It must have been a nerve breaking last day for Pieter Heerema and his team on the final day of the 2018 Dragon Gold Cup off Helsinki.
On day 4 NED 412 was standing no. 1 overall with 14 point after 3 races, followed by DEN 411 ( Jørgen Schönherr) with 18 point. When you are in the ‘groove’ you want to go on. Unfortunately, day 5 was cancelled due to lack of wind. So the final race day with two races to complete was going to be the day of truth.
Stavros reported the progress of the races ‘life’ via facebook. They were monitiored by Jessica on board De Oranje, in between the races of the classic Dragons at the Wolfgangsee.
Andy Beadsworth sailed a magnificant final day with two ones, consolidating the 3rd overall position. DEN 411 scored a 6 and a 5, while NED 412 must have faced some areas with funny winds, scoring an 11 and 7.
DEN 411 won the Goldcup 2018. NED 412 second overall and Andy Beadsworth in TUR 1212 became 3rd.
Let’s applaude for Pieter and his team for this result in a very competative and strong top ten of the world best Dragon sailors.
Team NED 390 sailed a steady Gold Cup event around the middle of the fleet of 59 boats. During one race they were the best Corinthian, winning a bottle of Champagne. And 5th Corinthian of 22.
NED 390 racing in the wake of NED 412
But the best was that Team Ruigewaard finished 30 overall, which gave then the lucky shot of winning the Silver Cup which was sponsored in 2014 by our Dragon friend Jacob Roosjen.
Well done Klaas, Olivier and Erik !
NED 411 with Charlotte and Juliette ten Wolde was strong as ever, sailing in the top 20 and scoring a final 19th place. We look forward to see this strong team sailing (with Pedro Andrade) during the Dutch Open in September.
The (new) team NED 22 finished 56 th overall. They certainly will have enjoyed this event as much as all members of the international Dragon family. Because that is the spirit of the Dragon Gold Cup.:
’Competitive sailing in a friendly atmosphere with as many Dragon sailors from all Dragon nations’