East Coast Dragon Championship 2019

This year’s East Coast Dragon championship 2019 had 15 Dragons compete over the weekend of 14th and 15th September. Race Officer Richard Stone managed to hold six races in light winds and glorious sunshine in the river Medway’s Long Reach.

Four races on Saturday were completed in a light NE sea breeze after a postponement for this to arrive. The beats were very true and boats that went right did not suffer even though out in more adverse tide. The racing was close and there were four different individual race winners: Avalanche GBR722 (Mark, Amanda and James Wade), Vivacious GBR797 (Dan Wastnage, Andrew Norden, Harriet Davies), Pageboy XI (Paul Taylor, Graeme and Clive Page) as well as Badger GBR810 (Tom Vernon, Adam Bowers and Ollie Spenshey-Corfield).

A short first leg meant that the many boats approaching the windward mark on port tack had to take care. The black flag made an appearance in race three, after a general recall, and also in race four. The tide had turned for race four and two boats were black flagged.

All competitors enjoyed a drinks reception in warm sunshine on the MYC Club pontoon after racing sponsored by local brewers Shepherd Neame.

Two races were held on Sunday with a Westerly wind, in the same area of Long Reach, before the wind died. There was a long run against the incoming tide in the shallows on the North side in Race five. Anarchy GBR825 led for most of the two lap race but were overtaken crucially by Badger late on. Local boat Gandalf GBR726 (Edwin Hannant, Ross Porter and Phil Stacey) was the popular winner of Race six. They were one of only two boats to run along the South shore in the dying breeze.

Badger and Anarchy continued their duel for the Championship and although Anarchy beat them in the final race this was not by enough to hold off Badger.

The east coast Dragon championship winners were Badger GBR810 by one point from Anarchy GBR825 of RCYC who also took the Corinthian title.

A big thank you to the event sponsors Chatham Rope Company, Craft Insure, Pirates Cave, Asda Gillingham and Shepherd Neame Brewery. And to all of the MYC volunteers and supporters; Richard Stone, Sarah Mason, Catherine Gore, Lesley Wright, Mark Penny, Pete Dilley, Bruce Boyd, Sue Hannant and the Crockett Family.


Sail No. Boat Helm Name Club R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 Total Nett
810 Badger Thomas Vernon RSYC (4.0) 3.0 4.0 1.0 1.0 4.0 17.0 13.0
825 Anarchy Chip Cole RCYC 2.0 4.0 3.0 (6.0) 2.0 3.0 20.0 14.0
722 Avalanche Mark Wade RCYC 1.0 2.0 5.0 8.0 (9.0) 6.0 31.0 22.0
797 Vivacious Dan Wastnage RCYC 7.0 1.0 6.0 4.0 5.0 (9.0) 32.0 23.0
586 Scorpio Ian Gray RCYC 6.0 (7.0) 2.0 2.0 6.0 7.0 30.0 23.0
792 Pageboy XI Paul Taylor RCYC 5.0 6.0 1.0 5.0 7.0 (17.0
41.0 24.0
560 Whistle Quentin Strauss MYC 3.0 5.0 10.0 7.0 4.0 (11.0) 40.0 29.0
753 Fit Chick Chris Grosscurth MYC 9.0 8.0 7.0 10.0 (15.0) 8.0 57.0 42.0
747 Suti Toby Atack MYC 11.0 (13.0) 8.0 11.0 12.0 2.0 57.0 44.0
675 OCD Brian McKenzie MYC (14.0) 14.0 12.0 3.0 3.0 13.0 59.0 45.0
760 Hands Off Andy Moss RCYC 8.0 9.0 9.0 9.0 (10.0) 10.0 55.0 45.0
597 Repeat
Phil Walker MYC 10.0 11.0 (14.0) 12.0 8.0 5.0 60.0 46.0
726 Gandalph Edwin Hannant MYC 13.0 (17.0
11.0 17.0
11.0 1.0 70.0 53.0
710 COY Colin Weston MYC 12.0 10.0 (15.0) 13.0 13.0 12.0 75.0 60.0
588 Molly Heiko Schupp MYC 15.0 12.0 13.0 (17.0
14.0 17.0
88.0 71.0

Thank you to Paul Babington Richard Janulewicz for the images.

Chris Brealy, Medway Dragon Fleet Captain


South Coast Championship 2019

Dragon South Coast Championships – 7th to 8th September

Sadly, gone are the days when 40 plus boats would cross the start line for the South Coasts; but what we lacked in quantity we made up for in quality. With only seven entries we merged our event with a standard Windward/Leeward weekend, which kept costs down and reduced the stress on our always-busy Solent race teams. The whole event went very smoothly mainly due to the marvellous race management from the Royal London Yacht Club with Gill Smith as PRO. I would like to thank Gill and her team for a marvellous weekend’s racing!

This weekend we had Northerlies forecast and North winds are notoriously unstable; especially compared with our normal classic South-Westerlies. But we had six very close and competitive races. Three races were scheduled for each day, with length approximately one hour per race. Race one was all clear on the start but after 3 minutes of the first beat Aimee saw some pressure on the right and was a couple of hundred yards ahead (how do they do that?) and one the first race easily; and I was getting a sense of déjà vu. But, don’t forget it was a Northerly and anything can happen!

For the second race Furious started at the pin and just kept going left. At the top mark Furious had at least a hundred yards lead, with the rest of the fleet closely bunched together behind. On the second beat Furious defied convention, didn’t cover and went hard left again, having lost a bit of their lead, had to fight hard to keep Ecstatic at bay.

South Coast Championship 2019The third race was a real Snakes and Ladders affair Bertie went hard right on the second beat (don’t forget this was a Northerly and the wind is, shall we say, slightly unstable) to open a useful lead which took her home to victory.

Gill Smith suggested that, as we had a poor forecast for the next day, we should go into race four straight away; which turned out be a good suggestion in the end. Badger sticking to centre right on the second beat managed to be the fourth winner of the day. Badger had been in the top three in every race, unlike the rest of the fleet, so finished the day with a comfortable lead. The fleet headed home for a delicious casual supper at the Royal London, after a very challenging but enjoyable day racing.

Sunday started with a steady nine knots from the NNW which was oscillating significantly. Once again Gill and her team miraculously managed to run the fifth race in a dying breeze and it was beginning to look like this was finish, With Badger winning the last race they had extended their lead, but it was still theoretically possible for Graham to win. After consultation with the competitors it was decided to wait an hour to see if the wind would stabilise for the last race.

South Coast Championship 2019

Badger once gain one the last race, which was initiated just before the 12:30 agreed time limit and staked their justified claim to take home the Brigadier Henson Trophy having sailed a consistent series in tricky conditions (and winning three races), well done to Tom Vernon and crew. Bertie were second overall, having beaten Aimee in the last race, to take home the Ratsey and Lapthorn half model. Aimee, finishing third overall, were still first Corinthian and took home the Oscar Cup. I’d like to thank Gill Smith once again, and her very competent race team, for a marvellous weekend racing in tricky conditions.


  1. Badger GBR 810
  2. Bertie GBR 763
  3. Aimee GBR 782  +  1st Corinthian
  4. Ecstatic GBR 682
  5. Furious GBR 777
  6. Fanfare GBR 754
  7. Glaurung GBR 768

Thank you to Richard Janulewicz and Katie Cole for the images. Action photos from Richard will be on his website this week –

Owen Pay, Dragon Solent Fleet Captain