Designed by Johan Anker from Norway, the Dragon is a keelboat that participated in the Olympics for some time. There was also a class named after it. Johan designed it in 1929 and the sailboat is known as a one-design boat. This sailboat is characterized by a long keel and metre boat lines. These characteristics make the dragon a very beautiful boat to watch and even more exciting to sail. The Dragon Class of sailboats is observed in 26 countries spanning 5 continents. This type of yacht is used for day sailing competitions. They compete in the annual Gold Cup as well as many other global tournaments, for example, the World Championships and the European Championships. To learn more about this class of sailboats, read on.
Features of a dragon sailboat
This sailboat has a fin keel type of hull. Its rig is described as a fractional sloop rig. It displaces 1.6 tons or 3,740 pounds of weight. It is also capable of holding ballast of up to 998 kilograms or 2200 pounds. The boat can be made of wood or fiberglass. Moreover, the ratio of ballast to boat displacement is 58.84%. Its beam measures 1.96 meters tall. The dragon is a design that has a rich history.
History of the dragon sailboat
It was designed in 1929 and its first build occurred in that same year. The boat competed in a tournament organized by the Royal Yacht Club of Gothenburg in Britain. After the competition, the organizers categorized it as a day sailing boat. In 1948, the Dragon was identified to be a 3 man keelboat competing in the Olympic Games in London.
Unfortunately, Mr. Anker the designer of the Dragon died in World War 2. After the war was over, his sons agreed to waiver the royalties for the boat’s design for all the nations that supported Norway in its time of trouble. The Dragon Class was officially ended in the Olympics in 1972. Despite that, the Dragon sailboat remains a very popular sailboat design until today.
The International Dragon Association (IDA)
The Dragon sailboat design inspired the creation of this organization. The IDA was created on 31st October 1961. Its official headquarters are in London. The organization has a number of objectives. They seek to promote the popularity of the Dragon Class of sailboats in the countries where the class is recognized. They also seek to introduce the class to new countries too. The organization is also responsible for ensuring that all the rules of the class are observed. They also liaise with the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) to follow up on any amendments that are to be done to these rules.
The IDA also works to ensure that this class of sailboats remains an internationally observed and respected class. They follow the regulations and methodology that was put in place by the ISAF to pursue this objective. The IDA also chooses the locations of the World Championship, Dragon Gold Cup as well as European Championship tournaments. The Dragon sailboats normally participate in these tournaments. Therefore, the IDA is actively involved in selecting their locations.