Graham Bailey and Team Aimee Win Edinburgh Cup

The Dragon Edinburgh Cup 2017 sponsored by Oliver Morgan Architects and Stoneham Construction Ltd came to a stylish conclusion in Cowes with a thrilling deciding race and a truly spectacular prize giving dinner and closing ceremony.

IMG_8440Going into the day, four boats were in contention to claim the prestigious Edinburgh Cup, which was first raced for off Cowes from the Island Sailing Club sixty-nine years ago. This year 38 teams from six nations challenged for the right to engrave their names onto the trophy and with a single race to go Graham Bailey sailing GBR782 Aimee with Julia Bailey, Will Heritage and Will Bedford, Poul Richard Hoj-Jensen sailing GBR813 Danish Blue with Hamish McKay and Paul Blowers, Andy Beadsworth sailing TUR1212 Provezza Dragon with Simon Fry and Ali Tezdiker, and Martin Payne sailing GBR585 Full Speed with Chris Britten and Gillian Hamilton were separated by only four points and all able to win.

IMG_8037Yet again the wind was incredibly shifty and ranging anywhere between 6 and 16 knots. The tide was taking the teams across the line and it took three attempts to get them underway. Payne fell foul of the black flag on the second attempted start and his chances of victory were over. When they finally got away at the third attempt Bailey opted for the Committee Boat end and Beadsworth and Hoj-Jensen were together at the pin. Initially Beadworth and Hoj-Jensen looked good but a massive right hander turned the tables and those on the right ended up having to reach in. Bailey rounded in fifth with Beadsworth and Hoj-Jensen safely behind them. While Eric Williams sailing GBR682 with Katie Cole and Rory Paton led the fleet, the second beat threw up another big shift and by the second weather mark Beadsworth had overtaken Bailey and the two rounded almost overlapped, while Hoj-Jensen had dropped down the fleet.

IMG_8343To win Beadsworth now needed to get three boats between himself and Bailey. Beadsworth tried every trick in the book but Bailey is not renowned as one of the calmest men in yachting for nothing, he kept his head and simply never gave Beadsworth the chance to get away. On the line Williams took the race by a comfortable margin with the family team of Jono, David and Lynette Brown and Frances Wood sailing GBR770 Storm second and Tom Vernon, Oliver Spensley-Corfield and Adam Bowers in GBR810 Badger third. Beadsworth followed them in for fourth with Ireland’s Martin Byrne in IRL216 Jaguar with Conor Byrne and Pedro Andrade fifth and Bailey sixth and secure as Edinburgh Cup Champion. Hoj-Jensen had his worst race of the series and finished sixteenth.

IMG_8289To close the regatta, the crews and their guests gathered at the Royal Corinthian Yacht Club for a black tie prize giving dinner and dance. In welcoming everyone to the event’s finale, Regatta Chairman Gavia Wilkinson-Cox paid tribute to the sponsors and all the many volunteers who had helped make the regatta possible. She particularly praised the terrific work of the Race Committee led by Gill Smith who provided excellent races despite the exceptionally challenging conditions and she paid tribute to the wonderful Dragon Class and its incredible diversity saying, “We have newcomers – boat owners and crews (certainly for one, racing for the first time and only saw a Dragon for the first time last week!), women crews, women helms, teams of 3 crews, 4 crews, family crews, teenagers, disabled sailors,
Past, Present and future winners, international and national, Corinthian and Professional sailors. This is a reflection of the incredible diversity of the International Dragon Class. The age of this hugely competitive fleet (the boats!) spans 60 years! From Josephine of 1957 to the newest Provezza, launched this year! Both boats sail for Turkey, so at each end of the Fleet age group – does this make it Turkey Sandwich?! Or perhaps more ‘Turkish Delight’?!”

Following a sumptuous meal, the prizes were presented, with Graham and Julia Bailey and their teenage crew of Will Heritage and Will Bedford being awarded both the Edinburgh Cup and the Corinthian Trophy for all amateur crew to rousing cheers. Andy Beadsworth, Simon Fry and Ali Tezdiker were second in the overall competition while Tom Vernon’s third place in the final race had brought he, Oliver Spensley-Corfield and Adam Bowers up the rankings to fill the final step of the podium. In the Corinthian Division second place went to Jono, David and Lynette Brown and Frances Wood, while in third were Simon and James Barter and Donald Wilks.

fullsizeoutput_1930With the prizes presented The Reverend Ian Bloomfield was called upon to give the final blessing and close the Edinburgh Cup 2017. Having offered up a most humourous prayer the “reverend” suddenly burst into song and was soon joined by one of the “waiting staff” and one of the “guests” in a surprise programme of popular opera including Nessun Dorma and Rule Brittania, which had the entire audience on their feet, singing along and waiving their napkins in the air. A truly fitting end to a marvelous regatta.

