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Irish Dragon Class Sailing News and Regatta Results
Adrian Bendon in MarJ (156), the overall winner of the Dragon class, leads Brian Goggin's Whisper (213) into a windward mark at Kinsale Yacht Club's Robotic Mowers Open Keelboat Regatta
MarJ skippered by Adrian Bendon was the overall winner of the 13-boat Dragon class in Kinsale Yacht Club's Robotic Mowers sponsored Open Keelboat Regatta 2022 sailed at the weekend. With three race wins from six races sailed, Bendon on seven nett…
Ireland's Adam Winkelmann (left) with Portuguese crew mates Pedro Rebeo De Andrade and Jorge Pinheiro De Melo who were second overall at the Dragon Europeans in San Remo, Italy.
There were no final races today at the Dragon European Championships meaning last night's results stand leaving Pedro Rebeo De Andrade, Ireland's Adam Winkelmann and Jorge Pinheiro De Melo in second overall. The fleet was held ashore for most of…
Lying second at the Dragon Europeans - Pedro Rebeo De Andrade, Adam Winkelmann (right) and Jorge Pinheiro De Melo
A win for Adam Winkelmann, of the National and Royal Irish Yacht Clubs, puts him in second overall and two points off the overall lead at the Dragon European Championships in San Remo, Italy after five races sailed. As Afloat previously reported, Winkelmann is on the crew…
Dun Laoghaire's Adam Winkelmann (right) clips on the guy as reigning Dragon European and Gold Cup Champion Pedro Andrade prepares for a spinnaker hoist at the Dragon Europeans Championships in Italy
Adam Winkelmann, of the National and Royal Irish Yacht Clubs, is lying third overall at the Dragon European Championships in San Remo, Italy after four races sailed. As Afloat previously reported, Winkelmann is on the crew of the Portuguese entry Petti Portugal…
Squib racing in Kinsale Harbour
The Robotic Mowers Cork One-Design Keelboat Regatta is on Sunday 1st and Monday 2nd May 2022 in Kinsale Yacht Club. The regatta is open to Squib and Dragon keelboats. It is an open event and KYC is looking forward to…
Adam Winkelmann, National and Royal Irish Yacht Clubs, who joins the crew of the Portuguese entry Petti Portugal with reigning Dragon European & Gold Cup Champion Pedro Andrade at the helm
The Dragon European Championships kick off in San Remo, Italy on Monday next. Irish interest in the three-man keelboat competition will be with Adam Winkelmann, National and Royal Irish Yacht Clubs, who joins the crew of the Portuguese entry Petti…
Russian Dragons racing in the 2021 Silver Cup
The International Dragon Association condemns the Russian attack on Ukraine and confirms its decision to suspend the participation of Russian sailors and officials from all international sailing events including World Sailing owned and sanctioned competitions and events until further notice.…
Dara McGee's - 'Under a mackerel sky', part of the Curacha outdoor exhibition
The Irish Dragon Fleet continues to build interest as the 2024 Gold Cup in Kinsale comes closer. News that the Glandore and Kinsale fleets particularly are experiencing strong growth in numbers and standard of sailors is contained in the International…
Hal Risk in the Dragon documentary Setting Hearts on Fire
The International Dragon One Design has been an important of Irish sailing since the 1930s, writes W M Nixon. This classic boat’s good looks and excellent performance continues to provide rewarding racing for sailors of all ages worldwide. Indeed, a…
Dara McGee's - 'The Royal St George team Martin Byrne, Adam Winkelmann and John Simms competing at the Dragon Marblehead Trophy
Martin Byrne’s Jaguar Dragon Sailing Team finished in sixth place overall at the Marblehead Trophy in Vilamoura, Portugal on Saturday. The Royal St George team comprised Byrne, Adam Winkelmann and John Simms. The small 12 boat but very competitive fleet…
Jaguar Dragon Sailing Team skipper Martin Byrne is lying in fourth place overall at the Marblehead Trophy in Portugal
After two days of racing at the Dragon Marblehead Trophy in Vilamoura, Portugal Martin Byrne’s Jaguar Sailing Team lie in fourth place overall. The Royal St George sailor is crewed by Adam Winkelmann and John Simms. A 7th & 4th…
Ireland's Dragon trio Martin Byrne, Adam Winkelmann and John Simms are competing in Vilamoura this week
The Royal St George Yacht Club has endorsed former Commodore Martin Byrne’s Jaguar Sailing Team as their representative at this week's Dragon Marblehead Trophy in Vilamoura, Portugal. A four-time winner of the Irish Dragon Championship and a former Edinburgh Cup…
Squibs and Flying Fifteens picking up speed as the breeze builds at Dromineer, with FFs Triggers Bush (3896, Lee Statham & Andy Paul, Waterford Harbour SC) and Duff Extra (3737, Gavin Doyle & Dave Sweeney, National YC) keeping their wind clear
The annual October Freshwater Keelboat Regatta at Dromineer, (hosted by Lough Derg Yacht Club and staged last weekend) has been no stranger to hyper-strong winds in times past. But in 2021's unusually gentle Autumn, it provided two to three days…
Lough Derg Yacht Club is expecting a fleet of 30 Squibs for its Keelboat Regatta on October 15th
Lough Derg Yacht Club in County Tipperary will welcome one design visitors back to Dromineer for the Keelboat regatta on the weekend of 15th to 17th of October. Four fleets are expected to the lake, with the biggest likely to…
(Right to left) Martin Byrne, Adam Winkelmann and John Simms sailing Jaguar at the Portuguese Dragon Nationals
Dublin-Belfast Dragon keelboat trio of Martin Byrne, Adam Winkelmann and John Simms sailing Jaguar at the Portuguese National Championship 2021 were in first place in the final race of the championships when the wind died on Sunday. It took several attempts…
(Right to left) Martin Byrne, Adam Winkelmann and John Simms sailing Jaguar at the Portuguese Dragon Nationals
It was a tough second day for Dublin-Belfast Dragon keelboat trio of Martin Byrne, Adam Winkelmann and John Simms sailing Jaguar at the Portuguese National Championship 2021 after four races sailed.  The Dublin Bay entry has dropped to third overall with…

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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