Hong Kong Open Dragon Championship 15-17 November 2019

Hong Kong Open Dragon Championship 15-17 November 2019 at Middle Island / Lamma
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Dragon European Cup Series 2019 – Ranking After Three Events

RUS 76 Dmitry Samokhin, with Andrey Kirilyuk & Aleksey Bushuev lead overall so far…

With just one more Grade 1 (Nov 11th-14th) to go the competition to finish in the top 20 is going to be electric in November at Puerto Portals…   Sailors must compete in this last Grade 1 to stand a chance of making the “Finals” which will also be held in Puerto Portals 15th & 16th Nov, immediately after the Grade 1.  This is the first time the IDA have linked all 4 Grade 1’s together, as top Dragon Teams from all over the World battle for the Sami Salomaa sculptured bronze model “Flow”… and the title of 2019 Dragon European Cup Champions in our 90th Anniversary year!

The winner takes it all…. (well for 1 year anyway) this magnificent bronze trophy “Flow”.

The final 20 will also include a percentage of Corinthian Teams… leading the Corinthians at the moment is SWE 389 helmed by Karl Kustaf-Lohr, currently in 17th position. Hot on his heels are Martin Palsson, Tanja Jacobsohn, Philip Dohse and Xavier Vanneste all keen to make the finals…

The top 20 boats will have 3 or 4 fleet races on day one of the finals, with just 10 teams progressing to the second day. Then Quater-Finals, Semi-Finals & eventually a Final race between just the top 4 teams to see who will be crowned the Champions. It’s all happening in the Dragon Class my friends… Get yourself over to Palma de Mallorca to join in the fun….  🙂

Higher, Longer, Faster….   Stavros.

