Russia leads Cascais Dragon Gold Cup

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Russia's Artiom Kuznetsov/Vladimir Silkin/Georgy Shaiduko are Cascais Dragon Gold Cup leaders after race 1.

In an eight knot west breeze, the Russians were stronger than Denmark's Jorgen Schonerr/Jan Eli Gravard/Christian Videbaek and Edward Sawyer/Martin Payne/William Willet, from USA.

Until next Friday, the lovely setting of Cascais, has the Cascais Dragon Gold Cup.

The 74 Dragon fleet started today a tough battle for title. After a general recall, the fleet started a very tactical 12 mile windward-leeward race.

Germany's Thomas Muller lead the fleet until the end, but was disqualified (BFD). Artiom Kuznetsov, one of the 17 Russian crews present at Cascais, crossed the line second but were crowned winners, showing the Dragon Russian power. Denmark's Jorgen Schonerr was second and he's a real candidate to the title, after being also second at Chrysler Challenger 2008, the Pre-Event test.

Three Portuguese crews close the 'top 10'; Jos? Matoso/Charles Nankin/Afonso Marques are 8th, M?rio Quina/ Fernando Passeiro/Eric Van Dame (9th) and Manuel Champalimaud/Mark Hart/Ed Streeter (10th).

Tomorrow the fleet will have 2 races, starting at 12:00h.

Cascais Dragon Gold Cup is part of Cascais Vela 2008 project and with the participation of 74 boats, representing 16 countries, is considered as the most important and prestigious regatta of the International Dragon Class, which returns to Cascais 10 years after it was held here in 1998.

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