Germany’s Malte Phillipp sailed home a convincing victory on Sunday in the bi-ennial 2001 Dragon World Championships, coming first in today’s race and first overall.
After just over 2 hours of sailing in moderate, 3-5 metres per second southwesterly winds, Phillipp and his crew of Torsten Imbeck and Enver Adakan finished Sunday's race ahead of Denmark's Frank Berg in second place and Holland's Fred Imhoff in third place.
In the overall standings, Phillip came first, and thus wrested the Dragon title from Denmark's Claus Høj Jensen. Second overall was another German crew skippered by Werner Fritz and third Denmark's Frank Eriksen.
"Phillipp was a clear winner. He sailed a very good regatta and seemed like a winner from the start " said Chairman of the Race Committee John Gunn. "It has been an exciting World Championship and, in the main, it seems to have gone extremely well", he added.
"For the most part it has gone extremely well," said Chairman of the Jury Lars Grande. "Some of the boats who didn't do very well didn't think so - but that may be for other reasons," he said.
"In general it has been an extremely fair and sportsmanly regatta, with few protests. We are all very happy with the way things have gone," said Grande.
The regatta was thankfully free of too many protests from participating boats: "In all we received about 8 protests. They were easy to handle and the number of protests, given that this was a world championship regatta, was quite light," said Gunn.
Sunday's race, although relatively academic for Phillipp unless he had been black flagged on the final day, went off without incident.
"There is no doubt, Phillipp is an extremely good sailor," said Principal Race Officer Christian Lerche. He added that the new World Champion had been consistent in his sailing. "It doesn't matter what conditions were like out there on the water, he came in among the top group. An impressive performance," he said.
He said Sunday's final race of the regatta had been interesting to watch, with changeable southerlies particularly on the final leg changing positions throughout the field. "Malte Phillipp, for example, was able to capitalise on the luck of the wind and his ability to use the final leg to move up from a sixth place in the field to a first place," Lerche said.
Phillipp received the Royal Hellenic Cup - the Epathion Vassileus - at a prize-giving ceremony in Hornbæk, which has hosted the 2001 Dragon Worlds. He will hold the trophy until the next World Championships, due to take place in Hobart, Tasmania in 2003.
Denmark's Crown Prince Frederik, whose boat Nanoq was christened a week ago at the start of the regatta came in an overall 24th, while his father Prince Henrik, who was Protector of the 2001 Worlds, came in 74th overall. "I was satisfied with the race- and happy with my new boat," said Crown Prince Frederik as Nanoq was being hoisted from the water.
The next major international Dragon event will take place in Oostende, Belgium 18-25 August when the prestigious Gold Cup will be held. Unlike the World Championships, the Dragon Gold Cup is held each year.
1. GER956 Malte Phillipp
2. GER947 Werner Fritz
3. DEN317 Frank Eriksen
4. NED247 Fred Imhoff
5. DEN66 Frank Berg
6. DEN298 Lars Jensen
7. GER933 Thomas Müller
8. GER842 Ortwin Semmerow
9. GER892 Achim Kadelbach
10. GER950 Harm Müller-Spreer