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.
In honour of one of the most famous Dragon sailors, HRH Duke of Edinburgh, who sadly passed away yesterday. We wish him safe passage with a good breeze maybe sailing 'Bluebottle' his keelboat.
Relive the 'Finale' of the 2019 Edinburgh Cup.
The Main Event - What a finish - it was like a Game of ...
The Main Event - Mike Budd, 'Harry' - GBR 818, tightens his grip on the Edinburgh Cup hosted by South Caernarvonshire Yacht Club in Wales. But four other International Dragons are close behind, 'Aimee' and 'Jerboa' both picking up a race win each and 'Bear' and 'Jaguar' consistently close to the ...
The Main Event - The first day of the International Dragon's 71st Edinburgh Cup and Abersoch has supplied the glamour conditions for the 33 boats. Local SCYC skipper, Mike Budd - GBR 818, is leading after a bullet in the first and fourth in the final race but close behind are "Jaguar - IRL 201, M...
Prince Phillip Cup - Australian Dragon Championships 2019
2018 World Champions reigned supreme at the 2019 Prince Phillip Cup in Fremantle, Western Australia. Beadsworth, Tezdiker and Fry looking in form at the pre-worlds regatta hosted by Freemantle Sailing Club.
Grant Gordon and his team of Ruairidh Scott, Sophie Weguelin and James Williamson (GBR 820) showed the rest of the Dragon fleet the way to go on Day One of the 2019 Dragon World Championships held in the stunning waters off Fremantle in Western Australia.
Fremantle was back to it's very best for Day Two of the 2019 Dragon World Championship. After a few hours waiting ashore chilling and sipping coffees in the sunset lounge, the regular sea breeze gathered for two fabulous races.
The 2019 Dragon World Championship has reached the half-way stage already after 5 races have been completed. Team Provezza edge ahead on the overall scoreboard but Peter Gilmour’s Yanmar Racing record the best results on Day Three.
The impressive 162 keelboat fleet, from twenty six nations, arrived for the Dragon 90th Anniversary Regatta hosted by the Yacht Club Sanremo. Unfortunately it was accompanied by strong and very shifty winds which created a nasty chop postponing the racing on the first day.
Qualifying started on Day Two of the Dragon 90th Anniversary Regatta hosted Yacht Club Sanremo. Ireland’s Daniel Murphy and Brian Goggin lead Fleet B and Britain’s Mike & Monique Hayles Fleet A after the opening two races.
150 Dragons on one startline celebrating it's 90th Anniversary makes some statement for the success of the keelboat over the years. For the crews who flew in from all corners of the globe to compete in the Dragon 90th Anniversary Regatta, the Race was the experience of a lifetime. Winners Benedik...
Day Four of the Dragon 90th Anniversary Regatta saw the fleet divided into Gold and Silver groups following the initial qualifying rounds, with the boats carrying their overall ranking position from the qualifiers into the final series. Denmark’s Jens Christensen won the Gold Fleet race to take t...
The final day of racing in Sanremo was an absolute cliff-hanger as the leading teams played snakes and ladders on the leader board. Denmark’s Jens Christensen, Anders Bagger and Thomas Schmidt are declared Champions at Dragon 90th Anniversary Regatta.