Sailors from around the World converge on Medemblik for 2019 Yanmar Dragon Gold Cup

Ninety-five International Dragon keelboats and their crews from across Europe and Scandinavia and as far afield as Australia, Japan, Canada and the United Arab Emirates are converging on the historic town of Medemblik in the Netherlands for the 2019 Yanmar Dragon Gold Cup. Hosted by the Royal Netherlands Yacht Club and the Royal Yacht Club Hollandia, the regatta will take place from 9 to 14 June on the world-renowned sailing waters of the Ijsslemeer.

The Dragon Gold Cup is one of the oldest and most prestigious trophies in one-design sailing and was first raced in 1937 off Oslo, where Rolf Bilner of Sweden was the inaugural winner. Held annually, the regatta features the perfect combination of top flight racing, fun social events and the genuine camaraderie for which the Dragon class is famous. This year’s entry list brings together a well-balanced mix of professional and amateur teams, friends and family for a week-long celebration of all things Dragon.

The host Dutch fleet is putting forward a very strong team including Vendee Globe Race veteran Pieter Heerema, who currently lies second overall on the International Dragon Ranking List. Amongst the other top teams hoping for overall victory will be the current Ranking and European Cup Series leader Grant Gordon from Scotland, Russia’s Anatoly Loginov and Dmitry Samolkin who are third and fourth respectively on the Ranking List, and Portugal’s Pedro Rebelo de Andrade and Hugo Stenbeck of Switzerland who are tied for second overall in the European Cup Series.

America’s Cup and World Match Racing veteran Peter Gilmour and his Japanese Yanmar Racing Team will travel from Australia in the hope of becoming the first Antipodean to add his name to the trophy. Gilmour’s 2019 Dragon season has brought mixed fortunes so far, but despite this he is currently lying in fifth on the International Ranking and will surely be hoping for a consistent and incident free performance in Medemblik. Gilmour will also be representing event sponsor Yanmar during the week and looks forward to a great sponsor partnership; “Yanmar is one of the world’s biggest diesel engine manufacturers and they love supporting the Dragon class. Their history extends back over 100 years and the Dragon is 90 years old this year, so there’s a great synergy there. We have a terrific regatta planned and we can’t wait to go racing.”

Consistency is without doubt one of the most important factors in Gold Cup success. There are no discards in the six-race series, the courses are very large and challenging and the quality of competitors is quite extraordinary. A successful campaign must bring together great preparation of both the boat and the crew, detailed campaign planning, superb tactics, exceptional boat speed and just a little luck too.

Alongside the overall competition there are several additional trophies up for grabs. The Gold Cup Corinthian Trophy will be awarded to the top performing all amateur team. The Nations Cup is awarded to the winning three boat national team. The Borge Børresen Memorial Trophy will be awarded to the winner of the first race, and the Silver Cup will be presented to the boat that finishes exactly half way up the final rankings for the regatta.

The field of amateur teams vying for the Corinthian Gold Cup Trophy is particularly strong this year. The locally based Bakker family of father Jan and sons Dominic and Oliver, have high hopes of a good performance in this division, but the likes of Danish Olympic legend Poul Richard Hoj-Jensen, who may have celebrated his seventy-fifth birthday on 2 June but remains a formidable Dragon competitor, will certainly give them a good run for their money. Finland’s Sami Saloma, who finished fourth in last year’s Corinthian Gold Cup fleet, will also be hoping to make it onto the podium this year, as will Belgium’s Xavier Vanneste.

Vanneste is one of a number of sailors who will be racing with family crews. Xavier sails with his sister Anne and their good friend Karl Odent. At least four teams will be entirely composed of family members, including Quirin, Frederique, Rosalie and Willemijn van Aspert from the Netherlands; Christian, Susanne, Kira-Karina and Marco Hentschel from Germany; Jacob, Ewoud and Hugo Roosjn also from the Netherlands, and of course the famous Bakker boys. For others it’s a case of family rivalry. Parents Philip and Nicola and sister Pia Dohse will be racing against son/brother Maximillian, who grew up crewing for his parents but now races his own Dragon to considerable success.

