Congratulations to the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club Team on winning the 2017 Dragon Pacific Rim Interport, held this past weekend in Hong Kong. What a great way to end the season!
And special thanks to the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club for hosting an excellent regatta and to the teams from the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron and the Kansai Yacht Club for making this a great competition and a social event to remember. See you in Sydney in two years time!
RVYC is sitting on top of the leader board after day 2. Canada has 9, Hong Kong is in second with 5, and Australia and Japan are tied with four. There is an air quality advisory in effect, but at least it's not snow!
A great start to the Dragon Pacific Rim Interport. Close racing with Vancouver in the lead at the end of Day 1. Great sailing conditions, competitive Teams, Canada takes the lead with 5 Wins, Hong Kong 4, Australia 3, Japan 0
Good luck to all for Day 2!
Several of the Vancouver Dragon Fleet sailed as crew on Six Metres at the recent Worlds hosted by the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club. Here's a report from Dragon Fleet Captain, Chris Ebbehoj.
The Royal Vancouver Yacht Club hosted the Six Metre World Championships in September of this year. The Dragon that I normally sail was in the yard having some modifications performed and I was asked to sail in the Worlds on the mighty Six Metre “Saleema”, US 40.
Saleema was designed by Henry Gielow but attributed to Sherman Hoyt, who was a partner in that business. Hoyt had designed an unusual six meter the previous year, Atrocia, and US 40 Saleema was a bit more conventional. The boat was designed for Henry Plant and built at Henry B. Nevins' yard on City Island, New York. She was sent to Sweden to compete in the 1928 Scandinavian Gold Cup as the USA representative. Sherman Hoyt drove the boat with a youthful crew and won 2 races before eventually being outlasted by the Norwegian entry Figaro V. Hoyt and crew then enjoyed an extensive series of regattas and races while at both Sandhamn and Gothenberg in Sweden, then Copenhagen, Denmark. Much of the racing and other events and carousing is covered in Hoyt's Memoirs - an autobiography of his various sailing adventures. Following her return to the USA, Saleema sailed the remainder of the season on Long Island Sound. Saleema was then sold to Southern California where she competed in the races on the Pacific Ocean with that small group of enthusiasts. Saleema appears to have been in California since that time and was rebuilt and renovated in San Diego by Koehler Kraft in San Diego in 2003.
IDA Annual General Meeting 2017
Société Nautique de Saint-Tropez
Saturday 21 October 2017
Congrats to Eagle, CAN122 (helm Bruce Reid, crew Judy Day and Ron Trainor) on winning the 2017 Fleet Championship at the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club.
Alexander Island, RVYC Outstation
The Dragon’s Breath Regatta was held on Saturday and Sunday of the Labour Day Weekend. The weekend was sunny and warm with winds building each day in the morning by about 11 AM and dying later in the afternoon. Breezes were in the 6 to 8 knot range so perfect for relaxed Dragon racing. Two single handed races were held on Saturday followed by two crewed races. Two crewed races were held on Sunday followed by a few Dragons sailing with novice crew from among the weekend visitors to the island. The Dragon’s Breath party was held at about 18:00 on Saturday with Paul Taylor working his usual magic with various kinds of liquor and fruit to create a potion for the crowd. Hors d’oeuvres were provided by the crowd with Dragon sailors and numerous other sailors there for the weekend joining in for the fun. Having more than two glasses of Paul’s brew placed the partier at significant risk.
Intrigue has now raced in the Pacific (Seattle), the Great Lakes (Toronto) and the Atlantic (Mahone Bay). Quite a journey!
Congrats to Lola USA261, owned by Mark DeYoung and Paul Reiman (helm), on a close win in a Dragon Fleet of six. And well done Cleveland Dragons for getting the entire fleet out racing for this great event held annually on Lake Erie at Edgewater Yacht Club, just minutes from downtown Cleveland. An excellent Race Committee (running multiple OD races) got four races completed on Saturday and two more on Sunday. Weather on Sunday was brisk (10 gusting to 20) with some big storms in the area. Fortunately none came through the race course. And it all came down to the last race, with Lola finishing second and securing the win by a point. As usual there was lots of great food and plenty of beer provided by the sponsors plus Lee's famous blender party on Saturday after the races.
This weekend was also the Star Western Hemisphere Championship, with more than 30 entries. Congratulations to Arthur Anosov and David Caesar (a sometime Dragon sailor) for their First Place overall finish!
Anne Garrett is the National Secretary for the American Dragon Association and has been sailing and racing Dragons since the early 80s.