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Gypsy San Remo Appeal

In 2004 the International Dragon class celebrated its 75th anniversary in San Tropez. 256 Dragons entered. The oldest Dragon was the Fafner Johannsen 1937, owned and skippered by Donald Street III, better known to everyone as D3. His crew was his father Don and younger brother Mark

It was an expensive undertaking made possible only with the help of the late Bernard  McNicolls of Kilfinnan Castle and McNicolls Construction.

Gypsy, the Dragon that Don has raced for 33 years, is an Anker and Jensen, built in 1933. At 86 she is the oldest Dragon in the world still regularly racing. Don, at 89, is the oldest Dragon skipper in the northern hemisphere still regularly racing Dragons.

Don is determined that he and Gypsy will be in San Remo for the Dragon 90th Anniversary Regatta.

GHYC members are already pulling together to make this possible. One member has loaned a 4 x 4, another has loaned a good road trailer. Another member has given Gypsy a very good genoa and spinnaker. Two GHYC members are driving Gypsy from Glandore to San Remo and back, and crewing Gypsy in San Remo.

Kieran O’Donoghue has been helping to organise the trip (Don is not good on computers!). Kieran has calculated the total cost of the operation to be €6,000

To help defray some of the cost, a raffle of a half-model of a Dragon was organized at a ticket price of €10. The raffle raised €1,000. To raise more money we urge members to reach into their pockets and contribute to a fund to ease the pain on Don's finances. 

Don is a founding member of GHYC. In recognition for all he has done for GHYC  (running races for juniors before the Club had a junior  program,  crew training for under-18s on Gypsy, many of whom have gone on to become instructors in the GHYC junior program and eventually to become Dragon owners and crew), he was declared a lifetime honorary member of GHYC in 2014.

Please help to defray some of the large expense of getting Don and Gypsy to San Remo to represent the GHYC Dragon fleet.

Put a donation in a sealed envelope marked Gypsy San Remo, and drop off to Wilds store in the square or pay online through MEP at Gypsy San Remo Appeal.

Thank you for your support.
John Wyles

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