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Brewin Dolphin Dragon Gold Cup at Kinsale Yacht Club - Overall
By Fiona Brown on 14 Sep 2012 8-14 September 2012
Photos © David Brannigan / www.oceansport.ie
Brewin Dolphin Dragon Gold Cup day 6
Brewin Dolphin Dragon Gold Cup day 6

The 2012 Brewin Dolphin Dragon Gold Cup was brought to a close with a final race as dramatic as any Shakespearean play. Going into the day Britain's Lawrie Smith led the fleet on 31 points, Russia's Dmitry Samokhin was second on 43 points and Germany's Tommy Mueller lay third on 51 points. With no discard allowed Smith's lead was far from unassailable and Samokhin clearly had him in his sights. Mueller knew that realistically his chances of victory were slim as not only would he have to sail his socks off, but the other two boats would both need to have bad races if he was to overtake them.

The tension and excitement as the sixty strong fleet, from sixteen nations and four continents, left the dock was palpable and the boats were accompanied down to the race area by a host of spectator boats crammed with supporters keen to watch the final battle. A sudden wind shift forced Alan Crosbie to abandon his first start attempt just a few seconds before the gun. Having adjusted the course the second start was a general recall and so Crosbie went to the Z-flag for his third attempt. This time the fleet got away, but with 8 boats identified as over the line; two of these went back and were given a 20% scoring penalty, but the other six failed to return and were scored OCS.

On the line Mueller had opted for the committee boat end while Smith and Samokhin came off the centre of the line together with Smith to weather. Up the first beat Mueller struck out for the favoured right side while Smith and Samokhin traded tacks up the centre left. The two boats were clearly locked in a battle for supremacy to the exclusion of all else and meanwhile Mueller was sailing a textbook beat to round the first mark in the lead with Hoj-Jensen second, Germany's Tanja Jacobsohn third and Cameron Good from Kinsale fourth.

As the leaders streamed off down the run all eyes turned to the middle of the fleet where Samokhin had got the better of Smith. They rounded the first mark in a bunch of boats in twenty-eighth and thirty-fifth respectively putting Mueller into the overall lead with Smith second and Samokhin third. The breeze dropped off in the second half of the first run making for some tricky sailing. As Mueller stretched out his lead Smith and Samokhin continued to battle it out and as a result they lost more places and rounded the first leeward mark overlapped with Smith thirty-fourth and Samokhin thirty-fifth.

On the second beat there was a massive 20 degree right shift and at the weather mark Mueller and Hoj-Jensen continued to lead with Russia's Evgeny Braslavetz now up into third and Chris Hunt of Cornwall fourth. Smith and Samokhin had made big gains and Samokhin came through in twenty-second with Smith alongside in twenty-third. Now all Smith needed was to gain another three places and the championship would be his.

The second run was to be the deciding point of the race. The race committee had signaled a change of course and the new leeward mark was a single port rounding buoy instead of the more usual gate. Smith and Samokhin were still trading gybes and both boats lost some ground on the leg. They came into the mark together with a big gaggle of boats with Smith leading but on the outside and Samokin in the middle of the bunch. As they rounded Samokhin got a slight advantage but they were only up to twenty-seventh and twenty-ninth places. Smith now needed to make up nine places on the last beat if he was to claim the title and with the breeze going even further right it didn't look hopeful as he kept to the centre of the course while Mueller, Hoj-Jensen, Braslavetz and the main pack went right.

Yet again Smith sailed a brilliant beat and made up an impressive number of places. On the line Mueller crossed with a huge lead, Hoj-Jensen took second, Braslavetz third and Good fourth. Mueller clearly felt that Smith had done enough to win and he peeled off back to harbour apparently happy with his race but resigned to second place. However, the race was far from over and everyone was carefully counting off boats as they came to the finish. Smith did his very best and claimed a number of places, but ultimately he just ran out of runway and finished in twenty-second place giving Mueller the Brewin Dolphin Dragon Gold Cup 2012 by a single point. Mueller was blissfully unaware of his victory until the media team motored up and confirmed that he had taken the trophy for the second time.

In the overall standings Tommy Mueller, Vicent Hoesch and Michael Lipp claimed the title with 52 points. Lawrie Smith, crewed by Tim Tavinor and Joost Houweling finished second with 53 points. Russia's Dimitry Samokhin, crewed by Andrey Kirilyuk and Aleksey Bushuev finished third on 62 points. Fourth place went to Portugal's Jose Matoso sailing with Gustavo Lima and Stephen Hellriegel and in fifth was London based Klaus Diederichs crewed by Andy Beadsworth and Jamie Lea.

At the prize giving Tommy Mueller paid tribute to his crew, known in the Dragon fleet as the Bavarian Dream Team, and to his wife for her wonderful support of their campaigning. For Tommy this was a second Gold Cup win, his first being in 2002, but for Hoesch it was an incredible sixth win, two of which had been as a helmsman.

