Pacific Dragon Interport 2015 Vancouver (photo by Dale Northey)
The International Dragon is a technically demanding yacht, that combines classic lines with 21st century technology.
A strong Class Association ensures competitive one-design racing for all ages of boat. Spars and sails have a wide range of adjustment during racing, allowing a skillful crew to optimize the boat for any conditions. Crew weight limits, and restrictions on hiking out allow the Dragon to be raced successfully by a range of ages and genders. The Dragon Class is active in 30 countries in 5 Continents and has 1420 registered boats.
In North America there is growing interest in restoring classic wooden Dragons as well as importing newer fiberglass Dragons. There are active racing fleets on the West Coast, the Great Lakes and the South, while many individuals continue to sail this classic yacht for fun.
"de smaa kloge baade" (the small wise boats) - old Scandinavian saying
"The Dragon was...narrow fast and wet" - biography of John Foster Dulles
"The World's most popular One Design Keelboat Class" - Richard Blickman, IDA Chairman
"Le Dragon c'est le mariage de la technique et de la passion" - Didier Gacoin, Capitaine de la flotte Dragon, YC de la Baule
The Dragon - a dream to sail and one of the prettiest boats afloat - Boating Magazine