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In the early 70s (1972?)the Turkish fleet participated to the Kings Trophy in Athens, these fantastic pictures show the event. This year 3 Turkish boats are planning to visit again in May for the Greek Nationals See more >>>

 

Petticrows are now in full production of Finn dinghies with many boats already on order.
Petticrows Finn 4 - Giles Scott. >>>

 

 

 

The legendary Douarnenez lottery Great news, the legendary Douarnenez lottery is back for 2015 with a chance to win a new Petticrows Dragon. You have to be “in it to win it” so make your entry via the regatta website http://www.grandprixguyader.com/

 

 

Dragon Sailing in Turkey Pegasus Airlines and Turkish Airlines has everyday flights from Major English airports as London Gatwick, Heathrow to Bodrum with one transfer from Istanbul
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Visitors from overseas... At Petticrows we regularly get visitors from overseas popping in to have a look around. Recently we have had quite a bit of contact with our friends in Vancouver, who report that the west coast Dragon fleet have had a great summer. Read more >>>

 

Finn Update 24/10/14 ... The Petticrows Finn hull mould is now complete. Now working hard to finish the deck mould and get Finns on the water by the end of the year.
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Josephine... almost complete. Over the last 3 years we have been slowly renovation a beautiful 1957 Pedersen and Theusen Dragon. Built in 1957 she has a great racing history. It has been a long process which is now approaching completion, she is currently being fitted out to a completely modern specification and will come complete with Harbeck trailer, covers and sails if required. All she needs now is a new owner! See the photos

Petticrows Finns Following numerious requests Petticrows is now in the process of starting the production of Finns. Currently we are adding people to our waiting list, if you wish to reserve a place please contact kay@petticrows.com to place your order which will need to be accompanied by a deposit. See the story so far!

Turkish National Championships Tim Tavinor is delighted to have been invited to race in the Turkish Nationals and looks forward to racing in Bodrum at the end of November. There are number of Dragons in Turkey and they are keen to increase and upgrade their fleet and invite foreign sailors to join them in their beautiful location.

Rannoch range Looking out the office window is a great photo opportunity for the Rannoch Ocean rowing boats that we are involved in producing.
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The Gold Cup in Medemblik rounded off the 2014 Grade 1 Dragon regattas in style. A mix of conditions provided great racing, and good facilities at both the sailing centre and the town of Medemblik created a nice atmosphere.
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R45 Ocean rowing boat. The first Rannoch Adventure R45 Ocean rowing boat is now complete, this boat is due to cross the Atlantic in 2015 with an all ladies team http://www.yorkshirerows.com/ For those unfamiliar with ocean rowing it is a real development sport. To get an insight into this sport you might like to read the blog on http://www.fastrowwest.com/ Angus from Rannoch Adventure and his team are taking part in a Pacific record attempt, their blog is both entertaining and informative. See more

A fine few weeks of Dragon sailing... With the sailing season now under way in Europe many fleets have recently enjoyed few great weeks of racing, reports filter back from around Europe from many of the smaller but highly competitive and social races. We would like to congratulate many Petticrows owners and their teams on their recent successes sailing in a diverse range of Petticrows boats. Read more >>>

 

What's hot for Summer 2014? Over the winter we have been responding to requests from sailors to produce a Dragon with no spinnaker chute. After testing and refining the original ideas we have now achieved this in a simple but effective way, and are very happy with the solution now offered. The new boats can be seen at regattas. Read more >>>

 

The Rannoch adventure R45 mould is now complete and being waxed in preparation to begin moulding the first boat.

 

 

 

This Petticrows have been very busy despatching 3 new Dragons to Denmark ready for the Nordic championship. The 3 well known dragon sailing Danes are Jens Christensen, Jorgen Schonherr and the crown prince. the 3 boats were built together as sister ships and feature many of our new 2014 developments. The most noticeable is the lack of spinnaker chute; the spinnaker being launched from a bag in the cockpit.

 

Congratulations to Tommy Mueller, Vincie Hoesch and Marc Pickel who won the Grade 1 Dragon Grand Prix Guyader recently hosted in Douarnenez. Racing was held in largely medium to strong wind conditions with racing on the last day cancelled due to blustery weather. Tommy and his team most certainly got it right... good boat speed, excellent boat handling and tactics. Their consistency lead them to dominate the fleet sailing in their 2013 built Petticrows boat. Third was Evgeniy Braslevets sailing Petticrows with 5th place going to Lawrie Smith sailing a new Petticrows Dragon which features the cockpit launch spinnaker system and many of the latest developments including a new easy genoa furling system. In 2nd and 4th places were Lars Hendriksen and Pieter Heerema sailing their beautiful, fast but controversial classic Pedersen Theusen boats.

