GBR 815 “Alfie” Lawrie Smith wins race 7 yesterday to put pressure on the leaders TUR 1212.
With gusts in excess of 35kts on the outer course towards Guincho and unstable winds on the inner course off Estoril no racing was possible on Thursday. However, 2 more races were sailed yesterday (Friday) in a breezy north-westerly wind and fantastic rolling waves which provided the 70 boat fleet with many exhilarating moments.
UAE 9 “Desert Eagle” win race 6 which moves Henrik Witzmann, Henrique Anjos & Markus Koy into 4th overall.
Winning the International Dragon World Championship is no simple matter as the fleet standard reaches arguably its highest level. So it is no surprise that after 7 completed races there are still 3 teams that can lift this coveted trophy on the final day!
Favourites are still TUR 1212 “Provezza Dragon” who go into the final race with a 7pt lead. This superb team of Andy Beadsworth, Simon Fry & Ali Tezdiker almost nailed the championship yesterday, but fighting hard to prevent that scenario are RUS 27 “Annapurna” and GBR 815 “Alfie”.
TUR 1212 “Provezza Dragon” hold a 7pt advantage over RUS 27 “Annapurna” with 1 race to go.
The closest challengers are the current European Champions (2016 St Petersburg) RUS 27 helmed by Anatoly Loginov who has put together a consistent series which includes a “redress” average points score after being infringed in race 7 at the top mark which forced them to retire.
RUS 27 “Annapurna” Anatoly Loginov, Vadim Statsenko & Alexander Shalagin.
Then right behind is GBR 815 “Alfie”, helmed by Lawrie Smith, crewed by Hugo Rocha, Joao Matos Rosa & Goncalo Ribeiro (see opening photo). Winning race 7 yesterday means Lawrie can still lift the title a second time after winning it in Melbourne 2011. However, he would have to win the final race and hope TUR 1212 finishes 10th or worse and RUS 27 finishes out of the top 3. Confused ? Yes well so am I but I did speak with Lawrie last night he said “The best thing about 3 of us still having a chance to win is that it stops Andy sailing us down the fleet, as if we were the only one’s able to beat him, I’m sure that’s what would have happened”… So basically it’s all to play for today….
Higher, Faster, Longer……… Stavros.