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14 January 2011, 12:37 pm
Bunker Queen Leads at Dragon Worlds
2011 Dragon Worlds
Sweden's Ming At The 2011 Dragon Worlds

International Dragon World Championship 2011
Melbourne, Australia

A Ukranian crew comprising of Markus Wieser, Sergey Pugachev and Matti Paschen on Bunker Queen lead after day four at the 2011 Dragon World Championship.
Racing commenced at the Royal Brighton Yacht Club, Australia at 13:45 local time after a general recall was used to reset the line to a new course in a 5-8 knot breeze. The Australian Corinthian crew on Karabos IX got the best start of the race but it was the Danish crew on My Way who reached the pin end first.

Russia's Zenith was second around the mark with series leader Bunker Queen in third and Karabos XI in fourth after their great start. Unlike earlier races, only a few crews chose to go for the gybe set. The lead group had got away very well and the fleet separation continued. By the time they got to the end of the course My Way had extended their lead but another Australian entry Ridgeway had moved up in second place closely followed by Zenith and Karabos XI.

On the return to the top My Way stayed out in front with the consistent Bunker Queen still in the top ten. My Way went on to win the race by a margin of three minutes. Taking second was Zenith followed by Karabos XI. And Championship leader Bunker Queen came through in fourth.

Race 5 got underway at 16:40 in a 10-12 knot breeze with steady rain settling in. Another Danish crew on African Queen reached the mark first followed by Sinewave, Ming and the majority of championship hopefuls in the top ten.

By the top, the German crew on Sinewave had taken over first position with My Way in second and Ming in third. Russia's Olga White on Murka 11 had to duck two sterns as she approached on port tack, which meant she ended up fifth around the mark. There were a few taking on the gybe set, going back through the bulk of the fleet who were arriving on port tack to join the queue going in to the mark.

The bottom mark for the last time on the day was a lot cleaner than the previous one due to an increase in separation of the fleet. As a result, there were no real surprises as they went around. Germany's crew on Fiasco recovered their spinnaker from under the boat and continued on to add some colour to the day.

Sinewave won comfortably with My Way in second and Ming in third. Sinewave's skipper, former World Champion said, "[We are] delighted to work our way to the top and stay there to get the win. It is so competitive out there."

Follow all the 2011 Dragon World Championship news at: http://www.dragonworlds2011.com.au/

John Curnow (As Amended by ISAF)
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