The Prince Henrik Silver Trophy 2014 has found its winner! Finally, the Danish Team from KDY succeeded in winning the Silver Trophy from the Royal Yacht Squadron who has been stealing the Danish thunder for the past three years. Today the Danish Dragons came clean and won 3 – 0 on home ground in a fierce race where they proved superior in both team work and strategy.
Apart from a slight delay, the teams from Hong Kong and France ventured out on the Bay of Aarhus around 10.30 am to battle for bronze in a best out three match race. The French team, Le Cercle de la Voile d’Arcachon, took the lead in the first match, and after a postponement due to change of one of the boats, the race for third place continued.
Meanwhile on land the Danish and English team prepared for the final match. The Danish Crown Prince, who participated in today’s final race with his team mates Anders Myralf og Jesper Riise, arrived just before start and took off with the rest of the Danish team.
Back on the water, France and Hong Kong had picked up the race. After a first match where France came out on top, the French team needed only one more victory to take third place, and though the Dragons from Hong Kong fought bravely, they could not prevent France from taking the final and decisive point and thus France took third place.
A Gold Final for a Silver Trophy
The tension on water did not vanish with the two finalist teams on the water – on the contrary. From the very onset of the first match both teams displayed strength and spectacular team race clearly indicating the significance of the race.
The fierce battle between the rivaling Dragon sailors from KDY and RYS not only kept the judges to their toes, but also added to the level of entertainment for the spectators following the race on shore as on land.
Nonetheless, the Crown Prince and the rest of the Danish team were superior in the first two matches and thus, after only 1 1/2 hour, the Danish Dragon sailors had created the scenario they had been dreaming about for three years; settling the score against their arch-enemies from RYS by winning the third match.
Whereas the first two races had an outright winner, the third race, however, turned out to be somewhat nervewrecking for the Danish sailors and the spectators. Due to occasional squalls and offshore winds the close race between the two teams from KDY and RYS the judges had trouble identifying the ranking of the boats.
In the end, Denmark took third match as well, which left out the necessity for a fourth and fifth match as the Danish Team had won the majority of five matches already.
Cheers and exultation from the Danish Team on the waters of Marselisborg sealed this years’ Prince Henrik Silver Trophy. Finally, the Danish Dragons from KDY succeeded in beating the powerful English Dragons, and whether the victory was won to honour His Royal Heighness Prince Henrik on the occasion of his 80th birthday or mere thirst for victory, the Danish Dragons delivered the perfect ending to a spectacular edition of the Prince Henrik Silver Trophy.
See the final results of this years’ Prince Henrik Silver Trophy here.