Prince Philip's Dragon comes to Cowes
His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke Of Edinburgh, KG, KT, OM, GBE, AC, QSO, PC, is the owner of the famous Dragon Bluebottle and this year has been celebrated his 90th birthday.
As a result Aberdeen Asset Management long been sponsors of the International Dragons, who this year are also backing Cowes Week, are having Bluebottle especially transported from the Falmouth Maritime Museum to Cowes, where she will take pride of place in the sponsors' pavilion within the Cowes Yacht Haven Regatta Village at Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week 2011.
In 1948 Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip were presented with Bluebottle, a Dragon built by Camper & Nicholson and paid for by members of the Island Sailing Club in Cowes. Today she is on loan from Prince Philip to the National Maritime Museum in Falmouth, UK, where she can be seen on the Museum pontoon during the summer months and even has the occasional sail in fine weather.
Although Prince Philip did not sail her extensively, she was sailed by a number of crews, and even won a Bronze Medal in the Melbourne Olympics of 1956. Bluebottle then spent nearly 40 years as a sail-training vessel at Britannia Royal Naval College until 2001 when she was lent to the Museum.
Prince Philip has generously consented to the loan of Bluebottle to the Solent Dragon Association for the duration of Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week 2011 where members of the public will be able to view "Bluebottle" in the Aberdeen Asset Management hospitality pavillion within the Cowes Yacht Haven Regatta Village and learn about her history.
To celebrate the Duke's nine decades, the Solent Dragon Fleet will also be hosting a Bluebottle Champagne Reception and Dinner on Sunday 7th August, at the Royal Corinthian Yacht Club - under the steady gaze of Princess Anne who's portrait hangs in the main reception. The dinner is open to all Dragon sailors and their guests and to those with a special connection with Prince Philip's Dragon sailing history.