2016 marks the sixtieth anniversary of the British Dragon Association and at last night’s Champagne and Canapés 60th Anniversary Party BDA Chairman Tim Wilkes took the opportunity to make a very special presentation.
The BDA is a volunteer organisation run for the members by the members and many people give up their time to support and manage the class and its events. But few people have made such a long and dedicated contribution to the BDA as the recipient of this special award.
For twenty years, exactly one third of the time that the BDA has been in existence, Owen Pay has been an officer of the class. In that time he has filled many roles including Class Secretary, Class Chairman and Solent Fleet Captain. His enthusiasm is infectious and he has been a major player in ensuring the ongoing success of the Dragon in Great Britain. He has organised many of the fleet’s major championships, represented British interests to the International Dragon Association, encouraged new members to join the fleet and buy boats, helped to spread the word of Dragon sailing far and wide, and hosted many a fantastic Dragon party!
In making the presentation to Owen, Tim Wilkes explained that he could not do so without also paying tribute to the woman who has been Owen’s administrator, general factotum, sounding board, frequent crew and all round support network for almost all of that 20 years – his lovely wife Josey. Owen and Josey are a formidable team (and formidably good fun) and the BDA owes them a huge debt of gratitude. On behalf off the BDA and its members Tim presented Owen with a beautifully framed black and white photograph of K1 – the very first Dragon owned in Britain – sailing on the River Crouch in the early days of the class.