Please select your home edition
Edition
InSunSport - International - GR

Dragon Edinburgh Cup - Smith leads after day 2

by Fiona Brown on 27 Jun 2013
2013 Dragon Edinburgh Cup day 2 Fiona Brown © http://www.fionabrown.com
In the Dragon Edinburgh Cup, with four of a possible six races now completed, reigning Dragon World Champion Lawrie Smith, crewed by Ossie Stewart and Tim Tavinor, has moved into the lead in Weymouth.

It was a light and at times extremely challenging day that saw many of the boats add big numbers to their scores, but Smith and his canny cohorts demonstrated once again why all three are ranked amongst the world's best sailors as they kept their focus and added an eighth and a second to their score, making them by far the most consistent performers of the day.

Klaus Diederichs, sailing with Andy Beadsworth and Jamie Lea, had another solid day and although they had to work for it at times they remained focused and ended up scoring seven then six to close the day in second place overall, five points behind Smith.


Gavia Wilkinson-Cox and her brand new team of Jean Sebastien Ponce and Vicente Pinheiro de Melo was steady in race three with a twelfth place, but then really hit their stride in race four. They made a fantastic start, led the fleet at the first mark and despite strong challenges from Mark Dicker, sailing with James Campbell and Drummond Sydenham, and Mick Cotter, sailing with Simon Fry and Tim Goodbody, defended successfully all the way to the finish. As a result they jump up the leader board into third, two points behind Deiderichs. It was definitely Gavia's lucky day today as not only was she victorious on the water, but she also won a brand new set of Petticrows jib sheets in the post racing prize draw!

Today's other race winner was Rob Campbell, crewed by uncle and nephew Justin and Tom Waples, proving once again that the Corinthians can give as good as they get against the professionals. Speaking after racing Campbell paid tribute to the quality of competition, the high standard of race management and the outstanding facilities and race area here in Weymouth, and looked forward to returning for the 2013 Gazprom International Dragon World Championship, also being hosted by Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy from 5-13 September.


In the Corinthian Division Julia Bailey, sailing with Graham Bailey, Keith Tippell and Will Heritage continues to lead the fleet although she has now dropped down to fourth in the overall standings. Her day got off to a great start with a second behind Campbell, but she then finished 25th in race four which dropped her down the overall leader board. Second Corinthian tonight is Ireland's Simon Brien, sailing with his brother Mark and David Gomes, and Julian and Claire Sowry sailing with Neil O'Hagan fill the third place on the Corinthian leader board.

Tomorrow one championship race is schedule which will bring the total sailed to five, at which point the discard will come into play. Lawrie Smith is now the only competitor with an all top ten scoreline with a worst result of eighth, but everyone else is carrying at least one double figures score, so the introduction of the discard is likely to bring big changes in the overall standings. Julia Bailey in particular will be delighted to drop her 25th place from race four as were the discard already in play she would be leading the regatta comfortably.

Tomorrow will also feature the traditional Edinburgh Cup Crews' Race where the lunatics are put briefly in charge of the asylum. Will Heritage (who would like us to note that he is 12 years old and not 14 as we stated last night - sorry Will) is hoping to better his second place of last year and as always competition will be extremely hot for this fun event. After racing competitors will enjoy the Edinburgh Cup Championship Dinner where no doubt the craic will be mighty - well it will be if the Kin and Dark and Stormy boys have anything to do with it!

The regatta concludes on Friday and with winds expected to increase over the coming two days we can look forward to an exciting finish to the championship.








Overall Top Five After Four Races

1. Lawrie Smith, GBR785 Alfie - 8,6,8,2 = 24
2. Klaus Diederichs, GBR758 Fever - 1,15,7,6 = 29
3. Gavia Wilkinson-Cox, GBR761 Jerboa - 10,8,12,1 = 31
4. Julia Bailey, GBR720 Aimee - 3,2,2,25 = 32 (Corinthian)
5. Poul Richard Hoj-Jensen, GBR775 Danish Blue - 5,14,10,3 = 32 Full results Dragon Edinburgh Cup website

