USA312 Spitfire and owner Christopher Ball took two awards at the SDYC Opening Day in spring 2018. Spitfirre won "Best Maintained Yacht Overall" and "Best Maintained Sail". Hard to beat a well maintained for good looks!
When I asked him once how he got into sailing Dragons he said:
" I was standing on the break wall of Oakville Harbour as a long narrow varnished boat came in;
Tall bare chested well tanned man standing at the helm ,
A few bikinis on the foredeck.
I watched and said to myself
“I can do that" .
I shall personally miss all the help he gave me over the years, but, most of all, I will miss his sense of humour and that little twinkle in his eye.
The family had a small private ceremony, but have planned to hold a memorial in Picton in early February and in Guelph in early June. Details here.
At the Munich 1972 Olympics, the Jewish world froze when 11 members of the Israeli Olympic team were captured and murdered, and while Jewish non-Israeli athletes were told they wouldn’t have extra protection, Donald carried the Israeli flag on his Dragon enroute to winning the bronze medal for the USA.
The International Dragon Association held its Annual General Meeting on October 27, 2018 at the Royal Thames Yacht Club in London. There were19 countries represented in person and a further 9 by proxy.
Chairman's Report - There is a new Dragon training camp being set up in Villamoura, PT - they will have 8 Dragons. There were 26 entries at the Prince Philip Cup in Australia, which was won by Gordon Ingate. The Cannes Winter Series had unusual weather with snow and big waves. While 50 boats registered, only 43 sailed in those conditions. The quality of race management continues to be important. It was mentioned that the Helsinki Gold Cup PRO did a great job of communications before and after racing with the result that the skippers meetings were exceptionally well attended. Report on the Regates Royales Cannes - this special event to celebrate the Dragon 90th anniversary is already oversubscribed - the IDA is looking at alternative venues to meet the demand. Fleet numbers are steady with the usual ups and downs. The IDA Executive has been looking at a new Grade 1 Circuit for 2019 (Cannes, Cascais, Kühlungsborn, Palma), culminating in an European Grade 1 Cup in Palma. Petticrows delivered 42 boats in 2018, and have 10 orders on hand for 2019, which is the best year for them, ever. Sponsorship - nothing positive to report so far - the IDA has made an agreement with a sponsorship agency (who accept payment on success rather upfront). Their initial feedback is that the Dragon Class has a good reputation but is not very visible - especially on social media, making it difficult to get sponsors. There were no major measurement issues this year.
Aryborn2 CAN148 (a 2012 Petticrows) launches at English Bay, Vancouver on a smoky day. Hope they can figure out all those strings!
Ayrborn2 (Ayrborn squared, curse you superscripts), a 2012 Petticrows Dragon has arrived in Vancouver. Owner Jim Burns is enjoying Christmas in August, crew Chuck is looking forward to those high floors (don't forget to duck a bit lower for the boom) and crew Glenn is hunting down the perfect beer for the christening. Just don't call it Mellow Yellow.
by David Dale-Johnson
July 21 and 22 offered almost perfect conditions for the July One Design Regatta. Mostly sunshine with wind speeds from the west in the 8 to 12 knot range made for a great sailing weekend. Most expected the westerly to die toward the end of each day but that did not happen. Perfect Dragon sailing conditions for English Bay.
The race committee set the course to the west of the club to avoid the usual collection of anchored freighters and to increase the likelihood of a steady breeze. And the strategy worked. Stars and Martin 242s joined the regatta on Saturday with Stars and a couple of 6 Metres out on Sunday. The westerly was pretty consistent and there were not excessive currents at the weather mark. The only weird sailing condition was an occasional header at the layline on port tack to the weather mark making an early tack from the beach a winner.
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...
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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