East Coast Championship 2019

The The East coast championship 2019 makes a return to Rochester and the river Medway for the final regional Dragon event of the year.

Medway Yacht Club (MYC) invites International Dragons to take part in a two day open regatta for the BDA east coast championship to be held on 14th and 15th September 2019.

Two days of competitive racing with a maximum of six races will be combined with fun socials and entertainment plus excellent shore-side facilities. Enter now!


* Visitors are welcome to bring their Dragons to MYC the week before or earlier to rig and be ready for launching. There is a large secure car park facility within the Club premises.
* The MYC Dry Sailing Team will be pleased to launch your boat in your absence at no extra charge, so that you do not have to be at MYC before registration.
Friday 13th September
Registration – Race Office (MYC Library) from 11:00 to 13:00 and 16:00 to 18:00
East coast championship 2019Saturday 14th September
Registration – Race Office (MYC Library) from 07:30 to 08:30
Briefing – 08:00 MYC
The warning signal for the first race will not be before 09:55
Championship dinner
Sunday 15th September
Warning signal for the first race will not be before 09:55
No warning signal will be made after 13:00
Visitors boats to be lifted out immediately after racing
Prize giving

Travel & Accommodation

There are several Hotels near by in Chatham, Rochester and Frindsbury, please click here for a list and map  >>>
Taxis >>>

East coast championship 2019Trophies

Overall Winner ~ The East Coast Dragon Championship Salver
Deuxieume Prix ~ The Medway Yacht Club Salver
Race One ~ Aldeburgh Dragon Fleet Trophy
Race Two ~ Royal Norfolk & Suffolk Trophy
Race Three ~ Walderingfield Sailing Club Trophy
Race Four ~ The McKay-Lewis Challenge Trophy
Race Five ~ The Haven Ports Yacht Club Decanter
Race Six ~ The Royal Corinthian Yacht Club Trophy

Click here for full details, entry and NOR information >>>


Haulfryn Edinburgh Cup 2019 Final

The 71st British Dragon Nationals, the Haulfryn Edinburgh Cup, came to a close on Thursday 18 July after two final races were sailed.

The event was shortened by a day due to an increasing weather front approaching the Irish Sea but all six championship races were successfully sailed thanks to the organisation of the SCYC race team.

The start of the Edinburgh Cup enjoyed classic summer weather with sunshine and light south easterly breezes. It increased during the week as the wind veered and strengthened from the south with a rolling swell.

The 33 Dragons, including several visitors from Ireland, Turkey, Scotland and the United States, were part of very close competitive racing across the three days.

Northern Championship winner Mike Budd and his team onboard Harry led from the start with a bullet in race one and race six. Utilising every bit of local knowledge they sailed well every day to hold off the top three chasing Dragons. 

Martin Byrne’s 2011 Championship winning team of Adam Winklemann and Pedro Andrade on Jaguar were focused on a second Edinburgh Cup win. Two race wins and a tactically astute attitude led them to the podium once again.

Reigning Champions Graham and Julia Bailey’s Aimee went into the last race on equal points with Bear carrying a win from race four.

Not placing outside of the top ten Martin Payne’s Bear put in some great results to add pressure to the 2018 Champions onboard Aimee, challenging them for a podium position.

Gavia Wilkinson-Cox’s Jerboa team of four successfully claimed the race three win using the advantageous left-hand lane and tide to come out on top. It was not quite enough to challenge the top three, placing 5thoverall.

Within the top ten were four Corinthian Dragons led by Aimee in 4th overall, Mark Wade’s Avalanche, David William’s Phantom and Paddy Atkinson’s Seafire. 


  1. HARRY Mike Budd, Adam Bowers, Mark Greaves
  2. JAGUAR Martin Byrne, Adam Winklemann, Pedro Andrade
  3. BEAR Martin Payne, Chris Grosscurth, Emma York




  1. AIMEE Graham Bailey, Julia Bailey, Will Heritage, Will Bedford
  2. AVALANCHE Mark Wade, Many Wade, Chris Brittain
  3. PHANTOM David Williams, Peter Bowring, John O’Connor

Winner of the inaugural Seagull Trophy for the first placed lady Corinthian helm went to Gavia Wilkinson-Cox, skipper of Jerboa who placed 5th overall.

The Jordan Bell trophy was presented to Simon Barter, James Barter and Donald Wilks on Bertie as the top Dragon to have not placed 5thor higher.

Phormerly Phantom, skippered by Chris Thomas with Selina Thomas and Charlie Pearson were awarded the trophy for the highest placed ‘old’ Dragon, built in 1994 or earlier.

Click here for images from day three of the Edinburgh Cup from Andy Green, Green Sea Photography.

Next year’s Edinburgh Cup will be hosted by the Royal Forth Yacht Club, Edinburgh from Tuesday 30 June to Friday 3 July 2020.