Dragon European Cup Series 2019 – Provisional Results After Three Regattas

Sail No Helm Boat Name FRA POR GER Pts Pos
RUS76 Dmitry Samokhim Rocknrolla 6 4 1 11 1
NED412 Pieter Heerema Troika 8 3 3 14 2
SUI311 Hugo Stenbeck Sophie Racing 5 2 9 16 3
RUS27 Anatoly Loginov Anapurna 10 7 5 22 4
GER1205 Otto Pohlmann Meerblick 16 9 4 29 5
FRA428 Gery Trentesaux Bande a Part 14 8 8 30 6
JPN56 Peter Gilmour Yred 15 13 2 30 7
RUS35 Victor Fogelson Sunflower 29 17 15 61 8
RUS34 Vasily Senatorov To Be Continued 24 11 39 74 9
GBR820 Grant Gordon Louise Racing 3 1 89 93 10
POR84 Pedro Rebelo de Andrade Mercury 1 6 89 96 11
GER1170 Marcus Brennecke Cameleer 4 89 6 99 12
GER1162 Stephan Link Desert 7 89 7 103 13
MON2 Jens Rathsack Jeanie 12 5 89 106 14
FRA420 Stephane Baseden Outlaw 13 15 89 117 15
GER1207 Nicola Friesen Khaleesi 19 89 14 122 16
SWE389 Karl-Gustaf Lohr Hightimes 20 89 16 125 17
GER33 Tommy Muller Sinewave 2 89 37 128 18
ITA77 Evgeny Braslavets Bunker Prince 9 89 30 128 19
SWE375 Martin Palsson 5I12 27 89 12 128 20
SUI313 Dirk Oldenburg Free 32 89 10 131 21
SUI318 Wolf Waschkuhn 1Quick1 25 89 18 132 22
GER1186 Tania Jacobsohn Goldkante 11 89 34 134 23
GER1151 Philip Dohse Puck IV 34 89 11 134 24
BEL82 Xavier Vanneste Herbie 89 26 22 137 25
RUS31 Mikhail Senatorov Integrity 45 89 20 154 26
ESP71 Javier Scherk Gunter 89 10 89 188 27
GBR769 Martin Payne Mars 89 11 89 189 28
GER1058 Kai-Michael Schaper Sabine IV 89 89 13 191 29
POR83 Pedro Mendes Leal Neptune 89 14 89 192 30
POR56 Miguel Magalhees Peggy 89 16 89 194 31
HUN57 Ferenc Kis-Szolgyemi Johanna 17 89 89 195 32
GER1184 Reemt Reemstsma Caroroo 89 89 17 195 33
IRL201 Martin Byrne Jaguar Sailing Team 89 18 89 196 34
GER1203 Maximillian Dohse Rocco S 18 89 89 196 35
SUI315 Rennie Miller Dignity 89 19 89 197 36
UAE9 Jan Woortman Sapphire 89 89 19 197 37
POR58 Henrique Costa e Silva Maria 3 89 20 89 198 38
NED411 Charlotte ten Wolde Olinghi 89 21 89 199 39
RUS98 igor Goikhberg Zenith 21 89 89 199 40
GER805 Felix Oehme Pink 89 89 21 199 41
POR81 Jahvarn Knight Scaramouche 89 22 89 200 42
FRA391 Jean Breger Ulysse 22 89 89 200 43
BEL88 Guy Celis White Pearl 89 23 89 201 44
GER77 Ingo Ehrlicher Dottore Amore 23 89 89 201 45
GER1218 Helmut Schmidt Kleine Brise 89 89 23 201 46
POR47 Manuel Rocha Catarina III 89 24 89 202 47
GER1069 Ralf Doebler Delphi 89 89 24 202 48
POR66 Pedro Beckert Drago 89 25 89 203 49
GER1087 Dirk Rose Dirty Harry 89 89 25 203 50
FIN83 Jouko Lindgren Lisa 26 89 89 204 51
GER981 Tilmann Krackhardt Haudrachen 89 89 26 204 52
BEL83 Peter De Gryse Cogito 89 27 89 205 53
GER922 Tobias Brinkman Sloop John B 89 89 27 205 54
POR50 Diogo Diniz Artic Tern 89 28 89 206 55
FRA421 Alain Lathioor Revolte 28 89 89 206 56
GER1167 Hans Behr Panic 89 89 28 206 57
IRL206 Jonathan Bourke Cloud 89 29 89 207 58
GER1044 Horst-Wilhelm Stroh Scarabeo 89 89 29 207 59
EST16 Mikhel Kosk Port Artur 30 89 89 208 60
FIN91 Sami Salomaa Paloma 31 89 89 209 61
GER1055 Axel Wilde Skugga 89 89 31 209 62
GER19 Thomas Braune FanTomas 89 89 32 210 63
SWE390 Per Gabrielsson Katala 33 89 89 211 64
GER996 Gunther Krober 50 Deg North 89 89 33 211 65
GBR761 Gavia Wilkinson-Cox Jerboa 35 89 89 213 66
SUI341 Urs Ruppli Alefanz 89 89 35 213 67
LAT3 Anna Basalkina Avelat 36 89 89 214 68
AUT277 Stefan Deschka 89 89 36 214 69
FRA409 Gerard Blanc Tsuica 37 89 89 215 70
GER1196 Wolfgang Bays Casaar 89 89 38 216 71
GER1134 Olaf Sternel Hunting Duck 39 89 89 217 72
NED305 Bram de Wilde Dawn 40 89 89 218 73
RUS6 Alexander Schmid 89 89 40 218 74
GER16 Dirk Pramann Ingrid 89 89 40 218 75
GER1120 Nikolai Alexander von Stempel Blue Pik 89 89 40 218 76
FRA423 Etienne Lafon Ginkgo 41 89 89 219 77
FRA430 Bruno Jourdren Corto 5 42 89 89 220 78
SUI291 Yves Gaussen New Skin 43 89 89 221 79
DEN233 Lars Broen Hotlips 44 89 89 222 80
FRA403 Didier Cuny Adrenalin 46 89 89 224 81
GBR633 Ron James Fei-Lin’s Flirtation 47 89 89 225 82
DEN404 Klaus Rasmussen Flawless 48 89 89 226 83
FRA412 Stewart Reed Irina 49 89 89 227 84
SUI322 Walter J Zuercher Gitane Eight 50 89 89 228 85
EST7 Taavo Tenno Chimaera 51 89 89 229 86
SUI296 Justus Kniffka Ariston 89 89 89 267 87
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Austrian National Title for Yvgeni Braslavets…

