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by ROBERT ALPE
Fri Dec 05, 2014 12:24 am
Forum: Crew Search
Topic: La Rochelle 2015
Replies: 0
Views: 7657

La Rochelle 2015

I am available to crew [foredeck or mainsheet position] in the La Rochelle Worlds in June 2015. An Australian who owns and races a modern Petticrows Dragon, I have almost 20 years experience in the Dragon Class, am fit and to my discredit speak English only so would prefer an English speaking Skippe...
by ROBERT ALPE
Fri Aug 10, 2007 12:29 am
Forum: Dragon Plans/Measurement
Topic: 40 foot Dragon...
Replies: 5
Views: 13953

When is a Dragon not a Dragon?

You are correct of course, the Dragon has the most elegant lines of any sloop ever designed, But more than that, she sails as elegantly as she looks. To simply scale up the Dragon by 30% may indeed be possible, and it may well retain its elegance as well, but would it sail with the same elegance? Do...
by ROBERT ALPE
Mon May 21, 2007 4:15 am
Forum: Events
Topic: Want to sail in the Dragon Worlds in Dun Laoghaire, Ireland?
Replies: 4
Views: 7767

Hey Mickey,

Its bit cheeky actually, and quite possibly a long shot. Most boat owners are helmsmen and don't/won't want to crew in their own Dragon. But I am hopeful several come forward with the desire to enter a World Championship. Of course I will take maximum care of the boat, but none-the-less, it is a big...
by ROBERT ALPE
Thu May 17, 2007 4:19 am
Forum: Events
Topic: Want to sail in the Dragon Worlds in Dun Laoghaire, Ireland?
Replies: 4
Views: 7767

Want to sail in the Dragon Worlds in Dun Laoghaire, Ireland?

I am Robert Alpe, President of the Australian IDA and Vice Chairman of the IDA from 'down under' seeking to enter an Australian boat the Worlds in Dun Laoghaire this August/September. Just one problem, no boat, and no interest in the large expense of shipping my Sydney based Dragon to Europe either....
by ROBERT ALPE
Fri Apr 20, 2007 5:27 am
Forum: Development
Topic: Class Layers - Conclusions - Possible Integration Strategy!
Replies: 0
Views: 9272

Class Layers - Conclusions - Possible Integration Strategy!

For those who review this Forum, this is part of a series of papers on Dragon Class Layers and how to integrate them. While the proposer/writer is an IDA Officer, the contents are his notions/observations and are not necessarily those of the IDA or fellow IDA Officers. Beat [or at least compete agai...
by ROBERT ALPE
Tue Apr 17, 2007 4:16 am
Forum: Development
Topic: Class Layers - IDA Organisation and Legal Structures
Replies: 2
Views: 8689

You rarely ramble Mickey.

Thanks for your considered comments, and yes, there was a lot to digest, so apologies are offered, but I did edit it down by about 50% from the first draft. In Palma de Mallorca for the Princess Sofia, I met up with the Porta Rico lads from the Dragon MC 2, PUR3, namely Miguel A. Casellas-Lopez, Mig...
by ROBERT ALPE
Tue Apr 17, 2007 12:20 am
Forum: Development
Topic: Class Layers - IDA Organisation and Legal Structures
Replies: 2
Views: 8689

Class Layers - IDA Organisation and Legal Structures

For those who review this Forum, this is number nine in a series of papers. While the proposer/writer is an IDA Officer, the contents are his notions/observations and are not necessarily those of the IDA or fellow IDA Officers. If you wish to join into this discussion. please read and comment on Par...
by ROBERT ALPE
Mon Apr 09, 2007 11:31 pm
Forum: Development
Topic: Part 8 - Conclusions - PROFESSIONAL Class layer integration
Replies: 1
Views: 7363

Part 8 - Conclusions - PROFESSIONAL Class layer integration

For those who review this Forum, this is number eight in a series of papers. While the proposer/writer is an IDA Officer, the contents are his notions/observations and are not necessarily those of the IDA or fellow IDA Officers. If you wish to join into this discussion, please read and comment on Pa...
by ROBERT ALPE
Wed Feb 28, 2007 2:07 am
Forum: Development Strategies
Topic: Class development in North America.
Replies: 4
Views: 11468

A precedent may already exist!