Stockholm boat show (1st-9th March). The Swedish Dragon fleet are busily preparing the stand for the Stockholm boat show (1st-9th March). The stand will feature Leif Carlssens brand new 2014 boat "Miss Octane" See the images >>>

 

 

Dragons' Den Antigua Hosted by Harmony Hall Yacht Club and Antigua Yacht Club Marina sponsored by The Inn at English Harbour and United Insurance. The first ever Antigua Dragon YC Challenge comprised a week of gentlemen's racing in the tight confines of Falmouth Harbour and the exhilarating ocean swell of Antigua. Nine highly competitive races were held over five days with yachts representing world famous yacht clubs.
Read the full report and see the video >>>

 

Antigua Dragon Yacht Club - Challenge - 2nd-9th February 2014 Harmony Hall Yacht Club, with the support of the Antigua Yacht Club Marina and The Inn at English Harbour, is currently hosting the inaugural Antigua Dragon Yacht Club Challenge with nine races scheduled to take place over five days in idyllic Caribbean conditions on identical Petticrows Dragons. Read more >>>

 

Ocean Rowing Boats Petticrows are pleased to announce their association with Rannoch Adventure to build their cutting edge ocean rowing boats.
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Ski Voile 2014 One of the first tests for the International Dragon fleet this year was held at Juan les Pins, February 23rd to 26th. The annual Ski Voile. The Ski part was cancelled due to recent excess rain had caused a landslide on the road to the resort. So that left everyone to concentrate on the sailing. Read more >>>

 

 

Thinking of joining the Dragon class? We currently have 2 excellent 2003 boats at our workshop which would be ideal for newcomers to the class. Both boats are to be fully serviced and in great condition. One boat has the hull antifouled the other does not. For more details contact kay@petticrows.com or view the used boats page >>>

 

5* winter treatment for Dragons in Sweden Leif Carlssen from Sweden just sent a picture of his new winter storage facilities in the Stockholm area. Many of the Swedish fleet head south for the Dragon regattas in France and Portugal, but those who remain in Sweden will be tucked up warm and dry in this great storage unit.
http://www.sunecarlssonbatvarv.se/index.html

 

Where in the world is this?......Most Dragon sailors are used to the view of shore from their favourite regatta venues. But I wonder whether you can spot where this is......... Find out >>>

 

 

New redesigned mast supports... We constantly review our products and try to improve them, one thing that we felt needed attention was our mast supports. We have listened to sailors and created new masts supports which are much sturdier and taller so they are a sensible height for working on your mast.

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BMW European Championship. Cascais Our congratulations go to Jose Matoso, Frederico Melo, Gustavo Lima for their victory in the BMW European Championship. It is especially nice to see their victory at their home club as over the last few years Jose has been instrumental in organizing the Dragon calendar of events that have been so popular and successful in Cascais. read more >>>

BEAR…. for sale or charter
One boat that is consistently achieving great results is “The Bear” it seems that sailors who charter this boat seem to get a great result. Bear is on her way back to the UK after a winter in Cascais. This 2011 Dragon is available to charter for the Worlds, Edinburgh Cup and Gold Cup. Alternatively if you wish to own this boat with a great track record she can be purchased fully equipped for £48,000.

 

The Magic Dragon What started as a stunning one off project, has taken the eye of many sailors who are interested in the ”modern yet retro” look of our Magic Dragon. A great looking boat for summer cruising with your friends. Read more

Rejuvenated Sydney Dragon Fleet Around our Dragon sailing states of New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania and West Australia, we are coming to the end of our 2012/2013 sailing season. Read more >>>

 

Petticrows goes East, Moscow Boat Show For the first time in the history of the shipyard since its foundation more than 100 years ago, Petticrows went REALLY East and participated in the International Moscow Boat Show, that has just taken place from 12 till 17 March. Moscow Boat Show is one of the relatively young fairs on the maritime market, celebrating its 6th anniversary this year. Read more >>>

 

Sometimes we all need a bit of help. We were please to notice that our efforts do not go unnoticed and unappreciated, our service team is doing a great job An extract from a Stavros’ recent blog..….. read more >>>

 

 

Cannes Grand Prix Grade 1 Dragon regatta..... Dragon crews keep on sailing with the help of Denis and his team The recent Grade 1 Dragon regatta experienced a real mix of conditions, with some tough sailing. As always racing was close and inevitably in these conditions there are always a few incidents and collision. read more >>>

 

Sailing in the sun.....The cold Northern European winter makes you think of sailing in the sunshine, we were sent this lovely picture from a Dragon sailor who spotted the Antiguan Dragons poised and ready for a sail. Roll on the Summer.

