During the Dragon Gold Cup the contestants sail, according to tradition, daily one long race, six in total, which all will count for the final classification. Today, Wednesday, it was great sailing weather with twelve knots of wind. In contrast to yesterday, when the race had to be aborted because of calm. Thereby today the participants sailed a resail of yesterday and in addition the planned race, making it a long day for everyone.
The resail began with a black flag, the same as at yesterdays start. Which led to a number of disqualifications, because several boats started too early. Because there is no discard in this event, a bfd (black flag disqualification) weighs heavily in the overall standings. According to the Chairman of the Dutch Dragon Class, Huib Bannier, at this event there generally is very sporty sailing: 'That is also the Mission in the Dragon Gold Cup. Because all 86 boats start at the same time, there is a large starting line. That makes it particularly difficult for the Committee to see who is over the line too early. After a general recall normally a black flag follows. Anyone who then starts too early will be disqualified.'
Also in the evening there is plenty to do for the sailors. There is a hustle and bustle on the quay at the Oosterhaven, where all the Dragons are docked. Bannier: 'Last night we had the traditional Gold Cup dinner. We served an Indonesian meal, which of course is the Dutch pride, and which was widely appreciated. Afterwards there was live music until late hours.
– Regatta Media