The ladies are well represented in the fleet too with Holland’s Charlotte ten Wolde, Germany’s Nicola Friesen, Finland’s Sara Antila and Britain’s Gavia Wilkinson-Cox all hoping for a top ten finish. Wilkinson-Cox summed up the appeal of the Dragon fleet well saying, “When I started competing internationally in the Dragon I was about the only lady helm and over the years I’ve been delighted to see that increase until the point where there are now a number of us on the circuit. To me the Dragon offers the ultimate form of sailing. We don’t rely on instruments, its seat of the pants racing, and the competition is awesome.”

Whilst for some the main goal is to go home with a trophy, for others attending the Yanmar Dragon Gold Cup is about the sheer joy of racing their beloved Dragons against likeminded sailors and enjoying the wonderful friendships which spring from association with the class. The après sailing programme is of equal importance as the on-water competition and this year the teams can look forward to some superb parties, including the Yanmar Gala Night, which will be held in the beautiful Bonifatius Church in the town centre. Also adding to the intimate feel of the regatta will be its location in the historic centre of Medemblik and the use of the town’s famous Brakeboer Music Café as its social hub.

The regatta will get underway with a practice race on Saturday 8 June, with Championship racing from Sunday 9 to Friday 14 June. Six races are scheduled and up to two races may be sailed each day.

Daily reports, results and photographs will be available from and journalists wishing to attend the regatta or receive additional information should contact IDA Press Officer Fiona Brown on, +44 (0)7711 718470 or Skype fpbrown.

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Notice from Technical Committee, IDA

To all Dragon sailors competing at Gold Cup Medemblik 2019
Your attention is drawn to the Notice posted by the IDA Technical Committee in January 2019.
Class Rule 2.193 (a) electrical pumps, switches: “Switches shall be
fixed and activate the electrical pumps when the bilge water rises
above the suction point specified in CR 2.193 (c) (100 mm above the
deepest point of the bilge).
 Race officials will be particularly vigilant and any attempt to infringe on the rule may lead to disqualification.
Signed by the Technical Committee, IDA
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Chairman’s Blog June 2019

Dear Dragonists,

At the midpoint of our Jubilee year 2019 it is timely to recap some of our important activities.

The IDA has been focused on three important topics:

1.     Improvement of race management following the wishes of many owners at the GC 2018 in Helsinki

2.     Organisation of a new format for the European Grand Prix circuit – culminating in a Grand final and newly presented trophies for overall and Corinthian sailors

3.     The overwhelming wish of Dragon sailors to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the Dragon

2019 is a significant year in the history of the Dragon as we try to adjust our very traditional and even conservative class to the challenges of modern times without sacrificing the principles and ethos of this historic yacht. I am sure that the results of our diligence will be evaluated at the 2019 Owners’ meeting which this year will be held not at the Gold Cup but in Sanremo where we’ll see the biggest number of owners since 2004 coming together.

Let me briefly review why I think we are on track.

1.     The initiative of race management improvement (RMI) has been planned according to the maxim “race at the best venues, at the best time of the year, and under the best possible conditions“. I want to record that last year in Helsinki many owners made commitments to donate more than €20,000 to pay for RMI. Many of those who made commitments have already made their contributions and the IDA wishes to thank them for their generosity. If anyone has not yet done so they may still make a contribution by contacting our General Secretary.
Last year the IDA made a short list of the most experienced PROs who would be invited to officiate at major events, but because of the short time available, in the case of the Grand-Prix of Cannes and Juan Carlos Trophy local race managers were used. Both PROs have huge experience of their extremely tricky local conditions which were very challenging at both venues but generally the sailors were satisfied with the quality. Yet, there is always room for improvement, and we are striving towards this.

2.     Both Cannes and Cascais attracted good numbers of sailors, not least because both competitions will be counted in the overall score for participation at the European Cup Grand finals in Palma (I remind that you need to participate in at least three events to qualify for selection for the finals. And the fourth Grade 1 in Palma will be obligatory. So for those who did till now only one regatta from the series I highly recommend you to participate at the third leg in Kuhlungsborn. I believe that the sports value of the new formula is very high and really look forward to November in Mallorca.

