RP_150821_DRAGGP_7765 (640x426)Tommy Muller, Vincent Hoesch & Frithjof Kleen win races 5 & 6 in Kuhlungsborn.

What a fantastic day we had yesterday in Kuhlungsborn to end the 2015 German Dragon Grand Prix. Sunshine, Blue Skies, Wind and the most Perfect Sailing Conditions you could ever imagine….

The stage was set for a wonderful final day of racing and the experienced IOR Christian Haake took the opportunity to provide the 33 boats with 2 more excellent races which completed a 6 race Grade 1 series over a shortened 3 days. With the wind between 7 to 10 kts from around 45 degrees Haake asked the fleet to be out on time for an 11am start. This was a good decision as it gave the best chance to complete 2 more races in the allocated time….

RP_150821_DRAGGP_7556 (640x360)The Magnificent “Ebb Tide” built in America in 1989 is a most excellent Committee Boat…

In race one of the day (race 5 of the series) GER 1133 “Sinewave” helmed by Tommy Muller, crewed by Vincie Hoesch & Frithjof Kleen led from start to finish dominating the race. In 2nd place was GER 1071 “Keine Brise” helmed by Dr Helmut Schmidt, crewed by Peter Liebner & Stefan Hellriegel who did a great job of keeping the “man of the moment” Markus Wieser behind them. However, after his unbelievable scoring of 4, 1,1,1 Markus secured the overall Championship with his 3rd place and could sail back into the marina without needing to sail the last race, job done!

RP_150821_DRAGGP_7618 (640x426)Victorious UAE 7 “Bunker Queen”, Markus Wieser, Sergei Pugachev & Matti Pashcen..

So once again Markus Wieser is the Champion and looks well set to add the Gold Cup to his growing list of International Dragon Trophies with his UAE team..

However, Markus will not have it all his own way next week as a certain Yevgeni Braslavets helming UAE 8 “Bunker Boys” crewed by Sergey Timokhov & Alexander Mirchuk also put together a great series to finish 3rd overall.

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Our current World & European Champion, Yevgeni Braslavets finished 3rd Overall.

In race two of the day (race 6 of the series) it was once again GER 1133 “Sinewave” who took the victory thus moving this great team up to 2nd overall counting an impressive 3,9,3,1,1. Excellent sailing by Tommy who is now back to his very best and is another favourite for next weeks Gold Cup!

2nd in the final race (which also moved them up to 4th overall) was another top team UAE 20 “Desert Eagle” helmed by Hendrik Witzmann, crewed by Markus Koy & Michael Koch. This Dubai based team dominated the first part of 2015 after winning the grade 1 events in both Cascais & Douarnenez. Another team very much in with a chance to win the prestigious Gold Cup which begins here on Sunday….

3rd place in the final race yesterday and an impressive 5th overall was the 4 crew team of GER 1113 helmed by Tanja Jacobsohn, crewed by her husband Bernhard, Sabine Lenkmann & Susanne Bergmann. Not only did Tanja and her team gain a top 5 place, but they also are the 1st Corinthian Team, an excellent result.

RP_150821_DRAGGP_0501 (640x428)Top Corinthian Team, GER 1113.  Tanja Jacobsohn, sailed to an brilliant 5th Overall.

2nd overall in the Corinthian’s was GER 1093 “Tara” helmed by Torsten Imbeck, crewed by Cornelia Inbeck & Ulrich Matthiesen. This team also finished 9th in the whole competition so had a fantastic regatta.  3rd overall Corinthian was GER 1151 “Puck IV” helmed by Phillip Dohse, crewed by Oliver Mose & Christian Moller. So very many congratulations to these 3 teams…

So now the stage is set for an amazing Gold Cup. The fleet will double in size to an expected 66 boats representing at least 10 different Nations. The organisers, helpers and volunteers of the Segelclub Kuhlungsborn led by Dr Peter Mansell have done a fantastic job both on and off the water. Everything has been meticulously planned and with Christian Haake, one of the worlds best IRO’s, the 2015 Gold Cup will be an event not to miss…….    :-)

Higher, Faster, Longer………     Stavros.  (On board the EBB TIDE).