 

 

 

 



Taking model yachts to the extreme... At Petticrows as well as building Dragons we also are able to take on some specialist one off projects. Over the summer we were commissioned to build a boat with similar traditional lines to the Dragon, but with a modern twist. Read more >>>

 

 

Charter boat still available.... Cascais winter series 5 is coming up on 22nd February. The legendary "Bear" (2011 Petticrows Dragon) is still available for charter. There are about 50 boats now in Cascais so why not leave the winter behind and join the fleet in the sunshine.
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10 years, 10 Dragons. We were delighted to have a visit from our Dutch dealer Andre Dupon and his crew. His 10th Petticrows Dragon is under construction (infusion process just being completed in the picture) and due for delivery at the end of March in time for the Easter Dragon clinic which he is organising at Aalsmeer. Read more >>>

 

IMPERIA REGATTA: NEVER SEEN SO MANY ITALIAN TOP SAILORS! The second Memorial Ernesto Quaranta regatta took place last week end in Imperia, showing a growing interest of Italian sailors in the Dragon class. Two sunny days with western wind from 7 to 15 knots allowed five very technical races. The winner was CLOUD - Beppe Duca the current Italian champion with his strong French crew: Jean Sebastien Ponce and Guillaume Berengé. Read more >>>

 

 

 



Make your crew happy for 2013...
A comfortable crew is a happy crew..... We cannot stop the wind and the waves making you cold and wet but our latest model Dragon is designed to give you a more comfortable ride. Read more >>>

 

 

 

Gold Cup gear roundup Massive courses, good wind and lumpy sea conditions pushed competitors hard at the recent Gold Cup in Kinsale.The Gold Cup is unusual in that it is a series without discard which focuses sailors on consistent sailing. The big courses mean that good boat speed is essential. Petticrows were delighted that the hard work that has gone into our new 2012 model has paid off with new boats taking both first and second positions. The majority of the top ten boats were also using the stiff (i-mast) with either Fritz or North sails. View the details >>>

Calling all wood enthusiasts Could this be the Dragon of your dreams..... We rarely see cold moulded boats that are so well maintained and up for sale; stored inside and varnish work really well looked after. This 2001 Dragon is currently at Petticrows and looking for a new owner. She is fully equipped and ready for racing. The stunning picture was taken during her last race, which she won. Contact kay@petticrows.com for more information.

Herbie goes to Belgium..... Frequent and popular visitors to Burnham, Xavier and his sister Ann Vanneste had special cause for celebration when they launched their new Dragon "Herbie" in Burnham-on-Crouch last weekend. Read more >>>

 

 

Beautiful Naples Bay I was a great pleasure to go off the usual European Dragon circuit for a visit to the Reale Yacht Club Canottieri Savoia, Naples, Southern Italy. The yacht club has a small but active Dragon fleet with some lovely classic Dragons and a number of visitors also turned up to take part in the event. Read more >>>

 

 

 

 

 

Available now.... some excellent Dragons.... Petticrows currently have some superb used boats all come fully equipped and ready to race. All are ready to be viewed at Petticrows now! More details >>>

Poul Richard in his new Danish Blue The UK Dragon East coast championship was fiercely fought out in Levington on 25th -27th May. Poul Richard Hoj-Jensen crewed by Tim Tavinor and Matt Walker took the title after a battle with Rob Campbell, crewed by Katie Cole and Noddy Norden. Read more >>>

 

 

Olinghi is launched Congratulations to Wouter Ten Wolde who launched his new 2012 Dragon "Olinghi" at the Alpencup on Lake Constance. Wouter sailing with his daughter Charlotte and Pedro Andrade won the event. Read more >>>

 

