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Baileys out in front

Dragon Edinburgh Cup sets sail in Weymouth

Tuesday June 25th 2013, Author: James Boyd, Location: United Kingdom

Although the day's individual race winners were the professional teams of Klaus Diederichs, sailing with Andy Beadsworth and Jamie Lea, and Ted Sawyer, sailing with Martin Payne and Pedro Arriaga, it was Julia Bailey and her amateur crew of husband Graham Bailey, 14-year-old Will Heritage and Dragon newcomer Keith Tippell, who dominated overall with a 3, 2 scoreline and a 2 point overall lead.

Both lawyers by profession, Graham and Julia's approach to sailing truly epitomises the Corinthian spirit of sailing with family and friends. As a couple they not only sail together, but also rotate helming duties from regatta to regatta with each of them regularly achieving podium finishes. Always keen to bring young blood into their teams, Will Heritage is just the latest in a series of teenagers to have joined the crew. For Keith Tippell this regatta is his first Dragon sailing experience and he comes to the boat from the Cowes Etchells Fleet where he has raced against Graham for many years.

It was definitely the day for family teams as tonight second place overall is held by Ron James and his wife Julia Walsh, who are crewed by top Irish professional Mark Pettitt. Ron and Julia are amongst the most active Dragon owners on the international circuit and can be found at many of the major events each year. Today they finished second in the opening race and followed up with a fifth, which puts them 2 points behind Julia Bailey.

And in third overall we have Julian Sowery and his wife Claire with their crew Neil O'Hagan who were incredibly consistent with their 4, 4, score line which leaves them trailing Ron by a single point and just 3 points behind Julia. Based at the Medway Julian and Claire are typical club sailors who are able to compete at just one or two major events each year so they were delighted with their results today.

And so they should be as the man who lies in fourth place and 6 points behind them is none other than British Olympic Bronze Medallist and reigning Dragon World Champion Lawrie Smith crewed by Ossie Stewart and Tim Tavinor. On equal points but taking fifth on count back is Grant Gordon crewed by Ruaridh Scott and Joost Houweling who both work for North Sails. Klaus Diederichs followed his win in the opening race with a 15th and now lies in sixth with Portugal's Jose Matoso seventh, Gavia Wilkinson-Cox eighth, Marcus Brennecke of Germany ninth and Danish double Olympic Gold Medallist and multiple Dragon Champion Poul-Richard Hoj-Jensen tenth.

At the daily prize giving race two winner Ted Sawyer, who will celebrate his 80th birthday next week, received a rousing cheer from the assembled crowed. Ted truly loves the Dragon and has every intention of continuing to race regularly for as long as his body will let him. Alongside the regular racing prizes the special daily prize draw also saw Harry Pynn walk away with a fantastic set of Zhik buoyancy aids for his team and Jenny Stutley claim an 'Emergency Repair Kit' which contained gaffer tape for the boat and bottles of City of London Gin for the crew!

Tomorrow's forecast is for similar warm sunny weather and afternoon sea breezes and the race committee aims to run two further races. The six race series continues until Friday 27 June with a single discard being introduced once five races have been completed.


Pos Nat Helm Crew Crew R1 R2 Tot
1 GBR720 Julia BAILEY Graham BAILEY William HERITAGE & Keith TIPPELL 3 2 5
2 GBR633 Ron JAMES Julia WALSH Mark PETTITT 2 5 7
3 GBR755 Julian SOWRY Claire SOWRY Neil O'HAGAN 4 4 8
4 GBR785 Lawrie SMITH Ossie STEWART Tim TAVINOR 8 6 14
5 GBR780 Granty GORDON Ruaridh SCOTT Joost HOUWELING 7 7 14
6 GBR758 Klaus DIEDERICHS Andy BEADSWORTH Jamie LEA 1 15 16
7 POR55 Jose MATOSO Gustavo LIMA Frederico MELO 14 3 17
8 GBR761 Gavia WILKINSON-COX Jean Sebastien PONCE Vicente PINHEIRO DE MELO 10 8 18
9 GER11 Marcus BRENNECKE Marc PICKEL Thomas AURACHER 9 9 18
10 GBR775 Poul HOJ-JENSEN Hamish McKAY Andrew "Noddy" NORDEN 5 14 19
11 IRL214 Simon Brien Mark Brien David Gomes 13 10 23
13 USA310 Ted SAWYER Martin PAYNE Pedro ARRIAGA 29 1 30
14 GBR768 Christopher HUNT Mark HART Mark "Crash" DALY 12 21 33
15 GBR740 Clive PAGE Graeme PAGE Rory PAGE 17 17 34
16 GBR610 Mark DICKER James CAMPBELL Drummond SYDENHAM 23 13 36
17 IRL213 Michael COTTER Simon FRY Tim GOODBODY 19 19 38
18 GBR708 Quentin STRAUSS Martin Cullen Simon STRAUSS 6 33 39
19 AUS210 Sandy ANDERSON John MONCRIEFF John LOW & Bernie McELHINNEY 15 24 39
20 GER1071 Helmut Schmidt Andreas Listl Stefan Hellriegel 25 16 41
21 GBR766 Robert CAMPBELL Justin WAPLES Tom WAPLES 16 25 41
22 GBR722 Mark WADE Amanda WADE Simon CASH 22 20 42
23 GBR763 Simon BARTER James BARTER Donald WILKS 20 29 49
24 GBR764 Mike HAYLES Monique HAYLES Julian BROOKE-HOUGHTON 30 22 52
25 SUI312 Dirk OLDENBURG Phil BLINN Mario WAGNER 42.0 OCS 11 53
26 GBR717 Harry PYNN Andrew JAMES Jonno BAKER 21 32 53
27 GBR746 Peter MARCHANT Katie COLE Andy BIDDLE 26 27 53
28 GBR770 Jono BROWN David BROWN Lynette BROWN 42.0 OCS 12 54
29 GBR753 Jonathan RATNAGE Ross McKISSOCK Guy CLARABUT 18 38 56
30 GBR739 Nigel KAULA Oliver MORGAN Matt ALEXANDER 28 28 56
31 GBR586 Ian GRAY Rene NEL Rob GODDARD 34 23 57
32 GBR777 Owen PAY Jonathon MORTIMER Matt WALKER 27 30 57
33 GBR704 Martin MAKEY Tim WILKES Teresa WILKES 24 34 58
34 AUS227 Marcus BLACKMORE Terry WETTON Don COWIE 33 26 59
35 GBR675 David HARRIS Christopher BREALY Brian MCKENZIE 32 35 67
36 GBR771 Adrian DYBALL Bruce McCLAREN Nick FRIBBENS & Adrian MICKLESON 31 39 70
37 GBR718 Jenny STUTLEY Roger GUY Lisa GUY 35 36 71
38 JPN50 Bocci AOYAMA Tetsuya SASAKI Norio IGEI 42.0 OCS 31 73
39 GBR622 Robert RIDDELL Georgina DEWAR Deborah PRITCHARD JONES 36 37 73
40 GBR557 Graham PRICE Patrick LOMAX Tracy POWELL 37 40 77
41 GBR660 Dave ROSS Matt HOLMES Paul KELSEY 42.0 OCS 42.0 BFD 84


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