Ahoy there Dragon sailors around the world!

by Lotte Lund

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You will love sailing off the Hornbaek Coast. Foto: DGC2016.

“We look forward to welcoming you and your crew to the Dragon Gold Cup 2016 in Hornbæk Aug. 26 – Sept. 2.” This This is the message from the Chairman Julian Isherwood, Hornbæk Boat Club, Chairman Lars Ive, KDY (Royal Danish Yacht Club) and Chairman Jesper Kamp Nielsen, Hellerup Sailing Club.

Together these three sailing capacities are in charge of organizing  what promises to be one of the main sporting events of the year, with a strong international fleet competing for the prestigious Clyde Yacht Clubs’ Association’s Gold Cup.

Hornbaek Boat Club’s cooperation with the Royal Danish Yacht Club (KDY) and Hellerup Sailing Club (HS) brings together three of the region’s leading sailing venues and clubs, and a guarantee that only the unlikely event of inclement weather can temporarily put the brakes on the five days of the occasion.

The expertise of the three clubs holds the promise of an unforgettable week. On-land activities will be offering plenty of socialising for sailors, judges and helpers, under the guidance of Hornbaek Boat Club, while the sporting event is being run by an A-team from KDY and HS.

27 teams from around the world have already signed up, but the organisers aim to triple that number.

The event is being realised in a close private-public cooperation with Elsinore Council, Sports Event Denmark and and the tourist organisation VisitNorthsealand.

Sailing conditions off the Hornbaek coast are ideal for the lengthy Gold Cup courses. The waves start up in Norway, with steady winds and at times playful currents issuing from the narrow Elsinore strait at the mouth of the Baltic approaches – enough to make even the most seasoned sailors and judges dizzy.

East of Hornbaek lies Elsinore – home of Shakespeare’s Hamlet – while to the north the imposing cliffs of the Kullen peninsula in Sweden and west to Nakkehoved lighthouse – the northernmost point of the capital island Zealand.

It is here that the drama of the Dragon Gold Cup 2016 is to be played out, with a professional water and land organisation designed to meet the high expectations of Dragons from across the world.

Hornbaek may not be the luxury of Sardinia’s Porto Cervo, or one of the other luxury spots Dragons visit each year. But the area has the charm and elegance that others strive for and pump investment into, but often fail to achieve. At Hornbaek, the entire town is dedicated to providing the sport and social opportunities of the weeklong Dragon event.

The Ilse Jacobsen Hornbæk fashion empire is main sponsor for the event. Elsinore Municipality and the national SportsEvent Denmark and Visit North Zealand are backing the event and Hornbæk Harbour itself is expanding to secure assembled berths for the more than 80 boats expected to attend.

Hornbaek Boat Club, the Royal Danish Yacht Club, Hellerup Sailing Club and Dragons have a lengthy relationship together. It is a relationship that will blossom yet against in the last week of August.

So come and join what looks like ‘Probably the best Gold Cup ever’ in the heart of the Scandinavian Riviera.

Read more and register at www.dgc2016.com