Please select your home edition
Edition
11th Hour Racing 2021 - OCT15 - LEADERBOARD

2021 Dragon Edinburgh Cup at the Royal Forth Yacht Club - Day 1

by Emma York 1 Sep 07:13 BST 31 August - 3 September 2021
Dragon Edinburgh Cup at the Royal Forth Yacht Club day 1 © Emma York

Tuesday saw the start of the 2021 Edinburgh Cup, the 72nd edition of the British Dragon Nationals. This year's event is hosted by Granton Harbour's Royal Forth Yacht Club who previously held the Edinburgh Cup in 1997. Between 1964 and 1997 Royal Forth sailors won the Edinburgh Cup a memorable seven times.

Granton Harbour greeted the Dragon sailors with a gentle Easterly breeze on day one of the Edinburgh Cup 2021. Racing was unable to get under way on time as the wind had not filled in as predicted across the Firth of Forth and the morning was spent under AP.

A post-lunch increase in wind offered some optimism and soon the fleet was heading to the racing area for the start of race one.

All 16 Dragons sailed away from a clean start with GBR 761 Jerboa taking the clear air at the pin end of the start line to inch ahead of the fleet. The team of four, led by Gavia Wilkinson-Cox kept to the left of the course from the start as the fleet split going up the first beat.

Jerboa led around the first windward mark followed by GBR 810 Badger. While the wind remained light Jerboa continued her lead of the fleet and for the second time around the windward mark went through ahead of Badger, GBR 633 Fei-Lin's Flirtation, GBR 515 Basilisk and GBR 192 Bluebottle.

Just behind the leading Dragons the pack, starting with FRA 428 Bande a Part, GBR 731 Kestra, GBR 763 Bertie and GBR 764 Naiad made their way down the final spinnaker run.

The final downwind gate was an opportunity for several Dragons to make up ground before the hook to the finish. One such Dragon was Gery Trentesaux's four-up team onboard Bande a Part we sailed well to claim third overall.

On taking the race one win, Jerboa skipper Gavia commented "it is always good to win the first race."

Part of Gavia's four-person team is 18 year old, Royal Forth Yacht Club sailor, Kate Angier. Stepping in at the last minute to join the team, this is Kate's first Edinburgh Cup and the youngest sailor at the event. Talking excitedly after their win, she said "Sailing a Dragon is always something I have wanted to do, there are so many Dragons in the harbour and I have seen them sailing and racing and I have always wanted to get into it. This has been a really great opportunity and with such an experienced crew with Gavia I have learnt so much so quickly. I am absolutely loving it."

Race One Results:

1. GBR 761 Jerboa
2. GBR 810 Badger
3. FRA 428 Bande a Part
4. GBR 633 Fei-Lin's Flirtation
5. GBR 731 Kestra - 1st Corinthian Winner
6. GBR 192 Bluebottle
7. GBR 515 Basilisk
8. GBR 764 Najad
9. GBR 763 Bertie
10. GBR 818 Harry
11. GBR 402Meteor
12. GBR 790 Flotation
13. GBR 508 Kismet
14. GBR 489 Red Kestra
15. GBR 343 Wiz Too

16. GBR 509 Stargazer

Further racing was abandoned for the day. Day Two is scheduled for racing to start at 1055 on Wednesday 1st September 2021. Follow the BDA Facebook page for livestream race reports.

Related Articles

The sun shines for Hamble Classics 2021
Near perfect conditions last Saturday for the 51 boats Champagne sailing conditions in September might sound far-fetched but that's how yacht crews in the sixth Hamble Classics Regatta hosted by the Royal Southern Yacht Club described the near perfect conditions last Saturday. Posted on 15 Sep
2021 Dragon Edinburgh Cup overall
Final day showdown decides the winners of the famous trophy A gloomy day greeted the Dragon sailors and event team in Granton Harbour on the final day of the Edinburgh Cup 2021. Posted on 6 Sep
Burnham Week 2021 overall
ApeX X332 wins Town Cup Robert Leggett and team on ApeX, an X332, have won the Town Cup to mark the end of Burnham Week 2021, writes Sue Pelling. Posted on 5 Sep
2021 Dragon Edinburgh Cup day 3
Badger leading into the final day While the skies over Edinburgh were grey spirits were bright and lifted in the Royal Forth Yacht Club with the encouraging morning breeze. Posted on 3 Sep
2021 Dragon Edinburgh Cup day 2
A beautifully sunny day in Edinburgh A beautifully sunny day greeted the Dragon fleet on day two of the Edinburgh Cup in Edinburgh. After a short delay waiting for wind, race two started with an individual recall for GBR 731. Posted on 2 Sep
Hamble Classics Regatta 2021 - 50 entries so far
Standard entry will close tomorrow so there's still time to enter! Standard entry will close tomorrow for the 2021 Hamble Classics on 11th-12th September, the 6th edition of this most welcoming classic yacht regatta hosted by the Royal Southern Yacht Club. Posted on 1 Sep
Burnham Week 2021 opening weekend
Racing off to a good start The opening weekend of Burnham Week 2021 (28 August - 4 September) got off to a cracking start writes Sue Pelling. Posted on 31 Aug
Burnham Week 2021 Day 3
Olympic gold medallist Stuart Bithell presents the first weekend prizes The wind was still in the North for Day 3. The Multihulls headed off down river, and Grey Goose led the fleet substantially when they headed up river to finish. Triassic, Nigel Stevens won with Origami second and Persuasion third. Posted on 31 Aug
Burnham Week 2021 Day 2
Another day of northerly breezes Day two again saw a northerly. The Multihulls filled the line, but most took advantage of the committee boat end to get then most advantageous start. Posted on 29 Aug
Burnham Week 2021 Day 1
A grey start with a variable wind from the North The first day of Burnham Week was grey with a variable wind from the North. The Multihulls were the first class off. 5 started and headed down river in their first race. Posted on 28 Aug