Elska, USA296, racing in the Opera Cup, Nantucket MA, Photo by Chip Riegel
We Sail Dragons Because...
Elegant. The classic metre yacht design has a timeless beauty that instantly catches everyone’s eye.
But Modern The rig and controls have been progressively updated making the Dragon easy to sail but challenging to get that little bit of extra boat speed from it.
One Design Providing boat on boat close quarter racing where the result does not depend on boat design or weather conditions.
Crewed by only 3 or 4 The weight-limited crew are all involved all the time.
A Dynamic Class The most successful and enduring keel boat class, sailed in 30 countries, with 30+ new boats built each year.
Sailed at Club, National and International Events Whatever your skill level or sailing aspirations, there are plenty of regattas to sail in both summer and winter.
Sailed Where the Sun Shines and the Water is Warm There is an extensive international circuit with great venues with from 20 to 60+ boats on the start line.
A Friendly Class with Great Parties Experienced Dragon sailors share tips and discuss the days racing ashore in the club bar or regatta beer tent.
The Choice of Kings, Olympians and Discerning Helms everywhere Race against some of the world’s best, with trophies for “Corinthian” crews.
Thanks to the BDAs (Belgian and British)!
IDA Class Rules and Plans
Racing Rules (World Sailing)
Racing Rules of Sailing 2021-2024
Note there are often country prescriptions to the World Sailing Rules.
Under the Class Rules, if you plan to race your Dragon, you must have a valid Measurement Certificate and you must be a current member of your National Dragon Association. When you buy a Dragon in the US or Canada, send the existing Measurement Certificate to us and we will register you as the new owner and send you a new Measurement Certificate. If you don't have the original documents you can apply to us for a Provisional Measurement Certificate.
Equipment for Racing
IDA Regatta Regulations
World Sailing Sailor Classification - Registration is required for Graded events and Classification is required for Corinthian events.
Speed & Smarts by David Dellenbaugh
Sailing World How To
How To Tips from Terry Hutchinson
The Science of Telltales UK Sailmakers
North U Seminars
Dragon Racing Clinics with Stavros
Weighing, Swing Test and Template
Dragon Tuning Manual by Vincent Hoesch for Fritz Dragon sails
Dragon Speed Guide from North Sails
Trim Tips from Petticrows
Dragon Tuning Guide North Sails
Recent article from the IDA magazine on routine maintenance.
Check your spinnaker!
Boat Insurance 101 - from the Gowrie Group - US based, but some good advice for all.
ADA Members get a good rate via USSailing.
Dragon Owners in BC can contact James McDonald at Navis Marine Insurance Brokers for a quote on One Design insurance for Dragons.
US National Weather Service
Puget Sound, Seattle
Tidal Currents Puget Sound
North American Dragons
302-1238 Homer St.
V6B 2Y5 Canada
+1 236 991 6263