It is with great sadness ISAF reports that world renowned builder Börge BÖRRESEN (DEN) has died at the age of 87.
The world famous boat builder and sailor, Börge BÖRRESEN has silently passed away in his home at the age of 87 years.
Börge BÖRRESEN built his first Dragon together with his brother, Albert at the age of 16 in the winter 1935-36. Since then many of the famous BÖRRESEN Dragons have been sold all over the world through more than 60 years. BÖRRESEN Boatyard in Vejle, Denmark became world famous for the beautiful wooden boats and later the glassfibre boats they built. The boatyard built 325 Dragon in wood, before it was recognized to build the boat in glassfibre. All boats have consistently been built to the highest quality standards, and many customers have bought several BÖRRESEN boats during their active years in sailing.
Börge BÖRRESEN was in 1971-1972 involved in the process of preparing the Class Rules for allowing glassfibre boats to sail equally with the wooden boats. In this way Börge BÖRRESEN, among others secured the future of the Dragon after it sailed in the Olympics for the last time in 1972. The Dragon Class has since then been growing even stronger and is together with the Star one of the ISAF International Keelboat's Classes with the most competitors at International regattas and World Championships. Many sailors remember the 75 Years Jubilee Regatta in Cannes, with nearly 300 boats on the starting line in one race.
Börge was at the same time a fantastic sailor, he competed in 51 consecutive Dragon Gold Cups and won in his long sailing career numerous regattas and titles, the last World Championship at an age of 74 years together with Jesper BANK and his son Ole BÖRRESEN. The most outstanding results are:
• Dragon World Champion - 1984 & 1993
• Dragon Worlds Second - 1981
• Dragon Worlds Third - 1971 & 1973
• Dragon European Champion - 1959, 1960, 1973 og 1984
• Dragon Gold Cup - 1951, 1956, 1967 & 1985
BÖRRESEN Boatyard in Vejle, Denmark has built many National and International classes during the years, including the Finn, 5.5 Meter, Swallow, Soling and Yngling. The 40 Finn dinghies used at the Olympics in Helsinki 1952 came from Vejle, and his countryman Paul ELVSTRÖM won his second gold medal, the first of three in Finn. Solings from Vejle have won numerous championships and Olympic medals, the last being the gold medal of Jesper Bank in Sydney 2000. The BÖRRESEN Ynglings have also been dominating international sailing competitions since it was selected as an Olympic Class in 2000 for the 2004 Olympic Games.
Börge BÖRRESEN's sons, Anders and Ole started working in the company in 1969 and took over in 1982, but Börge still showed up at the boatyard daily and in his calm way closely followed everything until he passed away last weekend.
Börge was through many years a driving force in the Danish Dragon Class, also acting as Chairman for many years, and he has also served as Vice-President in the International Dragon Class.
Börge was honoured with the Royal Order of Dannebrog and has received the Danish Sailing Association Medal of Honour as appreciation of his lifelong dedication to the sport and as renowned boatbuilder.
Sailing, and Danish Sailing in particular has lost a pioneer, a fantastic boatbuilder and sailor and a great personality and gentleman, who dedicated his whole life to the sport of sailing. Börge BÖRRESEN continues to be a legend in Denmark and his hometown Vejle, also after he passed away.
ISAF offers sincere condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Mr BÖRRESEN.
Rupert FISCHER, Chairman of the International Dragon Class Association commented: 'The International Dragon Class Association, its sailors and enthusiasts have lost not only a Vice-President of the Association but also a friend. Without his contributions and his dedication to building Dragons, the Class would certainly not be in its current state. We owe Boerge Boerresen very much and we will have good memories of him. '