     43 Dragons line up in Austrian Nationals organised by the Union Yacht Club, Attersee.

It was a record attendance for the Austrian Dragon Fleet as 43 teams from 5 Nations (Switzerland, Italy, Germany, Belgium and Austria) raced their state championships from 25th-28th July in Attersee.

On the first day of racing the fleet sailed in the “Rosenwind” (north-east wind) with 10kts and brilliant sunshine, ideal Dragon conditions. Race 1 was won by ITA 77 Yvgeni Braslavets, with SUI 325 Jorg Wittwer 2nd and AUT 167 Andreas Hagara from the local UYCA 3rd.  Race 2 was won by GER 1164 Markus Glas, 2nd GER 1217 Vincie Hoesch & 3rd ITA 77 Yvgeni Braslavets who now held a commanding overall lead on just 4pts.

Another clear start at the Austrian Nationals in Attersee…photo by Irene Schanda.

Unfortunately day 2 came with no wind but the sun still shone brightly and the 129 sailors prepared for an evening party to celebrate the 90th anniversary…  Day 3 saw two more races completed, again ITA 77 won race 3 with AUT 175 Peter Resch (UYCA) 2nd and GER 1217 Vincie Hoesch 3rd. 

Another photo by Irene Schanda from UYCA’s shortly after the start

Race 4 was won by AUT 204 Christoph Skolaut, who did not know at this time would turn out to be a very important victory. 2nd place was GER 1217 Vincie Hoesch & 3rd ITA 77 Yvgeni Braslavets…  Although racing was attempted on the final day, the 5th race had to be abandoned as the wind died. So the championship was decided on the 4 races, with 1 discard.

The top 3 teams on the Podium in Attersee,

1st ITA 77 Yvgeni Braslavets, Sergey Pugachev & Sergey Timokhov.

2nd GER 1217 Vincie Hoesch, Tim Tavinor & Harald Pessi.

3rd GER 1164 Markus Glas, Phillip Ocker & Herbert Enerichr.

Meanwhile the overall placings for the Austrian Teams was decided on the outcome of Race 4 as local sailor Peter Resch helming AUT 175 held a comfortable lead, only to see his advantage disappear due to a knotted sheet… thus losing several places.  His misfortune and AUT 204 race victory gave Christoph Skolaut, Georg Skolaut & Martin Lutz the Austrian State Championship and 4th place in the overall standings.

The Silver Medal went to AUT 175 Peter Resch, Wilibald Hauer & Justin Kurtz. Whilst Bronze in the State Championship went to AUT 167 Andreas Hagara, Martin Fussi, Helmut Wollner & Dietmar Gfreiner.  Very well done to all these teams…..

Higher, Faster, Longer…………    Stavros.


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Haulfryn Edinburgh Cup 2019

The 71st British Dragon Nationals, the Haulfryn Edinburgh Cup, came to a close on Thursday 18 July after two final races were sailed.

The event was shortened by a day due to an increasing weather front approaching the Irish Sea but all six championship races were successfully sailed thanks to the organisation of the SCYC race team. 

The start of the Edinburgh Cup enjoyed classic summer weather with sunshine and light south easterly breezes. It increased during the week as the wind veered and strengthened from the south with a rolling swell. 

The 33 Dragons, including several visitors from Ireland, Turkey, Scotland and the United States, were part of very close competitive racing across the three days. 

