Bailey sails to Dragon Scottish glory in Largs
Twenty of the top International Dragon crews are gathered in Largs for the 2015 Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust Dragon Scottish Championship and prestigious Edinburgh Cup. First launched in 1927, it is the world’s leading international and this week’s regattas have drawn competitors from as far afield as Japan, writes Iain Hurrel. Julia Bailey, Keith Tippel, Will Heritage and Pedro Andrade sailing Aimee, who won three out of the five races, claimed the Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust Dragon Scottish Championship trophy. Their nearest rival was Martin Payne sailing GBR789 Bear with crew Gillian Hamilton and Donal Small, while in third place was Patrick Gifford of Angus sailing GBR515 Basilisk with his son Michael and Martin Spall. On Tuesday morning the fleet will begin racing for the Edinburgh Cup – awarded annually to the British Open Dragon Champion. Racing will continue until Friday with up to six races scheduled.
Only three of last year’s qualifiers have made it through to the quarter-finals of the Scottish Cities & Counties. Defending champions Lanarkshire South face North Section winners Highland, while Northern Counties have the prospect of a long journey to Cumnock to meet South Section winners Wigtownshire, writes Anne Dunwoodie. West Lothian travel to Kilwinning and will be pitted against West Section winners Glasgow West. However, this clashes with the Glasgow Association County Championships and Glasgow representatives will be missing five of their star players who are involved in the finals. Host club of the GACC Yarrow Recreation will see Anthony Cochrane’s rink taking on Whitevale in the triples while Eaglesham’s Andy Gray will have his sights set on the Blue Riband singles title; he faces Fairfield’s David Edgar.
Kenny McKinna raced in 214 matches for Edinburgh Monarchs during an illustrious six-year career which ended in October 1998, writes Nigel Duncan. McKinna proudly held the title of Scotland’s No.1 and the Ayrshire-based builder also rode for Glasgow Tigers and Manchester-based Belle Vue Aces; however, it is at Armadale where McKinna is regarded best for his contribution. He remains a regular on the terraces at Armadale for Friday matches and the Johnstone-born club legend will be applauded at Armadale on Friday when Edinburgh host a birthday party to celebrate the 500th meeting at the West Lothian track. Others expected to make the trip to West Lothian include legends Peter Carr, Sean Courtney, Kevin Little, Barry Campbell, Neil Hewitt, Matthew Wethers, Theo Pijper and Derek Sneddon.
HARD SAIL: Julia Bailey’s Royal Yacht Squadron crew on Aimee