Dragon fans now have several options for purchasing Dragon logo sailing gear and clothing. All items can be personalized with your boat name and/or sail number (or whatever you want, really).
If you have a US mailing address check out Coral Reef Sailing Apparel. They carry major sailing brands (Gill, Helly Hansen, Zhik). They also ship to Canada via USPS.
Those of you in Canada can buy similar Dragon logo merchandise at Make Granville Island in Vancouver. They will ship anywhere in Canada.
And for the DIY crowd, contact us to get a link to the logos.
We are all out of Dragon logo baseball caps for now. For information contact us.
We offer Stickers - the circular one is 4 inches in diameter (about 10cm) and is on a white background. The Dragon logo is 2 x 3 inches (about 5 x 8 cm) and is on a clear background. Put them on your car, your trailer, your laptop, whatever! Contact us - we will ship anywhere.
We have a couple of copies of the latest Racing Rules of Sailing left (the waterproof edition). Contact us if you are interested.
Check out the British Dragon Association merchandise here.
Paintings, Photos, Models
Bryan Byrnes paints classic yachts including Dragons.
Trident Studios - half models.
Jacques Vapillon - Photographer who specializes in racing yachts, including Dragons.
Fiona Brown - Photographer and Event Manager specializing yacht racing and Dragons.
Ken Deeley - watercolours of Dragons and other yachts - member of the CSMA
JAGRAF/X - builds a one-meter scale model of the International Dragon Sailboat designed for radio control.
Nic Compton - "Johan Anker was one of the most important figures in yachting for much of the 20th century, yet remarkably little has been written about him. Until now. This book gives a lively account of the man who more than anyone else mastered the ‘Metre’ Rule and produced a string of strikingly fast and elegant yachts. Along the way, we delve into a unique period of Norwegian history and meet many of the key players in the country at that time. This is a rich biography which will appeal to sailors and landlubbers alike." Order here.
The Royal Dragon by R. L Hewitt - the story of Bluebottle which was given to the Duke of Edinburgh by the Island Sailing Club of Cowes on his marriage to HRH Princess Elizabeth in 1947. Bluebottle visited Canada in the 50s and raced at some of the Canadian Yacht Clubs. The book is out of print but you can find it via some used book search sites - try searching for “Used Books”
In 2005 Hanseatic Lloyd published a coffee table book celebrating the 75th Anniversary of the Dragon Class. It was a limited edition run of 1500 and if you are interested in ordering one, details can be found on their website.
Wooden Boat Building: How To Build a Dragon Class Sailboat, 200 pages soft cover, retails for $19.95 (Canadian) and is available from Friesen Press or on Amazon. Wooden Boat Building recounts the joy of acquiring new skills, such as, working with brass flat bar and stainless steel; how to melt 2,400 pounds of lead wheel-weights to pour the keel; how to roll a hull effortlessly and craft beautiful blocks, almost entirely out of wood, yet strong enough to take an enormous load.
The Southern Yacht Club of New Orleans is the second oldest in the United States. Since the club was officially organized as "boat club" on July 21, 1848, it has hosted countless regattas, supported other yacht clubs, and participated in inter-club competitions. It had a large Dragon fleet during the Olympic years and there are some great stories of Dragons and Dragon racing in the book. Available here.