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2012 Edinburgh Cup - Julia Bailey leads after day 1

by Fiona Brown on 5 Jul 2012
2012 Dragon Edinburgh Cup sponsored by Belfast Harbour, hosted by Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club 4-7 July 2012. Thomas Anderson Photography http://www.taphotos.co.uk/rseurocup2013
It is notoriously difficult to win the the Edinburgh Cup, awarded to the winner of the Open British Dragon Championship.

45 Dragons have assembled in Cultra on Belfast Lough for this year's Edinburgh Cup, sponsored by Belfast Harbour.

Considered to be one of the most competitive events to date, it was all the more remarkable then that today's opening two races were both won by the same boat in a bravura sailing performance which produced one relatively comfortable win followed by a last moment seat of the pants victory. Pundits in the class have been scratching their heads to remember the last time one boat won both opening Edinburgh Cup races and so far a comparable situation cannot be recalled. As if the achievement wasn't already impressive enough it should also be noted that the winning crew includes the youngest sailor in the fleet at just 11 years old. The boat that claimed those victories is GBR720 Aimee of Cowes helmed by Julia Bailey with husband Graham Bailey, Dylan Potter and youngster Will Heritage crewing.


No one else came close to matching Julia Bailey's consistency and tonight its Monaco's Jens Rathsack, sailing MON2 Jeanie with Stefan Waak and Mario Wagner, who claims second overall with a 2, 6 score to count eight points, six behind Bailey. With an 8 in race one followed by a 3 in race two defending Edinburgh Cup Champion Martin Byrne sailing IRL201 Jaguar with Pedro Andrade and Adam Winkleman lies third overall on 11 points and reigning Dragon World Champion Lawrie Smith, sailing Alfie with Ossie Stewart and Tim Tavinor is fourth on 13 points thanks to an 11, 2 score line.

Julia Bailey also leads the Corinthian Division for the all amateur crews with Owen Pay, sailing IRL204 Seabird with Steve Richardson and Jon Mortimer, second and Patrick Gifford, sailing GBR717 Nereid with Paul Springett and Andrew Vaughn, third.

Alongside the formal daily prizes awarded each evening there is also a very special draw to win a set of Sebago sailing shoes for your crew. Today's very popular Sebago prizewinners were Sunderland's Dave Atkinson, Michael Matthews and John Outhwaite of GBR690 Blue Movie, who were delighted recipients of this fun award.

Two further races are scheduled for tomorrow and the six race series continues until Saturday with a single discard being applied after the fifth race has been sailed.

The fleet, whose crews represent some 11 different nations including Japan, Australia, Monaco, Portugal, Germany, Denmark, the UK and Ireland faced some extremely difficult conditions with light and shifty winds in both races. Race Officer Nigel Kerney and his team faced a tough day in the office as they shifted start lines and marks almost constantly trying to keep the courses fair. Initially the day was overcast with showers, but during the second race the sun came out and the North Down countryside was revealed proving that this truly is a stunningly beautiful place to sail and visit.


In race one Patrick Gifford led the fleet at the first mark with Bailey a reasonable distance back in second and the pack some lengths back again. By the leeward mark Bailey and the pack had closed the gap although Gifford still rounded a few seconds ahead with the two boats choosing opposite sides of the beat. Gifford did his best to hold everyone at bay for as long as he could but the onslaught eventually overwhelmed him and he finished the race in sixth. Meanwhile Bailey took the lead and despite various challenges defended confidently to the finish taking victory from Rathsack. Third place went to Kinsale's Cameron Good sailing IRL211 Little Fella with Maurice O'Connell and Henry Kingston while Simon Brien took fourth

The second race was an altogether different affair and initially things looked far from good for Bailey as she rounded the weather mark in 18th place. They'd had a reasonable start at the pin end and then got a nice left shift but couldn't tack on it as they couldn't cross the fleet. By the time they could tack they had over stood the mark and were forced to take a lot of sterns as they tried to find space in the packed starboard layline. They immediately gybe set whilst the rest of fleet headed right, taking each other up in the process, and with the benefit of the tide Bailey managed to lay the leeward mark in one gybe gaining a lot of places. Two more good legs saw them pull up into second behind race leader Smith.

Julia takes up the story of the final beat. 'We went just behind Lawrie at the last bottom mark with one beat to go. We were quite happy second to Lawrie. We could see they were moving the finish line boat to the right and we weren't quite sure how far they would go so we went quite a long way. When it obviously became time that we should be tacking [for the line] we said to Lawrie 'Don't worry Lawrie, we'll follow you in if you want to go, but if we go now don't tack on us please.' but I'm not sure he heard that so we tacked and he tacked on us. We then tacked immediately off and just as we were going through the tack we got a 5 degree lift and by the time Lawrie came back at us he couldn't cross us and got stuck underneath and we just managed to hold him out.' Crossing the line behind Bailey and Smith were Byrne, and Owen Pay.









