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Cameron Good's 'Little Fella' Tops 19 Dragons at Glandore Harbour Yacht Club

16th June 2021
Racing at the Glandore Harbour Yacht Club Dragon Championships
Racing at the Glandore Harbour Yacht Club Dragon Championships Credit: Kathleen Hayes

The first major Irish Dragon Championships in Ireland since 2019 was hosted by Glandore Harbour Yacht Club with 19 Dragons on the racecourse under Principal Race Officer Ciaran McSweeney. 

Cameron Good's Little Fella from Kinsale and Neil Hegarty's Phantom from the Royal St. George Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire Harbour were the pacesetters and after six races sailed were tied on eight nett points each. 

A winners tie break was settled in favour of Little Fella with third overall going to Good's clubmate James Matthews. 

The Championship Trophy and lots more race prizes were presented on the Glandore Terrace by GHYC Commodore Eamon Timoney and Fleet Captain Kieran O’Donoghue.

While local Dragon veteran Don Street did not race Gypsy in the event, he sailed out to the race area on Friday & Sunday to inspect the fleet.

Full results here 

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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.

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