These Grade 1 events are also a part of activities devoted to the 90 years festivities. The IDA has used these activities to actively promote the Dragon. A very professional team of video makers from ICARUS, the excellent IDA photographer Elena Razina under leadership of a very well-known and experienced journalist Fiona Brown, have done a superb job in flying the Dragon flag outside of the class through a wide range of television, internet and print media.

3.     I believe that these media activities have been crucial in promoting the central event of this year – 90 years anniversary regatta in Sanremo. It is important to note that the IDA only secured a venue and partner OA for the 90th regatta late last year. The helping hand was given to us from YC Sanremo. With less than a year to plan the regatta, we now have 130 entries, and still four months to go until the start of the regatta! I am delighted to see in the entry list that there is great unity of the Dragon sailors representing 24 nations and 4 continents! If you have not entered yet – do so now! It will be the most spectacular Dragon festival (after the legendary and unforgettable  75th Anniversary in Saint-Tropez 2004).

The short time for preparation made it difficult to find a general sponsor for this event, and so we have been relying to a large extent on the generous voluntary help of patrons in three categories silver, gold and platinum. The names list of those who agree to go public will shortly be published. You will definitely recognise these names: they are all sailors from the fleet with a great love of our Dragon and respect for their sailing friends. Everyone can still join them. They will not get any privileges for their generosity, just some mementoes from the class. The IDA on behalf of all Dragon sailors is very thankful to those who have already supported the promotion of the class and have donated money for an outstanding event. And some companies whose owners enjoy sailing Dragons have also committed some monetary and material help for Sanremo.

Our target is to have about 150-160 Dragons in that “city of flowers” ( and strong sailing traditions). So for those who still are in the decision-making process, I ask you to react to this ‘final call’. The gate might close…

And last, but not least, an important point. In just a few days the Gold Cup in Medemblik with more than 100 entries will start. The Organising team from Holland have done their utmost to arrange and carry out an outstanding event in this Jubilee year. We wish them great success!

So, my dear fellow sailors, the Dragon is stronger than before and I hope that the positive energy developed this year in the class will last for a long time and attract many newcomers, as happened after the 75th anniversary event 15 years ago. At that time I for example was one of those newcomers ……

With best regards and wishes of good luck,

Vasily Senatorov

IDA Chairman


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75th Jubilee for Poul-Richard (The “Man)!

             Poul-Richard Hoj-Jensen will celebrate his 75th Birthday today (Sunday June 2nd) in style after winning both Douarnenez and La Baule already this year !  Yes, The “Man” maybe 75 yrs young, but he is still living life to the full and leaving us mere mortals in his wake….  No doubt Poul-Richard will be raising a glass or two today with his loving Wife Sophia in Holland as he relaxes before preparing to compete in the Gold Cup, Medemblik June 9th-14th.

On behalf of the IDA and Sailors all over the World, we would like to thank you Poul-Richard for making such a difference especially in the Dragon Class. Your creativity, design expertise and natural sailing talent is second to none. If anyone looks at your sailing C.V. it’s like reading the who’s who of any world sport and with 2 Olympic Gold Medals (1976 & 1980 Soling Class) to your name, plus endless World, European & National Titles (Dragon, Etchells, H-Boat, Quarter Ton & Half Ton) is it any wonder you still keep on winning…..

Poul-Richard, Valdemar Bandalovski & Erik Hansen win the first of their Gold Medals in Soling, Canada 1976.

After completing National Service in the Danish Navy, Poul-Richard worked with the great Paul Elvstrom and legendary Hans Fogh in the Sail, Mast & Boatbuilding business. He was knighted by the Queen of Denmark and won the Royal Yacht Squadron Sailor of the year in 2009. Although there are simply too many victory’s and titles to mention, I’m sure the Dragon Sailors from all over the World would want to thank you for the contribution, help, support and knowledge you impart to all in this wonderful class we sail and love….

We all consider it an honour and a privilege to be on the same race course as you, trying to emulate your immense talent and enhance our skills by racing against the best Dragon Sailor that has ever been……..  Long may it continue….

Poul-Richard, we salute you……..

Higher, Faster, Longer……….    Stavros.  (Your ever learning pupil).





