Gold Cup winner Jorgen Schönherr (DEN) man of the day
Fresh winds with strong gusts on the bay of Lübeck off Neustadt/Holstein on Friday (26 August) were just the right conditions for the Danish sailors at the Rolex Baltic Week. Dragon Gold Cup winner Jorgen Schönherr from Ströby scored nearly optimal points with a first and a third at the world championship and is now close on the heels of the leading crew Harm Müller-Spreer/Markus Wieser/Thomas Auracher from Hamburg, Germany. Florian Jacob, Harald Gusek and Thomas Birkner from Berlin, Germany are the winners of the parallel Dragon World Week.
Like the day before, conditions at the Hanseatic Lloyd Dragon World Championship were rough on both men and material. Thomas Andersen from Denmark and his Nina “targeted” Achim Griese’s Be cool (Hamburg) and inflicted severe damage to mast and boat. “We will make do, though,” said crew member Robert Stark (Planegg), “we’ll stick to it.” They got redress for their DNC and pushed up to the top ten in the overall rankings.
The comfortable lead that the Müller-Spreer team had brought with them to this race day was reduced to a mere two points. “We’ve simply been sailing badly and made a couple of mistakes,” explained crew Markus Wieser (Starnberg). Then they discarded their 15th rank of race four and came sixth in the last race of the day.
For another Danish crew around helmsman Poul-Richard Hoj-Jensen, it turned out to be a brilliant day. After rank four, they came first and moved up to position three in the overall ranking with eleven score points behind the leading crew. For many German crews, it simply wasn’t their day. “We mucked up one race,” said Marc Aurel Pickel (Kiel) from the team of Thomas Müller (Hamburg), who is sixth overall, and also current world champion Vincent Hoesch from Rimsting came only seventeenth in one race.
The three men who had been dominating the fleet during the whole Dragon World Week, Jacob/Gusek/Birkner, remained superior until the final day. After their fourth win, it was clear that the crew of El Guanche would be the overall winner so they could look forward to an elegant Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date time-piece. With an even score of points, Metzing/Buhtz/Läufer from Berlin won “silver” because of better individual results than their Hamburg competitors Mankowski/Hebbel-Seeger/Fock.
The start of the German Open of the X-79 class as part of the Rolex Baltic Week saw a superior Bernd Zeiger (Kiel). He achieved two wins in a row with his Sextanten, before Morten Reinhold from Denmark beat him in race three on Circeline, second overall with four points less. Three more X-79 races are scheduled for Saturday (27 August). The Dragons are back on schedule and are set to sail one race as part of their world championship.
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