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9th - 14th JUNE 2019 - Yanmar - DRAGON GOLD CUP 2019 - REGISTRATION OPENS ON 5th JUNE 2019, 12:00 AM

Press Release 9 May

May 11, 2019 om 8:20 am
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
2019 Yanmar Dragon Gold Cup Attracts Over 100 Entries
–      Yanmar Dragon Gold Cup 2019 entries pass 100
–      Regatta attracts strong sponsorship support
–      Extensive social programme announced
Medemblik, Netherlands, 9 May 2019 – Entries for the 2019 Yanmar Dragon Gold Cup, to be held at Medemblik on the Ijsselmeer, Netherlands, from 8 to 14 June, have now exceeded 100 boats with teams from sixteen countries and four continents participating. First presented in 1936, the Dragon Gold Cup is one of the most prestigious trophies in yacht racing and is also widely regarded as one of the most challenging to win.
Racing takes place on a 12 nautical mile long windward leeward course and the rules state that there shall be no discarded races, so consistency, superb planning and preparation are essential to success. There will be a practice race on Saturday 8 June and championship racing will take place between Sunday 9 and Friday 14 June, with up to six races scheduled.
The Race Committee will be led by John Borsboom, ably supported by International Race Officer Rob Hoogstra and the highly experienced Royal Hollandia Yacht Club race management team. This group bring immense experience of both the local waters and top-level international competition, so race management of the highest quality is anticipated.
The fleet will be moored in the Oosterharbour at the heart of Medemblik and alongside outstanding racing, the organisers have planned a superb social programme to entertain both the sailors and their accompanying friends and family. The Gold Cup is not only one of the Dragon’s most important regattas, but also a wonderful annual opportunity for Dragon sailing friends and family to gather and enjoy the camaraderie and social life for which the fleet is renowned.
The famous Café Brakeboer, directly opposite the regatta offices, will be the social hub of the regatta, providing the perfect quayside gathering point. The fleet will be welcomed on Saturday 8 June with Dragon Gold Cup Special Ale sponsored by Lakeview Consultancy. On Sunday June 9 the Mayor of Medemblik will officially declare the Gold Cup Plaza open and the first of the nightly post racing drinks and snacks will be served. Contest Yachts will host Happy Hour on Monday 10 June, while on Tuesday 11 June Yanmar Night will bring together some 400 guests for a gala dinner in the historic Bonifatius Church. Wednesday will feature live music, Thursday is Dutch Night courtesy of Van Omme & De Groot Project Management, and the regatta concludes on Friday 14 June with the Prize Giving Ceremony at the Medemblik Regatta Centre Harbour.
Alongside title sponsor partner Yanmar Marine International and the social partners listed above, the regatta has also received generous sponsorship support from a number of other organisations.
Code | Zero has been appointed as the official clothing supplier to the regatta and some 320 technical shirts, 50 polo shirts and 360 caps are currently in production for presentation to the competitors and organisers.
Medemblik Municipality and the associated Stadshaven BV will provide shore facilities, mooring and car and trailer parking space. WindProfit BV’s support includes the provision of a classic wooden 10 Mtr CR Yacht, designed by Johan Anker who also designed the Dragon, for use by spectators.
Menken Maritiem provides tenders for the spectator boats and to ferry the competitors to and from the harbour. An SMS alert service will be provided for participants thanks to Evolve BV / MTEL, while FreshPortal BV and sister company Traction-IT BV are providing website and mail services.
Memorablia for prize winners are sponsored by Jachtschade Nederland, Van Hulzen Communicatie bring PR advice, Mammoet Heavy Transport will sponsor additional cranes and Making Waves, the local Dragon dealer, has donated a new sail for a special Tombola. Also providing general support are Wood Drying and Energy Systems BV, ARBO Ruigewaard BV, Team Medemblik and Jacob Roosjen European Silver.
Entry for the 2019 Yanmar Dragon Gold Cup is open until 26 May, after which a late entry fee will be charged. Dragon sailors from around the globe are invited to participate and a limited number of charter boats are available for the event.
For more information:    www.dragongoldcup2019.com     info@dragongoldcup2019.com
About Yanmar
With beginnings in Osaka, Japan in 1912, Yanmar was the first ever to succeed in making a compact diesel engine of a practical size in 1933. Moving on, with industrial diesel engines as the cornerstone of the enterprise, Yanmar has continued to expand its product range, services, and expertise to deliver total solutions as an industrial equipment manufacturer. As a provider of small and large engines, agricultural machinery and facilities, construction equipment, energy systems, marine, machine tools, and components — Yanmar’s global business operations span seven domains.
On land, at sea, and in the city, Yanmar’s Mission of “providing sustainable solutions focused on the challenges customers face, in food production and harnessing power, thereby enriching people’s lives for all our tomorrows,” stands testament to Yanmar’s determination to provide us with “A Sustainable Future”.
For more details, please check out the official website of Yanmar Co. Ltd. :
About The International Dragon
The Dragon was designed by Johan Anker in 1929 as an entry for a competition run by the Royal Yacht Club of Gothenburg, to find a small keel-boat that could be used for simple weekend cruising among the islands and fjords of the Scandinavian seaboard. The original design had two berths and was ideally suited for cruising in his home waters of Norway. The boat quickly attracted owners and within ten years it had spread all over Europe.
The Dragon’s long keel and elegant metre-boat lines remain unchanged, but today Dragons are constructed using the latest technology to make the boat durable and easy to maintain. GRP is the most popular material, but both new and old wooden boats regularly win major competitions while looking as beautiful as any craft afloat. Exotic materials are banned throughout the boat, and strict rules are applied to all areas of construction to avoid sacrificing value for a fractional increase in speed.
The key to the Dragon’s enduring appeal lies in the careful development of its rig. Its well balanced sail plan makes boat handling easy for lightweights, while a controlled process of development has produced one of the most flexible and controllable rigs of any racing boat.
In 1937 the Gold Cup was presented to the class by the Clyde Yacht Clubs Association. This quickly became one of the principal championships in the class and a prestigious trophy in the world of competitive yachting.
For further information about the International Dragon and the 2019 Yanmar Dragon Gold Cup please contact Event Press Officer Fiona Brown on fiona.brown@fionabrown.com or +44 (0)7711 718470 or visit www.intdragon.net