In 2018 the Dragon Edinburgh Cup will be held in Torquay from 30 June to 7 July.

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Calling all Corinthian’s….

clubThe Royal North Sea Yacht Club will host the 4th Corinthian Cup July 29th-Aug 2nd.

Entries are now coming in for the 4th IDA “Corinthian Cup” to be hosted next weekend by the R.N.S.Y.C. in Ostend, Belgium…

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Racing will take place over three days, starting from Sat 29th August under the guidance of Principle Race Officer Dirk Sledsens, who is vastly experienced in organising superb Dragon Racing at this great location.

corinthian2Will the Belgium “Ballerinas” take the Corinthian Title in 2017 ?  🙂

So lets try to get a good turn-out and support the hard work that goes into running such an event..  Organiser’s Anne Vanneste & Alex Helsen are hoping that their neighbouring Dutch Fleet will take the opportunity to send many teams to join in the fun and competitive racing…

corinthian---A great “Social” programme is waiting at the Royal North Sea Yacht Club…

With teams already committed from Germany and the UK this should prove to be a very competitive and social fleet…  So don’t delay, take this opportunity to sail against Corinthian “Only” Sailors with no Coach Boats 🙂

Higher, Faster, Longer…..     Stavros.

 

 

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Snakes and Ladders on Day Three of the Dragon Edinburgh Cup 2017 in Cowes

img_7912The penultimate day of the Dragon Edinburgh Cup 2017 sponsored by Oliver Morgan Architects and Stoneham Construction Ltd in Cowes, produced one truly extraordinary race which shook the leader board up and leaves four boats in close contention going into the final race.

As they set off for the race area, the competitors found that the forecast north-westerly was instead an extremely shifty south-easterly of around 10-12 knots. Even seasoned locals famed for their ability to read the Solent’s vagaries with ease have found themselves struggling to make sense of the apparently random shifts this week and today was no different. Recently crowned Dragon World Champion and Solent local Andy Beadsworth summed the situation up with a wry smile saying, “It’s a little bit harder to win here that it was [at the Worlds] in Cascais! It’s home waters and I thought I knew what was going on in the Solent, so I thought I knew how to go the right way, but we’re getting it wrong with monotonous regularity.”

Beadsworth, sailing TUR1212 Provezza Dragon with Simon Fry and Ali Tezdiker, had had a disastrous race four and went into the day in fourth place on 31 points. Ahead of him were Igor Goikhberg in RUS98 Murka with Dmitry Berezkin and Roman Sadchikov in third on 26 points, Poul Richard Hoj-Jenson in GBR813 Danish Blue with Paul Blowers and Hamish McKay on 21 points and Martin Payne in GBR585 Full Speed with Gillian Hamilton and Chris Britten leading on 16 points.

With seconds to go, Beadsworth shot clear of the pack, which was holding back for fear of being pushed over the line by the tide, midline and was able to tack onto port and port tack most of the right side of the fleet. It was almost impossible to keep up with who was leading, as the big shifts pushed boats down snakes and up ladders constantly. At one point Payne looked good on the left, but he ended up virtually last around the weather mark. Meanwhile, Martin Byrne and his team of Pedro Andrade and Conor Byrne in IRL216 Jaguar had done the best job of picking their way through the minefield to lead Graham Bailey, sailing GBR782 Aimee with Julia Bailey, Will Heritage and Will Bedford, off down the first run, with Goikhberg a very close third. Beadsworth and Hoj-Jensen both rounded just inside the top ten.

From here on in Byrne kept clear air and extended his lead, but Bailey had his work cut out to keep the pack at bay as Beadsworth and Hoj-Jensen dug deep to fight their way to the front. As the boats closed the line at the end of the third and final beat, Byrne took a comfortable victory from Bailey with Tom Vernon in GBR810 Badger crewed by Oliver Spensley-Corfield and Adam Bowers third. Beadsworth had made his way up to fourth, Dmitry Bondarenko in Hauschreckeand with Vadim Statsenko and Alexander Shalagin was fifth, Hoj-Jensen sixth and Goikhberg seventh, but Payne unable to do better than 20th, which he immediately discarded.

