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2019 Yanmar Dragon Gold Cup in Medemblik - Overall

by Fiona Brown 15 Jun 00:12 BST 8-14 June 2019

The final day of the Yanmar Dragon Gold Cup 2019 in Medemblik was a frustrating one as the wind refused to stabilise sufficiently to complete a race. From 11.00 to 14.30 the Committee made repeated attempts to get a race under way, but despite there being wind in the race area it simply wouldn't stop shifting and ultimately no race was possible.

Pedro Andrade, Star class veteran Christian Giannini and Joao Vidinha sailing for Portugal were therefore confirmed as worthy and very popular Yanmar Dragon Gold Cup 2019 Champions. They'd had battled several major gear failures during the week, including a broken gooseneck, ripped spinnaker, failed bilge pumps and a broken runner, but in spite of that, they not only won the regatta, but won it by a convincing ten points.

Andrade, who has made the Gold Cup podium twice before but never won it, was keen to pay tribute to his rivals. "They sailed really well and it was hard to stay ahead of them sometimes. Peter Gilmour had one bad race, otherwise he would have been really close to us. And Pieter Heerema was always looking smart somewhere on the race course, but fortunately it went our way, but still a great job by those two teams." In his acceptance speech he also paid tribute to his crew and to the organisers and sponsors who did such a superb job of running the regatta.

Second place overall went to Vendee Globe veteran Pieter Heerema,of The Netherlands, who was sailing with 2005 49er World Champion George Leonchuck and Lars Hendricksen, who has won the Gold Cup twice as a helm and is also a double Dragon European Champion. Heerema has made the Gold Cup podium three times before, including last year with the same crew, and was surely hoping that it was his turn to be the bride and not the bridesmaid, but it was not to be.

The final overall podium place was claimed by America's Cup and World Match Racing legend Peter Gilmour, his son Sam, also a top International Match Racer and Yasuhiro Yaji, who was part of Peter's Japanese America's Cup team. Had it not been for a disastrous third race the result might have been different, but the no discard rule is one of the things that makes the Dragon Gold Cup such a very special and challenging trophy to win and it put paid to Peter's hopes.

Double Olympic Gold Medallist and Dragon sailing legend Poul Richard Hoj-Jensen, who the Dragon fleet call simply The Man in recognition of his immense contribution to the class, took victory in the Corinthian Division, or has he calls it the "weekend sailors' class". Crewed by old friends Hamish McKay and Chris Brittain, 75 years young Poul may now class himself as a weekender, but he has won the Gold Cup an incredible five times and remains a fearsome competitor, also finishing ninth in the overall competition this week. After sailing he paid tribute to the quality of the event organisation. "They could not have got it much better, we had light wind, we had good strong wind, and they have organised it very very well."

Second place in the Corinthian Division went to Sweden's Martin Pålsson, Peter Lindh and Thomas Wallenfeldt, while local hero Jan Bakker, who sailed his first Gold Cup in 1963 and raced this week with his sons Dominic and Oliver, took the third step on the Corinthian Podium.

The Nations Cup Trophy, for the three boat national teams competition, was won by the British Team of Grant Gordon, Poul Richard Hoj-Jensen and Gavia Wilkinson-Cox with 214 points. In second were the Russian Team of Dmitry Samokhin, Anatoly Loginov and Igor Goikhberg with 220 points, while third was the Danish Team of Frank Berg, Jens Christensen and Jørgen Schönherr.

Dutchman John den Engelsman took home the Silver Cup Trophy which is awarded to the winner of the Silver Fleet or the boat that finishes at the mid point in the ranking if the regatta is sailed as one fleet. John is a huge character in the Dutch fleet and his win was very well received.

At the prize-giving there were special thanks for event sponsor Yanmar for their most gracious and generous hospitality and their very direct and personal support of the event. Tribute was also paid to the incredible volunteers of the Royal Netherlands and Royal Hollandia Yacht Clubs and the Dutch Dragon Association. The warm welcome, the wonderful sense of camaraderie, the fantastic parties, the incredible job they did of running racing in what were without doubt exceptionally difficult conditions, and the seamless shoreside logistics were quite simply exemplary.

The 2020 edition of the Dragon Gold Cup will be held in Kinsale, Ireland from 5 to 11 September 2020. This always popular Dragon sailing venue combines a wonderful shoreside ambiance with superb racing on the spectacular Bay of Kinsale and great Irish craic, so another great turnout is expected. Further information about the event is available from www.dragongoldcup2020.com

Later this year, the International Dragon celebrate its 90th birthday and the class will be celebrating in style with a very special Gala Regatta to be held in Sanremo, Italy from 5 to 11 October 2019. The event will bring together Dragons, Dragon sailors and friends of the class from around the globe and across the generations to celebrate this milestone in the class's history. Already 130 entries from 25 nations and four continents have confirmed their participation. Further information about the 90th Anniversary Regatta can be found at www.dragon90.com

Yanmar Dragon Gold Cup 2019 Overall Results: (top ten)

1. Pedro Andrade, Christian Giannini, Joao Vidinha, POR84 - 4, 5, 2, 9, 4 = 24
2. Pieter Heerema, George Leonchuk, Lars Hendriksen, NED412 - 3, 1, 15, 5, 10 = 34
3. Peter Gilmour, Sam Gilmour, Yasuhiro Yaji, JAP56 - 2, 2, 28, 2, 5 = 39
4. Anatoly Loginov, Alexander Shalagin, Vadim Statsenko, RUS27 - 8, 4, 11, 4, 13 = 40
5. Grant Gordon, Alex Warren, James Williamson, Ruairidh Scott, GBR820 - 5, 12, 10, 14, 1 = 42
6. Dmitry Samokhin, Aleksey Buhyev, Andrey Kirilyuk, RUS76 - 1, 7, 5, 11, 19 = 43
7. Gery Trentesaux, Eric Brezellec, Jean Queveua, Sofian Bouvet, FRA428 - 6, 22, 19, 3, 3 = 53
8. Evgenii Braslavets, Sergey Pugachev, Sergey Timokhov, ITA77 - 17, 31, 4, 1, 2 = 55
9. Poul Richard Hoj-Jensen,Chris Brittain, Hamish McKay, GBR822 - 13, 3, 7, 17, 15 = 55
10. Stephan Link, Franz Butzmann, Michael Lipp, GER1162 - 12, 14, 1, 32, 7 = 66

Full results here.

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