The best-placed yacht after the long-distance race, Imagine skippered by Peter RUDBÄCK (SWE) dropped to third. She was overtaken not only by the Norwegians who were the winners of the day. The Italian Movistar skippered by Lorenzo BRESSANI with Spanish sailing idol Pedro CAMPOS at the helm used a bullet in the last race to also overtake Imagine.
'This race day had it all,' reported Boris HEPP, chief measurer of the German Sailing Association. At first, the start had been postponed due to the calm. Then the first race only just finished inside the time limit. 'The crews fought hard especially at the starting line' reported HEPP.
Bobby LUCHTE (GER) was lucky enough to fasten the Rolex timepiece on his wrist. The owner of the Swan 44 MKII Moriju won the Swan Race presented by Deutsche Bank, and he received a Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date. Last year's winner Claus BRESSLER (GER), whose Swan 56 Chrila had slipped the day before after started with three wins, had no luck with the final race. The wind died on him as on all the 72 teams of the Hanseatic Lloyd Dragon World Championships. While the Swans finished for good yesterday, two races are scheduled for the Dragons on Wednesday 24 August to make up for the race cancelled so far.