The Dragon Fleet at Burnham-on-Crouch welcomes Dragon sailors to come and sail in our waters. The Rivers Crouch and Roach form an outstanding sailing ground providing good yet protected waters. The local racing marks and courses mean there is plenty of scope for interesting beating, reaching, and spinnaker work.
You will be able to enjoy sailing with what is probably the strongest Dragon fleet in the U.K., and we are racing from Easter until the end of November. Twenty boats are in the river, with usually 10 - 12 racing every Saturday and Sunday throughout the Season.
This keen fleet racing is centred on the Royal Corinthian Yacht Club which has unrivalled facilities for supporting yacht racing and Event regattas, as well as an excellent environment for the social side of sailing. The organisation of the Weekend keelboat racing alternates between the Royal Burnham and Royal Corinthian Yacht Clubs. All these yachting facilities are within easy reach of all those living in and around London.
Our first special event of the year is the Easter Regatta sponsored by Holt Allen Fittings, which attracts up to 22 dragons from all over the UK.
During the May bank holiday weekends we race for the NADA trophy and the Karl Marx trophy. There are trophies for Saturday and Sunday Seasons Points as well as the early summer series until the end of June. The Autumn competition begins after Burnham Week in September when we race for the Carlton platter in September, and the Newts and Candlestick Trophies in October and November. Petticrows have recently presented a trophy for the best results over all the weekends in October. In 1998 we started a new initiative of 4-Race Mini Series on three or four Saturday in the Season. These are Committee Boat Starts with Windward/Leeward Courses, lasting about 45 minutes each and raced back to back. We arrive back in the Clubhouse for a late lunch and celebration!
Burnham on Crouch is also the home of Petticrows - who are now the major Dragon builders in the world. They are always on hand to provide the latest developments in dragon equipment and sails. Poul Ricard of Petticrows and double Olympic Gold Medallist, sails with the fleet from time to time, helping to improve our speed and competitiveness.
We look forward to welcoming you to Burnham on Crouch and hope you will enjoy sailing with us in The Dragon Fleet. Come for a short period or the whole season. Come as crew or bring your dragon. Come and challenge us!
For further info see the Royal Corinthian Yacht Club website.