International Dragon Class - Edinburgh Cup 2012

Overall results after 2 races

 
Rank Boat SailNo HelmName Club CrewName CrewName2 R1 R2 Nett
1st AIMEE 720 Julia Bailey RYS Graham Bailey Dylan Potter & Will Heritage 1.0 1.0 2.0
2nd JEANIE 2 Rathsack Jens MYC Waak Stefan Wagner Mario 2.0 6.0 8.0
3rd JAGUAR 201 Martin Byrne RSTGYC Pedro Andrade Adam Winkleman 8.0 3.0 11.0
4th ALFIE 763 Lawrie Smith Glandore Ossie Stewart Tim Tavinor 11.0 2.0 13.0
5th SEABIRD 204 Owen Pay RCYC Steve Richardson Jon Mortimer 10.0 4.0 14.0
6th HANDS OFF 760 Mike Holmes RCYC Paul Fletcher Tom Harrison 5.0 15.0 20.0
7th NEREID 717 Patrick Gifford ALDERBURGH YC Paul Springett Andrew Vaughan 6.0 16.0 22.0
8th LITTLE FELLA 211 Cameron Good Kinsale Maurice O'Connell Henry Kingston 3.0 21.0 24.0
9th JERBOA 761 Gavia Wilkinson-Cox RCYC Stavros Payne Rui Boia 12.0 13.0 25.0
10th DANISH BLUE 775 Poul Hoj-Jensen RYS Andrew Norden Hamish Mackay 7.0 19.0 26.0
11th FEI-LIN'S FLIRTATION 633 Ron James RFYC Julia Walsh Nigel Young 16.0 10.0 26.0
12th PHANTOM 176 Ruan O'Tiarnaigh RStG Peter Bowring David Williams 9.0 18.0 27.0
13th KIN 214 Simon Brien RNIYC Mark Brien David Gomes 4.0 26.0 30.0
14th RUMOURS 708 Quentin Strauss UPPER THAMES SC Nikki Strauss Harry Strauss 14.0 17.0 31.0
15th NAIAD 764 MICHAEL HAYLES AYC MONIQUE HAYLES ALEX MACDONALD 21.0 12.0 33.0
16th FEVER 758 KLAUS DIEDERICHS RORC ANDY BEADSWORTH JAMIE LEE 29.0 7.0 36.0
17th QUICKSILVER V 766 ROBERT CAMPBELL RCYC ROBERT ALPE IAN GRAY 27.0 9.0 36.0
18th DIVA 210 DON O'DONOGHUE RSTG Rick Johnson Rob Johnson 32.0 5.0 37.0
19th YEVIS II 50 Boccia A Aayama Enoshima YC Nori Igei Yuki Nagahori 26.0 11.0 37.0
20th DUBLIN BAY 198 Garry Treacy RStG Paul Maguire Declan Scallian 35.0 8.0 43.0
21st COOL RUNNINGS 748 Thorkild Juncker RORC Jochem Visser Gavin Maguire 25.0 20.0 45.0
22nd APHRODITE 110 Michael Doorly RStG John Bolger Andrew O'Kelly 24.0 22.0 46.0
23rd MERLIN 622 ROBERT RIDDELL SCYC DEBORAH JONA GEORGINA DEWAS 22.0 24.0 46.0
24th TENACIOUS 157 Anthony O'Neill KYC Oliver Loughead Eoghan O'Neill 13.0 36.0 49.0
25th EVE 150 Ean Pugh MONACO Alar Volmer Michael Manzke 15.0 34.0 49.0
26th DARK & STORMY 768 Christopher Hunt RYS Mark Hart Mark Daly 17.0 32.0 49.0
27th AVALANCHE 722 MARK WADE RCYC AMANDA WADE SIMON CASH 19.0 30.0 49.0
28th HYBRASIL 197 Peter O'Reilly RStG Eddie Tingle Francis Rhatigan 31.0 23.0 54.0
29th SOU'WESTER 436 JOHN SIMMS RUYC JOHN GUNNING ALAN MORRISON 23.0 33.0 56.0
30th BLUE MOVIE 690 DAVID ATKINSON SUNDERLAND YC JOHN OUTWAITE MICHAEL MATHEWS 46.0 OCS 14.0 60.0
31st FIT CHICK 753 JONO RATNAGE MEDWAY YC ROSS MCKISSOCK GUY CLARABUT 36.0 25.0 61.0
32nd GANADOR 704 MARTIN MAKEY RCYC TIM WILKES TERESA WILKES 33.0 28.0 61.0
33rd WHIMSEY 206 GORDON INGATE RSYS JAMES BEVIS WILL GIBBON 30.0 31.0 61.0
34th CHIMAERA 216 ANDREW CRAIG RSTGYC Brian Matthews MARK PETTITT 18.0 46.0 BFD 64.0
35th CLOUD 206 CLARE HOGAN RSTGYC Stephen Milne Mark Ennis 20.0 46.0 BFD 66.0
36th BEAR 767 GORDON PATTERSON RNIYC GAVIN VAUGHAN MIKE VAUGHAN 41.0 27.0 68.0
37th WHISPER 213 MICHAEL COTTER RSTGYC John Driscoll Kenny MCullough 28.0 46.0 BFD 74.0
38th PHORMALLY PHANTOM 655 Chris Thomas SCYC Selina Thomas Hilary Williams 37.0 37.0 74.0
39th SCIMITAR 755 JULIAN SOWRY MYC CLAIRE SOWRY NEIL O'HAGAN & TIFFANY BRIEN 46.0 OCS 29.0 75.0
40th VALANGA 210 SANDY ANDERSON RFBYC JOHN MONCRIEFF Karen Chatfield 42.0 35.0 77.0
41st AMAZON 557 GRAHAM PRICE ABERSOCH PATRICK LOMAX TRACEY POWELL 40.0 38.0 78.0
42nd ZU 159 Chris Fleming RStG Matt Minch Conor Grimley 34.0 46.0 BFD 80.0
43rd GITANE 699 James Peters SCYC Neil Brown Colin Brereton 38.0 46.0 BFD 84.0
44th GREY HARE 19 Shaun Kingston KYC Jack Kingston David Dwyer 39.0 46.0 BFD 85.0
45th ATALANTA 508 George Davis SCYC Rob Eldridge Alison Edwards 43.0 46.0 BFD 89.0


The Edinburgh Cup, awarded to the winner of the Open British Dragon Championship, is one of the most prestigious and historic trophies in British yachting having been presented to the class by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh in 1949 and sailed for annually since.

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