Bai­ley sails to Dragon Scot­tish glory in Largs

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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.

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