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11 August 2005, 12:11 pm
Danes In Command
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Grand Hôtel Dragon Gold Cup 2005
Sandhamn, Sweden

Valdemar BANDOLOWSKI, Soren HVALSO and Carsten HEY took Danish entry Flawless to victory in race three of the Grand Hôtel Dragon Gold Cup in Sandhamn, Sweden to take the overall lead of the event.
As SThe third day of the regatta started with strong winds over 10 m/s and rather large waves. This made it difficult to start and many boats were over the line several times. The starting procedure had to be tried several times before they at last the fleet started under black flag at 1400 hours local time. All boats were clear according to the starting ship.

The afternoon also had some heavy rains and the waves were building up to four metres. Many boats had to quit and return to Sandhamn and some of them needed help to get back. One of the boats that had to break was the Swedish boat, Josefina crewed by Rolf NÜRNBERG, Pelle NÜRNBERG and Stefan KLÄRRE.

'We stopped sailing because the waves were to high for us,' said NÜRNBERG when they came back to Sandhamn, cold, wet but satisfied with their decision, 'We realized that we would never manage to set our spinnaker and then we might as well retire.'

Jan SÖDERLUND, the Swedish-American sailing on American boat Pearl of Aspen, also had to abandon yesterday after a collision with Rabalder.

' This really has not been our regatta,' said SÖDERLUND, writing a protest form at the Regatta Office, but it has been wonderful sailing.

Harald SCHMIDT, sailing with Arved VON GRÜNEWALD on the Swedish Lady Kristina, who also had to retire when their spinnaker broke. 'I am going to start playing schack instead,' he joked. 'It was absolutely disgusting out there. My cap let all the water coming in and it ran down my back all the time.'

There will probably be many protests after yesterday's race. Many of the boats that retired came in to ask for protest forms. Some smaller accidents have occurred but no big or serious damages were been reported.

The HRH Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark was in the lead on all legs yesterday but on the very last leg he was beaten by Flawless. Prince Frederik ended second and is now on fifth overall. Third yesterday went to another Danish boat, African Queen, sailed by Jörgen SCHÖNHERR, who before the race held the overall lead. He is now second overall and still looks in a good position to challenge for his third Dragon Gold Cup in a row. Many of the Danish boats are close and right now it looks as if there will be a Danish victory this year too.

Pilen, sailed by Tompa LÖFSTEDT, who won the Swedish Championship last week, was the best Swedish boat yesterday.

The Swedish boat Lumme, sailed by Olle JOHANSSON and crew, is the best Swedish boat overall in tenth place. Denmark's My-Way was the best classic boat yesterday, finishing eighth to move to seven overall.

Top Ten After Three Races

Pos Nation Boat Helm Crew Crew R1 R2 R3 Pts
1 DEN Flawless Valdemar BANDOLOWSKI Soren HVALSO Carsten HEY 5.7 10 0 15.7
2 DEN African Queen Jorgen SCHÖNHERR Anders KAEMPE Axel WALDERSDORPH 0 11.7 5.7 17.4
3 DEN Marion Lars JENSEN Truls TREDBERG Patrik LINDEMAN 19 0 19 38
4 DEN BB King Lars HENDRIKSEN Peter JOHANSEN SCHMIDT 14 5.7 29 48.7
5 DEN Nanoq HRH Kronprins Frederik Theis PALM Kasper HARSBERG 22 25 3 50
6 SUI Ariston Harro KNIFFKA Vincent HOESCH Stefan HELLRIEGEL 10 19 24 53
7 DEN MY-WAY Frank BERG Soren KAESTEL Budde-LUND 26 15 13 54
8 GER Roberto Philipp OCKER Florian GROSSER Oliver DAVIES 15 26 20 61
9 SWE Lumme Olle Jo JOHANSSON Patrik SALÈN Staffan SALÈN 8 21 34 63
10 GER Platoon Harm MÜLLER SPREER Markus WIESER Thomas AURACHER 52 3 10 65
Event Media (As Amended By ISAF). Image:© Ragnar Omarsson
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