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by Mickey Lake
Mon Aug 22, 2011 5:25 pm
Forum: Classic Dragons
Topic: Regattas for Classic Dragons
Replies: 3
Views: 14977

Re: Regattas for Classic Dragons

This is a fantastic development and I hope that it continues to grow. Thanks to the IDA and to Patrick for facilitating this and encouraging racing in classic Dragons.

Mickey Lake
AIDA National Secretary
by Mickey Lake
Mon Aug 22, 2011 5:21 pm
Forum: Reports
Topic: Hong Kong Summer Series
Replies: 1
Views: 3751

Re: Hong Kong Summer Series

It is fantastic to see growth in the Hong Kong fleet! Congratulations, and best wishes for your continued success.

Mickey Lake
AIDA National Secretary
by Mickey Lake
Tue Apr 19, 2011 4:32 pm
Forum: General
Topic: NA Dragons on facebook!
Replies: 0
Views: 4146

NA Dragons on facebook!

Please join our group on facebook and get in on discussing topics that arise daily in the world of North American Dragons! Racing, boats for sale, repairs and restoration, or even social functions and events. We'd like to know about it and we'd like you to be a part of it all. Just type in 'North Am...
by Mickey Lake
Tue Apr 19, 2011 4:28 pm
Forum: Wanted
Topic: trailer in US or Canada
Replies: 1
Views: 7627

Re: trailer in US or Canada

Although there are lots of Dragon in the immediate area where you live, you may want to ask around at the RVYC in Vancouver. With 12 Dragons in their fleet they have the largest group in North America and can probably give you lots of advice. We would also like you to stay in touch with the US fleet...
by Mickey Lake
Tue Dec 21, 2010 7:50 pm
Forum: News from National Associations
Topic: Merry Christmas and happy holidays !
Replies: 1
Views: 5406

Merry Christmas and happy holidays !

Well, I wanted to send out my annual holiday message to all of our friends sailing Dragons all over the world, and I don't think that I could say it better than I did last year !

Merry Christmas everyone, and have a wonderful holiday season :smile:

Mickey Lake
AIDA National Secretary
by Mickey Lake
Sun Mar 21, 2010 2:45 pm
Forum: Classic Dragons
Topic: Classics racing in North America?
Replies: 0
Views: 4478

Classics racing in North America?

Any North American owners have views on getting us all together in one spot for some sailing? We have had a few new owners join recently and that's one of the first things they want to know: when is the NA's, nationals, etc? Because of logistical issues we would need some time to get everyone on the...
by Mickey Lake
Fri Jan 22, 2010 8:16 pm
Forum: Reports
Topic: Australasion Championship - 2010 Prince Philip Cup
Replies: 6
Views: 9544

Re: Australasion Championship - 2010 Prince Philip Cup

This looks like it was a fantastic event, and I congratulate the Aussies on both the completion of another great PPC, and on their amazing growth as a fleet in such a short period of time. We here in North America look to you guys as a wonderful example of what can happen when you have the right peo...
by Mickey Lake
Fri Jan 22, 2010 8:12 pm
Forum: Classic Dragons
Topic: Dragon? in the Okanagan
Replies: 7
Views: 12843

Dragon? in the Okanagan

To add a little bit to this story, Louis now has a comrade in arms to race with on Lake Okangan ( I mistakenly referred to this place as a 'small lake' in one of the North American newsletters. A 168 mile long 'small lake'. I stand corrected :grin: ). Werner Leyman has purchased the 1940's era CAN83...
by Mickey Lake
Tue Dec 22, 2009 7:56 pm
Forum: News from National Associations
Topic: Merry Christmas and happy holidays !
Replies: 1
Views: 5406

Merry Christmas and happy holidays !

