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by trw999
Tue Aug 21, 2018 6:40 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Rejuvenating a 1986 Borresen
Replies: 2
Views: 1631

Re: Rejuvenating a 1986 Borresen

Hi there and welcome. Sorry it has taken a while to reply. This forum is not visited all that frequently, by me or anyone else! The blocks on top of the cuddy are likely to be for the spinnaker sheets. Most boats now have those running under the side decks to blocks just below the cuddy. The mast ch...
by trw999
Wed Jul 03, 2013 9:39 am
Forum: Crew Search
Topic: Crew Available for 2013 Worlds in Weymouth
Replies: 0
Views: 5129

Crew Available for 2013 Worlds in Weymouth

If you are entering the 2013 Worlds at Weymouth and need crew, please get in contact with us as we are aware of UK based crew who could be available to you.

In the first instance please contact the BDA Hon Sec, Tim Wilkes at timwilkes6@hotmail.com or on +77 (0)7720 288100
by trw999
Mon Jan 07, 2013 4:26 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Sad news at the end 2012 : Jenny GREEN passes away
Replies: 1
Views: 15590

Re: Sad news at the end 2012 : Jenny GREEN passes away

Very sad news. On behalf of all British Dragon sailors, please accept our sincere and heartfelt condolences. Jenny was an inspirational fighter.

Tim Wilkes
Hon Sec BDA
by trw999
Mon Jun 11, 2012 11:31 am
Forum: Classic Dragons
Topic: Cruising Dragon Layout?
Replies: 2
Views: 9844

Re: Cruising Dragon Layout?

Hi Duncan I may be able to help with the interior layout. Last year I was given a set of photographs of Laju K74. She is a 1933 Alhomens Batvara Dragon that was lovingly restored over seven years to a very high standard by Kevin Boyd and Sonia Callaway to original lines, complete with berths, cabine...
by trw999
Tue Mar 29, 2011 4:22 pm
Forum: Classic Dragons
Topic: Launching wooden dragon after winter in storage
Replies: 2
Views: 6713

Re: Launching wooden dragon after winter in storage

Yes, John - run a book and take the bets! I am no expert but I was talking to one recently, who is restoring his Tumlare. We got to talking of sea water versus lake water with regard to take up by a wooden hull. He claimed that seawater was actually better for soaking into the wooden hull, as lake w...
by trw999
Wed Sep 09, 2009 9:27 am
Forum: Dragon Plans/Measurement
Topic: Building Plans
Replies: 5
Views: 23346

Re: Building Plans

Hugo PG is very much alive and kicking! However, he is on holday right now. Send him an e-mail and I am sure he will respond on his return. Meanwhile, you could have a discussion with Dick Rycroft, who might be able to help you. His UK tel no is (+44) 01621 784 435 and e-mail is richard.rycroft@home...
by trw999
Tue Sep 08, 2009 10:36 am
Forum: Dragon Plans/Measurement
Topic: Building Plans
Replies: 5
Views: 23346

Re: Building Plans

Hugo

Contact Patrick Gifford, who is in charge of the Classics. Contact details:
E-mail: Patrick @ Gifford97.fsnet.co.uk
Phone: +44 20 7625 3090
Mobile: +44 79 3055 8737

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by trw999
Fri Jul 10, 2009 10:50 am
Forum: General
Topic: Stuart Coltart Puts The New Bouyancy System To The Test
Replies: 2
Views: 6316

Re: Stuart Coltart Puts The New Bouyancy System To The Test

You can see what Petticrows said about it all at the time on their web site. Try this first:

http://www.petticrows.co.uk/news/new-rules-mods.shtml

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by trw999
Mon Jul 06, 2009 4:07 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Perhaps the debut of Dragon-jib in DM Grenaa ?
Replies: 1
Views: 5356

Re: Perhaps the debut of Dragon-jib in DM Grenaa ?

Jakob

One of our fleet in Burnham has been seen on the river on several occasions this season sporting a jib. The crew have been especially grateful when short taking along the favoured shore!

