In 1955 the first Dragon Gold Cup in the Netherlands was sailed from Muiden, organised by the Royal Netherlands Yacht Club.
It was the period when the IDA did not yet exist. Dragon sailing was a club affair. The National Sailing Association supervised the class and its rules and formulated with the clubs the national programme for selection races. The Olympics in 1956 in Melbourne were the focus for the Dragon sailors in 1955. Therefore two syndicates of the Royal Netherlands ordered in 1954 both a new Abeking & Rasmussen Dragon. The NED 160 (De Oranje) and NED 161 (Thalassa) were brand new with the latest fashion of sails from the UK at the start of the Dragon Gold Cup in 1955.
Over 40 participants from 8 different nationalities joined this event and enjoyed a fantastic week with sailing at the southern IJsselmeer and partying in Amsterdam.
Isn’t it unique in the year of 90 Years of the Dragon that the repaired and modernised NED 160 ‘De Oranje’ from 1954 is already on the entry list for the Dragon Gold Cup 2019. After 64 years this classic Dragon in a modern outfit will return to the Gold Cup fleet. Fast and beautiful like in 1955.