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Hosted by the South Caernarvonshire Yacht Club in Abersoch this acts as a feeder regatta for the Edinburgh Cup.






South Caernarvonshire Yacht Club is expecting entrants from England, Ireland, Scotland and Europe and making plans for up to fifty boats. Make sure you join them by visiting the dedicated web site at



The Russian Dragon Association are this year’s hosts to the Europeans.




To be hosted by the Cowes Corinthian Yacht Club.  Link to NOR to be published shortly.




The premier keel boat regatta in the world offers Dragon sailors tought competition for the prized Ganeymede Bowl and a spectacular week celebrating keel boat sailing afloat and ashore.


Latest News

East Coast Dragon Champs 2016

posted: 05 May 2016

NOR and Entry Form for the ECDC 2016 now available. Read more »

IDA Corinthian regatta 2016 now to be run alongside Cowes Week. Read more »

Subs now due for 2016.....

posted: 22 April 2016

Time to pay your subs for 2016. Don't forget without being a member of the BDA you can not legally race in IDA or BDA regattas. Read more »

Edinburgh Cup Entries

posted: 18 April 2016

Entry indications for the Edinburgh Cup please.... Read more »

New Edinburgh Cup Website Launched

posted: 11 March 2016

New mobile and tablet compatible website launched for the Edinburgh Cup Read more »

Brits Shine In Cannes

posted: 07 March 2016

Gavia, Lawrie, Ivan and Klaus made sure the Brits were well represented at the first IDA Ranking event of the European season in Cannes. Read more »

Easter in Burnham

posted: 25 February 2016

Join the Burnham Dragon Fleet for 4 days of racing over the Easter Bank Holiday. Read more »

The Solent Fleet have a packed year ahead of them and have just launched a new website to keep everyone abreast of what's happening. Read more »

Sail For Gold Ball 2016

posted: 04 February 2016

Sail for Gold Ball tickets now on sale. Read more »

Dragon Gold Cup 2016

posted: 02 February 2016

Gold Cup 2016 details now online. Read more »

Fire in Cowes

posted: 26 January 2016

Sad news from Cowes yesterday of a fire which has destroyed many boats including five Dragons. Read more »

Citron Trophy Goes To Julia Bailey

posted: 21 January 2016

Congratulations to Julia Bailey and her team aboard GBR720 Aimee on winning the Citron Trophy for 2015 Read more »

Clarification required on who would like to head to St Petersburg this year. Don't forget the Edinburgh Cup dates are very close to this so you need to consider logistics in order to avoid missing the fantastic regatta that Rob and his team are organising in Abersoch! Read more »

Jonathan Janson

posted: 09 December 2015

ISAF has released the following statement announcing the death of legendary Dragon sailor Jonathan Janson, who won a bronze medal in the Dragon in Melbourne in 1956. Read more »

As previously notified, the 2015 British Dragon Association AGM and Dinner will take place on Friday 15th January 2016 at the Army & Navy Club, Pall Mall, London. Please do come and support your association. Apply for your tickets now. Read more »

Vote For Julia And Will

posted: 18 November 2015

Julia Bailey and Will Heritage have both been nominated in the Yachts & Yachting Annual Awards. Now they need your vote.. Read more »

2015 IDA AGM Flash Minutes Published

posted: 06 November 2015

The International Dragon Association Annual General Meeting was held in Paris on 24 October 2015. Here are the initial flash minutes summarising the key decisions. Read more »

The British Dragon Association's event schedule for 2016 has now been published. To check out the full list of events Read more »

BDA Worlds & Europeans Qualifications

posted: 10 October 2015

The new BDA qualifications procedure has now been in full swing for the season. Taking into account all the BDA regattas this year, as well as last years Edinburgh Cup, the full table of members and their overall rankings are shown in the Read more »

BDA Officers Announcement

posted: 09 September 2015

Big changes ahead for the BDA Officers. Huge thanks to Clare Sowry who stands down as Vice Chairman having made a fantastic contribution to the class and details of interim officer appointments and proposal for new officer elections at the AGM. Read more »

Brits Victorious At Dragon Gold Cup

posted: 09 September 2015

Huge congratulations to 2015 Dragon Gold Cup Champions Lawrie Smith, Tim Tavinor and Joost Houweling sailing GBR801 Alfie who claimed a spectacular victory at the Gold Cup 2015. Congratulations too to Gavia Wilkinson-Cox, Mark Hart and Kasper Harsberg sailing Read more »

Burnham Week Dragons Report

posted: 09 September 2015

Check out our great Burnham Week report from Tim Wilkes including a fantastic contribution from fleet newcomer Leigh Turvey Read more »

Lady Diana Smith

posted: 09 September 2015

We are sad to report that Lady Diana Smith has died recently. She had been a BDA member for very many years and was the Read more »

The revised dates for the Dragon South Coast Championship 2015 have now been confirmed as 29 August to 31 August. The event will be hosted Read more »

Eric Williams Wins Cowes Week

posted: 16 August 2015

Eric Williams, Katie Cole and Jo Richardson are Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week Dragon Champions. Read more »

Julia Bailey makes history and Mike Budd becomes Corinthian Champion in Largs Read more »

