Competitor Update No 3 – Trophies, Clothing, New Sponsors & More

Dear Dragon Friends

It’s full steam ahead here in the Edinburgh Cup Office with just eight weeks to go until the regatta, and we have several exciting news items for you in this Competitor update.

Stoneham Construction and Oliver Morgan Architects join us as Sponsors

We are delighted to announce Stoneham Construction and Oliver Morgan Architects as official sponsors of the Edinburgh Cup 2017.

Stoneham Construction Ltd is one of the Isle of Wight’s leading construction companies. They specialise in the construction of private homes to the very highest standards and have built a reputation on building relationships with their clients to achieve a clear understanding of their needs. Find out more at

Oliver Morgan Architects offers a full architectural and design service extending beyond the general architecture to include the design of joinery, plaster mouldings and soft furnishings.  Their continuous involvement ensures that, as well as meeting expectations of time and cost, the build quality and the vision of the finished product are upheld all the way to completion. Find out more at

Edinburgh Cup 2017 Clothing Range

We are excited to be partnering with World Leisure to supply a range of Edinburgh Cup Cowes 2017 clothing and accessories which can be personalised to include your sail number and boat name.  With a range that includes polo and rugby shirts, gilets and jackets, hoodies and sweatshirts, caps, key fobs, belts, wallets and tote bags there’s something for everyone. Orders can be placed online via

Northwood House Parking

I’m delighted to confirm that we have been able to secure a limited number of parking permits for use in the Northwood House Car Park from 7 to 15 July. You will be able to book these permits at registration.


Oscar Cup

2017 will see us present a new perpetual trophy entitled The Oscar Cup to the winner of the Corinthian Division of the Dragon South Coast Championship. The trophy was originally donated to the British Dragon Association by Pascall Atkey & Son Yacht Chandlery in 1999, the year in which the company celebrated its bicentenary.  We are honoured that the company has agreed to present the trophy annually to the top amateur team in the South Coast Championship.

Entries Still Coming In

Entry remains open and our latest addition to the fleet is Rob Grey who makes a welcome return to the Dragon this season. The latest entry list and links to the race documents and online entry system are all available at

See you in Cowes!

Chairman, Organising Committee
Edinburgh Cup 2017 Cowes
M: +44 (0)7973 165 888
T: +44 (0)1983 299961
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Competitor Update No 2

Solent Guide, Arrival Instructions and Entry Update

Dear Dragon Friends

SolentGuideCoverImageWith just over eight weeks still to go until the start of the South Coast Championship and Edinburgh Cup I am delighted to announce that we already have 25 confirmed entries from across England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland and as far afield as Russia, Switzerland, Germany and Turkey, so we are well on track for a record entry.  To make your entry and find out more about the event please click here.

With so many visiting teams joining us this year we have prepared a special Solent Venue Guide with a host of useful information about the race area, weather and tidal information and how to access further details.

We’ve also got a plan for Shepards Wharf Marina showing you where everything will be located.


Our final item for this Competitor Update is the all important instructions for the Dragons at Shepards Whaf including info for your arrival, car parking, rigging and craning, berthing and departure. Click here for full details.

Hurry up and get those entries in and book your accommodations and ferry travel everyone and if you have any queries or need further help please don’t hesitate to contact me.

See you in Cowes!

Gavia Signature

Chairman, Organising Committee
Edinburgh Cup 2017 Cowes
M: +44 (0)7973 165 888
T: +44 (0)1983 299961

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Competitor Update No 1

Action Time on Entry, Ferries, Accommodation and Fun! 

Dear Dragon Friends

We are looking forward to welcoming the International Dragon Fleet to Cowes for the 2017 Dragon South Coast Championship and Edinburgh Cup from 8-15 July, and we hope that many of you will also stay on and race Cowes Week with us. Time is flying, and to take advantage of our special offers action is needed now on the following:

You have until the end of this month (30 April) to take advantage of the Early Bird reduced entry fee for the South Coasts and Edinburgh Cup.  If you are entering both events its a possible saving of £200 so well worth taking advantage of.  Click here for NOR and Entry info.

We have a very special 20% discount offer for Non GBR Dragons who would like to stay on for Cowes Week.  Click here for Cowes Week entry info.


For the Edinburgh Cup this year there will be an Official Measurer, Paul Manning.  It is essential that your read the Measurement Bulletin as there is pre-event and during event advice that must be followed.FERRY

As soon as you have entered you can request your special ferry discount codes to gain access to the special price for the Red Funnel ferry from Southampton to Cowes and to the 10% discount on Brittany Ferries crossings for the event. These routes can be very busy at this time of year so again book asap to ensure you get your choice of crossings.


Although Cowes has a great range of accommodation options, those closest to the waterfront always get booked up early so again it’s best to reserve early to avoid disappointment.  Check out our Accommodation listings at

If you need help to identify where a property is in relation to the event venues check out our Cowes Town Map.

