MORE than Over 250 competitors, supporters and guests attended the Opening Ceremony for the Brewin Dolphin Dragon Gold Cup 2012 at a reception at Kinsale Yacht Club.
The Dragon Gold Cup is considered the open World Cup of Dragon Sailing with over 60 boats from 16 countries and several world champions and ex-olympians competing for this prestigious trophy, hosted by Kinsale Yacht Club from 8th-14th September.
Cameron Good, Commodore, Kinsale Yacht Club welcomed all the competitors and supporters and introduced Guest of Honour, Simon Coveney TD, Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, who congratulated Kinsale Yacht Club for hosting this international sailing event and wished everyone good sailing for the week ahead.
Also in attendance were Lieutenant Commander Brian Sweeney, Captain of the LE Ciara Naval Vessel, that docked in Kinsale on Saturday, together with Lieutenant Ronan McLoughlin.
Additional guests included Billy Lynch, Mayor of Kinsale, Conor Grimley from Tilman Brewin Dolphin, Dublin who is participating in the Dragon Gold Cup and Niamh McCutcheon, President of the Irish Sailing Association.
Some of the top sailors competing for the Brewin Dolphin Dragon Gold Cup include British Olympic Bronze Medallist and reigning Dragon World Champion Lawrie Smith, Danish double Olympic Gold Medallist and five time Dragon Gold Cup winner Poul Richard Hoj-Jensen, past Dragon Gold Cup and World Champion Tommy Mueller from Germany, double Dragon Gold Cup and European Champion Lars Hendriksen from Denmark, three time Dragon Gold Cup winner Joergen Schoenherr, also from Denmark and Russia’s Anatoly Loginov who won the Gold Cup in 2010.
With teams from sixteen nations competing including visitors from across Europe and as far afield as Australia, Japan, Russia and the Ukraine competition is expected to be fierce.
Three of the top female Dragon helms will also be competing in the form of Britain’s Julia Bailey and Gavia Wilkinson-Cox and Germany’s Tanja Jacobsohn, all of whom are more than capable of putting in winning performances.
The Irish Dragon Fleet is well represented by current Edinburgh Cup holder Simon Brien from the Royal North of Ireland YC, Martin Byrne from the Royal St George YC and Andrew Craig, also from the Royal St George YC and recent Irish South Coast Champion, Cameron Good from Kinsale
Regatta Director is Julie Silfverberg; the Race Management team is headed up by Alan Crosbie and the M.Yves Léglise is Chairman of the International Jury.
“We are delighted to host the prestigious Dragon Gold Cup at Kinsale Yacht Club this season and are looking forward to a fantastic week’s racing as well as a full social progamme,” said Cameron Good, Commodore, Kinsale Yacht Club.
“We are grateful to private client investment managers, Brewin Dolphin, title sponsors of the Dragon Gold Cup, official product partner Dubarry and the support of the Irish Sailing Association, Failte Ireland, The Kinsale Good Food Circle, Latitude Kinsale, Giles Norman Gallery and Kinsale Town Council,” he added.