In the Corinthian all-amateur division first prize went to Kinsale Yacht Club Commodore Cameron Good sailing with Simon Furney and Henry Kingston. Remy Arnaud and his crew of Herald Arnaud and Pascal Civel from France came second and in third was Graham Bailey of the Isle of Wight crewed by Julia Bailey, Dylan Potter and Will Heritage.

The Nations Cup, for the top performing three-boat national team went to Britain, represented by Poul Richard Hoj-Jensen, Lawrie Smith and Chris Hunt. The actual trophy was awarded to Hoj-Jensen as the leading British boat in the final race.

Also concluded today was the Irish Dragon Grand Slam competition incorporating the Northern Area Championship, the Edinburgh Cup, the Irish Nationals, the Irish South Coasts and this regatta. The winner of the 2012 Irish Grand Slam was Poul Richard Hoj-Jensen with Klaus Diederichs second, Martin Byrne third, Lawrie Smith fourth and Cameron Good fifth.

Gold Cup - Overall Results:

PosSail NoBoatHelmCrewCrew 2R1R2R3R4R5R6Pts
1GER1123SinewaveTommy MuellerVincent HoeschMichael Lipp4132716152
2GBR763AlfieLawrie SmithTim TavinorJoost Houweling1185522253
3RUS76Strange Little GirlDmitry SamokhinAndrey KirilyukAleksey Bushuev38102201962
4POR55DragoJose MatosoGustavo LimaStephen Hellriegel1822934864
5GBR758FeverKlaus DiederichsAndy BeadsworthJamie Lea133152531372
6GBR775Danish BluePoul Richard Hoj‑JensenTheis PalmAndrew Norden25341713273
7HUN57BearFerenc Kis‑SzolgyemiTamas KissKaroly Vezer14747242379
8DEN406African QueenJorgen SchonherrJan Eli GravadAxel Waltersdorp6228992680
9UKR7Bunker BoysLars HendriksenSergey PugachevGeorgil Leonchuk516251561582
10UKR8Bunker PrinceEvgen BraslavetzSergey TimokhovIgor Sidorov171130421386
11IRL201JaguarMartin ByrneAdam WinkelmanrPedro Andrade11433827790
12IRL211Little FellaCameron GoodSimon FurneyHenry Kingston719191330492
13GBR768Dark & StormyChristopher HuntMark HartMark Daly102022632595
14IRL216ChimaeraAndrew CraigBrian MathewsMark Pettitt24291412120100
15RUS27AnnapurnaAnatoly LoginovVadim StatsenkoAlexander Shalagin8156211547112
16GBR720AimeeGraham BaileyJulia BaileyDylan Potter, Will Heritage3025114710114
17GER1125Dragoni HollyStephan LinkFrank ButzmannPeter Froschi151713243118118
18IRL206CloudClare HoganMel CollinsLaura Dillon, Graeme Grant3341219721123
19FRA396LegendRemy ArnaudHerald ArnaudPascal Civel28132723528124
20RUS2AlisaAlexander EzhkovAlexey GrigorievVladimir Krutskikh231021221839133
21AUS222Puff IIIRichard LynnIan OlsonRoger Hickman93032301126138
22GBR761JerboaGavia Wilkinson‑CoxMartin PayneRui Boia344818141212138
23IRL210DivaJames MatthewsRick JohnsonRob Johnson25268332530147
24GER1042Puck IIIPhilip DohseChristian MoellerOliver Mose121252111061158
25DEN266My WayFrank BergKonrad FlorianJens Maklund22143520861160
26IRL213WhisperMark DickerNelson MooreSean Murphy212746421411161
27GBR708RumoursSimon StraussDavid HorganJohn Wolfe, Harvey Tucker272443102934167
28GER1121CarorooReemt ReemtsmaPetra ReemtsmaLorenz Jensen19638262361173
29IRL214KinSimon BrienJack BrienMark Brien29447165331180
30SWE345MingJacob WallenbergHenrik BaltscheffskyStellan Gross492342182624182
31GER1113GPTanja JacobsohnBernhard JacobsohnJan Scharffetter45461128486184
32IRL188Grey HarePhilip BendonJames BendonBen Fusco393712521925184
33GBR766Quicksilver VRobert CampbellJustin WaplesRene Nel473520323317184
34MON2JeanieJens RathsackMario WagnerStefan Waack26940351761188
35IRL198Dublin BayGary TreacyPaul MaguireDon O'Dowd16455136449201
36GBR774TiggerThomas OlrogThomas WiltonNicola Wilton442131442833201
37GBR760Hands OffMichael HolmesAndy BiddlePeter Marchant363624402244202
38GER1110StreumerNorbert OhstStefan AbelMark‑Raimondo Bayer423436373443226
39IRL195D‑CisionPhilip PerkinsRichard KidneyDeclan Hayes413150313542230
40ANT10Northside DragonJay BourkeDavid CagneyTommy Murphy352823345261233
41GBR742FlotationRichard DaviesClive HurnDonald Milne403339456116234
42FIN88Step By StepEeva SaukkonenCatja Everhall‑BlomOuti Kivimaki373254464232243
43IRL156Mar‑JAdrian BendonShawn KingstonEoghan O'Mahoney314056294547248
44IRL157TenaciousAnthony O'NeillEoghan O'NeillDavid Dwyer523847473846268
45IRL159ZuTim PearsonConor GrimleyMatt Minch, Choryna Kiely385416613961269
46HKG46DavinloongPhyllis ChangLars Gelbjerg‑HansenSelin Dicker,Charles Street465217544061270
47IRL197HY BrasilPeter O'ReillyFrancis RhatiganEddie Tingle505145533736272
48GER1018JoyJakob BergbauerAndreas MoserAndreas Hollwich534753385527273
49NED393CobwebRichard BlickmanDaan DjixhoornNick Spaans20504448.55061273.5
50IRL161Sir Ossis of the RiverDenis BerginCon MurphyPaul Burke324949515440275
51IRL145JeeTim CroninCaroline MatthewsHarry Lewis615826583638277
52GBR764NaiadMike HaylesMonique HaylesNicholas Hayles584248394941277
53GBR690Blue MovieDavid AtkinsonJohn OuthwaiteSteve Watson555355504629288
54GBR633Fei‑Lin's FlirtationRon JamesJulia WalshNigel Young575637416137289
55GBR590MystereJames PetersDave CummingsRob Riddell436129554361292
56HKG50PhyloongLowell ChangSimon PickeringNick Burns563957594145297
57GBR777SeabirdOwen PayJon MortimerSteven Richardson514359435161308
58IRL163ValkyriePaddy BishopMike WalshCormac O'Carroll54614148.56148313.5
59AUS206The Old BaileySarah RossDave RossInsinger Mickiel485558565661334
60IRL40LeprechaunDan O'ConnorPaul MoriartyBruce Noble, Norman McDonald615760576161357