Northern Championship winner Mike Budd and his team onboard Harry led from the start with a bullet in race one and race six. Utilising every bit of local knowledge they sailed well every day to hold off the top three chasing Dragons. 

Martin Byrne’s 2011 Championship winning team of Adam Winklemann and Pedro Andrade on Jaguar were focused on a second Edinburgh Cup win. Two race wins and a tactically astute attitude led them to the podium once again. 

Reigning Champions Graham and Julia Bailey’s Aimee went into the last race on equal points with Bear carrying a win from race four. 

Not placing outside of the top ten Martin Payne’s Bear put in some great results to add pressure to the 2018 Champions onboard Aimee, challenging them for a podium position. 

Gavia Wilkinson-Cox’s Jerboa team of four successfully claimed the race three win using the advantageous left-hand lane and tide to come out on top. It was not quite enough to challenge the top three, placing 5th overall. 

Within the top ten were four Corinthian Dragons led by Aimee in 4th overall, Mark Wade’s Avalanche, David William’s Phantom and Paddy Atkinson’s Seafire. 


  1. HARRY Mike Budd, Adam Bowers, Mark Greaves
  2. JAGUAR Martin Byrne, Adam Winklemann, Pedro Andrade
  3. BEAR Martin Payne, Chris Grosscurth, Emma York


  1. AIMEE Graham Bailey, Julia Bailey, Will Heritage, Will Bedford
  2. AVALANCHE Mark Wade, Many Wade, Chris Brittain
  3. PHANTOM David Williams, Peter Bowring, John O’Connor 

Winner of the inaugural Seagull Trophy for the first placed lady Corinthian helm went to Gavia Wilkinson-Cox, skipper of Jerboa who placed 5th overall. 

The Jordan Bell trophy was presented to Simon Barter, James Barter and Donald Wilks on Bertie as the top Dragon to have not placed 5th or higher. 

Phormerly Phantom, skippered by Chris Thomas with Selina Thomas and Charlie Pearson were awarded the trophy for the highest placed ‘old’ Dragon, built in 1994 or earlier. 

Next year’s Edinburgh Cup will be hosted by the Royal Forth Yacht Club, Edinburgh from Tuesday 30 June to Friday 3 July 2020. 


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Haulfryn Edinburgh Cup 2019 Day Three

Edinburgh Cup 2019 day three

An overnight change in the weather forecast pre-empted an adjustment to the sailing schedule for the 33 Dragons and over 100 sailors.

With very heavy weather and strong winds predicted for Friday it was confirmed that the crew’s race would be abandoned, and two races would be run to finish the championship.

A strengthening 10-15 knot SW breeze and rollers were present for the start of race five along with a lot of ebb tide. A general recall under flag U led to a black flag start that saw four boats over the line and another recall.

Start three was successful and 29 Dragons sailed up the bay with Martin Byrne’s Jaguar, Mike Budd’s Harry, Paddy Atkinson’s Seafire, Mike Breivik’s Mars and Gavia Wilkinson-Cox’s Jerboa leading into the windward mark.

Fast sailing downwind resulted in Martin Payne’s Bear and Rob Campbell’s Quicksilver VI pulling back up to the leaders over taking Jerboa and Mars.

After a final 2nm beat the course was shortened to finish at the final downwind gate with Jaguar and Harry finishing seconds apart followed by Bear and Quicksilver VI.

Race six and the final race to count started with a general recall, but an all clear second start saw the fleet split with Graham Bailey’s Aimee and Bear taking the pin-end and a left-hand lane up the beat. Aimee held out longer on the left and this paid hugely for them coming out at the windward mark in the top six. Joining them at the mark was current leaders, Harry along with Mars, Avalanche, Tim Pearson’s ZU and Patrick Lomax’s Good Grief.

