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Danish Dragon Crew Lead at Euro Event, Cascais Portugal

10th April 2013
Danish Dragon Crew Lead at Euro Event, Cascais Portugal

#dragon – Denmark's Jorgen Schonherr/Jan Eli Gravad/Peter Blakskaer, "African Queen" is the first leader of the Cascais Dragon BMW European Championship 2013, which started yesterday in the Bay of Cascais. 62 Dragons from 16 countries were at the start for the first race but no Irish Dragon is competing.

It was a fantastic debut day with wind blowing from Wes at 9 knots.

The first and only race of the day was about two hours long and a tremendous battle for victory. Danes Jens Christensen/Kim Andersen/Anders Bagger, "Out of Bounce" and Britons Gavia Wilkinson-Cox/Mark Hart/Philip Catmur, "Jerboa" were at the front.

However, in the end, the victory was to the "African Queen", of Danes Jorgen Schonherr/Jan Eli Gravad/Peter Blakskaer. The British Gavia Wilkinson-Cox was second and Jens Christensen, third. "Seven Seas Too", Diogo Barros/Jorge Lima/Rúbrio Basílio, was the best Portuguese, finishing in an excellent 7th position.

The event has the high patronage of the Câmara Municipal de Cascais and BMW. Clube Naval de Cascais and the International Dragon Association are the organising authorities.

Cascais BMW Dragon European Championship 2013
Top Ten after one race
1º African Queen - Jorgen Schonherr - Dinamarca
2º Jerboa - Gavia Wilkinson-Cox – Grã-Bretanha
3º Out of Bounce - Jens Christensen - Dinamarca
4º Bunker Boys - Yevgen Braslavets - Ucrânia
5º Sophie III - Hugo Stenbeck - Suíça
6º Right Now - Alar Volmer - Estónia
7º Seven Seas Two - Diogo Barros - Portugal
8º Bunker Queen - Markus Wieser - Ucrânia
9º Hanni - Ferenk Kis-Szolgyemi - Hungria
10º Sui Generis - Ulli Libor – Alemanha

Overall after one race here

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