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by trw999
Fri Apr 10, 2009 8:00 am
Forum: Classic Dragons
Topic: My boat sunk!
Replies: 2
Views: 7608

Re: My boat sunk!

Mickey Very sorry to read of your sinking, though relieved to learn the red Dragon is back on land again. It sounds as if you were most fortunate to have such good friends to help you out. We have had several sinking's in UK waters in the last few years and I know of others on the international rega...
by trw999
Mon Oct 27, 2008 10:50 am
Forum: Classic Dragons
Topic: Dragon? in the Okanagan
Replies: 7
Views: 13338

Re: Dragon? in the Okanagan

Louis Congratulations on your snap purchase - good luck with the hours of toil you have let yourself in for! In an effort to be helpful, I have made some comments in italics to your message below. HI to all, I am new to this. My name is Louis and I live in Kelowna, British Columbia. I am not a sailo...
by trw999
Thu Aug 28, 2008 9:04 am
Forum: General
Topic: question about Spin. pole
Replies: 3
Views: 7869

Re: question about Spin. pole

Kraftwerk wrote:Or do both ends have the exact same snap closure?
They do indeed
by trw999
Wed Aug 27, 2008 9:45 am
Forum: General
Topic: question about Spin. pole
Replies: 3
Views: 7869

Re: question about Spin. pole

It sounds as if you have an older type spi pole. There are two modern systems. Either a sliding car with a large ring on the front of the mast to which the pole attaches with a snap closure. At the other end of the pole there is another snap closure, which attaches to the spi sheet. This system is k...
by trw999
Wed Aug 20, 2008 9:40 am
Forum: Development Strategies
Topic: International Dragon Racing in the Future?
Replies: 2
Views: 10523

Re: International Dragon Racing in the Future?

I am aware that the posting above is being discussed amongst Dragon sailors. I am also delighted with the progress of the British sailing team in Bejing at the moment. When I came across the following on our club web site, I thought it might be of interest: 'When the Royal Corinthian Yacht Club was ...
by trw999
Mon Jul 14, 2008 8:52 am
Forum: Classic Archives
Topic: Motor Mount Brackett
Replies: 5
Views: 12091

Re: Motor Mount Brackett

John Interestingly Petticrows have recently completed a new Dragon for a British owner with an integrated outboard well in the rear deck. The owner is obliged to use a motor to get in and out of the marina where he keeps his boat. Clearly this is not what you will want to do to your boat ! Doomernic...
by trw999
Tue Jul 08, 2008 5:52 pm
Forum: Classic Archives
Topic: Polish Dragon in Canada
Replies: 8
Views: 13839

Re: Polish Dragon in Canada

John

Have a look at the Dragon manufacturers. They have some detailed pictures of deck layouts that might give you some ideas.

Petticrows (http://www.petticrows.com/) and Doomernik (http://www.doomernik.nl/) probably have the better pictures.

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by trw999
Mon Jul 07, 2008 10:39 am
Forum: Classic Archives
Topic: Polish Dragon in Canada
Replies: 8
Views: 13839

Re: Polish Dragon in Canada

John Well done, she looks great and in amazingly fine condition. If you have not already done so, I suggest you make contact with Mickey Lake of the American International Dragon Association (http://www.usdragons.org/AIDA/Home.html); his e-mail is BLake84530@aol.com Also, you could contact Patrick G...
by trw999
Wed Mar 19, 2008 3:42 pm
Forum: Classic Dragons
Topic: An Original Dragon - Do You Have One?
Replies: 5
Views: 13095

An Original Dragon - Do You Have One?

Does any one on the forum sail a Dragon in original or near original condition, as envisaged by Johan Anker? I would assume that any such Dragons are sailed as beautiful day sailors; clearly a wooden sparred boat would have a tough time keeping up with their modern counterpart on the race circuit. I...
by trw999
Thu Feb 28, 2008 7:42 pm
Forum: Reports
Topic: Rumours wins XIII SAR King Juan Carlos I Trophy
Replies: 1
Views: 4463

Re: Rumours wins XIII SAR King Juan Carlos I Trophy

Google Languages transalation (and well done Len!): Ended this Sunday at the Club Naval de Cascais the thirteenth edition of H. M. King Juan Carlos I Trophy - Trophy Class of King Dragon. The event is part of the Iberian Championship of Dragon and counted with the participation of dezasete crews fro...
by trw999
Mon Jan 28, 2008 11:11 am
Forum: General
Topic: The generosity of Dragon sailors.
Replies: 3
Views: 7971

Re: The generosity of Dragon sailors.