A packed windward spreader resulted in many Dragons gybing off to get away from the tide. Holding on to the lead and taking an inner lane downwind was Harry followed by Aimee, Avalanche, David William’s Phantom, Richard Leask’s Kestra and ZU.

Going into the gate and taking the right-hand mark Mike Budd was having some serious issues with his genoa halyard and it looked like the end of his race! Avalanche tacked off to clear their air behind Harry and sailed out towards the right and the shoreline along with Harryot.

The majority of the fleet chose the right taking the land breeze close to SCYC that saw Jaguar and Seafire pull ahead. A long run down to the final leeward gate had Harry, Seafire, Aimee and Jaguar in the leading pack followed by a fast running Bear.

The four top boats ran to the right and middle for a very close finish. Martin Payne spotted another breeze on the left coming from the island with more tide so chose the last of the ebb tide to take him to the finish right behind Seafire.

Click here for the full Haulfryn Edinburgh Cup results >>>

All the races of the 2019 Edinburgh Cup are now complete, and all results are final. Follow us at www.facebook.com.BritishDragonAssociation for more news and images from tonight’s’ prize giving.

Photo: Andy Green, Sea Green Photography

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Haulfryn Edinburgh Cup 2019 Day Two

Sailors swapped suncream and shorts for foulies and boots on day two of the Haulfryn Edinburgh Cup in Abersoch.

A stronger south westerly breeze and rolling Irish Sea was already waiting for the competitors as they sailed out for the start of race three. With the tide pushing the Dragons over the line a general recall lead to the black flag being displayed for the second start. All but one Dragon got away cleanly with the fleet being split left and right.

Some of those that chose to take the left-hand lane and get in the tide came out at the windward mark in front. Mike Budd’s Harry led Gavia Wilkinson-Cox’s Jerboa, Rob Campbell’s Quicksilver VI and David William’s Phantom and the fleet downwind followed closely by Martin Payne’s Bear.

Sticking with the right and the lifting breeze Bear gained a place downwind overtaking Quicksilver VI at the gate. Over on the left and gaining on the downwind legs Jerboa took the lead from Harry who held off Irish National Champion Phantom.

Winners of the Kin Trophy Jerboa’s Patrick Rigby and Jake Hardman said of their Dragon experience so far: “We recently sailed the Dragon Gold Cup with Gavia, and this is our second event as a team. We are both part of the British Keelboat Academy and we are working to help promote younger sailors into Dragons. Today has been really challenging, but brilliant fun, it was full throttle all the way round.”

A rain bearing front and larger sea state kicked in for the start of race four as the Dragons sailed up the 1.8nm beat. Tide and breeze split the fleet with Mark Wade’s Avalanche, Graham Bailey’s Aimee and Phantom choosing to go left towards the windward mark at St. Tudwal’s island.

A packed spreader leg saw Bear and Martin Byrne’s Jaguarapproach from the right joining the leading front runners downwind. Choosing the left-hand gate and sailing towards the shoreline Aimee and Bear increased their presence on the racecourse. This allowed Graham Bailey to cross and overtake Jaguar while Avalanche stayed hot on the heels of Bear.

With Aimee taking the win in race four and claiming the Terry Wade Memorial Trophy, it is all change to the overall results.

Racing today starts at 1055. Follow us at www.facebook.com.BritishDragonAssociation for live race updates and news from the racecourse.

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Haulfryn Edinburgh Cup 2019 Day One


A beautiful warm morning greeted the Dragon sailors at the South Caernarvonshire Yacht Club (SCYC) on the first day of the Haulfryn Edinburgh Cup. The 71st British Dragon nationals started under postponement for two hours while the wind filled in from the South.

Over keen to get racing underway after the postponement resulted in a general recall in the first race. Eventually away the racers, under U flag, spilt in half across the racecourse with Martin Payne’s Bear leading into the top mark. Closely following, also from the right was Chip Cole and his team on Anarchy.

