The British Dragon Fleet is currently converging on Largs, Scotland for the start of the 2015 Dragon Scottish Championship and the Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust Edinburgh Cup, which get underway this Saturday 27 June.The twenty strong fleet of Dragons from across the UK and as far afield as Japan is making a historic return to Scotland, which last hosted the Edinburgh Cup back in 2003.
The events are organised by Largs Sailing Club in association with the Scottish Sailing Institute and the British Dragon Association. Racing for the Scottish Championship takes place from Saturday 27 to Monday 29 June with up to five races scheduled. The Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust Edinburgh Cup, for the Dragon British Open Championship, will be raced from Tuesday 30 June to Friday 3 July with up to six championship races scheduled.
The Dragon’s connection with Scotland goes back to the very start of the class in the UK in 1933 when A H Ball, a member of the Clyde Yacht Club, was on a cruising holiday in Scandinavia, where he was much taken with the design of the Dragon. He returned from his holiday with a copy of the plans and the idea of establishing a class caught on. The first Dragon to come to Britain was Anita in 1936, owned by J.Howden Hume. The same year McGruer built 9 Dragons at Clynder and regular class racing began with 14 boats, including an international regatta won by a Swedish boat.
In recent years the Dragon fleet in Scotland had dwindled, but interest is once again growing in Scotland, which has precipitated the running of the Scottish Championship for the first time in over a decade and the return of the Edinburgh Cup north of the boarder. The fleet is delighted to welcome four Scottish Dragons to the events in the shape of Henry Boyd’s GBR343 Wizz Too, Richard Leask’s GBR489 Kestra, Cathy Sedgeworth’s GBR509 Kismet and British Dragon Association Chairman Ron James sailing GBR633 Fei-Lin’s Flirtation. All four of these boats will be racing under the flag of the Royal Forth Yacht Club.
Leading the visiting fleet is defending Edinburgh Cup Champion Julia Bailey at the helm of GBR720 Aimee. In 2014 Julia won the Edinburgh Cup crewing for he husband Graham. This year Julia takes the helm and will be hoping to repeat his success. Others who have the potential to prevent Julia in achieving her aim include Martin “Stavros” Payne at the helm of GBR586 Full Speed, who first engraved his name on the Edinburgh Cup in 1999; Gavia Wilkinson-Cox sailing GBR761 Jerboa, who has come close to claiming this prestigious trophy on several previous occasions and must surely feel that this year its her turn to be the bride; and Mike Budd, who already has a number of dinghy national championships to his name and travels to Largs from Abersoch with high hopes of adding the Edinburgh Cup to his CV.
Racing will take place on windward leeward courses to the north of Great Cumbrea Island and there will also be an excellent programme of social events with the Scottish hosts going all out to prove that their reputation of great hospitality is well deserved.
The Edinburgh Cup 2015 is sponsored by Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust PLC. Launched in 1909, Scottish Mortgage is considered to be the flagship investment trust of investment management partnership Baillie Gifford. These days the trust is Global rather than Scottish and has nothing whatsoever to do with mortgages. Scottish Mortgage is a low-cost equity fund which invests on a global basis. Stocks are carefully selected for their strong growth prospects. The Trust aims to outperform world stock market indices over a five year rolling period. As at 30 April 2015 Scottish Mortgage had total net assets of approximately £3.2 billion, making it one of the UK’s largest investment trusts. Click here to find out more about Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust PLC
You can follow the latest news, results and photography from the events atwww.edinburghcup.org. Journalists wishing to attend the event should contact British Dragon Association Press Officer Fiona Brown on email@example.com or +44 (0)7711 718470.