Bob passed away unexpectedly Sunday, September 6, 2020, coming in from a race on Lake Erie. Bob owned a number of Dragons over the years, including USA289 Jan Van Gent. A Life Celebration will be scheduled in his honor in 2021.
The 2019-2020 IDA Magazine is going to the printers today. Here's a sneak peak. Members of National Associations get one for free. If you need more for a promotional event or to hand out at your local Yacht Club, contact your Dragon Association. Better yet, join your National Association and get one of your own!
Steve passed away on December 28th, 2019. He had a long, wonderful life, lived large and fully. There will be a celebration of his life in the coming Spring, on Sunday May 17th in Toronto on what would have been his 94th birthday. In case you missed it here is Steve’s story about his time in the Dragon Class from Hungary via the UK to Canada.
This year's Pacific Interport was hosted by the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron and the New South Wales chapter of the Australian Dragon Association, with participating teams from the Royal Hong Kong YC and the Kansai YC. The team from the Royal Vancouver YC were unable to come this year, but hope to be at the next event in Kansai in early summer 2021. The host Club had a narrow win over Japan and a little impromptu swimming in one race.
Photographs of the last day are at the link below.
Congratulations to Bryan Palfreyman, owner of Intrigue CAN131 on winning the Chester Classic Regatta, held the week before the Helly Hansen Chester Race Week in Mahone Bay NS. Bryan went on to come fourth in the Classic Division of Chester Race Week.
report by David Dale-Johnson
The July One Design Regatta at RVYC was held in almost perfect Dragon conditions. For most of Saturday the wind was steady at about ten knots from the Northwest while on Sunday the conditions were similar but with occasional light spells. Four races were held each day with a throw-out now allowed after four races so the scoring Saturday after four races was based on the three best finishes.
Both Ayrborn 2 and Eagle ended the day with two bullets but with Ayrborn²’s 2nd in the third race and Eagle’s 3rd in the second race Ayrborn wrapped up the day with a one point lead over Eagle followed by Rum & Monkey in 3rd place, Mistral in 4th place and Blue in 5th place. In the first race, both Eagle and Mistral were over early with the result that each yacht threw out the 8 points from that race. The racing was relatively close with a three boat battle between Mistral, Rum & Monkey and Blue at the finish of the 3rd race resulting in Blue going to 5th place after being blanketed by Mistral and Rum & Monkey at the finish. After Saturday it looked as if the regatta would be a battle between Eagle and Ayrborn²; two very experience helmsmen and two fast boats although Eagle (1977 Miller/Godsil) has been around a few years longer than Ayrborn² (a 2012 Petticrows). Wren was on the water but not signed in for the regatta. While not scored she showed some of the speed of the old Ayrborn.
Thanks to Christopher Nordhoff (who was visiting from Munich) for the photos. See more photos of Dragon sailing on Christopher's website.
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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