It was a wet and choppy day for the Dragon sailors. A stiff NE-ly breeze created a good swell at the IJsselmeer off Medemblik. Several shouwers added to the fun. Towards the end of the race the wind died resulting in a tow for the fleet to get home for a hot chocolate or the beer/wine offered by the Dutch Dragon Association. The shanty singers at the quai welcomed the fleet when sailing to their berth.
Among the guests were the people of “INLOOPHUIS Medemblik”. This home at Oosterhaven 11 provides a warm home for cancer patients and their family. YANMAR and the Dutch Dragon Association offered as partners a cheque of € 1000 to the foundation, while the guest enjoyed their drinks and the shanty songs.
With the 4th race completed, the Dragon Gold Cup 2019 serie is now secured.
With three races completed the fleet is back on the Gold Cup schedule to complete six races. The race on Tuesday was difficult with oscillations to left and right resulting in gambling where to go.Some had the luck on their side, others didn’t.
Unfortunately there was an indicent between two boats resulting in an engagement of the masts and both mast broken, including an injured helmsman. We wish the person and crew involved all the best and hope they can race again during the coming days.
The Yanmar Dragon Gold Cup Dinner (or Yanmar Night) offered by Yanmar was most appreciated by the participants. It was held at the monumental historic (protestant) church in Medemblik. With 39 tables well decorated, a delicious Balinese Rice Table, an ice cream parlour and swinging music by Jazzy Derk and friends it was a fantastic social gathering of the ‘Dragon family’ present.
The presentation of the Börrensen Memorial Trophy to the team of Dmitry Samokin by Stavros, Terance Brownrigg (Clyde Yacht Clubs Association) and Grant Gordon with their whisky bottles was a great moment in itself and underlined the 75 years of Dragon Gold Cup events.
It was a fantastic day on Monday 10 June. After a beautiful start on Sunday in one start with ‘All Clear’ under U-flag, it was a disappointment to have to cancel the race when the wind dropped completely.
As forecasted the wind was stronger on Monday, reaching 20 knots from the NE with gusts up to 25 knots.
The pictures by Eric van den Bandt www.ericvandenbandt.nl the daily video by Watersport TV On Line ( at YouTube) and the reports by our Press Officer Fiona Brown tell it all. Here impressions are published at www.intdragon.net