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22 August 2003, 04:57 pm
Gear Failure Causes Retirement
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Setanta Dragon European Championship
Kinsale

Gear damage for Fred IMHOFF (NED) forced him to retire from yesterday'srace four of the Dragon European Championship at Kinsale, Ireland dropping the contender from second to joint-seventh overall in a windy outing that saw plenty of incidents.
Denmark's Crown Prince Frederik continues his overall lead of the series but a 13th place today slims his advantage to just 1.3 points.

Fellow country-man Poul Richard Hoj-Jensen revelled in the conditions to secure his best result so far when a second today boosted the four-times past European Champion to fourth overall.

Best of the Irish fleet was Andrew Craig on Chimaera who scored a ninth overall.

The sou'west breeze reached 27 knots for most of the race today, producing plenty of collisions while Swedish skipper Sputte Baltscheffsky suffered a dislocated shoulder while rounding a mark and later received hospital treatment for his injury.

Tomorrow sees the penultimate race of the series following which the single discard is expected to re-order the leaders ahead of Saturday's final.

Overall results aer available on the event website at the address below.

Top Ten

Series Place Sail No Boat Helm Crew Series Points Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Race 4
1 DEN336 Nanoq Frederik Lars Hendriksen, Kasper Harsberg 32.7 0 5.7 8 19
2 DEN266 My Way Berg Frank Soren Kaestel, Mads Christensen 34 8 13 3 10
3 SUI288 Hanseatic Lloyd Vincent Hoesch Horro Kniffka, Bernd Faber 45.1 5.7 28 5.7 5.7
4 GBR680 Danish Blue Poul Hoj-Jensen Claus Hoj-Jensen, Wolfgang Rappel 51 16 10 22 3
5 GER980 Bahati Marcus Brennecke Markus Wieser, Thomas Auracher 53 3 19 23 8
6 FRA300 Ar Youleg Louis Urvois Gwen Chapalain, Sebastien Magnen 61.7 37 0 13 11.7
7 NED247 Danish Joker Fred Imhoff Richard van Rij, Rudy den Outer 76 15 3 0 58
8 NED316 Escapade Pieter Heerema Dolf Peet, Florian Fendt 76 31 17 28 0
9 IRL175 Chimaera Andrew Craig Edmund Peel, Aidan O'Connell 79.7 10 30 11.7 28
10 DEN341 Malou Peter Holm Maria Holm, Bo Selko 83 20 8 25 30

David Branigan
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