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Denmark’s Sailing Prince Beats Crown Prince

It was perhaps the perfect piece of royal diplomacy on the water. Crown Prince Frederik of the Denmark crossed the finish line first but came second to Denmark’s new sailing prince – Nicolai Sehested - in their exhibition match race in Middelfart, Denmark on Thursday morning. Sehested too found the perfect way to navigate the rule: ‘Don’t beat the boss at golf.”

The Crown Prince was skippering his four-man crew of Denmark’s Olympic legends; Jesper Bank (Olympic gold medallist, in soling in Barcelona 1992 and in Sydney 2000), Thomas Jacobsen (Olympic gold in soling in 2000), Henrik Blakskjær (Olympic gold medal in the soling in 2000) and Peter Lang (Olympic bronze medal in London in 2012). 

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VIDEO: The first day of the Nations Cup Grand Final tested all 17 crews

Day one of the World Cup of Match Racing got underway in Denmark with the home crews making their mark. The first day of the Nations Cup Grand Final tested all 17 crews in difficult conditions and it proved a perfect chance for the fans to experience the gladitorial nature of match racing. By the end of the day Sweden's men were the only ones who could match Denmark's Nicolai Sehested and Lotte Meldgaard with an unbeaten record.

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Brazil and Japan spring Nations Cup Middelfart Surprise

A dramatic first day of the ISAF Nations Cup in Middelfart, Denmark, saw the pre-event pundits eating their words as Brazil’s Henrique Haddad and Japan’s Wataru Sakamoto emerged at the top of Group B of the Open competition with four wins out of five each. The two-much fancied Australian teams were left in their wake, finishing with three wins each. See all the results here.

Japan had a perfect record of four wins from four matches going into the last race against Brazil, but Sakamoto made a mistake in the pre-start, was penalised and was not able to make it up. It was a great comeback by Brazil after they had been disqualified after receiving two penalties and not executing the penalty turn in their first match against Australia’s David Gilmour.

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