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12 August 2005, 10:16 am
African Queen Takes The Lead
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Grand Hôtel Dragon Gold Cup 2005
Sandhamn, Sweden

Competitors at the Grand Hôtel Dragon Gold Cup 2005 were treated to a much nicer day yesterday in Sandhamn, Sweden although if anything, the winds were a bit too light!
Jörgen SCHÖNHERR (DEN) and his crew on African Queen finished race four in third place to take the lead with just two races remaining on Friday and Saturday.

'There was practically no wind at all on the first beat, then the wind shifted on the second beat and we were absolutely on the wrong side,' says Jörgen. 'The first beat was very difficult, the Dragon almost stops at every tack in these light wind so I prefer a little bit more. It was around eight knots, shifting from west to southwest today.'

The German Team of Roberto, Ocker, Grosser and Davies, won yesterday's race and climbed from ten overall to third. The leader overall from going into yesterday's race was another Danish team, Flawless, but they couldn't do any better than 41st and have dropped to fourth place overall.

Second place went to the Jolle (SWE) with the Piehl brothers and Rosval, their best race of the series. 'We've done better everyday since the start' said Calle PIEHL.

The highest placed classical Dragon is My-Way (DEN) in tenth place overall.

Top Ten After Four Races

Pos Nation Boat Helm/Crew/Crew R1 R2 R3 R4 Pts
1 DEN African Queen Schönherr/Kaempe/Waldersdorph 0 11.7 5.7 10 27.4
2 DEN Marion Jensen/Tredberg/Lindeman 19 0 19 22 60
3 GER Roberto Ocker/Grosser/Davies 15 26 20 0 61
4 DEN Flawless Bandolowski/Hvalso/Hey 5.7 10 0 47 62.7
5 DEN BB King Hendriksen/Johansen/Schmidt 14 5.7 29 16 64.7
6 DEN Nanoq HKH Frederik/Palm/Harsberg 22 25 3 19 69
7 SWE Lumme Johansson/Salén/Salén 8 21 34 20 83
8 RUS Godfather Khopersky/Shternberg/Chugonov 16 20 49 5,7 90.7
9 GER Sinewave Mueller/Wagner/Paschen 11.7 27 38 27.7
10 DEN MY-WAY Berg/Kaestel/Budde-Lund 26 15 13 57 111
Event Media (As Amended by ISAF), Image: African Queen © Ragnar Ómarsson
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