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'Little Fella' Leads Dragon Nationals But Royal St. George 'Jaguar' is Set to Pounce on Dublin Bay

3rd September 2022
Cameron Good (right) leads the Dragon class racing on Dublin Bay
Cameron Good (right) leads the Dragon class racing on Dublin Bay Credit: Bob Bateman

After five races sailed at the Royal St. George YC Dragon hosted National Championships, Kinsale Yacht Club crew Cameron Good, Henry Kingston and Matthias Hellstern, sailing Little Fella, on 12 points, still lead overall by two points.  

But after today's single race sailed, it is the host club's Jaguar Sailing Team of Martin Byrne, Adam Winkelmann and John Simms that have moved up into second place overall.

The Jaguar crew took second in race five in a 20 knot south easterly on Dublin Bay and with two races left to sail the 17-boat championship is still an open contest with three points separating the top three.

Martin Byrne's Jaguar Sailing Team lies second after five races sailed Photo: Bob BatemanMartin Byrne's Jaguar Sailing Team lie second after five races sailed Photo: Bob Bateman

Third overall is Good's clubmate Colm Dunne, Colm Daly and Daniel McCloskey in Ghost on 15 points.

Race six is scheduled for 11.05 on Sunday morning.

Race Results

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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.