I want to wish all of our Dragon friends around the world a joyful holiday season from those of us sailing Dragons here in North America! May your Christmas and holidays be a time of comfort, peace, and joy, and may the new year be the best ever for Dragon sailors everywhere! Mickey Lake National Se...
by Mickey Lake
Wed Oct 28, 2009 7:00 pm
Forum: Classic Dragons
Topic: Canvas deck replacement
Replies: 1
Views: 5678

Re: Canvas deck replacement

John, my deck was replaced with plywood and glass cloth many moons ago. It is almost time to do it again so I will be following your adventures closely. As far as racing goes, Portsmouth here in the US is updated by clubs sending finishes in to USSA and them loading that information into the compute...
by Mickey Lake
Wed Oct 07, 2009 4:15 pm
Forum: Classic Dragons
Topic: Classic Dragons Ascona
Replies: 2
Views: 7310

Re: Classic Dragons Ascona

Sounds and looks as if it was a great event (the venue looks amazing). Congratulations to the Yacht club of Ascona and to the people who competed. Classic Dragon racing is definitely something that we need to encourage and develop.

Mickey Lake
USA149
by Mickey Lake
Tue Jul 28, 2009 10:57 pm
Forum: Classic Dragons
Topic: Late Launching in Canada
Replies: 1
Views: 5277

Re: Late Launching in Canada

Great stuff, John. Wonderful to hear about your boat and to see her looking so spry!

Mickey Lake
by Mickey Lake
Fri Apr 24, 2009 2:23 am
Forum: General
Topic: New Secretary for the UK
Replies: 1
Views: 5205

Re: New Secretary for the UK

I don't know how I missed this for so long (well, I guess that I wasn't paying attention and that would answer it, eh?), but a hearty congratulations to Tim from your friends here in North America on this greatly deserved honor (that's what they tell all of the people who get rooked into....uh, I me...
by Mickey Lake
Fri Apr 24, 2009 2:13 am
Forum: Classic Dragons
Topic: Two old girls looking for new homes.
Replies: 0
Views: 5071

Two old girls looking for new homes.

I was contacted today by the owner/representative of two older Dragons currently in the Seattle area. Both boats were projects once started that can not be completed by the current owners, and they would like to find new homes for them. One boat in particular is noteworthy, as it is the old 'Caprice...
by Mickey Lake
Fri Apr 10, 2009 11:55 am
Forum: Classic Dragons
Topic: My boat sunk!
Replies: 2
Views: 7221

Re: My boat sunk!

Tim, the bung is in rather permanantly, but one thing that I did forget was the through hull on the stern for the pump that I do not have :grin: . Since she lives on the trailer all of the time I had forgotten that that hole was back there. The combination of the leak at the rudder and 6" of rain th...
by Mickey Lake
Thu Apr 09, 2009 12:10 pm
Forum: Classic Dragons
Topic: My boat sunk!
Replies: 2
Views: 7221

My boat sunk!

She's alright now, sitting on her trailer on the hard, but it was a sickening thing to see her sitting on the bottom in six or seven feet of water. Without going into detail about the sinking (too long a story to relate right now), I will say that I now know how to raise a sunken Dragon. If anyone e...
by Mickey Lake
Thu Apr 09, 2009 11:48 am
Forum: Classic Dragons
Topic: Dragon? in the Okanagan
Replies: 7
Views: 12843

Re: Dragon? in the Okanagan

Louis, this is awesomely awesome! We had posted this boat on both the North American website and on WoodenBoat magazine trying to find it a home. Looks like she found one all by herself just with her own good looks! We need to get you in touch with the Canadian National Secretary, Paul Taylor at the...
by Mickey Lake
Fri Oct 03, 2008 12:49 pm
Forum: Classic Archives
Topic: 'Classic' indeed!
Replies: 0
Views: 4478

'Classic' indeed!

Seems that these days I spend far, far more time in my office than I will ever get to spend on the water or even working on my boats, and I wanted to check in with my friends here and let everyone know that I am alive and relatively well and thinking about Dragon sailing quite a bit. My boat ('63 Bo...
by Mickey Lake
Fri Jul 18, 2008 6:14 am
Forum: Classic Archives
Topic: Motor Mount Brackett
Replies: 5
Views: 11596

Re: Motor Mount Brackett

John, I sailed on a boat last year in Seattle that had a stern-mounted bracket for the motor (shudder), but I think that the most common style of bracket is one that comes off the side at the aft end of the cockpit so that the helmsman can steer and operate the motor at the same time. With a small e...
by Mickey Lake
Tue Jul 08, 2008 7:32 pm
Forum: Classic Archives
Topic: Polish Dragon in Canada
Replies: 8
Views: 13225