The Ghost of Olga and Misha lives on Downunder Olga White and Misha Mouratov have always been generous in their support of our Dragon sailing in Australia. They brought their boats out for the Prince Philip Cup in Sydney 3 years ago and participated in our Easter pre-Worlds regatta in Melbourne and then again at the Melbourne Worlds. Read more >>>

 

 

Full of bounce..... Despite taxing weather conditions in Douarnenez - Petticrows are delighted that our new style 2012 Dragons are at the front of the fleet. The Danish team Jen Christensen, Kin Andersen and Anders Bagger completed the perfect double by winning both the Coup de Bretagne and the Grand Prix Guyader. Read more >>>

 

Dutch spring clinic.... We can really say that our Dutch 2012 Clinic, superbly organised by Andre Dupon, was a big success. In 2 days we sailed with 12 different Dragon teams from the Netherlands, Germany and Belgium on Aalsmeer lake. Read more >>>

 

 

The Aussies on the move... We received this fantastic e-mail from Roger Hickman in Australia. The "Shapes" team have been busy attending all the Australian Interstate events...... Read more >>>

 

 

 

Look out for the 2012 model Petticrows Dragon. Over the winter we have been working hard on our 2012 model Dragon, which incorporates a number of new and exciting features to improve comfort, performance and safety. Read more >>>

 

 

French Dragon sailors promote class at Paris Boat show..... An almost new Petticrows Dragon has been on display for two weeks outside the VIP entrance at the Paris boat show. Readmore >>>

 

Katie clocks back in.... We have missed Katie Cole at Petticrows for the last 15 months since we were all struck with the bad news of her leukaemia diagnosis. It was a very happy day both for Petticrows and for her Dragon friends when she returned to work last week, having being given the all clear by the doctors.
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Team Tigger take the Open Belgian Championships. Ostend was the setting for the Open Belgian Championships; a regatta in its own right and a warm up for the Dragon Gold Cup which is being held there next week. After a tough regatta with long days on the water and extreme tidal conditions mathematically 4 boats could win the championship going into the last race. Read more >>>

 

 

DRAGONS MAKE IT TO THE CITY……. Aberdeen Asset Management are a major sponsor of the UK Dragon Fleet and also of Cowes Week that starts on Saturday. We had fun displaying the Dragon in the City outside the Aberdeen London offices in the courtyard of Mary-le-Bow Church with the kind permission of the reverend . This allowed us to use Dragon as a focal point of a photo opportunity to promote their involvement in our sport. Read more >>>

 

 

 

 

Jens, Kim and Anders win 2011 Europeans In a thrilling showdown in the final Race in the 2011 Dragon Europeans in Boltenhagen, Germany. The Danish team Jens Christensen, Kim Anderson and Anders Bagger have taken the title sailing their 2010 Petticrows Dragon from Markus Wieser who was second. Read more >>>


The new Yevis II
It is great news that our Japanese friend Bocci Aoyama and his crew will be joining the excellent fleet at the Edinburgh Cup in Abersoch in his new Dragon Yevis II. Read more >>>

 

 

Stavros with 3 lovely ladies The IDA’s roving bloggist Martin “Stavros” Payne sent this picture to the office of him launching his brand new charter boat “Bear.” Read more >>>

Poul Richard Hoj-Jensen back on the podium. After wintering in Antigua, sailing a variety of boats, Pouls summer migration has bought him back to La Baule, France where he sailed a brand new Petticrow Dragon. Pushed all the way by Remy Arnaud and Gavia Wilkinson Cox, Stavros takes up the story

 

Daddy’s on form in Oslo race week.
“Daddy’s” is a very distinctive and beautiful new, dark blue and cream Petticrows Dragon which was delivered to Norway as the snow was melting in the spring. Read more >>>

 

 

Petticrows service van to go to European championship 2011 Our service team will be on site in Boltenhagen from 30th June. If you would like any items taken to the regatta please place orders in advance to paul@petticrows.com Please try to place orders prior to 22nd June.