So the showdown in tomorrow’s remaining race is going to be a humdinger. Bailey tops the leader board with 12 points, Hoj-Jensen is on 14, Beadsworth 15 and Payne 16. The forecast for that final race is 12 gusting 20 knots from the north-west, but we’re beginning to learn that what is forecast and what we get are not necessarily related this week so stand by and watch this space.

After sailing the crews once again repaired to the Island Sailing Club’s terrace where the daily prize giving included the presentation of the Crews Race Trophy, which went to Nigel Cole sailing Avalanche, and the Youngest Sailor Trophy which went to Will Heritage of Aimee. The prize giving was followed by the final special raffle draw of the event. Over £30,000 of prizes have been given away in the draw, for which all boats are eligible, and the top prize of a Petticrows Dragon radio model yacht was drawn tonight. One of the rules of the draw is that if the winning person is not present to collect their prize then they miss their turn and another ticket is drawn. Tim Tavinor of Petticrows assisted Regatta Chairman Gavia Wilkinson-Cox by drawing the winning ticket, but the name read out elicited no response and so Tim went in for a second ticket. As he read out the name Furious a huge cheer went up and owner Owen Pay was for once completely lost for words and clearly absolutely delighted with his new toy.

Tomorrow’s final race is programmed to get underway at 11.00 and the regatta will conclude with the Edinburgh Cup 2017 Prize Giving Dinner Dance at the Royal Corinthian Yacht Club.

Members of the press wishing to receive further information or attend the regatta should contact BDA Press Officer Fiona Brown on fiona.brown@fionabrown.com or +44 (0)7711 718470.

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Tricky Conditions and Mix Fortunes on Day Two of the Dragon Edinburgh Cup 2017 in Cowes

fullsizeoutput_175bWhat a difference a day makes! After the opening day’s torrential rain and strong winds, day two of the Dragon Edinburgh Cup 2017, sponsored by Oliver Morgan Architects and Stoneham Construction Ltd and hosted by the Island Sailing Club, Cowes, produced light airs, brightening skies and a complete reversal of fortune for a number of the competitors.

By the time Race Officer Gill Smith had the fleet under starters order for the third race of the series, the wind was predominantly circa 10 knots but with gusts up to around 17, lulls down to 6 and big shifts around a mean of nor-nor-east. The wind continued to fluctuate throughout the day and there was the added bonus of an exceptionally big spring tide turning between races, so the committee did particularly well to achieve two excellent courses.

Dmitry Bondarenko’s regatta had got off to a lousy start when he hit is head so badly on the boom that he had to withdraw from both of yesterday’s races and return ashore for treatment. With a neat line of stitches in his forehead and a smart new Slam crash helmet, Dmitry and his crew of Vadim Statsenko and Alexander Shalagin, perhaps better known as the European World Championship winning crew of Anatoly Loginov, sailing GBR422 Hauschrecke, proved that you don’t need local knowledge to sail well in the Solent by winning both races. Sadly, their double DNS from day one means that they only make 20th in the overall standings.

Going into the day Andy Beadsworth, Poul Richard Hoj-Jensen and Martin Payne were in a three way tie for the lead on six points apiece. All three are world class sailors, but on paper Beadsworth, as recently crowned Dragon World Champion, should have had the upper hand. But even the best in the world can have an off day and that was certainly the case for Beadsworth today.

In race three, Solent racing legend Eric Williams, aboard GBR683 Ecstatic with Katie Cole and Rory Paton, led the fleet at the weather mark, with Bondarenko, Graham Bailey sailing GBR782 Aimee with Julia Bailey, Will Heritage and Will Bedford, and Igor Goikhberg sailing RUS98 Murka with Dmitry Berezkin and Roman Sadchikov, hard on his heels. This group fought it out for the remainder of the race with Bondarenko eventually gaining the upper hand from Bailey, Goikhberg and then Williams who all crossed the line within thirty seconds. Beadsworth, and his worlds winning crew of Simon Fry and Ali Tezdiker in TUR1212 Provezza Dragon, followed the leaders in on the front of edge the chasing pack for fifth.

As the boats hardened up to cross the start line for race four, Beadsworth looked terrific at the committee boat end, almost a boat length ahead of his nearest rival. Sadly, a big right-hander, which only seemed to affect the left side of the line in the closing minute of the sequence, meant that those who’d started at the pin made huge gains immediately and there was absolutely nothing those on the right could do about it.

