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17 July 2001, 10:04 am
Kadelbach wins day, Phillipp leads overall
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Dragon World Championships

Monday's single race in the 2001 Dragon World Championships got off five-and-a-quarter hours late after being postponed due to lack of wind at Hornbaek, Denmark.
Achim Kadelbach of Germany won Monday's second race of the 2001 Dragon World Championships in Hornbæk, Denmark with his countryman Malte Phillipp taking first place in the overall standings after two races and a stop-start day of weather delays and disqualifications.

Excitement and disappointment marked the end of Monday's race, when Denmark's Crown Prince Frederik's boat Nanoq was registered DNF (Did Not Finish) on a technical fault after incorrectly passing the finishing line. The boat and its crew had held second place for most of Monday's race, but failed to pass through the proper gate on a misunderstanding.

"The crew sailed a great race. In a new boat they have only sailed twice, they sailed extremely well. Unfortunately they passed through the wrong finishing line," said Principal Race Officer Christian Lerche.

The day started with 231 impatient elite Dragon sailors spending an unwelcome few hours ashore as the heavens opened with buckets of rain, and the Wind God took a lengthy snooze. With wind speeds of 0-3 meters per second the noon start was postponed and the flotilla of sleek Dragons called back to port to wait for the wind to freshen.

"We are in the hands of the weather," said Chairman of the Race Committee John Gunn. "We re-called the sailors as we were expecting from 0 to 3 metres per second, which is not enough to sail. During the afternoon we got 7-8 metres per second from the northwest, so we decided to attempt a start," he added.

At 17.46 a valid, second start got Monday's race going in a 7-8 metres per second northwesterly. Prior to that 10 boats had been disqualified under the Black Flag rule, under which no boat may enter the start-line to top marker triangle in the final minute before start. An 11th boat was disqualified in the second, successful start.

Those disqualified were: SWE273 (Esbjörn Bruske); SWE308 (Thomas Rosén); DEN319 (Henrik Jansen); GER929 (Wolfgang Rappel); FIN50 (Henrik Dahlman);; DEN332 (David Holm); SWE281 (Per Skoglund); GBR662 (Rory Bowman); DEN318 (Peter Holm); GBR656 (Martin Payne) and finally EST1 (Jevgeni Kazakov).

"Despite the uncooperative weather, Monday's race was a good one. We had to adjust the course a couple of times due to changing winds, and when the wind dropped about two-thirds of the way through the race we decided to shorten the course," said Lerche.

A total of five races must be held in order for a World Championship to be approved. Seven races - one each day of the championships - are planned until Sunday July 22. Thursday has been set aside as a rest day.

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Julian Isherwood&News Editor
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