 

 

 

Katie back on board.
1 year on from winning the 2010 UK East coast championship we are pleased to report that Jorgen Schonherr, Tim Tavinor and Katie Cole have again won the event again in 2011.
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Hanni wins race at first Dragon regatta The Dragon fleet is quietly gaining in strength in Hungary following a successful European Championship, Vilmos Naray head of the Hungarian Association reports that their local fleet is growing in activity. Vilmos himself has recently upgraded his Dragon to a newer model. More >>>

 

Petticrows Soling success in Soling Worlds Over the past few months Petticrows have been working alongside Ex world Champion Soling sailor Roman Koch to develop a new Soling. Petticrows was approached by a number of Soling sailors wanting a new class builder following the fire that destroyed Abbott boatyard their former major builder. More >>>

 

Dutch sailors launch into 2011 season. About 30 Dutch Dragon sailors got together on 31st March/1st April at a training camp brilliantly organised by Petticrows Benelux dealer Andre Dupon. Read more >>>

 

Even Better.... As good as it gets in Cannes The Allianz Dragon Grand Prix in Cannes kicked of the 2011 Grade 1 listed Dragon events. While many sailors still await the return of their Dragons from the worlds in Australia it was still impressive to see almost 70 Dragons turn out for the regatta. Read more >>>

 

 

Petticrows exhibit their new Soling at the Dusseldorf boat show. With increasing pressure from Soling sailors for a new European builder, Petticrow, with their expertise in building racing keelboats, have stepped forward to offer their services. Read more >>>

 

 

Brand new Petticrows Dragons take first and second place in the Melbourne World Championship Tim Tavinor the Director of Petticrows, was doubly pleased as the first two placed boats were sent to Melbourne straight off the production line and had never been sailed prior to arriving in Melbourne. Read more >>>

 

 

First Russian winner of the Gold Cup. Marstand 2010 A full range in wind conditions hit Marstrand during the 2010 Gold Cup. Unfortunately only 4 races were completed due to adverse winds on some of the race days; some too much, some too little! Calculating the winner was easier than most sailing regattas as unusually the rules are that the series should be sailed with no discard. In a 96 boat fleet this can lead to some high scores. Read more >>>

 

 

 

A beautiful boat, a great result. During 2010 we have been working hard to produce a beautiful new Dragon "Zenith" She has a dark blue and white GRP hull and a hand crafted wooden deck in teak and varnished mahogany. See more >>>

 

 

Joergen comes to UK! I was delighted when Joergen Schonherr accepted my invitation to come to the UK to sail at the East Coast Championship held at Medway YC. It was great to show off what great and active domestic racing we have in the UK, with a well organised event in blustery conditions.
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Douarnenez 2010 The immaculate organisation and race management that we come to expect from the team at Douarnenez were evident again in 2010, so that the biggest Dragon turnout of 2010 enjoyed two great series of racing.

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PETTICROWS SERVICE VAN TO GO TO HUNGARY AND SWEDEN Our service team and van will be at the Dragon Europeans in Hungary. If you would like to pre-order any equipment to be delivered at the regatta please place your orders in advance before 26th May. Orders to paul@petticrows.com or 0044 1621 782115 Our van will carry a limited amount of Dragon spares and accessories for use in emergencies during the regatta, but if you know you need something then please order in advance to avoid disappointment. Our van will also be at the Dragon Gold Cup in Marstrand in August. Orders for this regatta by 23rd July please.

 

Training in the Netherlands Over the winter there have been several new additions to the Dutch and Belgian Dragon fleet. Petticrows dealer Andre Dupon felt it would be a great kick start to the new Dragon owners sailing to put together a training weekend where some of the important basics of Dragon tuning and handling could be passed on to these sailors.
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2010 Class rules – Rope rigging now approved The proposal to allow the use rope rigging was put to ISAF in 2009 and has now been approved and incorporated in the new 2010 Dragon class rules (rule 7.1) More details >>>

 

Italian Dragon Dealer. We often have contacts from yards wishing to associate with Petticrows and help develop their home Dragon fleet. Italy is one such growing fleet with their numbers developing greatly over the past few years. Their Riviera coast is close to the action in Southern France but the Italians are also keen to develop their own identity too. I had the pleasure to visit an exceptional yard in Imperia owned by Dragon sailor Mario Quaranta. More >>>

 

 

PARIS BOAT SHOW The French Dragon association put on a fantastic display at the Paris boats show from 5th to 13th December 2009. Different Dragons fleets from around France took it in turns to man the stand which and attracted both non Dragon sailors and existing fleet members to admire the new Petticrows Dragon on display. More information >>>

 

 

Petticrows are offering a new gadget to check your pump battery level. This digital volt meter checker can save you from carrying your pump battery ashore unnecessarily. Available through our online shop at £40.00 + VAT

 

 

 

Consistency was the key to the 2009 World Championship in Medemblik. Poul Richard Hoj-Jensen crewed by Theis Palm and Lars Jensen sailed a steady series to take the title by 7 points from Lars Hendrikson, with Jorgen Schonherr close behind in 3rd place. In a season that has been dominated by light and inconsistent winds Poul was delighted his latest 2009 “Danish Blue” showed good boat speed throughout the range of conditions in the regatta. Poul previously won the Worlds in 1989 in one of the first Petticrows boat produced. ....... the details are available on the Championship website....

