Nicola is the new owner of Dragonfly, USA315, a 1948 McGruer. She is moored on Martha's Vineyard in Vineyard Haven harbor. She will be having extensive work done on Dragonfly this summer at Gannon & Benjamin (gannonandbenjamin.com), who will be replacing her backbone, garboards, a couple of planks up from the garboards and a large percentage of her frames. This year is her 70th birthday and she had gotten to the point were this work needed to be done in order for it to be safe to launch her. So far, they have already removed the keel. Soon she will be turned over so that they can begin removing the back bone and planks. Photos to come...
We had 4 boats out this year for CRW June 16 and 17
USA 277 Al Hensel
USA 256 Tom James
USA 253 Ken Focazio
USA 261 Mark DeYoung
We shared a course with J22’s and Stars. The CRW race committee did a great job in the most challenging conditions on Saturday. Only 2 races on Saturday counted. One was abandoned. Wind directions were all over the place - 160, 220, 330, 0, then back to 330. 5-10knots all day. Wind was Clocking 30 degrees every ½ hour all day then backing at the end. After racing was fun with plenty of Rum and Vodka.
Long postponement on shore with hardly a breath of air on Sunday. Finally got towed out to the course and got 1 race in and a drifter 1 lap race. Bleah.
The Cleveland Dragon Fleet races on Sundays and Wednesdays and usually have 5 Dragons at the start.
...some become bars in Yacht Clubs. Shearwater, CAN78, an 1959 Abeking & Rasmussen became the bar in Britannia Yacht Club in Ottawa after her sailing days were over.
Congrats to David Howard on his induction into the 2018 Canadian Sailing Hall of Fame.
Winner of 1954 Canada’s Cup in the 8-Metre Venture II, Skipper 1956 Olympics in Dragons, Sailing Master on off-shore racers Inishfree and Bonaventure (Bermuda races and SORCs), Skipper and syndicate member of True North in 1969 Canada’s Cup trials, Skipper and Syndicate member of 1975 Canada’s Cup challenger Marauder, Past Commodore and Honourary Life Member of RCYC, one of the original four founders of the Nonsuch class (RCYC)
After years searching for his Dragon Tomahawk from the 56 Olympics, David restored Ludmilla CAN115 and renamed her Tomahawk II.
Tomboy, after a lengthy Racing record at the Royal Canadian YC, disappeared until about 2005 when she was sold at auction in Campbellton NB then disappeared again. She turned up on Kijiji in late 2017 and was quickly bought by William Borden of the Chaumont NY area and the Crescent YC. The CrYC has a lengthy Dragon history back to John Foster Dulles days (the 60s) and more recently (the 80s) was one of the stops in the Dragon Passage races from Rochester to Picton in 1977 and 1988. Bill lives in Charleston SC and summers at Chaumont where he has a lengthy Family history. This is where he will keep Tomboy - now USA319 , and now named SPARKS (a family name).
Ballerina KC105, another ex RCYC Dragon was part of that auction and has been racing recently in Charlottetown PEI. The third Dragon at that auction was called Red Dragon and has been traced back to the UK as Red Dragon K274; she was built by Lallows yard in Cowes. She is now CAN146 ,YVONNE and is also racing handicap in Fredericton NB. She is pictured above.
We were contacted recently by a person looking for a good home for a model Dragon his Dad built from a kit in the 70s.
The kit was by well known model producers Billings Boats in Denmark. It moved with his parents from Canada to California and back and is now in London, Ontario.
After a quick email we had over a dozen people express interest in the model! It is going to Dragon Owner Peter Jeffrey of Toronto who was one of the first to respond.
by Chuck Ramsay
What. A. Weekend.
The RVYC June one design weekend was a continuation of the May one design weekend – great weather, great breeze and great sailing!
On Saturday, the westerly breeze filled in before breakfast. Ocean buoy reports promised more to come and it did! There were five races on Saturday in a building breeze from a solid 10 knot westerly capping with the final race sailed in 18 - 20 knots plus and gusting to 26.
Aryborn took races one and five while Mistral won races two, three and four. There was a battle royal between Eagle, Rum and Monkey and Jumala going on behind. Jumala finished third in race two moving Eagle to fourth while Rum & Monkey (2nd) pushed Aryborn to third in race four for their best score of the regatta.
As the breeze built, boat handling became a priority – don’t get over-powered in the puffs upwind and keep the pole or the boom out of the water downwind. Somehow, Ken Reid’s pants came down in the middle of a tack. But Ken, the omnipresent 87 year-old warrior that he is, sat on the rail undeterred and mooned the enthusiastic crowds on the beach. It was a pretty quiet group on shore at the end of the day. The Fleet after-party was hosted by the Taylor’s and the Gods of drink and food were suitably appeased…
Mike Mahar died Wednesday night in a sailing accident on Lake Erie. Anyone who raced Dragons around the Great Lakes knew Mike. He was a great competitor on the race course and the backbone of the Cleveland Fleet. He loved flying, a good joke, cheap red wine and racing his Dragon. He will be sorely missed.
The Club had a decent turn-out for the May One-design Regatta with Dragons, Farr 30s and Stars out for both days of the weekend and Martin 242s out for Saturday and 6 Meters out for Sunday. There was great Dragon sailing weather both days with the breeze in the 12 – 15 knot range on Saturday and 8 – 10 knots on Sunday. There were a few gear failures with Blue out for three races on Saturday with a jammed Harken furler which required disassembly to solve the problem. Rum and Monkey missed two races on Sunday with a jib halyard failure. Black Magic did not show on Sunday as Charles ended up becoming a grandfather yet again and spent the day baby-sitting. Everyone agreed not to sail the final race on Sunday as it had been a long weekend with some crew members out of shape (believe it or not). Eagle had planned to be in the water but helmsman Bruce Reid ended up solving some sort of IT problem in Bellingham while Ken cooled his heels. Carmudgeon is still at Straits Marine being converted to a 2018 Petticrows. Hopefully she will be back in June. With the addition of Jim Burns’ new Petticrows and Lane Rudd’s acquisition of Ayrborn, it looks like we should have at least nine Dragons on the starting line in most regattas.
Here's a recent Seahorse Magazine article on Dragon Team Provezza
Anne Garrett is the National Secretary for the American Dragon Association and has been sailing and racing Dragons since the early 80s.
Send Photos and/or Stories
Upload your photos or stories to DropBox. We'll do the rest.