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Craig Tops Dragons at Dublin Bay East Coast Event

12th June 2013
Craig Tops Dragons at Dublin Bay East Coast Event

#dragon – Royal St. George yacht Chimaera skippered by Andrew Craig was the winner of the weekend's East Coast Dragon Championship on Dublin Bay staged by the Royal Irish Yacht Club.

There were 12 entries with six races sailed and one discard. Scroll down for full results.

Series Place Sail No Boat Helm Crew Crew 2 Club Series Points
1 216 CHIMAERA Andrew Craig Brian Mathews Mark Pettit RStGYC 9
2 201 JAGUAR Martin Byrne Adam Winkelman Maurice O'Connell RStGYC 14
3 211 LITTLE FELLA Cameron Good Simon Furnes Henry Kingston KYC 16
4 176 PHANTOM David Williams Peter Bowring Hillary Murray Williams RStGYC 21
5 210 DIVA Richard Goodbody Rick Johnson Rob Johnson RIYC 25
6 198 DUBLIN BAY Garry Treacy Don O'Dowd Jonathan O'Dowd RStGYC 29
7 127 ZINZAN Dan O'Connor Tim Carpenter Paul Moriarty RIYC 33
8 156 MAR J Adrian Bendon E O'Mahony Ben Fusco KYC 35
9 181 SCORCHER Peter O'Reilly Mons Martensson Joey Mason RIYC 37
10 206 CLOUD Clare Hogan Michael Cotter Ton Hogan RStGYC 42
11 161 SIR OSSIS OF THE RIVER Denis Bergin Con Murphy Ronan Murphy RIYC 43
12 159 ZU Chris Fleming Iago De Santora Matt Minch RstGYC 48
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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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