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Dragons To Celebrate 90th Anniversary In Italian Style

The International Dragon is one of the most sought after one design keelboats in the world and 2019 sees the class celebrate its 90th anniversary. To mark this extraordinary milestone the International Dragon Association is partnering with the Yacht Club Sanremo, Italy, to create a truly exceptional Gala Regatta, bringing together Dragons and Dragon sailors from around the globe and across the eras for a spectacular week long birthday party.

Sanremo, the City of Flowers on the Italian Riviera, has long been a popular venue with the Dragon fleet. The club has a world-renowned reputation for delivering stylish events and top flight competition and is pulling out all the stops for this unique celebration. The Dragon 90th Anniversary Regatta will take place from 5 to 13 October 2019 and will combine an exciting and innovative racing programme with some truly fabulous parties.

With five months still to go 130 entries from 26 nations and 4 continents have already registered, and this number is expected to grow as the event approaches. Alongside the modern Dragons a large fleet of Classics is expected. The legendary Don Street has entered IRL15, which at 78 years old is thought to be the oldest Dragon still racing. She will race against other historic Dragons including ESP1 owned by German Gill-Mendoza March, GER16 owned by Dr Dirk Pramann and Vittorio Boccolini’s EPS2.

International Dragon Association (IDA) Chairman Vasily Senatorov looks forward to the regatta saying; “I invite all Dragon sailors and friends from around the globe to attend our 90th Anniversary Regatta and help us celebrate. The IDA, the Yacht Club Sanremo and our sponsor partners are creating an event that will live in our memories forever, and we want all our friends to join us.”

There are many milestones to celebrate as the Dragon turns 90. The boat was designed by Johan Anker in 1929 for a competition being run by the Royal Yacht Club of Gothenburg to find a new two berth weekend cruiser suitable for sailing the islands and fjords of Scandinavia. The design not only won the competition, but rapidly gained huge popularity thanks to her beautiful lines and wonderful sailing performance.

In 1933 AH Ball of the Royal Clyde Yacht Club saw a Dragon while cruising in Scandinavia and fell in love with the design. He obtained a set of plans and persuaded the Clyde clubs, who were looking for a small boat to replace the large and expensive pre-first world war classes, to adopt the class and the first six British Dragons were built by McGruer’s at Clynder at a cost of £220 apiece. The success of the class was immediate and in 1936 the Clyde Yacht Club’s Conference presented a new trophy for international competition called the Gold Cup, which remains the Dragon’s most coveted annual trophy to this day.

As her international following grew, the Dragon was adopted as an Olympic Class for the 1948 London/Torquay Games and she remained an Olympic class until the Munich/Kiel Games of 1972. For some classes deselection for the Olympics sounds a death knell, but for the Dragon is was to be the start of a new era of even greater success.

The International Dragon Association (IDA) has always had the foresight to encompass change whilst fiercely protecting its essential one design philosophy. There have been many changes over the years that have kept the class current, but perhaps the biggest of these was the transition to fibreglass construction. Børressen of Denmark had built large numbers of successful wooden Dragons and Børge Børressen, who won the Dragon Gold Cup for Denmark on the Clyde in 1967, collaborated with Lloyds Register of Shipping to produce the specifications for a new GRP Dragon, which were adopted by the IDA in 1972. So cleverly devised were the new rules that the original wooden and new GRP Dragons could race on a level playing field and the longevity of the class was assured.

The Dragon has been closely associated with European Royalty over the years. In 1948 the Island Sailing Club of Cowes presented the then Princess Elizabeth and Duke of Edinburgh with a Dragon on the occasion of their wedding. The Duke was a most active member of the class for many years and presented a number of international trophies which are still raced for today. HM King Constantine and members of the Dutch, Norwegian and Danish royal families have also owned and raced Dragons, often with considerable success.

Today the Dragon remains the preeminent three-man international keelboat class. Continued careful rule management has ensured that the boat remains as much of a head turner today as ever, whilst at the same time incorporating the very latest racing technology. From the outset she attracted top flight sailors who fell in love with sailing her, and this is as true today as it ever was. Her easy performance and good manners mean that she also continues to appeal to family sailors and those simply seeking a superb yacht, just as she did to those young people who purchased the first Dragons for cruising back in the late 1920s.