With the wind staying steady the right-hand side of the course remained favourable and Bear continued to lead the fleet going into the second upwind mark. Mike Budd’s Harry and Anarchy were pushing hard going into the final downwind leg with Harry choosing to go further inshore. This move paid dividends and saw Harry overtake the leaders Bear to take the left-hand buoy of the gate and back upwind towards the finish.

After a patchy start Martin Byrne’s Jaguar made a great comeback to finish 8th ahead of Chris Thomas’ local SCYC Dragon Phormerly Phantom and Mike Breivik’s Mars.

Race one winner Mike Budd commented: “It felt really good to get a win on our home turf. We had a crew change as well, we luckily won the Northerns recently with a different crew, so it was Adam’s first day on the boat.”

Talking about the conditions and the benefit of local knowledge Mike said: “If you went the right way it was good. We were second round the first mark in the second race and lost three places up the second beat by going the wrong way. There is always talk here about the shore-effect and I never thought it existed but when you sail in a competitive fleet it highlights the difference it makes.”

The wind in the Abersoch Bay continued to move right throughout the afternoon and after a start-line change and another general recall the fleet were away. SCYC’s Nick Whipp and Harryot had a superb flying start getting away quickly and choosing a clear lane.

Many Dragons chose very quickly to take the right as this proved to pay in the previous race as the wind continued to increase and veer towards the shore. Peter Marchant’s Beauty & The Beast picked off several places to command the leading pack behind Jaguar into the first gate.

The final run saw Jaguar leading the fleet with Beauty & The Beast, Harryot and Graham Bailey’s Aimee holding off Gavia Wilkinson-Cox’s Jerboa and Colin Bergin’s Irish team onboard Sir Ossis of the River. The all-female youth team onboard Amazon skippered by Octavia Owen, had a fantastic second race exploiting their match racing experience to finish 14th.

Of the 33 International Dragons entered, after the first two races there are currently five Corinthian boats in the top ten. Leading the charge is Graham Bailey’s Aimee in third overall. After utilising the right-hand lane in the second race Graham steered them from down in 13th place to finish 6th. The fleet of Dragons from Burnham are showing their skills outside of the rivers and both Mark Wade’s Avalanche and Chip Cole’s Anarchy are putting pressure on the leaders.

Chip Cole and team is attending their first Edinburgh Cup, he commented on the experience so far: “We had some good and some bad moments. It is our first open meeting ever, we are really enjoying it. It was absolutely fantastic to come in the top three in the first race, we are all over the moon.”

Racing continues today with two more races planned. Follow us at www.facebook.com/BritishDragonAssociation/ for live race updates.


For full race reports visit www.britishdragons.org/edinburgh-cup/edinburgh-cup-results/

Rank Boat Nat SailNo Club HelmName CrewName Corinthian Old Boat R1 R2 Total Nett
1st Harry GBR 818 GBR SCYC Mike Budd Mark Greaves & Tim Tavinor No 1.0 4.0 5.0 5.0
2nd Jaguar IRL 201 IRL RSGYC Martin Byrne Pedro Andrade & Adam Winkelmann No 8.0 1.0 9.0 9.0
3rd Aimee GBR 782 GBR RYS Graham Bailey Julia Bailey Will Heritage Will Bedford Yes 6.0 3.0 9.0 9.0
4th Jerboa GBR 761 GBR RTYC Gavia Wilkinson-Cox Mark Hart, Patrick Rigby & Jake Hardman No 4.0 6.0 10.0 10.0
5th Bear GBR 789 GBR YCLB Martin Payne Emma York & Chris Grosscurth No 2.0 9.0 11.0 11.0
6th Avalanche GBR 722 GBR RCYC Mark Wade Amanda Wade & Chris Brittain Yes 7.0 10.0 17.0 17.0
7th Seafire GBR 636 GBR SCYC Paddy Atkinson Ian Platt & Mark Platt Yes 5.0 19.0 24.0 24.0
8th ZU IRL 159 IRL RSGYC TM Pearson CL Grimley & JC Bolger Yes 12.0 12.0 24.0 24.0
9th Beauty and the Beast GBR 746 GBR RCYC Peter Marchant Katie Cole & Pete Richards No 24.0 2.0 26.0 26.0
10th Anarchy GBR 825 GBR tba Chip Cole David Smith & Rob Drumgold Yes 3.0 23.0 26.0 26.0
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Edinburgh Cup Preview 2019

