Vintage Dragon gives masterclass of racing

Edinburgh Cup 2022 Day Two

The day started with lighter-than-forecast conditions in Falmouth Harbour, and it was a casual downwind sail to the race area for the competing Dragons.

Race three started with a cloudy NNW breeze and a keen TUR 1212 and GBR 764 were called over the line. Dragons were noticeably picking either the left or right of the course for their long tack.

The windward mark made for exciting viewing as the main pack of Dragons all converged, in breeze and current, to make the spreader mark.

The dark blue hull of Bluebottle edged forward to take the race three win ahead of Jerboa GBR 761. Third place of the race went to Richard Davies’ Flotation GBR 790 after a superb display of shift selection and downwind sailing. Hot on the heels were Jaguar Racing Team IRL 201 and Pageboy XI GBR 792 in fourth and fifth.

As the Dragons prepared for the start of race four the wind swung more to the North and increased and combined with a disturbed sea saw all sailors on the side heading up the first beat.

Fei-Lin’s Flirtation GBR 633 picked the winning side of the racecourse and after the second downwind leg had opened a considerable lead. It was safe to say everyone was happy to see Ron and his stunning Dragon take the race win.

A consistent race from GBR 761 saw them take another second place and a firm position in the top five. IRL 201 went one better securing third place with GBR 763 and TUR 1212 crossing in fourth and fifth places.

Martin Byrne said after racing “I am optimistic for the next races. We have remained consistent, but it is remarkably close racing. We still have some work to do and will give it all we have till the end.”

Everyone is interested to see how the day pans out and how the scoreboard is shuffled around once the discard is applied. Anyone of four boats has the potential to take the Edinburgh Cup. Could Graham Bailey win his fourth Edinburgh Cup in Bluebottle, or Andy Beadsworth take his first win as a helm, it could go to SW Champions Jaguar Racing Team, or team Jerboa attain their first win and only the second time a lady helm has won the Cup.

Dragons sailors, friends and family spent the evening in the Chain Locker in Falmouth Harbour with everyone thoroughly enjoying the Black Rock Gin, fish & chips and sea shanties.

Image: @paulgibbinsphotography

Results are provisional as of 15:49 on July 6, 2022


Sailed: 4, Discards: 0, To count: 4, Entries: 24, Scoring system: Appendix A

1stJaguar Racing TeamIRL 201Martin ByrneRoyal St George YCC7.
2ndProvezza DragonTUR 1212Andy BeadsworthBodrum Offshore SC
3rdBluebottleGBR 192Graham BaileyRoyal Yacht Squadron
4thFei-Lin’s FlirtationGBR 633Ronald JamesRoyal Forth YC
5thJerboaGBR 761Gavia Wilkinson-CoxRoyal Torbay YCL19.
6thBertieGBR 763Simon BarterCowes Corinthian YCC4.
7thHands OffGBR 760Andrew MossRoyal Corinthian YCC3.
8thPageboy XIGBR 792Clive PageRoyal Corinthian YCC6.
9thFuriousGBR 777Owen PayCowes Corinthian YC
10thBasiliskGBR 515Patrick GiffordAldeburgh YCC,>
11thRaissaGBR 809Michael CopeSouth Caernarfonshire YCC8.
12thFlotationGBR 790Richard DaviesRoyal Thames YC
13thStill CrazyGBR 827Ian GrayRoyal Corinthian YC
14thGandalfGBR 726Edwin HannantMedway YC
15thSankaGBR 748Dave RossCowes Corinthian YC
16thFit ChickGBR 753Chris GrosscurthMedway YCC23.
17thKestraGBR 731Richard LeaskRoyal Forth YCC10.
18thKismetGBR 508Cathy OgdenRoyal Forth YCC,L,>2514.
19thGlaurungGBR 768Richard CullenRORCC21.
20thNaiadGBR 764Michael HaylesAldeburgh YCC20.
21stRánGBR 430Crispin BlythRoyal Yorkshire YC>2517.
22ndDublin BayGBR 826David WarnerRoyal Corinthian YCC16.
23rdSutiGBR 747Trevor CoxMedway YCC22.
24thIthacaGBR 734Michael CoverRoyal Thames YCC24.025.0 RET25.0 DNC25.0 DNC99.0