Please select your home edition
Edition
Southern Spars - North Technology

International Dragon Gold Cup on the horizon

by Véronique Guillou Le Bivic on 2 Jul 2013
2013 Gazprom Dragon Gold Cup . Jacques Vapillon et François Van Malleghem
The 2013 Gazprom International Dragon Gold Cup will be hosted at Douarnenez from 16th to 24th August.Dragon specialists far and wide get ready!

Since its creation in 1937, the event, which is considered one of the most famous yachting trophies and comparable to a World Cup, has been held five times in France, four of which were in Douarnenez; namely the great trust confided in the Société des Régates de Douarnenez (lit. Douarnenez Regatta Society) by the International Dragon Association (IDA).

Douarnenez, the bay, the Regatta Society (SRD)
Following the editions held in 1981, 1996 and 2006, from 16th-24th August this year the Bay of Douarnenez, one of the most highly valued sailing venues by Dragon sailors, will welcome nearly one hundred crews from across the Dragon class worldwide.

A magnificent race course, an experienced organization and a real sense of welcome, are the common factors named by sailors who have taken part in one of the numerous sailing events on Douarnenez waters. As well as its privileged natural setting, the cité Pen Sardin can also claim the experience and enthusiasm of the SRD and its wonderfully efficient ‘troupe’ of volunteers.

The Douarnenez Regatta Society was established in 1880 and in 1886 was recognized by the Yacht Club de France. Annual regattas have been organized by the society ever since, and the written press at the time were already emphasizing the incredible natural environment and the quality of its magnificent bay. In an edition of 'Le Yacht' magazine on 21st August 1886 it is quoted as saying, 'This fabulous Douarnenez harbour…is quite probably one of the most beautiful race courses on our coastline.'

The Dragon class, more than a sport
No other international series, with the exception of the Star class which dates back to 1911 and is still an Olympic class, has been as successful throughout the century, as the Dragon. This elegant 9-metre sail boat was created at the end of the 1920s by the Norwegian architect Johan Anker, and with its fabulous racing qualities in absolutely no time at all it had made its name as an ideal racing class, so much so that it became the official class in the 1948 Olympic Games, a status that it held for over twenty years. Gradually developing over the years, yet maintaining its monotype design; (where it is the skills of the sailor that really make the difference) this wonderful sail boat with ‘pure’ outline has defied fashion and enamoured a loyal clientele of fine helmsman and lovers of these beautiful hulls.
Today’s dynamic fleet and large family of Dragon sailors come together to indulge in some fierce battles, yet they are still defined by the etiquette of the early days of yachting.

Gazprom International Dragon Gold Cup
The Russian Dragon sailors discovered the Bay of Douarnenez in 2004 for the Grand Prix Petit Navire. The strong bond they developed has meant a gradual increase in the number of participants ever since, and every year they come to race at les Pen Sardin. As such it was a natural step for major gas company Gazprom International to join forces with the SRD for the organization of the Dragon Gold Cup.

The art of racing is undeniably what best defines the spirit of the Dragon class, and no better a show than the Gazprom International Dragon Gold Cup in Douarnenez to illustrate it. Firstly for its incredible bay and the truly impressive quality of the setting, and secondly in its role as meeting point for the main players in the series: World, European and French champions, winners of the Grand Prix Guyader (who achieved their success in the same bay), Olympic medallists and multiple world title-holders will all come face to face to battle it out in one long three-hour race a day.

