Visiting teams from the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron, the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club and the Kansai Yacht Club battled it out this weekend on English Bay in the 2015 Pacific Dragon Interport, a Dragon Team Racing regatta hosted by the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club. Teams completed three round robins for a total of 18 matches over the first two days. Matches were raced on a short box course with teams rotating boats, which were provided by the Vancouver Dragon Fleet owners. The weather was perfect for Dragon sailing, with westerly winds between 10 and 15 knots, with occasional gusts up to 20 knots. Winds were much stronger on the third and last day (22-25 knots gusting up to 35 knots), so racing was abandoned. Congratulations to the Royal Vancouver on becoming the latest Pacific Dragon Interport Champions. Interestingly, two out of three helms on the Vancouver team were women. Well done ladies! Dragons have raced in a Pacific Interport since the early 80s.
The next Interport will be held in Hong Kong in November 2016.
Every year the Vancouver Dragon Fleet heads over to Centre Bay on Alexandra Island (just up Howe Sound). It's a fun weekend with fleet racing, single handed Dragon racing, crew races and, this year, some practice team racing prior to the Pacific Dragon Interport. And, of course, the notorious Dragon's Breath!
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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