royal Hotel Sanremo, RegioneLiguria, Casino di Sanremo, Gruppo Cozzi Parodi.

www.yachtclubsanremo.it

Imagina
Tel. +39 02 29403573  – Email: info@studio-imagina.it
Umberta Croce: +39 335 8021171 – Barbara Sanicola: +39 333 3905243

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Gazprom International European Dragon Championship Day 4 Results

After 5 races Lars Hendriksen continues to lead by a 1 point margin from Malte Philipp with Markus Wieser in third and Yevgen Braslavets fourth. Italy’s Giuseppe Duca holds fifth with Anaotly Loginov sixth. Provisional results now posted at http://www.yachtclubsanremo.it/RESULTS.

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Stav Says – Day 3 Interviews In Sanremo

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Gazprom International European Dragon Championship – Day 3 Press Release

DragonEuropean2Today brought the second day of racing at Sanremo for the Gazprom International European Dragon Championship, organised by the Yacht Club Sanremo in collaboration with the International Dragon Association and the Italian Sailing Federation, FIV, in partnership with Gazprom International and BMW.

The 84 participating teams grappled with very unstable weather conditions today. The wind jumped about the entire morning and delayed the start of the first race of the day until 14.00 when conditions finally stabilised with a steady 10-knot westerly.

DragonEuropean_1The first race was won by the Italian crew of Cloud (Giuseppe Duca, Jean Sebastien Ponce, Vittorio Zaoli) followed by the Portuguese team of  Drago (Jose Sotto Mayor Matoso, Gustavo Lima, Frederico Melo) and then Bunker Boys of the Ukraine (Yevgen Braslavets, Igor Sidorov, Sergiy Timokhov).

At 16.30, the Race Committee started the second race of the day which took place in a steady 7-8-knot westerly. The course was shortened at the second windward leg because sunset was in the offing. First across the finish line were the Russians of Strange Little Girl (Dmitry Samokhin, Andrey Kirilyuk, Aleksey Bushuev) with the Danes of Debutant (Lars Hendriksen, Kleen Frithjof, Anders Bagger) in second followed by the French of Tsuica 3 (Gerard Blanc, Jean Gabriel Charton, Pierre Germain) in third.

The provisional overall standings after three races (the race of March 25 and today’s two) are as follows:

1.     Debutant (Denmark): Lars Hendriksen, Kleen Frithjof and Anders Bagger
2.     Cloud (Italy): Giuseppe Duca, Jean Sebastien Ponce and Vittorio Zaoli
3.     Bunker Queen (Ukraine): Marcus Wieser, Sergey Pugachev and Georgii Leonchuk
4.     Bunker Boys (Ukraine): Yevgen Braslavets, Igor Sidorov e Sergiy Timokhov
5.     Sophie (Switzerland): Pedro Andrade, Martin Westerdahl and Diogo Cayolla.

The complete standings are available online at www.yachtclubsanremo.it.

The Gazprom International European Dragon Championship continues until Saturday, March 29.

The nations represented

A total of 23 nations are represented: Antigua, Australia, Austria, Denmark, United Arab Emirates, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Monaco, Norway, Holland, Portugal, Russia, United States,  Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine and Hungary.

The event partners

The Gazprom International European Dragon Championship is being staged in partnership with Gazprom International and BMW (main partners of the event), and Paul&Shark, Transbunker, Ulysse Nardin, Pantaenius Yacht Insurance, Comune di Sanremo, Royal Hotel Sanremo, Regione Liguria, Casino di Sanremo, Gruppo Cozzi Parodi. 

www.yachtclubsanremo.it 

For further information, please contact:

Imagina

Tel. +39 02 29403573  – Email: info@studio-imagina.it

Umberta Croce: +39 335 8021171 – Barbara Sanicola: +39 333 3905243

                              

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Lars Hendriksen Leads Gazprom International European Dragon Championship After 3 Races – Results

With three races now complete Denmark’s Lars Hendriksen is leading the Gazprom International European Dragon Championship by 12 points from Italy’s Giuseppe Duca with Markus Wieser, sailing for the United Arab Emirates, in third, Yevgen Braslavets fourth and Portugal’s Pedro Andrade fifth.

Click here for full results

Photo Gallery – Matteo Littardi

Photo Gallery – Ricardo Pinto

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Gazprom International European Dragon Championship – Day 2 Press Release

A strong easterly wind of 30 knots blowing off Sanremo from the early hours of this morning put a stop to racing today at the Gazprom International Dragon European Championship, which kicked off yesterday under the organisation of the Yacht Club San Remo.