Gaining most at the pin end was Gavia Wilkinson-Cox, sailing GBR761 Jerboa with Mark Hart and Andrew Nordon, closely followed by Rob Gray, Kay Tavinor and John Greenwood in GBR448 Tarka II and Williams. All three flipped rapidly onto port, crossed the fleet and rounded the weather mark first, second and third respectively. Behind them Beadsworth turned onto the first run around 12th and gybed off in an attempt to get back in the game. Sadly, that attempt did not work and by the leeward mark he was well down the fleet and struggling to gain any traction. Bondarenko won the race with Hoj-Jensen second, Wilkinson-Cox third, Martin Payne, sailing GBR585 Full Speed with Gillian Hamilton and Chris Britton, fourth and Jono Brown in GBR770 Storm crewed by David and Lynette Brown and Frances Wood fifth. Back down the pack Beadsworth was trying it all, but evrything just seemed to end in disaster and he finished the race in 20th place.

In the overall standings, the single discard will not come into play until after tomorrow’s fifth race has been completed. As a result, Payne now leads the fleet by five points from Hoj-Jensen with Goikhberg third and Beadsworth fifth. But Payne is realistic and knows that had the discard come into play today Hoj-Jensen would actually be leading the regatta with Beadworth second and himself third. Payne summed up the complexity of today’s sailing perfectly saying, “It’s like a chess game, you have to think three or four moves ahead, and even then it could still be wrong. It’s going to be a tough regatta.”

Mike Budd was runner up at the 2016 Edinburgh Cup and with his crew of Mark Greaves and Irish Olympian Mark Mansfield came into the regatta with high hopes. With four of the six scheduled races now complete he lies in a somewhat disappointing ninth place. Asked what he feels is different about this year’s event he commented, “We’re not doing as well as we’d hoped, to be honest, because the standard is so good. It’s a really hot fleet, we’re really enjoying the racing.”

Apres sail, the teams repaired to the Island Sailing Club terrace to enjoy the Edinburgh Cup Drink of the Day, a delicious Hendricks Gin & Fever Tree Tonic served with a slice of cucumber, and the company of good friends in the sunshine. Once again the daily prize giving was followed by a special draw with yet more happy Dragon sailors going home with fabulous goodies.

Tomorrow’s forecast is for a west-nor-westerly breeze that will clock round to the north-west during the morning at 14 gusting 22 knots. Championship race five is due to start at 11.00 and will be followed by the traditional Edinburgh Cup crews race. A total of six championship races are scheduled and the regatta continues until Friday 15 July.

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Three-way Tie on Opening Day of Dragon Edinburgh Cup 2017 in Cowes

IMG_7807The International Dragon fleet is famed for the exceptionally close nature of its racing, but even in the Dragons a three-way tie for the overall lead of a regatta is truly extraordinary. But that is exactly the situation the top three boats found themselves in after the opening day of the Dragon Edinburgh Cup 2017, sponsored by Oliver Morgan Architects and Stoneham Construction Ltd.

Following two wet and windy races in the Central Solent, reigning Dragon World Champions Andy Beadsworth, Simon Fry and Ali Tezdicker sailing TUR1212 Provezza Dragon, five time Edinburgh Cup Champion Poul Richard Hoj-Jensen sailing GBR813 Danish Blue with Hamish McKay and Paul Blowers, and Martin Payne sailing GBR585 Full Speed with Chris Britten and Gillian Hamilton, are all tied for the overall lead on six points.

IMG_7903Hosted by the Island Sailing Club, this 69th edition of the prestigious Edinburgh Cup has attracted 38 entries from Russia, Turkey, Switzerland, Germany, Ireland and across the UK, for four days of windward leeward competition. The opening day of racing brought grey skies, a brisk south westerly wind ranging from 12 to 25 knots and a lot of rain. But, whilst conditions might not have been pretty, the racing was absolutely outstanding.

Race one produced a tight four boat tussle between Danish Blue, Full Speed, Graham Bailey’s GBR782 Aimee, crewed by Julia Bailey, Will Heritage and Will Bedford, and Oliver Morgan’s GBR791 Christianna, crewed by Francesca Morgan and Jamie Lea. On the line the four boats were separated by just 30 seconds with Aimee first, Christianna second, Full Speed third and Danish Blue fourth. A minute behind the leaders and just in front of the pack came Provezza Dragon in fifth, who’d correctly gone right early on the first beat, but then found themselves caught in heavy traffic from another fleet, which cost them dearly.