Wildwind 2016 660x82upffront 660x82Ancasta Ker 33 660x82

Related Articles

Kialoa patriarch, Jim Kilroy dies at 94 years
One of the legends of sailing Jim Kilroy died on September 29, 2016 at the age of 94 years. Jim Kilroy died on September 29, 2016 at the age of 94 years. Former Kialoa crew member Peter Allison gives a personal perspective on what it was like to be involved in the Kialoa team and sailing with Jim Kilroy.Then he and Andy Rose give their impressions of the big crash between Kialoa and Windward Passage ahead of the 1977 Sydney Hobart. Includes audio interview with Jim Kilroy
Posted today at 2:17 pm
2016 Groupama Race final results!
In real-time, the New-Zealander trimaran Vodafone, has ended up the 654 miles race in two days 33mn 12s In real-time, the New-Zealander trimaran Vodafone, has ended up the 654 miles race in two days 33mn 12s, sailing the West coast with an average speed above 20kts.
Posted today at 7:35 am
2016 Melges 32 World Championship - A wet departure from Norm
New England nor'easters are signified by not only by their strong winds, but also their driving rain New England nor'easters are signified by not only by their strong winds, but also their driving rain, and on the second day of the 2016 Melges 32 World Championship hosted by Sail Newport, competitors returned to the Newport Shipyard with three hearty races completed and no need to wash off the boats, foul weather gear or sails. The rain did all the work.
Posted today at 4:50 am
Les Voiles de St Tropez France – Crash sequence images by Ingrid Abery
Photographer Ingrid Abery has provided this gallery of images from crash sequence Photographer Ingrid Abery has provided this gallery of images from crash sequence
Posted on 30 Sep
2017 Annapolis to Newport Race Seminar
Michael Keyworth present on his many years of offshore passage making including serving on Donnybrook as Watch Captain. After a great day at the Show, head to the AYC Clubhouse at its interim location at 12 Dock Street just outside the Boat Show to hear Keynote Speaker, Michael Keyworth present on his many years of offshore passage making including serving on Donnybrook as Watch Captain.
Posted on 30 Sep
Count down to Nassau – All-Time Champions - SSL Finals
The fourth edition in Nassau will feature for the first time a full sailing festival, with junior and traditional racing The VIP skippers are invited for their sailing achievements in different classes, and the Star sailors invited are the ones in the top 12 of the 2016 SSL Rankings. Throughout the year, Star Sailors from across the world gather ranking points at events and the top performers make the trip to Nassau for the SSL Finals.
Posted on 30 Sep
Didac Costa to take part in Vendee Globe despite lightning damage
Dídac Costa has shown today he is absolutely determined to overcome one more obstacle on his way to the start line. The Spanish sailor Didac Costa has reaffirmed that he will be taking part in the Vendee Globe despite lightning damaging part of his boat’s electronics. His team has called for new sponsors to overcome this latest difficulty. Costa will be the fourth Spanish sailor who has attempted to complete this gruelling race
Posted on 30 Sep
J70 Worlds - Paul Cayard reports on two races in a hot fleet - Day 3
Two races were held today on Berkeley Circle for the J70 fleet. The first one was in non-planing conditions Two races were held today on Berkeley Circle for the J70 fleet. The first one was in non-planing conditions of eight - twelve knots and the second had winds of fifteen - twenty knots.
Posted on 30 Sep
2016 Melges 32 World Championship - Newport nor'easter
There are many attractions that Newport offers for sailors around world, iconic sailing venue with rich sailing history There are many attractions that Newport offers for sailors around the world - an iconic sailing venue with a rich sailing history, great entertainment and of course, world renowned clam chowder. One unique Newport characteristic that greeted Melges 32 competitors on the first day of the 2016 Melges 32 World Championship was front edge of a strong nor'easter that brought 20-27 kt winds
Posted on 30 Sep
Alcatel J/70 Worlds - Wind and tide ask hard questions on Day 3
Mother Nature had some surprises in store for the 68 boats on the Berkeley Circle, San Francisco Mother Nature had some surprises in store for the 68 boats on the Berkeley Circle, San Francisco for the third day of racing at the Alcatel J/70 Worlds, hosted by St. Francis Yacht Club. Wind and tide combined to ask some hard questions of the crews - on both their light and heavy-air skills, as well as their patience.
Posted on 30 Sep