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Byrne Seeks Fifth Title At Royal St. George Dragon Nationals, Dillon Up to 15th at World Champs

15th June 2017
Martin Byrne's, Jaguar Sailing Team, are the defending Dragon champions and are seeking their fifth national title Martin Byrne's, Jaguar Sailing Team, are the defending Dragon champions and are seeking their fifth national title Photo: Bob Bateman

The Dragon National Championships start today at the Royal St George Yacht Club with teams from Dublin Bay, Glandore, Kinsale, Abersoch & Cowes making up a smaller than usual fleet.

Martin Byrne's, Jaguar Sailing Team, are the defending champions and are seeking their fifth national title. However their competition will come from strong teams like fellow Club members Neil Hegarty on Phantom and Kinsale Yacht Club's Cameron Good on Little Fella. The UK teams are always a threat and veteran Dragon sailor Patrick Gifford from Cowes will be a strong contender.

The event, which follows the East Coast championships sailed at the same venue a fortnight ago and won by Hegarty, takes place over the next four days with seven races scheduled.

Meanwhile, in Portugal, Ireland's sole entrant at the Dragon World Championships, Laura Dillon sailing with Jonathan Bourke, lies in 15th place in a fleet of 70 boats after four races sailed.

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