Dragons head for Weymouth

South Coast Championship and Edinburgh Cup to move west this year

Friday February 23rd 2007, Author: Fiona Brown, Location: United Kingdom
The British Dragon class is going from strength to strength with increased participation among the regional fleets and a strong presence on the international circuit. To reflect this resurgence of interest, from 30 June to 7 July 2007, the 2007 Dragon South Coast Championship and Edinburgh Cup will be hosted for the first time by the Yacht Clubs of Weymouth in association with the Solent Dragon Fleet.

These back to back events will be the highlight of the 2007 British Dragon season and 40+ boats from across the UK and Europe are expected to compete. In addition a number of teams from the rapidly growing Russian fleet will be challenging for the historic Edinburgh Cup.

The Edinburgh Cup was presented to the Dragon Class in 1949 by His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, then owner of the Dragon Bluebottle. This perpetual trophy is awarded annually to the winner of the Dragon Open British National Championship and is regarded as one of the most prestigious trophies in British yachting.

Racing for the South Coast Championship will take place from 1-3 July with six races scheduled over the three days. The Edinburgh Cup will be raced from 4-7 July and again six races are scheduled over the four days. The boats will be moored along the quayside in Weymouth Harbour with social events being hosted by the Royal Dorset Yacht Club, Weymouth Sailing Club and Weymouth & Portland National Sailing Academy.

"I am delighted that Yacht Clubs of Weymouth is hosting these events for the first time. The sailing waters of Weymouth Bay and Portland Harbour are recognised as the best in Northern Europe for small craft and will host the sailing events for the 2012 London Olympic Games and Paralympic Games. With superb sailing facilities, a full social programme, plus excellent logistical links for those travelling from mainland Europe, everyone is looking forward to a successful championship. I am also delighted that the strong British contingent will be joined by Dragon sailors from Russia, France, Germany, Denmark and Ireland and look forward to two fantastic regattas," commented Solent Fleet Captain Gavia Wilkinson-Cox following the recent Primo Cup Regatta in Monaco where she led a strong British Dragon contingent.

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