America’s Cup skipper and four-time World Match Racing Champion Peter Gilmour confirms his entry with his YRED JPN56 team – thirty-six boats from ten nations and three continents already entered.
The addition of America’s Cup skipper and four-time World Match Racing Champion Peter Gilmour and his YRED JPN56 team brings the number of countries competing in the 75th Edinburgh Cup to thirty-six boats from nine nations and three continents. With two months still to go until the start of the competition, which is being hosted by the Royal Yacht Squadron in Cowes from 13 to 18 August 2023, the event looks likely to exceed 40 entries – a record in the modern era.
This very special celebration edition of the Edinburgh Cup, which also incorporates the International Dragon British Grand Prix, is shaping up to be a unique experience, bringing together Dragon sailors past and present to celebrate the illustrious history of the Edinburgh Cup. The trophy was given to the British Dragon Association in 1948 by the late Duke of Edinburgh, to be presented annually to the winner of the Dragon British Open Championship.
2023 Dragon World Championship Silver and Bronze medallists also racing
Already confirmed on the entry list are crews from Australia, Denmark, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Japan, the Netherlands, Switzerland and across the UK. Joining Gilmour on the start line will be many of the biggest names in Dragon racing including Grant Gordon and his Louise Racing team and Graham Bailey sailing Bluebottle, who recently finished in silver and bronze medal positions respectively at the 2023 Dragon World Championship in Bodrum. Also joining the fleet will be Dragon sailing legend Poul Richard Hoj Jensen, who has won the Edinburgh Cup no less than five times, first in 1993 and most recently in 2006.
Current sailors are to be joined by past Edinburgh Cup winners and competitors for social celebrations
The presence of Bluebottle at this 75th Edinburgh Cup will be particularly poignant as she was presented to the then Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip, later HRH Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh, on the occasion of their marriage in 1948. The Duke raced Bluebottle competitively across the UK and Europe, and she remained the Royal Dragon until 1962. She was also loaned to other crews for major competitions, including the 1956 Melbourne Olympics where she won a Bronze Medal for Britain crewed by Graham Mann, Ronald Backus and Jonathan Janson.
Alongside a great racing schedule, the 75th Edinburgh Cup will also feature a superb social programme and the competitors will be joined by several past Edinburgh Cup winners keen to celebrate this special occasion. Coming from Ireland will be one of Dragon sailing’s great legends, Tony O’Gorman. Tony won the Edinburgh Cup no less than four times between 1978 and 1984 and once his racing career was over, he became equally well known in the fleet as an International Judge, chairing many international jury panels for major events.
“It will be a truly amazing opportunity for all Dragon Sailor’s to meet up and share their experiences racing in what must be one of the most beautiful classes in the world of yachting. The RYS with its experience in organising major events is second to none. With Gavia at the helm it promises to be an event that we all remember for the rest of our lives.” – Tony O’Gorman, four-time Edinburgh Cup winner
Online entry for the Edinburgh Cup remains open until 7th August and full details of the event can be found HERE.