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.
There were 8 Dragons out on Saturday in lovely conditions (westerly 10-15), although one managed to forget to register. Things were a little more exciting on Sunday with westerly winds consistently in the low 20s, gusting to high 20s. Congrats to CAN148 Ayrborn2 on their first win of the season!
Robert McLean is the new owner of CAN123, a 1978 Godsil/Miller, which he has named Kai, formerly Eclipse. Robert is a member of the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club and will be racing her with the Vancouver fleet. Welcome to the Dragons, Robert!
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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