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24 August 2003, 02:11 pm
Imhoff Prevails In Light Airs
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Setanta Dragon European Championship
Kinsale

A tense finale to the Setanta Dragon European Championship saw The Netherland's Fred IMHOFF hold his nerve to secure overall victory this afternoon off Kinsale, Ireland.
With four boats in the running, Imhoff could easily have lost to one of the others as all were within ten points of his overnight lead.

After a series of postponement to allow a light breeze to build, race six got underway and saw Frank BERG edge ahead after the first full lap. But a strong ebb tide and a softening in the 8 knot breeze saw his fortunes reversed and with a worse placing than his discard, he opted to retire.

On the final upwind leg, Imhoff moved ahead once more though was limited by the conditions and could see world champion Vincent HOESCH gaining ground along with Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark.

With a boat length to spare, Ireland's Peter O'REILLY took the gun from Ulsterman Simon Brien before Imhoff made the line to win overall.

Overall Top Ten

Pos Nat Helm Crew R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 Pts
1 NED Fred Imhoff Richard van Rij, Rudy den Outer 15 3 0 58 0 5.7 23.7
2 SUI Vincent Hoesch Horro Kniffka, Bernd Faber 5.7 28 5.7 5.7 5.7 8 30.8
3 DEN Berg Frank Soren Kaestel, Mads Christensen 8 13 3 10 3 58 37
4 DEN Frederik Lars Hendriksen, Kasper Harsberg 0 5.7 8 19 14 11.7 39.4
5 GBR Poul Hoj-Jensen Claus Hoj-Jensen, Wolfgang Rappel 16 10 22 3 11.7 14 54.7
6 GER Marcus Brennecke Markus Wieser, Thomas Auracher 3 19 23 8 17 27 70
7 SWE Tom Lofstedt Martin Alsen, Martin Larsson 19 45 20 17 8 16 80
8 IRL Neil Hegarty Peter Bowring, David Williams 32 21 14 16 13 17 81
9 IRL Andrew Craig Edmund Peel, Aidan O'Connell 10 30 11.7 28 16 23 88.7
10 NED Pieter Heerema Dolf Peet, Florian Fendt 31 17 28 0 18 44 94
David Branigan (As Amended By ISAF News Editor)
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