I have learned that the Irish fleet pays the British Dragon Association a sub to be affiliated and their boats etc. are listed in the White Book as Irish. This would suggest a precedent exists for the registered boats/fleet of any NAIDA should be entered into IDA Regatta events under the quota of th...
by ROBERT ALPE
Tue Feb 27, 2007 8:44 am
Forum: Development
Topic: Class Layers - Part 7 - Where we agree!
Replies: 2
Views: 8892

Class Layers - Part 7 - Where we agree!

For those who review this Forum, this is the seventh in a series of papers. While the proposer/writer is an IDA Officer, the contents are his notions/observations and are not necessarily those of the IDA or fellow IDA Officers. If you wish to join into this discussion. please read and comment on Par...
by ROBERT ALPE
Mon Feb 26, 2007 11:11 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Happy 100th Birthday Forum.
Replies: 2
Views: 8117

From little acorns doth big trees grow!

Yesterday I wished the Forum a Happy 100th Birthday. Today I note the Number of registered participants is 114. At this rate the 200th Birthday should occur sometime next week!! :D
by ROBERT ALPE
Sun Feb 25, 2007 11:37 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Happy 100th Birthday Forum.
Replies: 2
Views: 8117

Happy 100th Birthday Forum.

From little acorns doth big trees grow! I just noticed the IDA Dragon Forum now has 100 Registered participants. :twisted: Congratulations and happy 100th birthday! However wonderful it is to have 100 people register for these pages, it is only about 10% of those who could have an opinion, so I per...
by ROBERT ALPE
Sun Feb 25, 2007 11:15 pm
Forum: Development Strategies
Topic: Class development in North America.
Replies: 4
Views: 11468

Fully understood!

Hello Mickey, Your motive of inclusivity is well understood by me and others, and is fully respected also. Your objective of class rebuliding is to be supported and applauded. If the concept of a combined association for the Americas is positively considered by a majority of North American Dragon bo...
by ROBERT ALPE
Sat Feb 24, 2007 10:22 pm
Forum: Development Strategies
Topic: Class development in North America.
Replies: 4
Views: 11468

While there is very good argument to be made to have one North American Dragon Association, your members should understand that as the class grows [it surely will], the number of entries possible to Dragon Worlds is linked to the number of registered Dragons by a country/National Association per the...
by ROBERT ALPE
Sun Dec 24, 2006 8:41 am
Forum: General
Topic: Happy holidays, my good friends!
Replies: 3
Views: 9721

Christmas

Hello Mickey, It's 7 PM Christmas evening in Sydney, and I have just toated you and other Dragoneers with a very pleasant whiskey! May your sails be filled with fair winds, your bilges be awash with [this] whiskey, and your heart filled with a continuing passion for the Dragon ... in the year ahead....
by ROBERT ALPE
Wed Sep 27, 2006 3:43 am
Forum: General
Topic: Questions about the validity of our one design principle
Replies: 6
Views: 13393

Old boats and Young wives

It is customary and proper to have a Dragon remeasured after a MAJOR rebuild [like replacing a wooden deck for example.] It is also advisable to do this, because if a Dragon were protested at a major regatta and found not to measure, the expense and embarrassment of the situation would surely be int...
by ROBERT ALPE
Thu Aug 17, 2006 12:15 am
Forum: Classic Archives
Topic: Original IDA Classic Dragon Page
Replies: 27
Views: 45705