 

 

2009 August eNewsletter So far all the races I have sailed this year, (with the exception of Antigua), have been in light to very light conditions. I cannot remember a year with such lack of winds; is it climate change or the recession causing this phenomenon I wonder! Even stranger, the minute the boats are back on the trailer and on the way back home, the wind arrives! Read more >>>

Queen Silvia of Sweden presents Poul with a Golden Dragon During a ceremony at the Hanseatic Lloyd Dragon Grand Prix in Strande, Queen Silvia of Sweden presented Poul Richard with a beautiful golden Dragon for his outstanding accomplishments in sailing. More >>>

 

French new Dragon owners are on form at La Baule. Light to medium winds and very shifty conditions greeted over 50 Dragons in the Dragon Derby at La Baule. Many large wind shifts made it difficult to get the tack ticks right all the time. More >>>

 

Tommy Mueller wins Coupe de Bretagne Douarnenez....... Tommy Mueller sailing with Vincie Hoesch and Micky Lipp scored emphatic victory in their brand new Petticrows 2009 boat straight from the factory during the Coupe de Bretagne regatta. Read more >>>

 

Go local......
As well as a jam packed international racing circuit, the Dragon class offers much more to sailors at national and local level. The class has something for everyone. Read more >>>

Capsize and recovery.......
Plans, designs and rules are always easy to make on paper, but it is nice to know that they work in practice too. Read more >>>

eNewsletter - May 2009
The sudden death of Harro Kniffka at the age of 53 in March, was I am sure, a shock to all of us. Harro was a great benefactor to the Dragon Class and really loved his Dragon racing. His generosity enabled the planned 75th Anniversary Race in St. Tropez to proceed in 2004, when the major sponsor dropped out. Read more >>>

Emergency roadside repairs!
It is never convenient to get a puncture, particularly if you are not equipped to deal with the problem. Our roadside rescue kit in your trailer box allows you to deal with the problem with very little fuss. More >>>

 

British Dragon Association exhibits at The Dinghy Show.

Poul Richard Hoj-Jensen’s new Dragon “Danish Blue” was exhibited fully rigged on the BDA stand at the RYA Dinghy show at Alexandra Palace on 7th and 8th March.
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February 2009 eNewsletter

We have had a very busy winter here in Burnham, finishing the new hull mould Poul talked about in his last newsletter and finalising some other details for the 2009 model. Read more >>>

2nd Antiguan National Dragon Championships

The second Antiguan National Dragon Championships took place in Nonsuch Bay, on the East coast. If you are not familiar with sailing in the Caribbean in Winter, you may have trouble to believe this ( specially considering the weather in Europe right now) Read more >>>

PRIMO CUP 2009

Primo Cup 2009 was well supported in its 25th year of the event. 13 Nationalities and 43 teams took part in the Dragon Class. With its dedicated race area and expert race management headed by Tony O’ Gorman it was a pity the wind could not have been steadier and more races finished. Tony and his team could not have done more; sometimes the conditions are just against you.
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Dragon Fleet development in Abersoch

A great revival of a traditional Dragon fleet is underway in Abersoch, North Wales. Traditionally a key Dragon sailing venue with a once substantial and well supported fleet, the fleet diminished for a range or reasons in the earlier 1980's. A group of enthusiastic Dragon sailors is currently reviving the fleet Find out more >>>

Jibs

At the 2008 IDA meeting a new class rule was passed to allow the use of Jibs in the Dragon class. The use of jibs has been piloted by the newly formed Antiguan fleet who sail largely in strong winds often with small or inexperienced Dragon crews. Read More >>>

Oct 2008 eNewsletter

Dear Dragon Sailors, As the financial storm is raging around us, more or less every other sailor I meet on the dock asks: "how is your order book?" Just in case you are wondering too, let me give you the answer: "it is good". The reason I think is, that for over twenty years, Petticrows have delivered a good product, listened and supported its customers with good service, on and off the racecourse. Read more >>>

Petticrows Soling wins 2008 Soling Worlds

It is great to see that the Soling Class is thriving after a tumultuous few years following its de selection as an Olympic Class. A truly international fleet enjoyed racing their World Championship at Marina Scarlino in Tuscany. The eventual winners Bostjan Antoncic, Gennadi Strakh and Karlo Hmeljak from Slovenia sailed a consistent series to take the title in their Petticrows built Soling. Read more >>>

McLube Hullkote Speed Polish

Over the last few months we have been testing this new speed polish……it seems to do exactly what it says on the tin!!

