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2 August 2005, 02:06 pm
German Courage IX New World Champion
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Neonode 6 Metre World Cup 2005
Sandhamn, Sweden

Germany's new World Champion, Courage IX, played it safe on the final day of the neonode 6 Metre World Cup in Sandhamn, Sweden, to secure her place at the top of the leaderboard.
Skipper Dietrich GRUENAU, helmsman Alba BATZILL and tactician Eddy EICH had one thing in their minds for Saturday's final race, to stay close to British boat, Battlecry. And finish no further behind than four boats. The strategy worked and gold belongs to Germany.

Two years ago in France it was the other way around, Courage had a great chance to win before the last race and lost it to Sweden's Notorious.

The crew has been sailing together since 1999 and were delighted with their victory, 'We're very happy,' said BATZILL, 'especially as this is the first season with the new boat.'

A disappointed Ben CLOTHIER (GBR) and his crew on Battlecry came in to shore to take the silver medal.

'We tried so hard to keep a distance to Courage,' said CLOTHIER. 'We did all the right things but it wasn't enough. But on the other side, this is the best result we've ever had and we lost to a very good boat and an excellent crew.'

The winner of the last race was the Swiss boat, Fleau, securing the bronze medal just ahead of May Be XIV, the best Swedish boat in the championship. May Be XIV had a chance for the silver and they decided to go for it, and despite their gamble not paying off the crew were satisfied with their performance.

'We've played safe during the whole regatta,' said skipper Patric FREDELL. 'Today we went for it. Rather take the chance for a silver and lose than play safe. I'm satisfied with our fourth place in this competition.

Amongst the classic boats the Danish boat Sunray came out on top. After eight very varying races in light and sunny, wet, rainy and very windy weather, the classic 6 Metre class also finished on Saturday.

27 out of the 29 entered boats finished the race. The oldest boats, the Norwegian Mosquito from 1913 and Swedish Gulldisken from 1922, chose to withdraw from three and six races respectively. The excitement was still very high between the remaining boats, who produced even fights in the last races.

Before the last race, Danish Sunray was in first place on 20 points, Germany's Lillevi was second on 22, points, with the Finnish Toy in third place on 23 points.

The final and deciding race on Saturday finished with Sunray winning the championship for classic 6 metres with 22 points. Skippered by the Norwegian ship broker Hans J OEN, who has lived in New York, USA since 1965, Sunray is owned by Denmark's Jörgen JENSEN and therefore sails under Danish flag. Toy rose to second overall, whilst Lillevi dropped to fourth to be replaced by Finland's Fridolin.

Event Media (As Amended By ISAF). Image, Courage IX:© Kathy Mansfield
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