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23 January 2003, 09:29 am
German Dragon Continues to Soar
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Dragon World Championship

The Germans controlled the racing on the Derwent again today to take the fourth heat of the Hellenic Cup.

The Dragons were sailing in a steady sea breeze, with the wind blowing between 12-15 knots, though it sometimes briefly eased to eight knots. The wind, combined with the clear and sunny skies, made today a lovely day to a sail on the river.

Chrisco (Dieter Schoen, Vincent Hoesch and Andreas Huber) continued to leave the other Dragons in their wake, again dominating the race from the start, to finish first.

The newest Dragon in the Hellenic Cup, Turkey's Ala Turca (Oguz Ayan, Azat Baykal and Erdil Uzaltan) maintained their second place from the first mark, displaying some of the form that they had during the Prince Philip Cup.

1998 Prince Philip Cup winner, Tasmanian David Graney in Kirribilli II (with Martin Graney and Murray Jones) fought for their third spot throughout the race and held on to take third ahead of Karabos VIII (Nick Rogers, Leigh Behrens and Peter Lilley).

Overall (four races, no drops) Chrisco is leading with zero points, ahead of Chimaera with 32.7 points and Kirribilli II on 41.4 points.

The Dragons return to the river tomorrow afternoon where possibly strong winds will test the sailors and the boats.

Morgan Vaudrey/ISAF Secretariat
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