Keeping you hull looking good and clean for extensive periods, and a clean boat is a fast boat. Read more >>>

 

 

2008 Dragon Gold Cup. Cascais. Portugal

Poul Richard Hoj Jensen sailing with Theis Palm and Andrew Norden sailed a consistent series of races in the non discard series to take the championship. Poul was delighted - the last time he won the Gold Cup was in 1997 in Dublin, he commented that the standard of racing in the fleet is exceptional and it take an immense amount of effort and concentration to win any major regatta. It was a remarkable feat for the Royal Corinthian Yacht Club who completed a clean sweep as club members Gavia Wilkinson Cox and Robert Campbell and their crews finished second and third respectively overall with team GBR taking the Nations Cup. For full results see www.cascaisdragongoldcup2008.com

Below: The crew of Danish Blue receiving the Gold Cup from HRH Prince Henrik and Jose Matoso, Commodore of the Caiscais Yacht Club.

PETTICROWS YNGLINGS TAKE OLYMPIC GOLD AND SILVER

Congratulations to Sarah Ayton, Sarah Webb and Pippa Wilson (Team GBR) who fought off a fierce challenge from the Dutch team to take Gold and Silver at the 2008 Olympics in Qingdao, China. Both the GBR and Dutch teams sailed boats built by Petticrows, which were built during early 2008. We are very proud to have been a part of these successful campaigns.

Hankoe Race Week:

The event is described as the "Cowes Week" of Scandinavia. Great venue and atmosphere; perfect sailing conditions right "outside the door". 17 Dragons took part; I crewed for Oddroar Lofterod, an "old" Friend. Read more >>>

Grand Prix in Kiel/Strande.

The Childhood Foundation /HHL Grand Prix event in Strande combines the pleasure of racing Dragon (or playing Golf) with raising money for charity. The brainchild of Ulli and Manuela Libor, who also organise the event to perfection. Generously sponsored by Hanseatic Lloyd- Harro Kniffka.
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Newsletter, June 2008.

At the half way stage of the 2008 Dragon season, I can report that things are going well. The production side at Petticrows is busy and back on stream after the introduction of the major rule changes to increase the buoyancy to 2500L. Rule changes that need to be implemented immediately are very disruptive to production and lot of new moulds needed to be done.Read more >>>

Derby de La Baule; 10-15th June

Eleven Dragons set off from Burnham to attend the Derby de La Baule; 10-15th June. The party started on the ferry the Channel and never really stopped.

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Technogym Wellness Cup 2008

This years Technogym Welness Cup hosted by Køge Sejlklub was a great success held in perfect summer conditions. Congratulations to Lars Hendriksen, Martin Leifeldt and Lars Stenfeldt who sailed a near perfect regatta winning for the second year in succession. The new team of Jens Christensen, Kim Andersen and Philip Skafte Holm again showed some sign of their potential , winning the last race and finishing as runners up The club did a fantastic job on and off the water. Maybe their only mistake was giving us the secret of Jorgens success with a fine display of belly dancing at the gala dinner! Event website >>>

Friendship Regatta 2008

On 31st May Pirogovo Yacht Club in Moscow were hosts to the 4th Annual inter club team race against the Royal Corinthian Yacht Club (Burnham). The week ends activities opened with a flag raising ceremony with Poul Richard Hoj Jensen and Boris Budnikov performing the honors acting as a reminder of their epic duel in the Soling in the eighties.. In Poul Richards speech he reminded the hosts that although the score was 2 wins to Burnham against one to the Pirigovo teams the visitors were determined to improve on the loss they suffered the last time they visited the Lake just north of Moscow. Read more >>>

2008 Marble head trophy.

Light winds were the predominant conditions in the historic 2008 Marblehead trophy, held at the defender Frank Bergs, Royal Danish Yacht Club.

