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IRL 176, the Irish Dragon Phantom team led by Peter Bowring
Martin Byrne’s Dragon Jaguar Sailing Team of Adam Winkelmann and Pedro Andrade of the Royal St. George Yacht Club finished second overall and top Irish boat after six races sailed at the Cup in Abersoch, North Wales yesterday. As Afloat…
Jaguar skipper Martin Byrne (right) - race two winner at the 2019 Edinburgh Cup
Martin Byrne’s reassembled 2011 Edinburgh Cup-winning Dragon Jaguar Sailing Team with Adam Winkelmann and Pedro Andrade onboard are fifth overall and top Irish boat after four races sailed at the Cup in Abersoch, North Wales. The Royal St. George trio…
Light airs for the UK Dragon Northern Championships on the Irish Sea at Abersoch, a warmup event to tomorrow's Edinburgh Cup at the same venue
Martin Byrne’s Jaguar Sailing Team used today's UK Dragon Northern Championship event as a warm-up to the Dragon Edinburgh Cup which starts tomorrow at the same venue of South Caernarvonshire Yacht Club in Abersoch, North Wales. The Irish trio missed the first…
Martin Byrne's Jaguar Sailing Team (201) from the Royal St George YC leads the Dragon fleet at the Sovereign's Cup
Day One - A three-way tie on four points overall makes it tight at the top of a 16-boat Dragon fleet competing at its first-ever showing in the O'Leary Life sponsored Sovereign's Cup off Kinsale.  After two races sailed, Martin Byrne's Jaguar Sailing…
The key to the Dragon's enduring appeal lies in the careful development of its rig. Its well balanced sail plan makes boat handling easy for lightweights, while a controlled process of development has produced one of the most flexible and controllable rigs of any racing boat
Glandore Harbour's Don Street has entered Dragon IRL15, which at 78 years old is thought to be the oldest Dragon still racing, into the 90th-anniversary celebration regatta for the class in Italy. Street will race against other historic Dragons including ESP1…
Martin Byrne’s Jaguar Sailing Team at the recent European Cup event in Cascais with Brian Matthews & Mark Pettit.
Royal St. George's Neil Hegarty sailing Phantom took the lead in the Dragon East Coasts yesterday in Dun Laoghaire winning both races in difficult sailing conditions. Defending champions Martin Byrne on Jaguar Sailing Team were joint leaders overnight in the…
Two DSQs Seal the Fate of Jaguar Dragon Sailing Team in Cascais
There was bad luck for Ireland's Jaguar racing team in Portgual today when the Royal St George trio of Martin Byrne, Mark Pettit and Brian Matthews scored two Black Flag disqualifications. It brings an end to the Dun Laoghaire team’s goal of a top ten…
Royal St. George Jaguar Dragon Team Lying 16th in Cascais
After the strong winds and drama of the opening day, day two of the Dragon HM King Juan Carlos Trophy, being hosted by the Clube Naval de Cascais Royal St. George's Martin Byrne are now sixteenth overall in the second leg of the 2019…
Jonathan Bourke's Dragon team (second from left) prepare for a start in yesterday's opening races of the HM King Juan Carlos Dragon Trophy in Cascais
Royal St. George's Dragon ace Martin Byrne is lying 11th in the second leg of the 2019 European Cup. As Afloat previously reported, crewed by Brian Matthews and Mark Pettit, the Dun Laoghaire trio scored a 15 and a ten in yesterday's opening rounds. Full…
Dun Laoghaire Dragon sailors Martin Byrne, Brian Matthews and Mark Pettit will contest the European Cup in Portugal
Royal St. George's Martin Byrne makes a welcome return to the Dragon in the second leg of the 2019 European Cup and will be crewed by Brian Matthews and Mark Pettit, who both have multiple Dragon titles to their names. Winner of…
A Class One start at the 2017 Dun Laoghaire Regatta on Dublin Bay
With three months to go to the first gun off Dun Laoghaire’s famous harbour, 410 boats are already entered — and more than half the entries are visiting craft to Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta 2019. It is an early-season marine…
Dragon winners - Royal St George team led by Neil Hegarty (left) with Peter Bowring (partly hidden centre with trophy) and David Williams (right) with half model
Going into yesterday’s final two races at the Dragon National Championships at Glandore Harbour Yacht Club three boats were tied on 11 points, with the discard yet to apply, and any one of four teams had the chance to win…
Dragons are launched for the Glandore-based National Championships in West Cork
Day three today and with just three races to go in the Dragon National Championships at Glandore Harbour YC, where 21 boats make up the fleet, it’s tight at the top. Cameron Good on Little Fella from Kinsale YC leads…
From left are Helm Brian Goggin with Daniel and Sean Murphy.
Kinsale Yacht Club victorious Dragon crew stopped off at the Bulman Buoy this evening on the way home from Cork Week. The purpose of the impromptu break in the voyage was to photograph RCYC's famous 'Thomas Lipton Trophy' – won earlier…
Howth's Laura Dillon (left) with Grant Gordon with the Trevor Wade Trophy on day two of the Dragon Edinburgh Cup at Torbay
Light and shifty winds combined with a sea left over from the big onshore breezes of the previous day created new challenges for the 28 teams competing in the Dragon Edinburgh Cup at the Royal Torbay Yacht Club writes Rupert…
GHYC is currently home to the largest Dragon fleet in Ireland, with 16 resident Dragons
Glandore Harbour Yacht Club (GHYC) will host the 2018 National Dragon Championship from 6-9 September. Boats will come from all over Ireland, to enjoy four days of highly competitive racing between the top Irish Dragon sailors, joined by some boats…

The Dragon was designed by Johan Anker in 1929 as an entry for a competition run by the Royal Yacht Club of Gothenburg, to find a small keel-boat that could be used for simple weekend cruising among the islands and fjords of the Scandinavian seaboard. The original design had two berths and was ideally suited for cruising in his home waters of Norway. The boat quickly attracted owners and within ten years it had spread all over Europe.

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 is the most popular material, but both new and old wooden boats regularly win major competitions while looking as beautiful as any craft afloat. Exotic materials are banned throughout the boat, and strict rules are applied to all areas of construction to avoid sacrificing value for a fractional increase in speed.

The key to the Dragon's enduring appeal lies in the careful development of its rig. Its well-balanced sail plan makes boat handling easy for lightweights, while a controlled process of development has produced one of the most flexible and controllable rigs of any racing boat.

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