Re: Polish Dragon in Canada

John, have a look at the 'photos' section of http://www.usdragons.org. There have been a couple of albums posted of restorations done in the UK and in California. As far as a rigging diagram goes, we never did get an actual diagram, but I have a cd I can send you that many people said was helpful. I...
by Mickey Lake
Tue Jul 08, 2008 9:18 am
Forum: Classic Archives
Topic: Polish Dragon in Canada
Replies: 8
Views: 13225

Re: Polish Dragon in Canada

John, wonderful to see your boat and to meet you. So, you are on the river there in New Brunswick? Odd place to find such a boat, but she looks beautiful and hopefully you will make each other happy. When I get home tomorrow I will get Paul Taylor's e-mail address for you. Paul is the Canadian natio...
by Mickey Lake
Sun Jun 22, 2008 6:42 am
Forum: Classic Archives
Topic: 2005 Carvel mahogany dragon (price reduction)
Replies: 5
Views: 10415

Re: 2005 Carvel mahogany dragon

She is absolutely gorgeous. Congratulations to all on the rebuild and I wish you much success with her. She is truly a work of art.

Mickey Lake
AIDA National Secretary
by Mickey Lake
Thu Jan 31, 2008 5:35 am
Forum: Reports
Topic: Antigua Dragon Association
Replies: 1
Views: 4782

Re: Antigua Dragon Association

Pretty cool. Congratulations on your growth and best of luck for your upcoming events.

Mickey Lake
AIDA National Secretary
by Mickey Lake
Thu Jan 31, 2008 5:32 am
Forum: General
Topic: The generosity of Dragon sailors.
Replies: 3
Views: 7625

Re: The generosity of Dragon sailors.

Tim, thank you for clarifying that, and thank you very much to all of the kind sailors in the UK who collected and donated sails for our use here in North America. Your kindness and generosity is greatly appreciated.

Mickey Lake
AIDA National Secretary
by Mickey Lake
Sat Jan 26, 2008 3:40 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The generosity of Dragon sailors.
Replies: 3
Views: 7625

Re: The generosity of Dragon sailors.

Just a quick update on how this project has progressed in the last few months. I got a note the other day from my friend Tim in Burnham-on-Crouch stating that the Burnham fleet had accumulated 40 sails (!) and a pair of winches for shipment to the Dragon sailors of North America. This level of gener...
by Mickey Lake
Tue Dec 04, 2007 3:31 pm
Forum: General
Topic: South American Dragon event
Replies: 0
Views: 4522

South American Dragon event

Congratulations to the organizers and participants of the recent event in Punta del Estes. From reading the reports it seems a grand time was had by all. Congratulations again to Tommy Mueller, Peter Warrer, and Julia Bailey, and their teams, for prevailing in a tough fleet of Dragon sailors. Now, w...
by Mickey Lake
Wed Oct 31, 2007 10:39 pm
Forum: Reports
Topic: New website for North American Dragons!
Replies: 1
Views: 4414

New website for North American Dragons!

We now have http://www.usdragons.org up and running! Thanks to the wonderful work of Anne Garrett we have a web presence for the very first time here in the US and in quite some time for the Canadians. Even though the site is listed as the US site we welcome content from any North American sailor an...
by Mickey Lake
Wed Oct 31, 2007 6:19 pm
Forum: General
Topic: On Buying a Dragon
Replies: 19
Views: 27766

Awesome news, Tim.

The first of many, I should think. I haven't had that thrill myself, as of yet, but I really look forward to the day. Seems as if this year it was race one day and break down the next. Hopefully next year will be better. Give my best to everyone on the 'Valanga' team, and best of luck on the finish ...
by Mickey Lake
Tue Sep 18, 2007 1:57 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The generosity of Dragon sailors.
Replies: 3
Views: 7625

The generosity of Dragon sailors.

Awhile back some of us were talking about different ways that people could help a developing fleet. One of things that was mentioned was that sometimes people that buy older boats wind up with sails that are less than competitive and in many cases almost unuseable. Here in the US we have many older ...
by Mickey Lake
Fri Aug 17, 2007 4:01 am
Forum: General
Topic: What do the top teams use?
Replies: 0
Views: 5229

What do the top teams use?