Mickey A nice posting and thank you. I must point out that in the end, we managed to collect sails not only from the Burnham fleet, but also from Cowes, the Medway and Aldeburgh fleets too. It is good to think of all those sails that lay around in our garages, sheds or trailers can now enjoy a secon...
by trw999
Thu Nov 01, 2007 10:03 am
Forum: Reports
Topic: New website for North American Dragons!
Replies: 1
Views: 4571

Well Done Anne & Mickey

Great web site and very good to see the AIDA represented on the web. Another step forward for you, so good luck growing the fleet in North America.

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by trw999
Mon Oct 22, 2007 8:20 am
Forum: General
Topic: On Buying a Dragon
Replies: 19
Views: 28773

First Race Win!

Almost one year on from buying our Dragon, last Saturday we won our first race! What a great feeling and another milestone in our ownership. The afternoon club race, in a fleet of six Dragons, was in light winds in glorious autumn sunshine. We had a good start beating to the first mark, which we rou...
by trw999
Thu Aug 23, 2007 11:56 am
Forum: General
Topic: Great free advertising for the Dragon Class.
Replies: 11
Views: 16967

Mickey has got two threads going on Sailing Anarchy at the moment - well done! This is keeping the class in the sailing public eye. One is a continuation of "Wooden Dragon" and the other is "New Dragon Rigged for Four". Over 3600 and 670 hits respectively so far. If we can keep them on the first pag...
by trw999
Thu Aug 16, 2007 12:45 pm
Forum: General
Topic: On Buying a Dragon
Replies: 19
Views: 28773

One month on and the poor old boat is back in the yard! After our short holiday we picked her up from the yard with her new mast and towed her down to Cowes for the Week. We arrived on Thursday afternoon and had her rigged and ready by early evening. She was then craned in at 0730 on Friday morning ...
by trw999
Mon Aug 13, 2007 11:24 am
Forum: Dragon Plans/Measurement
Topic: 40 foot Dragon...
Replies: 5
Views: 12521

I have just returned from Cowes Week, where I came across the 8 metre Athena, a very grown up Dragon. Here is a link to a photo:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/10919588@N ... 202207037/
by trw999
Tue Jul 17, 2007 2:06 pm
Forum: General
Topic: On Buying a Dragon
Replies: 19
Views: 28773

A Further Update

It has been a while since I reported on our first season with our Dragon and a fair bit has happened. The boat is currently back in the yard, her third visit this season and, I hope, her last! The first inkling we had there was a problem was when the club resident joker asked us what had been eating...
by trw999
Fri Jul 13, 2007 11:36 am
Forum: Dragon Plans/Measurement
Topic: 40 foot Dragon...
Replies: 5
Views: 12521

Adron Interesting question! Given that most of us are attracted into the class because of the stunning looks of our yachts, a larger version might be right for some, especially when one considers the number of large day boats currently coming onto the market from designers around the world. Me - I'm...
by trw999
Wed Jul 11, 2007 9:50 am
Forum: General
Topic: I need information on a shipping company?
Replies: 3
Views: 8319

Mickey I have spoken to one of our club members who is in the shipping world. He says that the only line who ships direct from UK to the West Coast are Fred Olsen (into LA and San Francisco). They are Ipswich based. See http://www.fredolsen.co.uk/agency/index.htm He also suggested that you talk to t...
by trw999
Mon Jun 04, 2007 7:32 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Great free advertising for the Dragon Class.
Replies: 11
Views: 16967

