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Over 80 entries from 17 nations already are already confirmed for Sweden's hosting of the Dragon Gold Cup in 2022
When Pedro Andrade and his crew lifted the historic Dragon Gold Cup on the 14 June 2019, little did they know it would be more than two years before they would be called upon to defend their title. Traditionally held…
Dragon keelboats racing from Glandore to Castletownsend
While Kinsale Yacht Club cruisers boats were racing around the Kowloon Bridge Buoy and the club also staged the Squib south coast championships, another West Cork Yacht Club was staging a Glandore Harbour race for Dragons and Squibs to Castletownshend.…
Overall winner Cameron Good's 'Little Fella' from Kinsale Yacht Club took three race wins on Dublin Bay to win the East Coast Dragon Championships on Dublin Bay
West Cork Dragon sailors dominated the podium of the Irish East Coast Dragon Championships 2021 at the Royal St. George Yacht Club today with Kinsale Yacht Club crews claiming first second and third overall in the 13-boat fleet. Overall winner Cameron…
13 Dragons are racing at the Royal St. George Yacht Club hosted East Coast Championships
Kinsale entries continue to lead after five races sailed at the 2021 Irish East Coast Dragon Championships at the Royal St. George Yacht Club. Friday's overall leader James Matthews from Kinsale Yacht Club has however been replaced at the top of the leaderboard…
Kinsale's James Matthews wins the second race of the Dragon East Coast Championships at the Royal St. George Yacht Club
Kinsale Yacht Club sailors dominate the top three places overall at the Irish East Coast Dragon Championships 2021 at the Royal St. George Yacht Club at Dun Laoghaire Harbour this evening.  James Matthews leads by three points having scored 3,1 in…
The Beneteau 31.7 class will race for championships honours at the National Yacht Club from July 2-4
Although Ireland's biggest regatta was cancelled next month due to the ongoing uncertainty over Covid, some positive news for Dublin Bay sailing is that eight of the 11 regional and national championships that were to run as part of the Volvo…
Racing at the Glandore Harbour Yacht Club Dragon Championships
The first major Irish Dragon Championships in Ireland since 2019 was hosted by Glandore Harbour Yacht Club with 19 Dragons on the racecourse under Principal Race Officer Ciaran McSweeney.  Cameron Good's Little Fella from Kinsale and Neil Hegarty's Phantom from…
Clare Hogan at Cork Week 1976
Clare Hogan, who sadly died on 10th April 2021, taken from us so prematurely, will be sorely missed by her sailing friends, particularly those of us in the Irish Dragon Class. She sailed from the Royal St George Yacht Club…
Cover girls….The International Dragon Class on an evening race in 1969 at Royal North of Ireland YC on Belfast Lough. RNIYC introduced the class to Ireland in the late 1930s, and for many years had the largest fleet, sending forth the 1948 Olympic helmsman Eric Strain
The Olympic Flame is now well into its progression through Japan, on a Marathon of Marathons which is seeing runners of every shape and size and type carry it into all of the 47 Prefectures which make up that most…
The late Clare Hogan brought joy and skill to Irish sailing
It is with the greatest regret that we report the death of Clare Hogan, an extremely talented sailor - particularly in the International Dragon Class - who also gave much to sailing administration, having served as Commodore of the Royal Alfred…
The late Larry Martin in his youthful Trans-European motor-cycling days
We have lost an incredible friend with the passing of Larry Martin. I first met him through sailing many moons ago, and was immediately struck by what an obvious and true gentleman he was. He had endless and extraordinary stand-apart…
Dragon Class Go Digital With Yearbook
After two decades of printing hard copy yearbooks, the International Dragon Association has launched its first-ever digital edition.  The bumper edition has 54 pages of entertaining and informative reading about one of the leading racing keelboats. Despite many predictions over…
Dragon racing off Kinsale in West Cork
After the disappointment of being forced to cancel its hosting of the Dragon Gold Cup due to coronavirus restrictions, Kinsale Yacht Club has expressed delight at being awarded the event again in 2024. Dragons recently returned to the waters at…
September Dragon Class Racing at Kinsale Yacht Club
After some disappointing cancellations for the Dragon class this season at Kinsale Yacht Club, local Dragon racing made a welcome return to the West Cork harbour at the weekend. As regular readers will know both the International Dragon Gold Gup…
Dragon racing off Kinsale
Kinsale Yacht Club has announced that the Cantor Fitzgerald Dragon Week, which was scheduled to take place in lieu of the earlier Gold Cup event has now also been cancelled. Speaking of the announcement, Matthias Hellstern, Rear Commodore of Kinsale…
Cameron Good, Henry Kingston and Simon Good sailing Little Fella at the Kinsale's One Day Dragon Keelboat Regatta. Scroll down for slideshow of photos
Cameron Good's Dragon 'Little Fella' was the overall winner of Kinsale Yacht Club's one day Dragon keelboat Regatta on Saturday (August 1). Good, who also won KYC's Pery Knox Gore 2020 Trophy in late July, sailed with Henry Kingston and…

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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