Graham Bailey AIMEE Edinburgh Cup 2019

The 71st British Dragon Nationals, the Haulfryn Edinburgh Cup is set to be four days of thrilling one-design keelboat racing in the waters of North Wales.

The South Caernarvonshire Yacht Club (SCYC), one of the UK’s premier yachting and sailing destinations, is this year’s host to their eighth Edinburgh Cup.

The home SCYC Dragon fleet will be joined by visiting Dragons from Ireland, Turkey, United States 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.

One’s to watch out for

Local Mike Budd and his team onboard Harry put in a solid performance during the Dragon Northern Championship successfully taking the overall win. Also making their presence and showing local knowledge is a key factor was Nick Whipp’s Harryot.

Gavia Wilkinson-Cox has added British keelboat racers Patrick Rigby and Jake Hardman to her team with Mark Hart onboard Jerboa. While their sights will be set on the overall championship win there is also the new Seagull Trophy, for the first placed lady Corinthian helm, that could go home with Gavia.

Coming over from the United States, Mike Breivik is racing new Petticrows V6, Mars with his team of Ron Rosenberg and Will Willett who combined come with an impressive CV of championship racing experience.  

Martin Byrne’s has reassembled his 2011 Edinburgh Cup winning Jaguar Sailing Team with Adam Winkelmann and Pedro Andrade onboard. After a second-place finish in the Northern Championship Martin is focused on the renowned trophy.

Joining them on the water and adding another competitive element to the historical national event, will be current reigning champion Graham Bailey’s Aimee. First winning in 2014, Graham has dominated the last two Edinburgh Cup events, can he make it a first-ever three in a row or will there be an upset from the Irish?

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.

The Haulfryn Edinburgh Cup will take place from 16 – 19 July 2019. For full results and daily news visit www.britishdragons.org

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A First for the Edinburgh Cup 2019

Cette année, les British Dragon Northern Championships et la  Haulfryn Edinburgh Cup , qui se déroulent à Abersoch, verront pour la première fois une équipe de jeunes composée exclusivement de femmes prendre part à cet événement national prestigieux.

Les 71e ressortissants britanniques du Dragon ont attiré des marins de tous les âges du Royaume-Uni et d’ailleurs. Cette année, la BDA et la flotte locale de Abersoch Dragon ont collaboré pour encourager les jeunes marins à se lancer dans le monde fantastique des courses de dragons. International Dragon  Amazon a  été offert à une équipe de jeunes en visite pour participer aux deux événements et utiliser le Dragon gratuitement. Les personnes choisies sont une jeune équipe de match racing féminine du Wirral.

Il ne reste qu’un peu moins d’une semaine avant le début du championnat du Nord menant aux Championnats britanniques de 2019, Haulfryn Edinburgh Cup, et nous discutons avec  Octavia Owen, skipper d’  Athena Racing .

Octavia a commencé à naviguer à quatre ans et à courir à huit ans seulement. Alors que son premier bateau était un cadet, Octavia a navigué dans une grande variété d’embarcations, y compris Albacores, 29ers et maintenant le Dragon International.

Où est votre club de voile à la maison?
Je  vis sur le Wirral et je cours principalement à West Kirby quand je suis chez moi sur le lac marin ou sur la marée. C’est à West Kirby Racing que j’ai remporté ma première victoire dans les courses de clubs chez les cadets.

Quand êtes-vous arrivé à la course de quillard?
J’ai  commencé à naviguer en quillard en Match Racing quand j’avais 15 ans et que je participais au National Youth Match Racing.

