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Dragon world crown for Beadsworth
12:09pm Tuesday 1st October 2013 in Sportsview
ANDY Beadsworth added another world title to his CV when he was part of Klaus Diederichs crew which won the overall title at the Gazprom International Dragon World Championship in Weymouth.
In a gripping final race of the series Diederichs’ - crewed by British Olympian and Etchells World Champion Beadsworth and North Sails' Jamie Lea - was just two points behind Andrey Kirilyuk, a three time Russian Olympian.
To win Diederichs had to get two boats between Kirilyuk or sail him down below 18th place Beadsworth, originally from Clows Top, said: "We picked him (Kirilyuk) up with about seven minutes to go to the start just to see what would happen, see if we could rattle his cage. Nothing too serious or aggressive.
“He just parked up and we sat there on port with us behind him at a stand still and then we decided to get to the right of him and he didn't do anything so we sat there with our sails flapping.
“Then there was 30 seconds to go and we're behind the fleet with our sails flapping. So we started to sheet in and go and he sheeted in and went and we started on port behind the fleet. We must have been maybe two or three lengths behind on port tack thinking that the job was pretty much done by then. Then he tacked off after the start and we tacked off on his hip and thought - wow, were in about fifth here - which was a bit of a surprise."
After much ‘toing and froing’ on the 2.2-mile course they eventually finished ninth followed by Mark Wade and Julia Bailey, Kirilyuk, Valeriy Ushkov and Markus Wieser and after orgianally thinking they had been pipped realsied they had claimed the Royal Hellenic Trophy by a single point.
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