Its worth noting that the Island Sailing Club will be providing a Launch Service from the clubhouse direct to/from Shepards Wharf Marina before and after sailing. So, if you take accommodation close to the clubhouse you could not only take advantage of an ISC Full English Breakfast but could collect your pack lunches AND could use the changing facilities and lockers to change into sailing kit whilst there.


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Get organising people and as always, if you have any queries please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Gavia Signature

Chairman, Organising Committee
Edinburgh Cup 2017 Cowes
M: +44 (0)7973 165 888
T: +44 (0)1983 299961
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Notice of Party for the Edinburgh Cup Celebration!


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Regatta Chairman Gavia Wilkinson-Cox Invites you to the 2017 Dragon Edinburgh Cup in Cowes

Calling all Dragon sailors – GBR and ALL Dragon nationalities. This is your Captain speaking!

I am honoured to be the Chairman of the 2017 Edinburgh Cup, which will be held in Cowes, Isle of Wight from 8 to 15 July.

On behalf of the British Dragon Association, the Cowes Dragon Fleet is busy making arrangements to ensure that Cowes is your 2017 Destination for Dragon racing.  Many of you have often said ‘one day I’ll race in Cowes’ – well this is your year to do so!
We have a fabulous package of very special regattas, with special International and Isle of Wight ferry rates, special marina rates and special Cowes Week entry fees – a full week of sailing, a full week of social events – a truly special package in total!


One of the Dragon fleet’s most prestigious trophies is the Edinburgh Cup, which was presented to the class in 1949 by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh and is awarded annually to the winner of the International Dragon British Open Championship. That first Edinburgh Cup in 1949 was raced on the Solent and hosted by the Island Sailing Club.

In 2017 the Edinburgh Cup in its 69th year will return to the Island Sailing Club once more, the fifth time the club has hosted the event and its twelfth visit to Cowes.


The Edinburgh Cup regatta week is in fact two separate regattas rolled into the week (the South Coast Championship as well as the Edinburgh Cup).  Additionally, I am able to extend the special rates offered to also encompass Cowes Week 2017.

We have early indication of some 40/50 boats and some 15+ international entries.


The NORs, for the UK South Coast Championship and Edinburgh Cup are now live and full info is available at (click on Competitor Information), where you should find ALL that you need to compete!

And. . . .  ‘one day I’ll do Cowes Week’!  2017 is YOUR year!  Thanks to the Edinburgh Cup we are able to extend special arrangements to encompass your Cowes Week participation too.

A truly special offer from Cowes Week! For non GBR Dragons a 20% discount on early bird race entry fees!  For NOR and details of how to enter go to: (Under ‘Taking Part’ you will find ‘Race Documents’ and ‘Enter for 2017’).

Shepards Wharf Marina will be the ‘home’ for all visiting Dragons for the Edinburgh Cup.  Following which they extend a Special Offer for post Edinburgh Cup storage and for Cowes Week launching, berthing and trailer storage.   See the NORs for full information.

Brittany Ferries Discount Offer
  • We are pleased to announce Brittany Ferries offer, a discount of some 10%.
  • A Discount Activation Code can be sent on request when Edinburgh Cup/South Coast entry is made (and by request for Cowes Week Dragon entrants).
Arriving from Cascais after the Worlds?
  • Take Brittany Ferries from Santander or Bilbao direct to Portsmouth, UK
Arriving via France?
  • Take Brittany Ferries (Caen, Le Havre, St Malo, Cherbourg) direct to Portsmouth, UK
Going to the Europeans, Lake Thun?
  • Take Brittany Ferries from Portsmouth to French ferry ports
  • Plenty of time after Cowes Week to travel to Lake Thun


Red Funnel offer an exclusive discount for Dragon competitors of the Edinburgh Cup (and Cowes Week).  For full information see the NORs.
  • If arriving via Portsmouth – its a short drive to Southampton and in reverse for departure!
  • A full and fun packed schedule of social events is organised!
  • Daily postrace food and drink with Prizegiving and Raffle, all at the Island Sailing Club.
  • The Cowes Dragon Fleet’s ‘Home Entertainment’ evening for all competitors and their accompanying guests – you are invited to dinner in our homes!
  • South Coast Prizegiving/Edinburgh Cup Welcome BBQ and party
  • And, the grand finale of the week, the Edinburgh Cup Celebration – Prizegiving, Dinner, Dancing and Entertainment on Friday 14 July.A formal evening with formal dress to which not only Dragon sailors but members of Cowes yacht clubs and day boat classes are also invited.  A true celebration – with a lot of fun to be enjoyed by all!
Tickets for Social Events:  
  • Each competing Dragon receives 3 free tickets to all ticketed events.
  • Extra tickets can be purchased – see booking form on the web site.
  • The Edinburgh Cup Celebration – 14 July:  special instructions for booking tickets to this event will be available shortly.  We anticipate keen demand for tickets – we urge you to book your tickets early to avoid the disappointment of missing out! 

You can find more information, and how to enter, at:

So, go on line – and enter!  We look forward to welcoming you to the Edinburgh Cup and Dragon sailing in Cowes.