IMG_7919After their problems in race one, the crew of Provezza Dragon dug deep for race two, sailing a perfect first beat to lead by a comfortable margin at the weather mark. With the advantage of clear air, they were able to extend their lead throughout the race, winning by two seconds shy of a minute. In second was Danish Blue with Full Speed third and Ireland’s Martyn Byrne sailing IRL216 Jaguar with son Conor and Pedro Andrade fourth.

In the overall standings the leading trio of Provezza Dragon, Danish Blue and Full Speed, who are all on six points, are followed by fourth place Aimee on eight points, Mike Budd sailing GBR793 Harry with Mark Mansfield and Mark Greaves is in fifth on fourteen points and Christianna sixth on 15 points.

IMG_7911Aimee also now leads the Corinthian competition for all amateur crews, with Owen Pay, Mark Daly and Jon Mortimer sailing GBR777 Furious third and Richard Leask, Willie Adams and Nevin Jaimeson, sailing GBR731 Kestra third.

Once back ashore and dried out, the competitors gathered for the daily prize giving, where not only did they were also invited to enjoy a relaxing head and back massage courtesy of Cowes based BeCalmed Wellbeing and Medi Spa. Caroline Hurley, owner of BeCalmed, present the daily prizes which included special gift baskets and bags from the company. Regatta Chairman Gavia Wilkinson-Cox then invited Race Officer Jill Smith to assist her with the daily draw into which all competitors are entered. Each evening three lucky winners receive one of more than £30,000 worth of prizes generously donated by local and marine companies. Later in the evening the visiting teams all attended “At Home” dinners hosted by members of the Cowes Dragon fleet.

IMG_7910The forecast for day two of the regatta promises to be much drier with lighter winds from the north.  Two further races are planned with the first start scheduled for 11.00.

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Perfect for Pedro in “Pow Wow”

  • FB_IMG_1499521170275Pedro Andrade, Thorsten Imbeck & Charles Nankin win in Kuhlungsborn.

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No Wind in Kuhlungsborn..

received_1571113462928577All racing cancelled for a second day in Kuhlungsborn…

Unfortunately for the last 2 days the high pressure laying over the Baltic Sea has produced very little wind…

So the 26 teams who made the effort to travel up to Kuhlungsborn have been waiting patiently ashore…

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There has been something to raise spirits 🙂

However, there is an excellent forecast for tomorrow. The start time has been sensibly moved forward to 10am and 3 races are planned.

So fingers crossed, the series will be concluded tomorrow with 4, maybe 5 races in total….

We can but hope….

Higher, Faster, Longer…. Stavros.

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Kuhlungsborn Kicks Off…..

Dirk1GER 1193 Dirk Pramann wins race 1 of Dragon Grand Prix in Kuhlungsborn, with Stefan & Stefan 🙂

The Grade 1 Grand Prix in Germany began today with 2 races sailed in a 12 knots of westerly breeze that gradually died away by the end of the day…. In race one GER 1193 helmed by Dirk Pramann, crewed by Stefan Waack & Stefan Hellriegel made the best of the left side of the course to win from SUI 311 “Sophie Racing” Hugo Stenbeck in 2nd & GER 1177 “Pow Wow” helmed by Pedro Andrade in 3rd…. I spoke with Pedro after the race, he told me “The left side was paying a little bit in the beginning so most of the fleet made their gains in that area”.. Many congratulations to Dirk & his team…

KUStartThe start in Kuhlungsborn is perfectly captured by “Ace” photographer Ricardo Pinto…

In race two everybody went left, but this time the left was not so strong as the wind began to die. This allowed the boats further right to hold their breeze longer which proved to be the deciding factor.  Making the most of this was our current European Champions RUS 27 “Annapurna” helmed by Anatoly Loginov, crewed by Vadim Statsenko & Alexander Shalagin, who went on to win the race. In 2nd place was RUS 76 Dmitry Samokhin & 3rd place went again to GER 1177 “Pow Wow” helmed by Pedro Andrade (In the absence of Michael Zankel)..

AnRace 2 winners, RUS 27 “Annapurna”, Anatoly Loginov, Vadim Statsenko & Alexander Shalagin.

