zondag 24 mei 2009

Dragon Sailing

This weekend I spotted one of the most beautiful designed small classic sailing boats, a wooden dragon.
The Dragon was designed by Johan Anker, Norwegian sailor and shipdesigner, in 1929. In 1948 the Dragon became an Olympic Class, a status it retained until the Munich Olympics in 1972. 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 construction was introduced in 1973 and the rigging has been regularly updated.

The Dragon Class is actively represented in over 26 countries in 5 Continents. There were 1444 boats registered in 2004 and the number of boats built has averaged 45 per year. There are many more which are used for day sailing or cruising. The World Championships are held in every odd year and the European Championships are held annually. The Gold Cup, which can only be held in certain specified European countries, is unique in that all six races count without discard. It is held annually and often attracts over 100 entries, usually starting in one fleet.

If you want some more info just check out the site of the Dutch Dragon Association http://www.dragonclass.nl/
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