la_foto       The Magnificent Cathederal in Palma will see Dragon Racing once again in 2015.

So it’s Xmas time once again my fellow Dragon Sailors all over the World. As we all settle down with our Family and Friend’s, to enjoy these festive times, I would like to wish you all on behalf of the IDA a very Merry Xmas & Happy New Year.

With our beloved Dragon Class now as popular as it’s ever been and with so many more fixtures on our 2015 calendar, it requires little prompting from me to organise your intinerary for next year…  However, one regatta which is worth a mention is the return of the Princess Sofia Trophy in Palma..

This venue is particularly close to my heart as it’s where I won my first International Title in 1999 with Michi Lipp and Martin Dazler both from Germany. At the prize giving Princess Sophia stepped to one side and allowed the King of Spain “Juan Carlos” to present the magnificent Dragon Trophy, quite an honour which we will always cherish ……

So the Spanish Dragon Association would like to invite us all to join them in 2015, racing days are April 1st to 4th. Big discounts on Ferry Crossing’s from Barcelona and Valencia, plus huge Hotel discounts are promised to make this popular holiday destination, once more a premier event on the Dragon Circuit.

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In closing don’t drink and drive…..keep taking the pill’s and enjoy your “Time Out” so that you come back refreshed for a fantastic 2015 season…………

Higher, Faster, Longer………………  Martin Payne.   IDA Sailing Co-ordinator.