I have been a member of classes where they listed what kind of boat and sails the winning teams used in their major regattas and always thought that it was pretty interesting. Could we consider doing such a thing or would that be looked upon as being advertising? In the recent write-up about the Hun...
by Mickey Lake
Fri Aug 17, 2007 3:56 am
Forum: General
Topic: On Buying a Dragon
Replies: 19
Views: 27766

There is an old saying......

'sometimes bad things happen to good people'? You have to believe that it's all going to even out eventually. I am proud of you guys for sailing 'Valanga' so hard this year and persevering in the way that you have. You have gained some hard earned experience that will pay off before long. :D Ah well...
by Mickey Lake
Sun Aug 05, 2007 2:47 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The new photo sets on the site are awesome.
Replies: 0
Views: 5629

The new photo sets on the site are awesome.

They really add a lot to the site, give people who are looking around at different classes something to think about, and are extremely helpful to those of us who are isolated from the majority of Dragon sailors world-wide. When I was in Seattle recently talking and sailing with the people in their s...
by Mickey Lake
Wed Jul 11, 2007 2:48 pm
Forum: General
Topic: I need information on a shipping company?
Replies: 3
Views: 7904

It does help.

It helps a lot. Thanks, guys. I will pass all of this on to the parties involved.

Mickey Lake
by Mickey Lake
Wed Jul 11, 2007 12:54 am
Forum: General
Topic: I need information on a shipping company?
Replies: 3
Views: 7904

I need information on a shipping company?

It would appear that the IDA has some great connections within the world of shipping. There is a very good chance that we will have a boat shipped from the UK to the US (west coast in this instance) in the near future. Could someone recommend a company that we can talk to, or put me in touch with th...
by Mickey Lake
Mon Jul 09, 2007 11:31 am
Forum: Reports
Topic: Dragon Edinburgh Cup - David Palmer wins with a day to spare
Replies: 1
Views: 4321

Great report, Fiona!

Thanks for posting the write-up and also for the photo work that has been popping up in places like Sailing Anarchy and Scuttlebutt. The exposure has been great for the class here in North America.

Congratulations to David on his win, and to all those who sailed the Edinburgh Cup.

Mickey Lake USA149
by Mickey Lake
Thu Jun 07, 2007 11:56 am
Forum: General
Topic: Great free advertising for the Dragon Class.
Replies: 11
Views: 16191

It worked again.

Just found another boat in the US by posting a thread on Sailing Anarchy! Great stuff. I will just keep working at it and see where it takes me. I know that I desperately need to get something done in the way of a North American Dragon web site, I have just never done anything like that and lack exp...
by Mickey Lake
Mon Jun 04, 2007 6:58 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Great free advertising for the Dragon Class.
Replies: 11
Views: 16191

An update.

I had the dvd reformatted for the North American dvd players. It came out just fine. Appears to have been copied from an episode of 'Sailing TV'. Not exactly the stuff to send chills down your spine, but it will be great as a visual aid for trying to recruit new members. As far as the 'Sailing Anarc...
by Mickey Lake
Mon Jun 04, 2007 6:48 pm
Forum: General
Topic: On Buying a Dragon
Replies: 19
Views: 27766

This is great stuff!

Thanks so much for posting this, Tim. Any of us who are looking into buying a Dragon will be interested to see what someone else has had to go through to bring their boat to the line in top condition. I can only look to the east in envy when I read of how busy you have been sailing your boat. Our se...
by Mickey Lake
Wed May 23, 2007 1:55 pm
Forum: Events
Topic: Want to sail in the Dragon Worlds in Dun Laoghaire, Ireland?
Replies: 4
Views: 7003

There is a precedent.

What you are proposing is exactly how the International One Design and the Knarr classes run their championship regattas, except in those cases the owner isn't on the boat! Not cheeky in the least if you ask me. As a matter of fact, it would be wonderful if the class had a way to coordinate such thi...
by Mickey Lake
Sat May 19, 2007 12:35 pm
Forum: Events
Topic: Want to sail in the Dragon Worlds in Dun Laoghaire, Ireland?
Replies: 4
Views: 7003

Super idea!

Good on ya, Robert! I hope that someone comes forward with a boat for use. This is the kind of thing that can really help to build participation in major events for those of us outside of Europe, and is a big plus for the class, the countries trying to send representatives to these events, and the s...