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Denis Bergin's  Dublin Bay Dragon crew head upwind off the Old Head of Kinsale. Kinsale Yacht Club will host the 2024 Dragon Gold Cup this September
The anticipation for the 2024 Dragon Gold Cup at Kinsale Yacht Club is building as some of the biggest names in Dragon sailing have already confirmed their participation in the upcoming event, sponsored by Astra Construction Services Ltd. With almost…
Victorious Team Ireland with at the Royal St. George Yacht Club prizegiving from left to right: Ronan Murphy, Alistair Kissane, John O Connor, Neil Hegarty, holding the Cannonball Trophy, John O Driscoll, Tim Pearson and Peter Bowring
Dublin Bay was once again the venue for the Cannonball Trophy. Travelling Dragon keelboat sailors from the South Coast of the UK and the Netherlands came together to sail against The Royal St George Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire. A misty bay…
Six Dragons contested the O’Leary Life Keelboat Regatta at Kinsale Yacht Club
A tie-break decided the six-boat Dragon Class season opener at Kinsale Yacht Club's O’Leary Keelboat Regatta on May 12th. With close racing over two days, James Matthews, David Good, and Fergal O’Hanlon on TBD took the trophy after six intense races. Ghost,…
The Master of Glandore. The late Don Street in full flow at a 21st Century Glandore Harbour YC awards ceremony, hitting the usual interesting dress-style note with a tweed jacket in high summer rather than his customary reefer
Donald MacQueen Street Jnr of Glandore and the Caribbean and formerly New York has gone from among us after an extraordinary life of nearly 94 years, in which he experienced a sometimes picaresque existence. Throughout it, he significantly encouraged, instructed,…
The late Don Street on his beloved 1905-built yawl Iolaire in the Caribbean
Afloat.ie regrets to record the death of Don Street of Glandore in his 94th year. For many years a Caribbean enthusiast, writing a series of successful pioneering pilot books for the area, he was also a renowned authority on ocean…
Kinsale Yacht Club is looking forward to welcoming Dragon sailors from all corners of the globe for what promises to be an exceptional week of racing at the 2024 Dragon Gold Cup
Kinsale Yacht Club has announced entry is open for its staging of the Dragon Gold Cup, sponsored by Astra Construction Services Ltd, from September 6 to 13, 2024. This year's event will attract over 60 teams from more than 20…
 A video of the 75th Dragon Edinburgh Cup has been produced by the British Dragon Class Association. Scroll down for the vid.
Members of the British Dragon Association (BDA) and their guests came together at the Royal Thames Yacht Club in Knightsbridge, London, for the BDA’s Annual General Meeting and Dinner in January. The evening kicked off with the AGM, where outgoing…
Racing action from the Algarve Dragon Winter Cup at Vilamoura
Irish Dragon sailors were in action in Portugal at the weekend with Royal Cork and Baltimore's Harry Durcan on board the winning boat in round two of the Algarve Dragon Winter Cup at Vilamoura. Durcan was part of a four-up…
Royal St George Yacht Club's Jaguar Sailing Team of Martin Byrne, Adam Winkelmann and Rory Byrne took third overall at last weekend's Yacht Club de Cannes, Coupe D’ Hiver des Dragons. 17 Dragons from eight countries competed with victory going…
Crews from some 20 nations across Australasia, Asia, North America, and Europe are already confirmed for Kinsale's staging of the Dragon Gold Cup 2024
Preparations are underway in Kinsale for celebrations to mark the 80th anniversary of one of the most prestigious international sailing events. From 6 to 13 September 2024, Kinsale will welcome Dragon sailors from across the globe to compete for the…
Connemara sailors at Lough Derg's Freshwater Regatta -  Winners in the Flying Fifteen fleet, sailing
At the end of a busy season for many clubs in Dun Laoghaire Harbour and along the west coast, Lough Derg Yacht Club played host to the Fresh Water Keelboat Regatta last weekend, drawing a fleet of over 60 boats…
Kinsale's Shawn Kingston, Donal Small and Conor Hemlock were the Dragon class winners at Lough Derg Yacht Club Freshwater Keelboat Regatta
Counting four race wins Kinsale Yacht Club's Shawn Kingston, Donal Small and Conor Hemlock, sailing 'Grey Hare' were the clear winners of the Dragon Class at a cut-short Lough Derg Yacht Club Freshwater Keelboat One Design Regatta on Sunday.  Five races…
Lawrie Smith of Glandore YC won the Dragon Gold Cup 2023 in Torquay
Early in the 1960s, Sid Smith – a builder and developer from Bury near Manchester – secured the site for the modest holiday home of his dreams beside the harbour in Glandore in West Cork. Summers in Glandore with much…
Sean Flood at the helm of Otto Glaser’s McGruer 47 Tritsch-Tratsch II with The Needles astern in the early stages of the 1974 RORC Cowes-Cork Race. Also just visible astern are Denis Doyle’s blue S&S 47 Moonduster, and Clayton Love’s Swan 44 Assiduous – they were still astern at the finish. Line honours and overall winner was Eric Tabarly’s then-new 70ft ketch Pen Duick VI, while Tritsch-Tratsch II was in the frame, and top Irish boat

Sean Flood 1932-2023

30th September 2023 W M Nixon
The life story of Sean Flood, who has died at the age of 91, is in many ways the story of modern Ireland as seen through a sailing and business lens. From a family of traditionally and strongly patriotic outlook,…
L-R International Dragon Association Chairman Gerard Blanc presents Lawrie Smith, Goncalo Ribeiro, Ruaridh Scott and Richard Parslow with the Dragon Gold Cup
A fifth race in warm sunshine and a light east-south-easterly concluded the 2023 Yanmar Dragon Gold Cup in Torquay. Going into the final day, British Olympian, America’s Cup and Whitbread Race veteran Lawrie Smith and his crew of Ruaridh Scott,…
Dragon Gold Cup 2023 Race 4 restart at Torquay
Torquay finally delivered perfect sailing conditions for day five of the Dragon Gold Cup 2023, where the previously abandoned race four was re-sailed in glorious sunshine and a south-south-easterly breeze which built from around 10 to 15 knots through the…

The Dragon was designed by Johan Anker in 1929 as an entry for a competition run by the Royal Yacht Club of Gothenburg, to find a small keel-boat that could be used for simple weekend cruising among the islands and fjords of the Scandinavian seaboard. 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.

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 is the most popular material, but both new and old wooden boats regularly win major competitions while looking as beautiful as any craft afloat. Exotic materials are banned throughout the boat, and strict rules are applied to all areas of construction to avoid sacrificing value for a fractional increase in speed.

The key to the Dragon's enduring appeal lies in the careful development of its rig. Its well-balanced sail plan makes boat handling easy for lightweights, while a controlled process of development has produced one of the most flexible and controllable rigs of any racing boat.