The 90th Anniversary Regatta will celebrate all these elements of the Dragon’s long life and more, including the extraordinary camaraderie for which the fleet is famous. The programme will include a number of special races such as a Lady helmsman’s race, a race for Junior crews where the total age of crew is to be under 100 years and the skipper must be born after 1986, a Masters race where the total age of the crew must be over 180 years, a Family crews race in which all crew members must be related, and a Champion of Champions race for winners and medallists of Olympic Games, World and European Championships and World Cup in any class and the Dragon Gold Cup.

For the main races the fleet will be split into groups for a preliminary round robin series, followed by finals for Gold, Silver and Bronze fleets. The on water highlight of the regatta will be the 90th Anniversary Race in which the entire assembled fleet will race as one from a single start line. The last time such a race was run was the Dragon 75th Anniversary Regatta in St Tropez when some 275 Dragons came to the line for a race that will always live in the memory of all who participated.

The shoreside celebrations will be lavish with post sailing parties daily featuring typical Italian produce, music and fun, a spectacular Gala Birthday Party, to be held in the stunning Art Deco Victory Morgana Bay waterside restaurant, and very special closing prize giving. As well as those racing the regatta will attract many long-standing Dragon friends and family. Spectator boats will be available for those who wish to watch the racing and the Yacht Club Sanremo will provide a superb base from which all can enjoy the regatta. The event will be supported by the City of Sanremo and the Royal Hotel, Sanremo.

“The Yacht Club Sanremo its enthusiastic for this great event. The Dragon class has, for more than ten years, been a core class for the club and to be invited to organise this great event is a big honour. We will work hard to make this event a fantastic “festival” for the Dragonist.” – Umberto Zocca di Montelupo, Yacht Club Sanremo

Full details about the regatta including online registration can be found at or by contacting Event Director Umberto Zocca di Montelupo on or +393356098403

Members of the press wishing to receive further information or attend the event should contact IDA Press Officer Fiona Brown on, +44 (0)7711 718470 or Skype fpbrown.

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10 Races in Beautiful La Baule.

33 boats battle at the start in superb conditions in the 19th Derby Dragon, La Baule.

With 10 races completed in a variety of conditions, over 4 wonderful days  (26th-30th May) both on and off the water, the “cream” once again, rose to the top.  So yes, it was inevitable that “The Man” (Poul-Richard Hoj-jensen) sailing with BDA secretary Chris Brittain and Katie Cole from Burnham-on-Crouch would find themselves at the top of the leader board at the end of this well managed and “fun” regatta. This time they were pushed hard by my team in GBR 585, Guus de Groot in NED 309 and Tam Nguyen in HKG 55, but at the end of the day the “Legend” lives on….

Dominique Mollet (President of Y.C.L.B.) with Chris, Poul-Richard, Katie & Clem Baley (V.P)

La Baule is all about the people of Yacht Club La Baule , from the moment you arrive the warmth of friendship in the atmosphere is contagious as it quickly spreads through the competitors so everyone is smiling. This Yacht Club runs many events through their busy year, but the Derby Dragon now in it’s 19th season, is second to none. The support from the helpers and volunteers of this amazing club is like one big family from spectating during the races then the comradery ashore. If you ever consider making a trip to an event, this is the one you have to do!

My loyal & fantastic team of Olivier & Dominic Bakker were pleased to finish 2nd overall.

Last year’s runner up Guus de Groot sailing his beautiful NED 309 “Furie” came back strong at the end of the event to just pip Tam Nguyen for the final podium position.

NED 309 “Furie” helmed by Guus de Groot with Richard Van Rij & Leo Hartman 3rd Overall.

“Hotel Hermitage Barriere”, one of the main sponsors of Y.C.L.B. is an amazing place to stay, with incredible views over the race  course and the golden beaches which is full of activity on this special coastline of France.

The view from Hotel Hermitage over La Baule, offers a majestic start to the day.

The top Lady helm of the week was Anne Chapalain sailing with her Husband Gwen and Jacques Caraes in FRA 365 “Ar Youleg” (Louis Urvois former boat). Finishing 6th overall with many top 5 results, Anne sailed an excellent regatta.

