British Dragons Celebrate at the 90th Anniversary Regatta

British Dragons celebrate at the 90th anniversary regatta along with 20 other nations and 140 travelling Dragons. The International Dragon 90th Anniversary Regatta powered by Paul & Shark got underway in spectacular Italian style on Sunday 6th October at the Yacht Club Sanremo, with a gala opening ceremony at which the 162 participating teams were welcomed.

Dragon sailors and friends of the class have travelled from across the globe for this unique celebration of the Dragon’s illustrious 90-year history, and the regatta is already infused with a wonderful sense of fiesta.

After the first qualification races Britain’s Mike & Monique Hayles’ Naiad sailed superbly to lead Fleet A while Ireland’s Daniel Murphy and Brian Goggin topped fleet B.

Anniversary Race

The Anniversary all-inclusive race was a fantastic display of International Dragon sailing. The Dragon is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful one-design keel boats in the world, and the spectacle of 150 Dragons coming together on a single start line to celebrate the class’s 90th Anniversary was truly a visual delight. The special course with a three mile beat to the first mark was followed by a down-wind leg featuring two reaches and then a run into the finish. With a north easterly breeze of around 12-15 knots Benedikt Gach sailing GER1216 got a good start, hit the left side of the beat and sailed superbly well to head the fleet at the first mark. Jens Rathsack in MON2 Jeanie rounded the first mark 100 yards behind him with Ron James helming GBR633 Fei Lin’s-Flirtation at the head of the chasing pack.

The afternoon continued with the ‘special races’ which were dominated by British Dragons. Laura Dillon helming GBR770 Storm took the Ladies win and David Hall’s GBR617 Flame Again were awarded first place in the Family race. A close finish in the Champions of Champions race saw Russia’s Dimitry Samokhin take first ahead of Mike Budd’s GBR818 Harry. It was a fantastic day of racing for Ron James’ GBR633 who took the Master’s title and Tim Saunder’s SCYC Dragon Vixen who came in 2nd.

90th Anniversary Special Races

The Classic race was won by Aleksei Zigadlo RUS21, Charlotte Ten Wolde NED435 was the youth race winner and Casper Dohse’s team onboard GER1151 took first place in the crew’s race.

The hundreds of participating crews will live on in their memories for many years to come. The regatta concluded in spectacular style with two glorious final races in an 8-10 knot sea breeze and a prize giving party that matched both the Dragon and the Yacht Club Sanremo’s renowned reputations for warm hospitality and exceptional camaraderie.

Grant Gordon of event sponsor Glenfiddich, who also raced the regatta at the helm of GBR820 Louise Racing finishing ninth overall, paid tribute to all the very many people who helped make the regatta happen. “Sanremo did our Class, arguably ‘the world’s greatest classic one- design keelboat’, very proud. There was a wonderful atmosphere throughout the whole of the Dragon 90th regatta. Thank you to all the volunteers and organisers for an unforgettable event.”

In the Classics Fleet, for planked wooden Dragons built prior to 1972, first place went to Ivan Bradbury sailing GBR375 Blue Haze, a beautifully restored and maintained 1959 Pedersen & Theusen, which also finished 26th in the overall classification.

90th Anniversary Regatta Reports

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British Dragon sailors lead in San Remo

Sanremo Delivers Two Great Opening Races for Dragon 90th Anniversary Regatta powered by Paul & Shark

  • British Dragon sailors Mike & Monique Hayles lead Fleet A after opening two races of Dragon 90th Anniversary Regatta powered by Paul & Shark at Yacht Club Sanremo
  • Ireland’s Daniel Murphy and Brian Goggin head Fleet B.
  • Fleet prepares for Wednesday’s special 90th Anniversary Race in which all boats will come together and for the Champion of Champions Race featuring medallists from the Olympics, World and European Championships and World Cups in any class and the Dragon Gold Cup
  • Series racing will resume on Thursday 10th October

Day two of the Dragon 90th Anniversary Regatta powered by Paul & Shark brought beautiful hot sunshine and racing at last for the 150 strong fleet, who had been held ashore on day one due to strong winds and rough seas. The starts were initially postponed for a little over two hours to allow the wind to build, but by mid-afternoon a delightful 6-7 knots had filled in from the south east quadrant, enabling the Yacht Club Sanremo’s Race Committee to run two excellent qualifying series races.

The fleet has been split into two groups for the qualifiers, with each group racing on its own dedicated windward leeward course. The light airs gave the tacticians and trimmers a good work out as they tried to pick the best lanes and constantly change gears to maintain maximum speed. Consistency was hard to find though and by the end of the day four different race winners had been identified.

First blood in Group A went to Anatoly Loginov sailing RUS27 ‘Annapurna’ with Ivan Bradbury’s beautiful wooden classic GBR375 ‘Blue Haze’, built in 1959 by Pedersen and Theusen, second and Philipp Ocker’s GER1135 ‘Birscherl’ third. Race two was won by Charlotte Ten Wolde in NED435 ‘Olinghi’, with Helmut Muller’s GER810 ‘Zille’ second and Joergen Schoenherr in DEN411 ‘African Queen’ third.

Overall however, the most consistent Group A performers were long standing International Dragon circuit supporters Mike & Monique Hayles’ GBR764 ‘Naiad’, and Jeroen Leenen’s UAE58 ‘Desert’, who both ended the day on 14 points. Alexander Ezhkov’s RUS2 ‘Alisa’ lies third with Bradbury fourth.

In Group B Vasily Senatorov, sailing RUS34 ‘To Be Continued’ won the opening race from Norbert Stadler’s SUI297 ‘Tachiston’ with Brian Goggin’s IRL180 Serafina, helmed by Daniel Murphy, third. The second Group B race was won by Evgenii Braslavets in ITA77 ‘Bunker Prince’ with Goggin and Murphy second and Jens Christensen’s DEN410 ‘Out of Bounce’ third. Overall Goggin and Murphy now lead Group B by two points from Christensen who took fourth in the opener, with Pieter Heerema’s NED412 ‘Troika’ in third thanks to a seventh and fifth place.

British Dragons GBR 818 Harry and GBR 770 Storm both had consistently great races in the top ten to finish 5th and 7th respectively earning their place in the Gold fleet.

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