History of the Dragon

DragonDesigned 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.

Top Spots to Enjoy with Ibiza Yacht Charters

ibizaWhat comes to mind when you hear that tantalizing oldie by the Venga Boys? Of course, the jam is We’re Going to Ibiza, which topped the charts about two decades back. The catchy tune conjures images of fun on the sandy beaches of Balearic Islands with a margarita in hand.

The Ultimate Vacation Experience

Truth be told, the island has so much to offer from ethereal sunsets, a world-famous nightlife and of course over 200 kilometers of pristine beaches to explore.  In order to get the most out of your vacation, yacht charters come in handy.

Boating happens to be one of the most alluring activities for your family, friends or even for a corporate getaway. When you choose Ibiza as your boating destination, the experience is bound to awe and everyone in your party will have indelible memories of the trip.

Ibiza Boating Haunts

Now that you appreciate the beauty of stepping out to sea, why not explore some of the hidden treasure coves that will make your trip resplendent. Here are some selections:

formentera1.      Formentera Island

This island is considered one of the most beautiful places on earth and with its exotic allure that is unspoilt by modern habitation, you can bet its tranquility is infectious. You will have fun walking on dreamlike white sandy beaches and bathing in turquoise waters.

Formentera looks like one of those Greek Islands that send your mind back for centuries. Its absolute exclusion away from the hullabaloo that is the mainland makes it perfect for a family getaway.

San-Antonio2.      SantAntoni

Popularly known as San Antonio, this remains one of the most magnificent places on the planet more so because of its surreal looking sunsets.  During summer, every holiday maker wants to have a piece of this exciting destination.

When chartering a yacht, you have an upper hand as you will have the best sight of these mercurial sunsets. The Passeig de ses Fonts or promenade has improved the look of the town and while you relax in your boat it will seem like you are dreaming just looking at this perfect vista.

3.      Santa Eulària

Who said Ibiza is only for the party lovers only? Well, whoever they are, they never took time to savor the serendipity and calm of Santa Eulàriaon the East Coast. With a palm-lines Promenade  running the length of the beach and that features some of the world’s best restaurants, your charter will have to explore this one top spot.

Dedo_de_Dios4.      El Dedo de Dios

Well, there is no way of doing justice to Ibiza without having a sight of the enormous but magnificent God’s Finger at Benirràs Bay.  So awesome is the feature that it even classifies as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

There are so many other places to scour for fun including the mystifying EsVedra, Old Town and much more.

5 Things to Consider when Choosing the Perfect Yacht Charters

chartersWhat is your perfect destination? Do you like the sprawling white beaches of the Caribbean or the hidden coves of the Balearic Islands such as the tantalizing Ibiza? Or maybe you like the navigable British Virgin Islands where you can have fun with your colleagues without the strains of expert sailing?

Whatever your favorite destination, yacht charters are an integral part of juicing the most out of your sea faring experience. They allow you to kick back, unwind or even have a party to remember at sea. Enjoying the sea breeze whatever the destination is the icing that will create indelible memories during your vacation.

Getting it Right with a Yacht Charter

However, a study by the American Yacht Charter Association (AYCA) shows that 54% of holiday makers rue their trips due to the wrong choice of boat. To avoid becoming part of this statistic, you had better start planning early for your next trip.

More importantly, you need to be proactive in choosing your boat package by considering these factors:

1.      Number of your Group

To enjoy the best out at sea, it is always advisable to have a group be it family, friends or office colleagues.  This ameliorates this experience as each individual brings a different personality.   To avoid getting crammed in a small boat, make sure you contact a firm that can cater for your number in its charters.

2.      Early Planning Does It

It might be your dream to enjoy the exotic beaches of Belize during your vacation but you should realize all avid travelers are thinking the same way. To avoid disappointment you need to book way before the tourist season. This ensures you get the best boat as opposed to compromising through late bookings.

3.      Pick the Ideal Yacht Trip Destination

As a travelling enthusiast, you appreciate the importance of information. It thus behooves upon you to research before setting out if you really want scintillating water experience.   Some of the favorite spots to relax include the Caribbean, Ibiza, St. Martin, Antigua, French Riviera, Sardinia and Corsica.  Each has its own allure and you should ensure it suits your needs.

4.      Sailing Conditions

Each destination comes with its unique weather and before committing your money, confirm that you will enjoy idyllic moments at sea.  It would make no sense to fly all the way to Vancouver Islands for whale watching only to encounter tumultuous weather that can’t allow you to leave the shore.

5.      Type of Chartered Vessel

Some of the yacht charters listed by Charter Yacht Brokers Association (CYBA) International include mega, super, catamarans, motor yachts and sailing boats among other categories. These can come with a full crew or can be chartered bare, meaning you have skills to captain yourself at sea.

You should consider many other factors including costs, flexibility of the package, comfort and features in the vessel that will make your experience even better. Whatever you do, never rush into picking a charter without due diligence.