First Lady helm FRA 365 “Ar Youleg” Anne Chapalain, Jacques Caraes & Gwen Champalain.

Next year will see the 20th Anniversary of the Derby Dragon which will mark a special celebration for the Dragons in La Baule. 19 yrs ago I had the pleasure of crewing with Poul-Richard at the first Derby Dragon in 2001, which we won, so his knowledge of the race course stretches far and wide. He also told me at the prize giving “This was a nice Birthday Present as I am 75 yrs old on Sunday. In 1991 I first sailed the Soling European Championship here in La Baule and during a very windy race a photo was taken with 2 Soling’s rolling downwind as I passed them both! This photo was presented to me and displayed at the club for many years.  It is always a pleasure to race against the sailors here and enjoy the friendly hospitality. I will be back next year for sure”.

Once again all the sailors thank Y.C.L.B. for another fantastic Derby Dragon. As Poul-Richard just said “I’ll be Back”…….

Higher, Faster, Longer…………..    Stavros.   (GBR 585  “Full Speed”)

My thanks to Stephanie Billarant for some of these excellent photo’s.


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90th Anniversary Regatta Sanremo

There’s still more than 4 months to the biggest Dragon regatta this decade but already entries have exceeded organisers’ expectations. So please enter now to ensure your place!

The Yacht Club Sanremo are preparing a fantastic racing schedule and a varied and exciting onshore social programme.

You can register online and we ask you not to postpone this step as entry numbers are limited. Entries are accepted upon receipt of entry fee only. Do not delay!

Please make sure to book your accommodation well in advance. First launching and registration day is October 5.

For more questions regarding entry please don’t hesitate to contact Tatiana Kurbatova on

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Stage is set for thrilling 2019 Edinburgh Cup

Haulfryn Edinburgh Cup 2019

The 71st British Dragon national championship at South Caernarfonshire Yacht Club (SCYC)is set to be four days of thrilling keelboat racing in the waters of North Wales.

The home SCYC Dragon fleet will be joined by visiting Dragons from Ireland, Turkey and all four corners of the country. Following the two-day Northern Championship, Abersoch will see local experts race together against regional champions, past national champions; Martin Payne, Julia Bailey and Martin Byrne and current reigning champion Graham Bailey in the Haulfryn Edinburgh Cup.

This National Championship is embracing the future and growth of Dragon sailing with the introduction of a brand-new trophy and special entry offers.

Earlier this year Gavia Wilkinson-Cox donated the Seagull Trophy to the British Dragon Association with the aim to promote female Dragon helms, giving an added edge to the competition of Dragon one-design racing. From this July the Seagull Trophy will be presented to the top lady Corinthian helm annually at the Edinburgh Cup.

Following in these footsteps, entry to this year’s Haulfryn Edinburgh Cup is free to any all-female teams

There is also steps to encourage youth sailors to the world of Dragon sailing. SCYC, in conjunction with the British Dragon Association, are funding and supplying a Dragon to enter the Haulfryn Edinburgh Cup. There is a full package available with training, boat, mooring, sails and entry all covered.

The Edinburgh Cup has successfully been held in Abersoch at the SCYC in 1962, ’69, ’76, ’82, ’88, 2011 and 2016. Now in its 71st year the Edinburgh Cup remains a championship with a great deal of history. It has always been difficult to win and is revered by those who have won many other competitions and events.

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Poul-Richard wins 20th Grand Prix Guyader.

The “Man” Poul-Richard Hoj-Jensen, with Chris Brittain & Peter Bowring win in DZ.

Douarnenez lived up to it’s excellent reputation from 8th to 11th May with 6 quality races completed despite losing the first day due to too much wind. President du Comite’ de Course, Olivier de Turckheim , took the fleet into the middle of the bay which offered completely unbiased racing of the highest quality. On day 2 race wins were shared by GBR 822 (Poul-Richard) & GBR 585 (Martin Payne) in a 10 to 18kt westerly breeze and nice surfing waves.

The fleet captured shortly after the start of Race 2 by Simon Jourdan/Grand Prix Guyader.