Quand Athena Racing a-t-elle commencé?
Athena  Racing a commencé lorsque j’ai reçu la première invitation au WIMseries à Lysekil, en Suède. Nous avons choisi un nom d’équipe qui nous a semblé accrocheur et nous avons réunis en équipe. Athéna était une déesse protectrice de la ville d’Athènes après une compétition avec Poséidon.

Avez-vous déjà navigué sur un dragon?  L’équipe et
moi même n’avons jamais navigué dans un dragon, mais nous sommes très heureux de cette nouvelle opportunité et du défi de courir contre des marins aussi expérimentés.  La première fois que nous avons navigué, c’était les 29 et 30 juin derniers.

How do you feel about being the first all-female youth Dragon team competing this year?
We are most certainly excited and over the moon to be the first all-female youth team to be competing in the Edinburgh Cup. After Racing this weekend at SCYC for practise on Amazon all the sailors have been so welcoming and encouraging its been wonderful and so grateful for their useful advice and words of wisdom, especially Rob who has given up his weekend to show us the ropes onboard.

Quels sont les projets d’Athena en course pour le reste de l’année 2019/2020?
Le projet des équipes pour le reste de l’année 2019/20 est de participer aux championnats nationaux juniors, nationaux de Match Racing Femmes, en septembre à Weymouth. En plus d’espérer recevoir plus d’invitations à participer aux événements WIMseries au cours de l’hiver et à la série de courses de matches d’hiver de la RYA et à la course en flotte.

Team Athena Racing aimerait remercier les propriétaires d’  Amazon,  le SCYC et la British Dragon Association, leurs sponsors, Rooster and Overboard Bags, ainsi que les universités Bangor et Portsmouth pour leur soutien fantastique.

Visitez  www.britishdragons.org/a-first-for-edinburgh-cup/ pour lire l’intégralité de l’entretien avec Octavia. 

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Biography of Gordon ‘Wingnut’ Ingate is published

Gordon Ingate’s illustrious sailing career spans international campaigning in Dragons and 5.5 Metres, offshore racing, the Olympics and the America’s Cup. ‘Rainbows & Dragons’ is his official biography, a fascinating story of Gordon Ingate’s life in and around the sailing world, and his achievements in sailing and business.

His Caprice of Huon was the top scorer on the Australian team at the 1965 Admiral’s Cup, Australia’s first appearance. In 5.5 Metres, he won the Scandinavian Gold Cup in 1969 and Kiel Week in 2001. Crewed by Rob Thornton, he also represented Australia in the Tempest class at the 1972 Olympics.

He campaigned for the America’s Cup with Gretel II, and continued sailing her in Australia, a valuable benchmark for the 1983 America’s Cup winner, Australia II. He later returned to the Dragon class where, at the age of 91, he won the Prince Philip Cup Australian championship for a fourth time in January 2018.

Largely written by Bob Ross, one of Australia’s foremost yachting journalists, and a close friend of Ingate, the story is personal and highly reflective on Ingate’s long sailing career, personal highs and lows and illustrates the determination that made him one of Australia’s best known sailing figures.

Widely known simply as ‘Wingnut’, Ingate immersed himself in sailing culture and the social side of sailing, with an irrepressible sense of humour. The book begins with a personal portrait of Ingate by his friend and neighbour, Patrick Bollen, describing his life from his early sailing days, to Sea Scouts, the war years, his time with the RAAF, and working at De Havilland, through to his famous 90th birthday party at the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron, in the company of 220 of his friends and family.

In the Foreword, written by George W Carmany, Ingate is described as a ‘force of nature’, a legend and a true Australian ‘original’.

Rainbows & Dragons is available in black and white paperwork and colour hardback. It has more than 200 illustrations across 240 pages. It is available for sale across the Amazon network, and in most online bookstores.

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