Weekly racing on Sundays and Wednesdays were both won overall by The Schmucks USA297, helmed by Mike Mahar and crewed by Joe Pease and Bill Kress. This team also won the trophy at Cleveland Race Week, which had a fleet of 7 Dragons, including visitors from Alabama and Toronto.
In 2014 the RVYC held 35 Dragon One Design races with 9 competitors in the RVYC weekend regattas. The top spot was dominated by Eagle CAN122, helmed by Bruce Reid and crewed by Ken Reid and Ron Trainor. In overall second place was Ayrbon CAN145, followed by Curmudgeon CAN125. Wednesday evening racing had a total of 32 races and 8 competitors. The overall winner was Curmudgeon, with Black Magic CAN132 and Eclipse CAN123 at second and third.
The IDA AGM was held in London in late October. Overall the Class is in good shape, with continued good attendance at major regattas, the introduction of a new Corinthian event and a total of 18 Dragons built last year, with one new builder. There were a number of minor rule changes proposed and adopted. Discussion continued around the number of professional teams in the Class; while there is no doubt that most pros add value and provide excellent competition, the Class has realized it needs to spend more time and effort on local and national fleets.
There continues to be considerable competition for upcoming major events, but the exciting news was the interest and support expressed for a major event in North America in the next five years. Current thinking is around a Gold Cup in Newport in 2019 and the IDA has given provisional approval for this, which will be discussed in much more detail at next year's AGM and with the ADA and CDA. Detailed notes on the event are here.
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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