Day 3 saw grey skies and less wind for the 25 boat fleet where two local boats stole the show. First it was FRA 207 “Q Ti Too” helmed by Sailmaker Fred Gourlaouen who made huge jump on the right hand side of the fleet, after NED 309 “Furie” had crossed almost everyone from the pin. Indeed Guus de Groot must have thought he had the race in the bag, before the left died out at the very top of the beat and handed Fred his strong position. However, Guus did hang on to keep 2nd place which he also repeated in the following race to end up with just 4pts total from the day and move into serious contention overall.

FRA 207 “Q Ti Too” Fred Gourlaouen, Alan Peyaud & Jean Francois Le Goff won Race 3.

In race 4 it was our “Sponsor” Christian Guyader helming his beautiful cold moulded FRA 365 “Ar Youleg” (formerly owned by the great Louis Urvois) who took the honours. With Gwen Champalain calling the shots and top Figaro helm Arthur Le Vaillant as crew, Christian sailed a perfect race in light conditions, with Guus 2nd & GBR 788 “Quicksilver VI” Rob Campbell 3rd.


Louis Urvois famous “Ar Youleg” FRA 365 won race 4 with Christian Guyader, Gwen & Arthur.

The sun & wind returned for the final day, with an earlier 11am warning signal, all teams headed out into the bay with eager anticipation. Unfortunately 5 teams were a little too eager at the start and as the Black Flag was displayed, it meant a restart and those 5 boats having to spectate race 5. However, such is life and it was once again FRA 207 helmed by Fred Gourlaouen who seized the opportunity to record his second race win! 2nd was the team from Muiden, NED 432 “Display” helmed by Michiel Van Dis and 3rd GBR 822 “Danish Blue”.  With both GBR 585 & NED 309 finishing 8th & 17th respectively, the consistency of Poul-Richard and the brilliant sailing from Fred Gourlaouen meant it was more or less a match race between these two top teams for the overall prize.

NED 309 “Furie” Guus de Groot, fighting hard to stay in touch with the leaders in Race 5.

In race 6 GBR 585 “Full Speed” threw caution to the wind, started with pace at the pin end and within 2 mins were able to tack and cross the fleet. Meanwhile the “Man” (whilst keeping a close eye on his main rival FRA 207), controlled most of the fleet who had elected to continue on starboard tack out to the left and came in strong at the top mark on port. With my top crew of Dominic & Olivier Bakker we managed to just cross the “Man” at the top mark and lead out with spinnaker…

GBR 585 “Full Speed” leads race 6 with GBR 822 close in pursuit, but no sign of FRA 207.

As the race unfolded, GBR 585 were able to hold their lead, GBR 822 maintained 2nd, whilst NED 309 made an incredible recovery on the second upwind to move into 3rd place with FRA 207 close behind. On the final downwind the places remained the same, so it meant Poul-Richard Hoj-Jensen with Chris Brittain & Peter Bowring would lift the title by a single point from Fred Gourlaouen runner up and Guus de Groot in 3rd…  Great racing, an amazing regatta and a true champion. The “Man” wins again!

From left to right NED 309 Hay Winters, Guus de Groot & Richard Van Rij. GBR 822 Peter Bowring, Chris Brittain & Poul-Richard. FRA 207 Fred Gourlouen, Jean Francois Le Goff & Alan Peyaud. With Olivier de Turckheim (President du Comite’ de Course).

Many congratulations to these 3 podium teams and also to PRO Olivier Turckheim for his excellent work of completing 6 top quality races over the 3 sailable days. The courses were well set in the middle of the bay, with 1.5 nm legs (when it was windy) and 1.0 nm on the light wind day. Perfect for 25 boats.

NED 309 “Furie” seen here close behind the Overall Winner also took top Corinthian spot.

So very well done to Guus de Groot, Hay Winters & Richard Van Rij as top Corinthians…  This was an excellent regatta with all the usual hospitality and friendship shown once again from the Volunteers and helpers of the Societe’ des Regates de Douarnenez.