The Race Committee went out to sea several times to check the weather conditions: in the early afternoon the wind turned to the north but remained very intense and very unstable in the direction. The Race Committee eventually decided to instruct the 84 teams competing to win the title of European Dragon Champion to stay ashore today.

The racing will resume tomorrow and will continue until Saturday March 29.

Overall ranking after the first day of the regatta 
1 . Lisa (Finland ) : Jouko Lindgren , Tuomas Tenkanen and Calle Lindfors
2 . Sophie (Switzerland) : Pedro Andrade , Martin Westerdahl and Diogo Cayolla
3 . Debutant (Denmark) Lars Hendriksen , Kleen Frithjof and Anders Bagger
4 . Sinewave (Germany): Thomas Muller, Vincent Hoesch and Michael Lipp
5 . Tergeste (Italy): Nando Colaninno , Guido Antar Vigna and Mauro Grandone

The complete ranking is online www.yachtclubsanremo.it

Photo galleries at www.rspinto.com

The program
The Gazprom International European Dragon Championship continues until Saturday 29 March with a total of seven races planned and no more than two being sailed per day .

The countries represented
The 23 countries represented are : Antigua , Australia, Austria , Denmark, the United Arab Emirates , Estonia, Finland , France, Germany, Great Britain , Hong Kong, Ireland , Italy, Monaco , Netherlands, Norway , Portugal, Russia , United States , Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine and Hungary.

The partners of the event
Gazprom International European Dragon Championship is held in partnership with Gazprom International and BMW (the main partners of the event) and Paul & Shark, Transbunker, Ulysse Nardin , Pantaenius Yacht Insurance, City of Sanremo, Royal Hotel Sanremo, Liguria , Sanremo Casino , Cozzi Parodi Group.

www.yachtclubsanremo.it

For information
Imagina
Tel. + 39 02 29403573 – Email: info@studio-imagina.it
Umberta Croce: + 39 335 8021171 – Barbara Sanicola: +39 333 3905243

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Check Out The Amazing Photos From Ricardo Pinto In Sanremo

GIEDC!$-Day1-RSPINTO2Photos from BMW official photographer Ricardo Pinto at the Gazprom International European Dragon Championship in Sanremo are being posted at http://www.rspinto.com/Galleries/Dragon-European-Championship14

 

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Gazprom International European Dragon Championship – Day 1 Press Release

GIEDC14-Day1-RSPINTOOvercast skies, well formed seas and steady wind from the east – northeast between 18 and 20 knots were on offer in Sanremo for the first day of racing of Gazprom International European Dragon Championship organised by the Yacht Club Sanremo in collaboration with the International Dragon Association and the Italian Sailing Federation and with the partnership of Gazprom International and BMW.

84 crews from 23 nations left the Yacht Club Sanremo dock this morning to face each other in the single race of the day which started at 11:30 .
The race was held on a windward-leeward course : the crews of Sophie (Switzerland) and Alfie (Great Britain ) initially retained command of the fleet for most of the race, but lost ground on the last beat to the Finnish crew aboard Lisa .

Overall ranking after the first day of the regatta 
1 . Lisa (Finland ) : Jouko Lindgren , Tuomas Tenkanen and Calle Lindfors
2 . Sophie (Switzerland) : Pedro Andrade , Martin Westerdahl and Diogo Cayolla
3 . Debutant (Denmark) Lars Hendriksen , Kleen Frithjof and Anders Bagger
4 . Sinewave (Germany): Thomas Muller, Vincent Hoesch and Michael Lipp
5 . Tergeste (Italy): Nando Colaninno , Guido Antar Vigna and Mauro Grandone

The complete ranking is online www.yachtclubsanremo.it

Photo galleries at www.rspinto.com

The program
The Gazprom International European Dragon Championship continues until Saturday 29 March with a total of seven races planned and no more than two being sailed per day .

The countries represented
The 23 countries represented are : Antigua , Australia, Austria , Denmark, the United Arab Emirates , Estonia, Finland , France, Germany, Great Britain , Hong Kong, Ireland , Italy, Monaco , Netherlands, Norway , Portugal, Russia , United States , Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine and Hungary.

The partners of the event
Gazprom International European Dragon Championship is held in partnership with Gazprom International and BMW (the main partners of the event) and Paul & Shark, Transbunker, Ulysse Nardin , Pantaenius Yacht Insurance, City of Sanremo, Royal Hotel Sanremo, Liguria , Sanremo Casino , Cozzi Parodi Group.

www.yachtclubsanremo.it

For information
Imagina
Tel. + 39 02 29403573 – Email: info@studio-imagina.it
Umberta Croce: + 39 335 8021171 – Barbara Sanicola: +39 333 3905243

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