...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.
Anne Garrett is the National Secretary for the American Dragon Association and has been sailing and racing Dragons since the early 80s.
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