In his speech the “Man” (Poul-Richard) said he always loved coming back to Douarnenez and that he would continue to support this great event Louis Urvois started 20 yrs ago….  He thanked all the people involved, particularly Christian Guyader (the main sponsor) his crew Chris & Peter and all the competitors for making it a truly memorable regatta.  The “Man” is back.. well, he never really went away…  🙂

Next year the Grand Prix Guyader will again be an IDA Grade 1 event, so please lets all give it 100% support and remember the years when we had 100 boats…  Louis’ Legacy lives on in Douarnenez … long live the King.

Higher, Faster, Longer……….     Stavros.

I would like to thank Francois Van Mallegham for these excellent photo’s…..



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Yanmar Dragon Gold Cup Attracts Over 100 Entries

Entries for the 2019 Yanmar Dragon Gold Cup, to be held at Medemblik on the Ijsselmeer, Netherlands, from 8 to 14 June, have now exceeded 100 boats with teams from sixteen countries and four continents participating. First presented in 1936, the Dragon Gold Cup is one of the most prestigious trophies in yacht racing and is also widely regarded as one of the most challenging to win.

Racing takes place on a 12 nautical mile long windward leeward course and the rules state that there shall be no discarded races, so consistency, superb planning and preparation are essential to success. There will be a practice race on Saturday 8 June and championship racing will take place between Sunday 9 and Friday 14 June, with up to six races scheduled.

The Race Committee will be led by John Borsboom, ably supported by International Race Officer Rob Hoogstra and the highly experienced Royal Hollandia Yacht Club race management team. This group bring immense experience of both the local waters and top-level international competition, so race management of the highest quality is anticipated.

The fleet will be moored in the Oosterharbour at the heart of Medemblik and alongside outstanding racing, the organisers have planned a superb social programme to entertain both the sailors and their accompanying friends and family. The Gold Cup is not only one of the Dragon’s most important regattas, but also a wonderful annual opportunity for Dragon sailing friends and family to gather and enjoy the camaraderie and social life for which the fleet is renowned.

The famous Café Brakeboer, directly opposite the regatta offices, will be the social hub of the regatta, providing the perfect quayside gathering point. The fleet will be welcomed on Saturday 8 June with Dragon Gold Cup Special Ale sponsored by Lakeview Consultancy. On Sunday June 9 the Mayor of Medemblik will officially declare the Gold Cup Plaza open and the first of the nightly post racing drinks and snacks will be served. Contest Yachts will host Happy Hour on Monday 10 June, while on Tuesday 11 June Yanmar Night will bring together some 400 guests for a gala dinner in the historic Bonifatius Church. Wednesday will feature live music, Thursday is Dutch Night courtesy of Van Omme & De Groot Project Management, and the regatta concludes on Friday 14 June with the Prize Giving Ceremony at the Medemblik Regatta Centre Harbour.

Alongside title sponsor partner Yanmar Marine International and the social partners listed above, the regatta has also received generous sponsorship support from a number of other organisations.

Code | Zero has been appointed as the official clothing supplier to the regatta and some 320 technical shirts, 50 polo shirts and 360 caps are currently in production for presentation to the competitors and organisers.

Medemblik Municipality and the associated Stadshaven BV will provide shore facilities, mooring and car and trailer parking space. WindProfit BV’s support includes the provision of a classic wooden 10 Mtr CR Yacht, designed by Johan Anker who also designed the Dragon, for use by spectators.

Menken Maritiem provides tenders for the spectator boats and to ferry the competitors to and from the harbour. An SMS alert service will be provided for participants thanks to Evolve BV / MTEL, while FreshPortal BV and sister company Traction-IT BV are providing website and mail services.

Memorablia for prize winners are sponsored by Jachtschade Nederland, Van Hulzen Communicatie bring PR advice, Mammoet Heavy Transport will sponsor additional cranes and Making Waves, the local Dragon dealer, has donated a new sail for a special Tombola. Also providing general support are Wood Drying and Energy Systems BV, ARBO Ruigewaard BV, Team Medemblik and Jacob Roosjen European Silver.

Entry for the 2019 Yanmar Dragon Gold Cup is open until 26 May, after which a late entry fee will be charged. Dragon sailors from around the globe are invited to participate and a limited number of charter boats are available for the event.

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