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Dragon Grand Slam Moves to Kinsale for Gold Cup Event

30th July 2012
Dragon Grand Slam Moves to Kinsale for Gold Cup Event

#dragon – This year's event saw 24 entries with a large contingent from the UK and further afield. The numbers were boosted by generous sponsorship from Brewin Dolphin and the creation of a Grand Slam comprising the Edinburgh Cup, the Nationals and the Gold Cup, plus two regional championships.

2011 National Champion, Martin Byrne, mounted a strong challenge to defend his title with two firsts on day 2, which saw him in pole position to lift the magnificent silver trophy again. The weather was sparkling with sunshine and an oscillating and gusty westerly breeze which gave ample opportunity for snakes and ladders on the course. The local challenge evaporated on Saturday as Byrne carded a 16 and a 15.

Indeed, it was a characteristic of this event that almost all the sailors were carrying at least one score in the teens, indicative of the challenging conditions. All the sailors that is except one. In a remarkable display of consistent brilliance, Danish Olympic gold medallist Poul-Ricard Hoj-Jensen discarded a fourth place to win the event with a race in hand. The visitors dominated the event, with Martin Payne in second place and third was Chris Hunt. Best of the Irish (and the first Corinthian boat) was Simon Brien in fourth.

The fleet now moves to Kinsale at the end of August for the South Coasts and finally the Brewin Dolphin Gold Cup, which is an Open World Championship for the class.

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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.

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