Tarka II was built in 1963 by the very special Pedersen & Thuesen yard in Denmark. Previously known as Eqsuire III and sailed by Henning Jensen she won the Gold Cup in 1965. She has also won a number of other trophies.
Pedersen & Thuesen (P&T) have an important and unique legacy within the Dragon class after many years of successful boats winning the Gold Cup. Tarka II is among these special boats. She was in the same ownership from 1980 until 2017, in 1992 she was carefully laid up after having a new teak deck laid.
In 2017 the boat was very lightly refurbished by Squibs in Bembridge, Isle of Wight where the varnish and antifoul were carefully stripped back, her bottom was re-faired and applied with Durepox and Awlwood varnish (Awlgrip paint). From there she was taken to Heritage Racing to be fully rerigged with Harken deck equipment, and have her mast step and shrouds moved to modern positioning,
Since she sailed for the Edinburgh Cup in 2017 in Cowes and she has been sensitively stored. She sits on a full length P&T cradle and substantial road trailer, with a full set of North Sails and cockpit cover.
Tarka II one of my personal favourite dragons and I look forward to finding her next custodian.
The Dragon one design keelboat was first designed in 1929 by Johan Anker of Norway. By 1948 the Dragon class had become an Olympic class and remained so until the 1972 Munich Olympics. Without question, the Dragon has elegant metre boat lines with a long keel and, for the first 43 years, they were built from a wood construction.
The class has continued to grow and in early 1973 they started building GRP Dragons, with the same beautiful line as the wooden sisterships. Dragon fleets are represented in 26 countries on 5 continents with some of the best sailors in the world taking part in world class sailing.
It was recorded that in 2004 some 1,444 Dragon boats were registered around the world, with the International Dragon Association managing class rules carefully to ensure the continued high quality of both boats and crew taking part in major events.
All sails have been used for a matter of days during the Edinburgh Cup in 2017. They have been dry stored since
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