Two days, five races, 16 Dragons and some very close racing decided the 2021 Dragon Scottish Championship in Edinburgh.
The Royal Forth Yacht Club based in Granton Harbour is the venue for this year’s Scottish Championship and Edinburgh Cup with racing out on the Firth of Forth.
Two races were run on Day One of the Scottish Dragon Championships on Sunday 29th August 2021. After a delay waiting for wind 16 International Dragons took to the Firth of Forth for the first races of the week in Edinburgh.
The fully restored, Cowes Week winning Bluebottle took the first win of the first race with Simon Barter’s Bertie and Ron James’ Fei-Lin’s Flirtation taking second and third respectively. It was a good first day for Bluebottle and Bertie as they both appeared again in the top three but it was Tom Vernon’s Badger that took the top spot.
The final day of the Scottish Dragon Championships saw three races take place on the Firth of Forth to complete the series. The competitive fleet enjoyed a ten knot North Easterly breeze on Bank Holiday Monday that produced some close racing.
All day across the three races Badger and Bluebottle traded places in the winning position and it was all to play for at the end of the last race. RFYC home sailor Peter Cooke sailed Meteor well to capture third place in race four and visiting French Dragon Bande a Part, skippered by Gery Trentesaux also took third place in race five.
The close racing with a tight finish has led to much excitement ahead of the four day Edinburgh Cup starting Tuesday 31st August.