A momentous occasion for the Dragon fleet at Cowes Week 2021

Bluebottle, previously owned and sailed by HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, has made a stunning return to Dragon racing during last week’s Cowes Week.

Retired in 1960, restored by David Heritage Racing Yachts and in its first race in 60 years Bluebottle has WON the Cowes Week Dragon fleet.

Expertly helmed by Graham Bailey with crew Julia Bailey and David Heritage, Bluebottle picked up three wins and two seconds out of six races to claim the overall top spot.

Congratulations to all the Dragon sailors and to Eric and Gavia on securing their positions on the podium.

1 BLUEBOTTLE Graham Bailey
2 ECSTATIC Eric Williams
3 JERBOA Gavia Wilkinson-Cox
4 BERTIE Simon Barter
5 FURIOUS Owen Pay
6 CHRISTIANNA Michael & Helen Wilson
7 BADGER Tom Vernon

What a comeback! Bluebottle, formerly owned by the Duke of Edinburgh, wins her class at Cowes Week with a day to spare 🤩👏👏 This video from our sister title Classic Boat magazine Race report:

Posted by Yachts and Yachting Magazine on Sunday, 8 August 2021
Classic Boat Magazine Cowes Week Race Report – Bluebottle

Cover image: Bluebottle at Cowes Week 2021, Paul Wyeth