International Dragon

International Dragon

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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.

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International Dragon
  • TME - 71st Dragon Edinburgh Cup 2019 - Final Day

    Episode 1

    The Main Event - No racing due to high winds but it was "beer and medals" time plus a Walkabout in Abersoch, home to SCYC.

    Video Producer: VR Sport Media

  • TME - 71st Dragon Edinburgh Cup 2019 - Day Three

    Episode 2

    The Main Event - What a finish - it was like a Game of Thrones final episode! Two Dragons pitch battle against each other for the glory - 'Harry' vs 'Jaguar'! The Edinburgh Cup 2019 finished a day early due to severe weather warnings so two back to back races were completed in idealic settings. W...

  • TME - 71st Dragon Edinburgh Cup 2019 - Day Two

    Episode 3

    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 ...

  • TME - 71st Dragon Edinburgh Cup 2019 - Day One

    Episode 4

    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

    Episode 5

    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.

    Video Producer: Lisa Smith Media

  • Dragon World Championships 2019 - Day One

    Episode 6

    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.

    Video Producer: Lisa Smith Media

  • Dragon World Championships 2019 - Day Two

    Episode 7

    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.

    Video Producer: Lisa Smith Media

  • Dragon World Championships 2019 - Day Three

    Episode 8

    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.

    Video Producer: Lisa Smith Media

  • Dragon World Championships 2019 - Day Four

    Episode 9

    By the end of the fourth day of the 2019 Dragon World Championship at Fremantle, Western Australia, the top of the leaderboard is log jammed with only three races to go.

    Video Producer: Lisa Smith Media

  • Dragon World Championships 2019 - Day Five

    Episode 10

    At the start of the penultimate day of the 2019 Dragon World Championship in Fremantle, the top 6 boats were separated by 6 points.

    Video Producer: Lisa Smith Media

  • Dragon World Championships 2019 - Final Day

    Episode 11

    Andy Beadsworth, Ali Tezdiker and Simon Fry crossed the finish line in first place to win the final race of the 2019 Dragon World Championship and seal their second consecutive world title in style.

    Video Producer: Lisa Smith Media

  • Dragon 90th Anniversary Regatta - Day One

    Episode 12

    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.

    Video Producer: Yacht...

  • Dragon 90th Anniversary Regatta - Day Two

    Episode 13

    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.

    Video Producer: Yacht Club Sanremo

  • Dragon 90th Anniversary Regatta - Day Three

    Episode 14

    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...

  • Dragon 90th Anniversary Regatta - Day Four

    Episode 15

    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...

  • Dragon 90th Anniversary Regatta - Final Day

    Episode 16

    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.

    Video Producer: Yacht Club Sanremo