The International Dragon is a one-design keelboat designed by Norwegian Johan Anker in 1929. In 1948 the Dragon became an Olympic Class, a status it retained until the Munich Olympics in 1972. The Dragon’s long keel and elegant metre-boat lines remain unchanged, but today Dragons are constructed using the latest technology to make the boat durable and easy to maintain. GRP construction was introduced in 1973 and the rigging has been regularly updated.
The International Dragon class is actively represented in over 26 countries on 5 continents. There were 1,444 boats registered in 2004 and the number of boats built has averaged 45 per year. There are many more which are used for day sailing. The World Championships are held in every odd year and the European Championships are held annually. The Gold Cup, which can only be held in certain specified European countries, is unique in that all six races count without discard. It is held annually and often attracts over 100 entries, usually starting in one fleet.
First day and the conditions were perfect for the International Dragon fleet to celebrate the 70th Edinburgh Cup hosted by the Royal Torbay Yacht Club. Corinthian team, skippered by Graham Bailey, is leading with a 1st and 2nd closely followed by Louise Racing and Lawrie Smith in third.
From one extreme to the other. Day Two of the 70th Edinburgh Cup and very tricky light winds for the fleet of International Dragons. Fever and Louise Racing picked up the bullets with Alfie two thirds - consistency is everything.
Penultimate day with just one race for the owners and one for the crews at the 70th Edinburgh Cup hosted by Royal Torbay Yacht Club. Sun was back out and the race track busy - Race 5 saw Caymanian, Peter Cunningham, take a well deserved second behind overall leader Graham Bailey fooling the fleet...
Final Day of the 70th Edinburgh Cup hosted by Royal Torbay Yacht Club - three Dragon race with one point splitting Aimee, Louise Racing and Alfie. 'Will Power' won the race with Graham and Julia Bailey crewed by Will Bedford and Will Heritage taking the bullet and overall Cup.