Do contact me if I can be of any additional help.

Stand by for regular updates and see you in Cowes!
Gavia Signature
Chairman, Organising Committee
Edinburgh Cup 2017 Cowes
M: +44 (0)7973 165 888
T: +44 (0)1983 299961
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Island Sailing Club, Cowes, to host the 69th Edition of the historic Dragon Edinburgh Cup

DragonEdinburghCup_pfm002.jpgDesigned in 1929, the International Dragon combines classic elegance with grand prix performance, the world’s greatest sailing venues and some of the best sailors on the planet.  One of the Dragon fleet’s most prestigious trophies is the Edinburgh Cup, which was presented to the class in 1949 by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh and is awarded annually to the winner of the International Dragon British Open Championship. That first Edinburgh Cup in 1949 was raced on the Solent and hosted by the Island Sailing Club, with the inaugural winners being Frank Woodroffe and Clare Lallow.

In 2017 the Edinburgh Cup will return to the Island Sailing Club once more, the fifth time the club has hosted the event and its twelfth visit to Cowes. More than 40 teams from at least 13 nations will compete from 8 to 14 July in a twin regatta event, opening with the Dragon South Coast Championship from 8 to 10 July, and culminating in the Edinburgh Cup from 11 to 14 July.

“The Island Sailing Club is extremely proud of its long association with the International Dragon Class and in particular with the Edinburgh Cup.  The members of the Club presented The Duke of Edinburgh and the then Princess Elizabeth with a Dragon on the occasion of their wedding in 1948, so can truly claim to have been instrumental in the Duke’s close association with the class.  We are very pleased to continue that close relationship through the Edinburgh Cup’s return to the Island Sailing Club this year.” Said Chris Thomas, Sailing Secretary of the Island Sailing Club.

The Dragon fleet is well known for its ability to combine serious competition with a full après sailing programme and the event’s parties will hark back to the glamorous joie de vivre of the 1940s.  The Edinburgh Cup Prize Giving Celebration Dinner Dance will be a black-tie evening and there will be social events throughout the week.

The entry list is expected to include not only the UK’s top crews, but teams from Antigua, Italy, Portugal, France, the Netherlands, Ireland, Belgium and as far afield as Finland, France, Italy, Russia, Switzerland, Ireland, Turkey, Denmark, Germany, Japan and Australia.  Among those racing will be British Olympic bronze medallist Lawrie Smith, who claimed the trophy in 2013 and will no doubt be hoping to make it a hat-trick.

In 1949 Clare Aisher took second place in the opening race of the regatta and lady helms have put in good results on many occasions since.  However, it wasn’t until 2015 that the Edinburgh Cup was finally won by a woman, when Julia Bailey claimed the winner’s laurels in Largs.  Julia is also returning to the fray this year in the hope of a second victory, although having crewed husband Graham to victory in Lymington in 2014, it would actually be her third time on the winning boat in four years.

Regatta Chairman Gavia Wilkinson-Cox, who will herself be competing, commented: “I am thrilled that the Edinburgh Cup is once again returning to the Isle of Wight and to Cowes. The Island Sailing Club’s reputation for regatta management is second to none, and we are expecting a strong fleet from across Europe, Asia, Australasia and the Caribbean.  Our own UK fleet will also be out in force and we look forward to welcoming our visitors and offering them not only great racing but also a vibrant social programme in the great tradition of the Dragon Fleet.  We have outstanding support from our sponsor partners Visit Isle of Wight, Destination Cowes, Red Funnel and Shepards Wharf Marina whose generosity will help to ensure this is an exceptional event.”

Speaking on behalf of Visit Isle of Wight and Destination Cowes Mark McNeill, Chairman of Destination Cowes, added “Yachting plays a huge role in the day to day life of the Isle of Wight and we are extremely proud that the International Dragon Class has chosen Cowes and the Island Sailing Club for this year’s Edinburgh Cup”. David Thornton of Visit Isle of Wight confirmed: “We are working in close partnership with Gavia and her team to create a truly unique event and look forward to welcoming the visitors in July and making their stay in Cowes a memorable one.”

Red Funnel has created a special ferry travel offer to transport the boats and teams to and from the Island, details of which will be available from the event website

Shepards Wharf Marina will provide berthing, launching and recovery for visiting Dragons at a special rate and the Island Sailing Club will provide a launch service from the club to the moorings and marinas. Extended versions of the packages from Red Funnel and Shepards Wharf  are also available to any Dragons wishing to remain on the Island to participate in Cowes Week.

The Notices of Race  and Online Entry for the British Dragon South Coast Championship and Edinburgh Cup  are now available at

For further information about this event please contact Regatta Chairman Gavia Wilkinson-Cox on 07973 165888 or

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Notices Of Race And Entry Forms Now Published

IMG_9264The Notices of Race for the South Coast Championship and the Edinburgh Cup, together with the related entry, social, crew and sail registrations forms are now available online in the Competitor Information area.

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