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Dragon Edinburgh Cup 2020 on the Forth is Cancelled

25th March 2020
Dragon racing off Kinsale - the Gold Cup comes to the south coast port this September Dragon racing off Kinsale - the Gold Cup comes to the south coast port this September Photo: Bob Bateman

In the light of the latest UK Government announcement, the British Dragon Association (BDA) along with the Royal Forth Yacht Club (RFYC) has taken the decision to cancel this year's Scottish Dragon Championship and Edinburgh Cup event on the Forth scheduled for July. It's a scenario that means competition at Kinsale Yacht Club's staging of the Dragon Gold Cup in September will be even more intense

BDA Chairman Simon Barter said: "After hearing the latest public health instruction about COVID-19 we have made the inevitable decision to cancel the 2020 Scottish Championship and Edinburgh Cup. This has been done to secure the safety and health of our members, competitors, volunteers and spectators.

"This year's event was to feature the famous International Dragon Bluebottle previously owned by HRH Prince Philip and currently undergoing a full restoration on the Isle of Wight. But while this would have been a historic event for the national Dragon fleet it would not be responsible for us to continue when we must all need to be complying with Government instructions.

"I would like to take this opportunity to thank the RFYC team and the Scottish Dragon fleet who have put so much time and effort into planning for a great event this year. We now look to focus on 2021 for an outstanding national event.

The provisional plan is to hold the event on the Forth in 2021.

The 2020 Dragon Gold Cup is planned for September in Kinsale. More details here

Published in Dragon, Scottish Waters
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