Classic Dragons needs for individual support at Regattas

Mickey, Could not agree more! There is a pressing need to ‘cater’ for the Classic Dragon at Regattas. A New Classic Dragon Committee concept is being discussed by IDA Officers. If implimented, part of it's charter would be to propose and introduce specific racing programs. As for the definition ...
by ROBERT ALPE
Wed Aug 16, 2006 11:52 pm
Forum: Development
Topic: Proposals for a Renewed Setup for International Dragon Racin
Replies: 0
Views: 8694

Proposals for a Renewed Setup for International Dragon Racin

Welcome to the new Intdragon Forum. Let us use it much more for discussions about the future of the class! The below should be considered a contribution to this discussion. Background The dragon class and the international dragon regattas have been in a very positive development during the time I ha...
by ROBERT ALPE
Mon Aug 14, 2006 8:59 am
Forum: Development
Topic: Class Layers - Part 6 - Time for Change?
Replies: 4
Views: 11851

Class Layers - Part 6 - Time for Change?

Discussion Paper - Part 6 - Class Layers - Time for Change? For those who review this Forum, this is the fifth in a series of papers. While the proposer/writer is an IDA Officer, the contents are his notions/observations and are not necessarily those of the IDA or fellow IDA Officers. If you wish to...
by ROBERT ALPE
Mon Aug 14, 2006 12:32 am
Forum: Development
Topic: Class Layers - Part 2
Replies: 6
Views: 14060

Don't give up hope please Axel

Dear Axel, Thank you for your POST on the Class Layers discussion papers. And thank Fred and Mickey also for their quality comments. Quite honestly, you typify the person I had in mind when I was thinking about ASPIRATIONAL Dragon sailors. It is interesting that almost all of us can easily identify ...
by ROBERT ALPE
Thu Aug 10, 2006 2:50 am
Forum: Development
Topic: Class Layers - Introduction and Part 1
Replies: 1
Views: 13731

Wise Counsel

Wise Counsel given to me ‘off Forum’ has suggested the Class Layers as I have proposed them, require modification. I would be interested in other views on this. 1: All-professional crews paid for by an organisation. These are still rare, so far as the Wise Counsel knows, and is not sure that the...
by ROBERT ALPE
Wed Aug 09, 2006 4:45 am
Forum: Development
Topic: Class Layers Part 5 - SWOT Analysis
Replies: 4
Views: 11654

Excellent Mickey!

And thank you for your continued support to broaden the discussion. There are many emerging Dragon markets throughout the world, some with old fleets like North America, and some with no fleets, like South America. Your distinctly North American perspective to growth, and your contributions to the S...
by ROBERT ALPE
Tue Aug 08, 2006 7:46 am
Forum: Development
Topic: Class Layers Part 5 - SWOT Analysis
Replies: 4
Views: 11654

It is quite a lot to think on, Yes!

It is not as complex as one might expect! :D Your experiences and views, albeit from a Dragon market with its growth potental yet to be realised, are of critical importance. How you see the class layers from the outside looking in, or the inside looking in, will greatly assist the discussion. So ple...
by ROBERT ALPE
Tue Aug 08, 2006 6:26 am
Forum: Development
Topic: Class Layers Part 5 - SWOT Analysis
Replies: 4
Views: 11654

Class Layers Part 5 - SWOT Analysis

Discussion Paper - Part Five - Class Layers - SWOT Analysis! For those who review this Forum, this is the fifth in a series of papers. While the proposer/writer is an IDA Officer, the contents are his notions/observations and are not necessarily those of the IDA or fellow IDA Officers. If you wish t...
by ROBERT ALPE
Tue Aug 08, 2006 5:33 am
Forum: Development
Topic: Class Layers - Part 4
Replies: 2
Views: 9115

Class Layers Part 4

Mickey, I have been waiting patiently for additional comments from Dragon Sailors. It is soooo anoying when the comments only come from the active few who regularly visit and contribute to this discussion. That is not a negative reflection on contributions received to date, to the contrary they have...