Welcome to the 2017 season of sailing. We are hoping to have up to 13 Dragons out in the harbour this year, we are proud to say that we have the biggest Dragon fleet in the country and hopefully every one of them will be out on the water during the coming season. With an early crane in date the 6th of May, the season will be off to a busy start with the “Dragon Golden Sail” being one of the early leagues. The Dragon Summer League, Wednesday Evening League, the Celtic Challenge and the At Home Regatta are just to name some of the sailing events that will take place this season. There will be more Dragon sailing during our Biennial event “The Glandore Classic Regatta” which takes place this year from 23rd to 28th July.
Looking forward to this season and seeing everyone out on the water.
Kevin Hayes, Dragon Class Captain
What is a Dragon?
The Dragon was designed by Johan Anker in 1929. 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.
In 1937 the Gold Cup was presented to the class by the Clyde Yacht Club Association. This quickly became one of the principal championships in the class and a prestigious trophy in the world of competitive yachting. The Class went from strength to strength being an Olympic class between 1948 and 1972. The popularity of the class has not waned through the years, the 75th anniversary was celebrated with great style and panache at St Tropes in 2004 and this year, the 85th Anniversary of the Dragon is being celebrated with many Regattas around the world.
“Friendly Dragons of Sweet Glandore” published in the Afloat, 2015, Autumn edition. Thanks to valuable contributions by Kieran O’Donoghue and Don Street, with pictures by Kathleen Hayes and Mary Casey, and to W. Nixon for crafting the piece.