Corinthians - Overall Results:

Series PlaceSail NoBoatHelmCrewCrew 2Crew 3R1R2R3R4R5R6Pts
1IRL211Little FellaCameron GoodSimon FurneyHenry Kingston 14728123
2FRA396LegendRemy ArnaudHerald ArnaudPascal Civel 72961833
3GBR720AimeeGraham BaileyJulia BaileyDylan PotterWill Heritage971118339
4IRL210DivaJames MatthewsRick JohnsonRob Johnson 6831051042
5DEN266My WayFrank BergKonrad FlorianJens Maklund 5311522753
6GER1121CarorooReemt ReemtsmaPetra ReemtsmaLorenz Jensen 3113742755
7SWE345MingJacob WallenbergHenrik BaltscheffskyStellan Gross 2061646658
8IRL188Grey HarePhilip BendonJames BendonBen Fusco 12144223762
9GBR766Quicksilver VRobert CampbellJustin WaplesRene Nel 1813899562
10IRL214KinSimon BrienJack BrienMark Brien 81823221164
11GBR774TiggerThomas OlrogThomas WiltonNicola Wilton 165101571366
12IRL198Dublin BayGary TreacyPaul MaguireDon O'Dowd 219211116271
13IRL195D‑CisionPhilip PerkinsRichard KidneyDeclan Hayes 149208111577
14GER1110StreumerNorbert OhstStefan AbleMark‑Raimondo Bayer 15121212101677
15GBR742FlotationRichard DaviesClive HurnMike Donald 1311141627485
16FIN88Step By StepEeva SaukkonenCatja Everhall‑BlomOuti Kivimaki 10102217151286
17IRL157TenaciousAnthony O'NeillEoghan O'NeillDavid Dwyer 221518181217102
18IRL159ZuTim PearsonConor GrimleyMatt MinchChoryna Kiely11235271327106
19GBR764NaiadMike HaylesMonique HaylesNicholas Hayles 251619131914106
20NED393CobwebRichard BlickmanDaan DjixhoornNick Spaans 4201719.52027107.5
21HKG46DavinloongPhyllis ChangLars Gelbjerg‑HansenSelin Dicker,Charles Street 17216231427108
22GBR690Blue MovieDavid AtkinsonJohn OuthwaiteSteve Watson 24222321179116
23GBR777SeabirdOwen PayJon MortimerSteven Richardson 211725142127125
24IRL163ValkyriePaddy BishopMike WalshCormac O'Carroll 23271519.52718129.5
25AUS206The Old BaileySarah RossDave RossInsinger Mickiel 192424242327141
26IRL40LeprechaunDan O'ConnorPaul MoriartyBruce NobleNorman McDonald272526252727157

The event website is www.dragongoldcup2012.com but note that the 2013 Dragon Gold Cup will be held in Douarnenez, Brittany, France from 16-24 August and further information about this event is available from www.intdragon.org

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