Mickey I second your thoughts on a web site! It will act as a focus for your efforts and will - hopefully - come out on top of a Google search by any N Americans interested in Dragons. The links page could then show all the interesting European sites. Get some of Jaques Vapillon's pictures up on the...
by trw999
Mon Jun 04, 2007 1:56 pm
Forum: General
Topic: On Buying a Dragon
Replies: 19
Views: 28773

Update on the season, so far

We have enjoyed a couple of months racing now and a return visit to the yard. The racing has been good. In addition to club races we have had a home regatta, club series races (windward/leeward) as well as some team racing. We have sailed in some heavy weather, as well as inevitable periods where th...
by trw999
Mon Apr 30, 2007 3:52 pm
Forum: IDA News
Topic: Owners meeting at the Gold Cup, Palma 2007
Replies: 4
Views: 10680

I am a club sailor who travels nationally and does the occasional international regatta. I am a very "ordinary Joe" Dragon sailor and would love to see others like me make more contributions to this very good, international Dragon forum. May this act as encouragement! With regard to professionalism,...
by trw999
Tue Mar 27, 2007 8:20 am
Forum: General
Topic: On Buying a Dragon
Replies: 19
Views: 28773

Hi Mickey

Hope you had a good time racing last week.

Valanga was built by Petticrows in 1999. She is a 2000 model, white all over with a green and blue water line.

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by trw999
Mon Mar 26, 2007 11:52 am
Forum: General
Topic: On Buying a Dragon
Replies: 19
Views: 28773

First Weekend's Racing

We had the first racing of the season this last weekend. The weather was cold, the wind was blowing force 4-5 with occasional stronger gusts and, though overcast on Saturday, we enjoyed a cloudless blue sky and sunshine on Sunday - how appropriate! Valanga behaved herself wonderfuly. 8 boats were ou...
by trw999
Wed Mar 14, 2007 1:56 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Great free advertising for the Dragon Class.
Replies: 11
Views: 16967

Thanks for the posting, Mickey. I enjoyed reading the thread. Very good luck to you. It might be an idea to contact all the main sailing clubs of the Dragon fleets in Europe to get them to stick an ad on their club notice boards regarding any Dragons, sails or other kit that you need. Just might pro...
by trw999
Mon Mar 05, 2007 10:34 am
Forum: General
Topic: On Buying a Dragon
Replies: 19
Views: 28773

Mickey Valanga is sitting snugly in a warm boatshed at the moment. We will be getting her out and towing her to the club later this month, as we start racing the weekend of 24/25 March. We will spend the previous weekend airing her and sprucing up anything that needs doing, which is not much. We bou...
by trw999
Wed Dec 20, 2006 9:37 am
Forum: General
Topic: Happy holidays, my good friends!
Replies: 3
Views: 8521

Thank you Mickey, very good of you.

Merry Christmas and happy New Year to all.

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by trw999
Mon Nov 27, 2006 10:37 am
Forum: General
Topic: On Buying a Dragon
Replies: 19
Views: 28773

We had her name painted in the same colour as the top waterline, green. So there is a very smart Valanga on the stern with the club initials below. I hope it will be the only view the opposition have of us next season!
by trw999
Fri Nov 24, 2006 2:57 pm
Forum: General
Topic: On Buying a Dragon
Replies: 19
Views: 28773

Launched and Racing!

Incredibly, things have moved on apace! Since I wrote my last report, we have had a launch party and sailed her in a couple of races. It has been a marvellous few weeks getting everything ready and actually sailing our own yacht. We were so excited about the launch we could hardly sleep the night be...
by trw999
Fri Nov 17, 2006 10:01 am
Forum: Classic Archives
Topic: A piece of advice regarding rudders and keels.
Replies: 2
Views: 7772

Hey Mickey

If the shoe fits .....!

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by trw999
Sun Nov 12, 2006 3:07 pm
Forum: Class Rules and Regulations
Topic: Hiking in the Dragon
Replies: 16
Views: 28796

Hi Fred Yep, that says it all for me - but then I am only speaking for myself! I would love to hear from some of the thousands of other Dragon sailors, though! Surely some of them read this forum and surely they have an opinion. Lets hear them! Otherwise Mickey, you, me and a few others are going to...