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Dragon Europeans - First race completed

After one race of the Dragon European Championship on Lake Thun, Switzerland, Pedro Andrade (GER 1177) leads.

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Racing finally took place on Wednesday after light winds and an upcoming thunderstorm front did not allow racing on day 1.

Pedro Andrade nailed the opening race of the 2017 European Championship with his crew of Charles Nankin and Bernardo Torres Pego, who joined the Pow Wow team after owner Michael Zankel had to withdraw.

Starting near to the committee boat, Andrade soon tacked onto port and went all the way to the right hand side of the Lake.

Meanwhile, many of the 63 boat fleet elected to start further down the line as there was a port end bias.

However, it was the right side that paid catching many top sailors out, including several locals who also thought the left side would be favourable.

In second overall is Markus Brennecke (GER 1170) with third Igor Goikhberg (RUS 98).

Best placed British entry is Ron James (GBR 633) in 12th place, Gavia Wilkinson-Cox (GBR 761) is 20th.

Three races are scheduled for Thursday.

Dragon - European Championship - Provisional (63 entries)

1st GER 1177 Pedro Andrade (Michael Zankel)
2nd GER 1170 Markus Brennecke
3rd RUS 98 Igor Goikhberg
4th GER 1162 Link Stephan
5th RUS 27 Anatoly Loginov
6th RUS 34 Vasily Senatorov
7th GER 1194 Hans-Werner Zachariassen
8th SUI 320 Garlef Baum
9th UAE 9 Hentrik Witzman
10th RUS 76 Dimitry Samokhim
11th RUS 6 Alexander Shmid
12th GBR 633 Ron James

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Gerald New - Sailweb
17 August 2017 4:21 GMT


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