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15 August 2005, 04:36 pm
Third Time Lucky For African Queen
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Grand Hôtel Dragon Gold Cup 2005
Sandhamn, Sweden

Jörgen SCHÖNHERR and his Danish team on African Queen scored their third successive Dragon Gold Cup with victory in Sandhamn, Sweden adding to the wins they secured in Falmouth, Great Britain last year and in the Netherlands in 2003.
For SCHÖNHERR and co it is the perfect preparations for the Worlds due to start in Germany this week.

SCHÖNHERR came 13th in the last race after sailing in a risk free manner. In second place overall HRH Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark on Nanoq rounded off an excellent Championship by finishing with a bullet.

'He's been sailing very well,' said SCHÖNHERR. 'Especially considering that he hasn't sailed very much this season.'

Nanoq took the start and held the lead through the whole race, finished one a half minutes before MY-WAY, who became the best classic Dragon in eleventh place overall.

Prince Frederik and his crew, Theis PALM and Kasper HARSBERG, knew they had to keep at least six places between themselves and German boat Roberto, to take second overall.

'We got free wind, tacked on every shift on the first beat and had some luck,' said Prince Frederik. 'We are very pleased as this is the best I've done in the Dragon class.'

Lumme became best Swedish boat with a eleventh place in the final race and ninth overall. Helmsman Olle Jo JOHANSSON and crew Patrik and Staffan SALÉN were satisfied with the results.

'We had high ambitions and were aware of the competition, to be among the top ten is an achievement.,' commented JOHANSSON. 'We are sailing with the elite in a class where the level is increasing every year.''We heard a rumour that Germany's Tommy MUELLER kept trying for 17 years before he won the Gold Cup. We still have time!'

Final Results - Top Ten

Pos Nation Boat Name Helm/Crew/Crew Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Race 4 Race 5 Race 6 Points
1 DEN African Queen Schönherr/Kaempe/Waldersdorph 0 11.7 5.7 10 19 20 66.4
2 DEN Nanoq HRH Frederik/Palm/Harsberg 22 25 3 19 14 0 83
3 GER Roberto Ocker/Grosser/Davies 15 26 20 0 10 13 84
4 DEN Marion Jensen/Tredberg/Lindeman 19 0 19 22 15 35 110
5 RUS Godfather Khopersky/Shternberg/Chugonov 16 20 49 5.7 11.7 10 112.4
6 DEN Flawless Bandolowski/Hvalso/Hey 5.7 10 0 47 38 23 123.7
7 GER Spass Lätzsch/Droege/Meyer 27 38 18 31 3 11.7 128.7
8 DEN BB King Hendriksen/Johansen/Schmidt 14 5.7 29 16 50 15 129.7
9 SWE Lumme Johansson/Salén/Salén 8 21 34 20 45 17 145
10 GER Pinta Illbruck/Pickel/Borkowski 48 42 26 26 0 8 150
Event Media (As Amended by ISAF)
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