The secret for success in the event is precision and delicacy; careful preparation is required, and every race in the competition counts. Participants simply cannot afford to stumble; they must avoid disqualification at all costs, start fast, show fair-play on the water, and aim to be among the first 20. The winner is the one able to balance racing etiquette, with a fair amount of risk, irreproachable speed, the quest for success and a sprinkling of elegance.
Insun - AC ProgramGiacomo Yacht SaleNorth Technology - Southern Spars

Related Articles

Biggest Clipper Race sets sail from Liverpool in front of huge crowds
After heading out of the River Mersey and into the Irish Sea, the twelve-strong fleet is heading 6,400 nM south 712 non-professional crew, the most ever in its eleven editions, from all walks of life and including many who had no previous sailing experience, will take on Mother Nature in this ultimate ocean challenge, representing 41 different nationalities.
Posted today at 6:02 pm
America's Cup - Two months on from start of 35th Match + Video
Emirates Team New Zealand have released this compilation from the series in Bermuda. To mark the passing of the two month milestone since the start of the 35th Match for the America's Cup, Emirates Team New Zealand have released this compilation from the series in Bermuda.
Posted today at 1:52 pm
Audi Hamilton Island Race Week cracker opening day
Racing began on Day 1 of Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2017 in idyllic conditions Racing began on Day 1 of Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2017 in idyllic conditions, excited and some nervous crews facing the prospect of a 25-30 knot sou’easters and strong tide making for a wild downwind run from the narrow start in Dent Passage.
Posted today at 11:16 am
Clipper Race Leg 1 preview - Liverpool, UK, to Punta del Este, Uruguay
The Clipper 2017-18 Round the World Yacht Race promises a shore side spectacle when the fleet crosses the start line The Clipper 2017-18 Round the World Yacht Race promises a shore side spectacle when the fleet crosses the start line in front of the large crowds that are expected to line the River Mersey at 1230 (BST) today.
Posted today at 7:54 am
470 Class Japan National Championships - Day 2
S wind, 6kt – 113 boats were devided into Yellow, Blue and Red, and R1 started as scheduled at 11:00. S wind, 6kt – 113 boats were devided into Yellow, Blue and Red, and R1 started as scheduled at 11:00. The wind stayed 6kt during R1, and then 8kt for R2. Later, it increased to 10+, and Oscar flag was up for R3 at the start.
Posted today at 6:15 am
2017 Melges 20 U.S. National Championship - Nail-biting final day
A massive round of congratulations is in order for newly crowned Drew Freides on Pacific Yankee. A massive round of congratulations is in order for newly crowned Drew Freides on Pacific Yankee. He and his team which includes Morgan Reeser and Charlie Smythe are the 2017 Melges 20 U.S. National Champions.
Posted today at 5:48 am
Clipper Race - British Olympians swap sports for new challenge at sea
Joining this year’s Great Britain entry in the Clipper 2017-18 Round the World Yacht Race are two athletes Joining this year’s Great Britain entry in the Clipper 2017-18 Round the World Yacht Race are two athletes who have already spent their lives representing their country at the highest level.
Posted on 19 Aug
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Three sleeps to go!
With less than 72 hours before Clipper Round the World Yacht Race fleet line up on River Mersey to start 2017-18 edition With less than 72 hours before the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race fleet line up on the River Mersey to start the 2017-18 edition of the 40,000 nautical mile race around the globe, anticipation is building in Albert Dock with crowds gathering to wish the fleet well.
Posted on 19 Aug
The Landsail Tyres J-Cup - Day 2 - Biblical conditions in Tor Bay
Thirty knot squalls inter-dispersed with beautiful sunshine and flat water, produced testing race course for six classes Thirty knot squalls inter-dispersed with beautiful sunshine and flat water, produced a testing race course for six classes, competing on Day Two of the 2017 Landsail Tyres J-Cup. At times the fleet disappeared upwind into the raging tempest, to return downwind, in a halo of bright sunlight. The bizarre weather tested boat handing skills, and stamina, considering the teams had now completed six rac
Posted on 19 Aug
2017 Melges 20 U.S. National Championship - Day 2 - Newport long haul
The sunny skies on Day One of 2017 Melges 20 U.S. National Championship were replaced with low flying southerly squalls The sunny skies on Day One of the 2017 Melges 20 U.S. National Championship hosted by Sail Newport were replaced with low flying southerly squalls and an on-time 1100 start. PRO Anderson Reggio sent the fleet to the 'inside' Halfway Rock racecourse for what would be a very exciting, four-race day of Melges 20 sailing.
Posted on 19 Aug