Tommy Mueller sailing with Vincie and Max were victorious under the burgee of Norddeutscher Regatta Verein, Hamburg. Read more >>>

Antigua Race week and classic week 2008

Sunshine and good winds have been enjoyed by both local and foreign sailors in the newly formed 12 boat Dragon fleet based in Harmony Hall Antigua. Poul Richard won the inaugural Antiguan Championship. Read more >>>

 

Friendship Regatta 2008

On 31st May Pirogovo Yacht Club in Moscow were hosts to the 4th Annual inter club team race against the Royal Corinthian Yacht Club (Burnham). The week ends activities opened with a flag raising ceremony with Poul Richard Hoj Jensen and Boris Budnikov performing the honors acting as a reminder of their epic duel in the Soling in the eighties.. In Poul Richards speech he reminded the hosts that although the score was 2 wins to Burnham against one to the Pirigovo teams the visitors were determined to improve on the loss they suffered the last time they visited the Lake just north of Moscow. Read more >>>

2008 Marble head trophy.

Light winds were the predominant conditions in the historic 2008 Marblehead trophy, held at the defender Frank Bergs, Royal Danish Yacht Club.

Tommy Mueller sailing with Vincie and Max were victorious under the burgee of Norddeutscher Regatta Verein, Hamburg.

In second were some happy sailors, Jens Christiansen, Kim Anderson and Philip Skafte-Holm who took delivery of their new 2008 model Petticrows Dragon the previous week.

The boat included the central console option allowing greater movement about the cockpit, they were pleased to report that everything worked a treat straight from the factory. To be runner up to the mighty Mr. Mueller was a great start to their regatta season.

Douarnenez 2008

A mixed bag of conditions from sunburn to hails stones, greeted sailors in Douarnenez in 2008. Consistency paid in the Coup de Bretagne, a non discard series. The new African Queen sailed by Jorgen Schonherr and his team stamped their authority on the event, winning in style including two race wins. The biggest “if only “ of the regatta must surely go to Quentin Strauss who scored all top ten positions other than an OCS – not great when all races count!

Red October - George Shaiduko took his turn at the front of the fleet in the Grand Prix regatta, taking Victory with a good consistent series.

Bright yellow waterlines and trailer boxes turned a few heads; Victor Fogelson’s new “Sunflower” scored 2 race wins. He might start the trend that you have to be bright to be fast! Read more >>>

 

Antigua Race week and classic week 2008

Sunshine and good winds have been enjoyed by both local and foreign sailors in the newly formed 12 boat Dragon fleet based in Harmony Hall Antigua. Poul Richard won the

inaugural Antiguan Championship. Congratulations to Olga White and her team who won the Dragon Class in Classic week. The Dragon fleet will be planning a busy winter in 2008/2009 so you might like to consider joining the fun.... charter boats will be available.

 

Princess Sophia 2008

Poul Richard sailing with Noddy and Theis stormed to victory in the Princess Sophia trophy 2008, showing particularly good boat speed during the stronger wind races. Vassily Senatorov with the unsurpressable Vincie and Max finished second overall. Read more >>>

Petticrows Yngling

Petticrow built Ynglings have dominated the 2008 Yngling Europeans in Spain. In a tense final medal race, any of the first four boats, all built by Petticrows, could have taken the title. With a nailbiting finish Sarah Ayton, Sarah Webb and Pippa Wilson (GBR) took the title, on a photo finish, by 1 point from Sally Barkowus, American Team. Third and fourth were the Dutch teams lead by Renee Groeneveld and Mandy Mulder. Read more >>>



News Rules Modifications

The focus in the factory for the last few months has been to make the design changes to satisfy the new rules introduced by the IDA at the AGM last year in Oslo. These were largely amendments to the existing rules asking the builders to make necessary changes to increase the floatation and safety of the Dragon after capsize or swamping.


The safety side of these new rules introduce an increase in the buoyancy to a minimum of 2500 litres (up from 1700 litres in the old rules) and a capsize test to be carried out to test the new design for all new boats measured after March 1st 2008. Read the full report on the new modifications >>>

Capsize Test

This is the technical side of achieving the new rules and a new level of safety but the real test was always going to be the capsize! The new rule calls for new boats to be pulled over to 90 degrees for one minute and then when fully swamped after this minute to float with no part of the deck awash for thirty minutes. Probably naively I was extremely confident this would be no problem, until the night before we were to do the test when I did have a sleepless night! Read the full report on the capsize test >>>