60th edition of Dragon Edinburgh Cup

The Dragon Edinburgh Cup is one of the UK's most historic and prestigious yachting trophies. It was presented to the British Dragon Association in 1948 by His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh and has been awarded annually to the winner of the Dragon Open British Championship since 1949.

2008 will be the 60th time the Dragon class has raced for the Edinburgh Cup and this very special event will be hosted by the Royal Western Yacht Club, Plymouth from 9-12 July. The club will also host the Dragon UK South Coast Championship, which will take place immediately before the Edinburgh Cup from 5-8 July.

Chris Arscott, Commodore of the Royal Western Yacht Club said 'The Club is proud to be hosting the 60th edition of this event and we are looking forward to a week of top class sailing in Plymouth.'

A large entry is expected for both events including several past Edinburgh Cup winners as well as teams from across the UK, Ireland and mainland Europe. Both events will be run with the sponsorship support of global property consultancy Knight Frank. Sandy Davenport, Knight Frank representative is quoted as saying 'We are very happy to be supporting the Royal Western Yacht Club in hosting such a prestigious event as the Edinburgh Cup and the South Coast Championships'.

Racing will take place on windward leeward courses located in Plymouth Sound south of Plymouth Breakwater. Five races are scheduled for the South Coast Championship, and six races are schedule for the Edinburgh Cup. Mike Pearson will act at Principle Race Officer for both events. Mike is a very experienced Race Officer who will be assisted by the Race Management Team that he is training up for the 2012 Olympics.

A special Edinburgh Cup 60th Anniversary Gala Dinner will take place on Friday 11th July at Drake Barracks within Plymouth Naval Base. This prizegiving dinner will be attended by both competitors and past winners of the Edinburgh Cup.

The event is supported by Knight Frank, Aberdeen Asset Management, Pantaenius and Petticrows Ltd.

Event website - www.edinburghcup08.co.uk