Although there are only 26 Dragons at this fantastic event in Northern Germany, it is not a true reflection on the high regard Sailors have for this wonderful venue. The Segelclub Kuhlungsborn have put an enormous amount of work to organise and raise sponsorship for this regatta, which relies on the fantastic support and help of many happy volunteers.  My hat goes off to the people who offer their time and effort to make this a memorable Championship…..   3 more days to go……

Higher, Faster, Longer……….   Stavros.

 

 

 

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A Truly International Fleet and Outstanding Sponsor Support for Dragon Edinburgh Cup 2017

With 38 teams from as far afield as Russia and Turkey and across the UK and Europe already entered, and some 40 boats expected on the start line, the 2017 edition of the Dragon Edinburgh Cup is lining up to be a bumper edition. Sponsored by Oliver Morgan Architects and Stoneham Construction Ltd and hosted by the Island Sailing Club, the Edinburgh Cup will be preceded by the Dragon South Coast Championship, with the two events running from 8 to 14 July 2017.

The entry list includes some of the biggest names in the sport including Denmark’s Poul Richard Hoj-Jensen, whose sailing CV includes two Olympic Gold and one Olympic Silver medals as well as multiple World, Continental and National Championship wins, who will be hoping to claim his sixth Edinburgh Cup title. Julia and Graham Bailey were Edinburgh Cup champions in 2016 and 2015 respectively and are returning to the fray equally keen to engrave one of their names the trophy for a second time.

Fresh from victory at the recent International Dragon World Championship in Portugal comes Andy Beadsworth, who is very much hoping to add his name to the illustrious list of winners already on the Edinburgh Cup. Andy has been in the winning Edinburgh Cup crew on several previous occasions, but this would be his first victory as a helm. In his World Championship acceptance speech Andy summed up the enduring success of the International Dragon succinctly saying: “I love the camaraderie, sportsmanship and above all the excellent level of competition from many already accomplished sailors from around the globe. The best one design racing in the World.”

Other big names we can expect to see challenging for podium positions include Ireland’s Martin Byrne, who won the Edinburgh Cup in 2011, Cornwall’s Martin Payne who last won the Cup in 1999, multi-class champion Mike Budd from Abersoch, who is keen to break his reputation for being the bridesmaid at this event, and Gavia Wilkinson-Cox, who will combine her duties as Regatta Chairman with a serious campaign to finally get her hands on the coveted trophy.

Alongside Sponsors Oliver Morgan Architects and Stoneham Construction Ltd, the event has attracted considerable commercial support. A key event Partner is Shepards Wharf, where the Dragons will be based. Shepards Wharf Manager, Jock Rafferty, said: “The countdown to the historic Edinburgh Cup is on and we are really excited to be the host marina for the Dragon fleet’s day racing yachtsmen. We are continuing to make various ongoing improvements to our marina facilities and services, so we can accommodate more of these types of events, and are ready to give the Dragons a fantastic stay in Cowes this summer.”

Also supporting the regatta as Partners are Red Funnel, who have offered special ferry fares to competitors, plus Visit Isle of Wight and Destination Cowes, who are both providing invaluable logistical and marketing support.

The Dragon fleet may be the most competitive one design class in the world, but it is also one of the most hospitable and the regattas will include an outstanding social programme supported by Official Suppliers City of London Gin, Hendrick’s Gin and Upham Brewery. The event will draw to a close at the Edinburgh Cup Prize Giving Celebration on 14 July, a magnificent Black Tie Dinner and Dance to which all Cowes day keel boat classes and yacht club members are invited – a summer’s celebration of sailing!

Further information and online entry can be found at www.edinburghcup.org.

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German Grand Prix is next Week!

luftbildThe Marina of Kuhlungsborn where the next IDA Grade 1 event begins on July 5th.

A reminder to all Dragon Sailors that the popular Grade 1 event in Kuhlungsborn will take place next week and for those still considering making the journey up to race on the Baltic Sea, it would be great to see you.

11825605_948340885204368_8825472751449792429_nSuper efficient craning is always guaranteed in Kuhlungsborn, at the end of the regatta.

The successful World Championships recently completed in Cascais will inevitably see the usual high attendance diminish next week, but organisers are still hoping to attract over 30 boats…

RP_150821_DRAGGP_7556 (640x360)Race Management is well prepared from excellent Committee Vessels, like the “Ebb Tide”.  

The Segelclub of Kuhlungsborn look forward to welcoming all participants next week, so let’s support this great sailing venue and enjoy the local hospitality in Northern Germany…

Higher, Faster, Longer…………   Stavros.

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