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Chimaera get 2nd overall in Dragon Edinburgh Cup 2009

14th July 2009

The finish of the Dragon Edinburgh Cup, sponsored by Aberdeen Asset Management, could not have been more gripping as a first mark pile-up in today's final race threw the fleet and the results into disaray. Ultimately it was Bill Hardesty from Chicago, sailing GBR723 Gorgeous Worgeous with owner Quentin Strauss from London and Nigel Young of North Sails Ireland, who claimed the historic Edinburgh Cup trophy. Ireland's Andrew Craig, sailing IRL192 Chimaera with Brian Matthews and Pedro Andrade, finished second overall and Gavia Wilkinson-Cox of Cowes, sailing GBR716 Jerboa with Mark Hart and Mark Daly, took the third podium spot.

Going into the final race Craig led the regatta on 12 points with Hardesty two points behind. Rob Campbell, sailing GBR743 Quicksilver IV with John Torrance and Matt Walker, was third overall on 18 points, and Wilkinson-Cox was just one point behind him in fourth. With 12-15 knots from the south-south-west, rain, very low visibility and strong winds forecast for later in the day PRO Jonathan Money wisely opted to hold the final race in the relative shelter of Carrick Roads with the start line set off St Just Creek and the windward mark under Pendennis Castle.

This year, for the first time, the Edinburgh Cup has featured a Corinthian Division for all amateur crews that hold ISAF Sailor Classification 1. International Dragon Association (IDA) Chairman Rob Campbell, sailing Quicksilver IV with John Torrance and Matt Walker, who finished fourth overall, was the delighted winner of the new Corinthian Trophy. Second Corinthian place went to Mark and Mandy Wade in GBR722 Avalanche, crewed by Duncan Grindley with the all family team of Clive, Graeme and Rory Page, sailing GBR740 Pageboy X, in fourth.

Special thanks must go to the Royal Cornwall Yacht Club, PRO Jonathan Money and his team and especially to event and Dragon Class sponsor Aberdeen Asset Management and supporting sponsor Petticrows Ltd, without whose hard work, skill and most generous contributions this event would not have been possible.

The 2010 Dragon Edinburgh Cup will be held in Cowes and further details of this event will be published on www.britishdragons.org <http://www.britishdragons.org>  shortly.

Results1 Gorgeous Worgeous, Bill Hardesy, GBR, 15 points, 2 Chimaera, Andrew Craig, IRL, 21, 3 Jerboa, Gavia Wilkinson-Cox, GBR, 24, 4 Quicksilver IV, Rob Campbell, GBR, 31, 5 Rumours, Len Jones, GBR, 32, 6 Biff, Tim Tavinor, GBR, 34, 7 Cool Runnings, Thorkild Junker, GBR, 39, 8 Aimee, Julia Bailey, GBR, 44, 9 Clairvoyant, Edward Sawyer, USA, 49, 10 Avalanche, Mark Wade, GBR, 49

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