The IDA AGM was held on October 21st in St. Tropez, France, just after the Gold Cup.
There were no major issues this year and 2017 was cash positive. Attendance at major events has been good. There has been an uptick in building Dragons. Last year Petticrows built 12, but this year they have plans for 25.
The Member Countries approved the Articles of Association for a new IDA controlled entity called IDA Events. The new entity is positioned to negotiate sponsorship deals with large global companies for major events.
There were no significant Rules changes - mainly small changes to tidy the wording.
Europeans on Lake Balaton in Hungary, end of May
Gold Cup in Helsinki, end of June
Worlds in Perth, January 2019
Dragon 90th Anniversary in France in 2019
The IDA Executive asked for input on holding a Dragon World Championship in 2023 in North America. We agreed to put a place-holder there and to explore the opportunities. In order to successfully host such an event, we will need a host Club as the Organizing Authority, lots of volunteers, and a healthy home fleet.
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Congratulations to the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club Team on winning the 2017 Dragon Pacific Rim Interport, held this past weekend in Hong Kong. What a great way to end the season!
And special thanks to the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club for hosting an excellent regatta and to the teams from the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron and the Kansai Yacht Club for making this a great competition and a social event to remember. See you in Sydney in two years time!
RVYC is sitting on top of the leader board after day 2. Canada has 9, Hong Kong is in second with 5, and Australia and Japan are tied with four. There is an air quality advisory in effect, but at least it's not snow!
A great start to the Dragon Pacific Rim Interport. Close racing with Vancouver in the lead at the end of Day 1. Great sailing conditions, competitive Teams, Canada takes the lead with 5 Wins, Hong Kong 4, Australia 3, Japan 0
Good luck to all for Day 2!
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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