More space needed for Nick’s Dragon trophies

  • January 15, 2019

The trophies won Nick Rogers and the Karabos IX crew at the International Dragon class Prince Phillip Cup and World Championship regatta in Fremantle are so big they are being crated and freighted to his club, the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania.
“They were just too big for us to bring home to Hobart, towing Karabos IX, back across the Nullabor and Bass Strait,” Nick said this week on his way back to Tasmania.
“They should arrive within a few days….I wonder where the club will find space to add to other trophies such as the Sayonara Cup and the Seawhanaka Cup.”

Dragon breathing at the leeward mark

The magnificent Worlds trophies include the Corinthian and Masters perpetuals won by Karabos IX and her crew of Nick Rogers (skipper), Leigh Behrens and Simon Burrows in the closely-fought Worlds sailed on the 1983 America’s Cup courses off Fremantle.
Karabos finished 10th overall in the Worlds against a strong international and Australian fleet, including many professional teams. The Tasmanians won the last race to clinch victory in the Corinthian fleet that comprised two-thirds of the fleet.
The Tasmanians, Rogers and his long-time crew of Nick Behrens and Simon Burrows, sailed consistently well in the challenging conditions to beat prominent Perth sailors Andrew Foulkes and Ron Packer for the amateur crew title.
Winner of the Dragon worlds, for the second consecutive year, was British yachtsman Andy Beadsworth, sailing under a Turkish flag. Beardsworth, the first skipper to win back-to-back Dragon World championships in 90 years, spent two months in Fremantle preparing for the regatta, reputedly with an estimated campaign fund of $250,000.

Great sailing off Fremantle for Dragon worlds

“We didn’t quite achieve our main goal, repeating our victory in the Worlds back in Fremantle in 1995 but we are very happy with the result,” Rogers said. “After we won the Corinthian title I told Leigh that we are now multi world champions in the Dragon class. (Leigh Behrens sailed with Nick Rogers in winning the 1985 Worlds, also in Fremantle).
“We got off to a slow start in the Prince Phillip Cup, but improved throughout the Worlds. Conditions were challenging with a 15-20 knot southernly and hoppy seas day, but the Tasmanian-built Ridgeway hull, built in 2008, handled conditions exceptionally well against the very latest Pettigrew Dragons.”

Karabos IX racing at the Worlds off Fremantle. WA

Rogers, an 11-times winner of the Prince Philip Cup with a first and third in the Dragon Worlds to his credit paid tribute to the dedication and skill of his crew, plus that of team manager Steve Henley….”Steve made a big contribution to the campaign.”
Words: Peter Campbell
Photos: International Dragon class
15 January 2019