After two days of light airs trials and tribulations, the third race of the Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust Edinburgh Cup was finally completed in Largs on the penultimate day of the regatta. A lack of breeze continued to dog the event meaning only one race was possible, but that one race Read more »

No Wind On Day Two In Largs

posted: 01 July 2015

Day two of the 2015 Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust Edinburgh Cup in Largs proved to be a long drawn out and extremely frustrating affair as the wind gods played cat and mouse with the fleet. Read more »

Don't forget that you can follow all the action from Largs over on the BDA Blog. Read more »

Check out the latest results, press report, video interviews and photos from the Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust Edinburgh Cup in Largs on the Read more »

For all the very latest news, results, gossip, pictures and video from Largs please visit the British Dragons Blog. You can even register to Follow the blog (see right hand side of home page) so that you receive an email every time a news story is posted. You can also follow the event via Facebook. Read more »

Julia Bailey and Patrick Gifford triumph at Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust Dragon Scottish Championship as teams preapre for Edinburgh Cup in Largs. Press Report Read more »

South Coast Championship Postponed! Read more »

Congratulations to the GBR sailors who put in an excellent showing at the La Rochelle Worlds. Read more »

We have received an important Notice from the IDA's Technical Committee about rigging. Please make sure you read it. Read more »

The early bird deadline for Cowes Week entries is fast approaching on 30 May. Read more »

South Coast dates now confirmed as 11-13 July 2015. The regatta will be hosted by Read more »

Brits Shine In Douarnenez

posted: 12 May 2015

The Brits put in a great showing at a wet and at times very windy Grand Prix Guyader Douarnenez with three Brits in the overall top ten and a giant killing race win by Corinthians Mike and Monique Hailes and Geoff Butcher. Read more »

The IDA has issued the following important statement regarding the use of electronic navigation aids. Please read carefully. Read more »

Solent Fleet AGM and annual dinner at the Royal Yacht Squadron on 8th April 2015. Read more »

Classics Round-up

posted: 22 April 2015

Patrick Gifford brings us up to date with all the latest news from the Classic Fleet which is undergoing something of a resurgence. Read more »

The South Caernarvonshire Yacht Club, Abersoch, will host the 2015 Dragon Northern Area Championship sponsored by Aberdeen Asset Management from 11-13 June. NOR, Entry Form and SIs now available. Read more »

Dragon Classic Championship

posted: 21 April 2015

All Dragons and particularly Classics will receive a warm welcome at Falmouth Week 7th—16th August 2015, which will incorporate the 2015 British Classic Dragon Championship. GBR 739, Buccaneer GBR 256, Gem GBR 390, Snap GBR 292 and Dark & Stormy GBR 768 are all entered so its going to be Read more »

2015 Dragon East Coast Championships

posted: 08 April 2015

Tim Wilkes reports from the hugely successful Dragon East Coast Championship and Easter Regatta in Burnham where Mark Wade claimed overall victory. Read more »

Royal Dragon Bluebottle

posted: 19 March 2015

Tim Wilkes appeals on behalf of the National Maritime Museum Cornwall's campaign to restore Bluebottle, the Dragon presented as a wedding gift to The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh. Read more »

Check out the latest news of charter boats and social events from the Edinburgh Cup organisers. Read more »

Notice of Race and Entry Form now online for East Coast Championship Read more »

John Cuneo was a Dragon sailor of some renown and won Olympic Gold in the class in 1972, sailing in Keil. In this letter Cuneo gives feedback on the 1969 Worlds. It struck me that it would be of interest to us as contemporary Dragon sailors, even though it was written 45 years ago: Read more »

Ken Gumley RIP

posted: 21 February 2015

We were only recently notified of the death, in March last year, of BDA member Ken Gumley. Ken was one of the leading Dragon racers of the 1970’s and Read more »

2015 East Coast Championship

posted: 20 February 2015

2015 Dragon East Coasts to be held in Burnham over the Easter Weekend Read more »

Notices of Race for Edinburgh Cup and Scottish Championship plus Travel and Accommodation info for Largs now posted Read more »

The AGM and Dinner were well attended with good discussions and decisions during the meeting, plenty of fun at the dinner and the presentation of the Citron Trophy to Gavia Wilkinson-Cox. Read more »

Robert Alpe, from Australia, is looking for a crewing berth at the La Rochelle Worlds. Read more »

Staveley Roberts RIP

posted: 19 January 2015

Peter Gourd, ‘Former Convenor Clyde Dragon Fleet’, has written to inform us that sadly, Staveley Roberts died on 7th January, just a few weeks before what would have been his 95th birthday. Peter says: Read more »

2015 Event Schedule Now Updated

posted: 14 January 2015

The 2015 Event Schedule is now available and we have a fantastic line up of events for you Read more »

Boats For Sale Updated

posted: 14 January 2015

Looking to buy a Dragon? Then check out our great Boats & Equipment For Sale listings Read more »

Garry Harrison RIP

posted: 16 December 2014

It is with huge sadness that we have learnt of the death of long term BDA member Gary Harrison in the early hours of 13th December. Gary and his Dragons, all called 'Spindrift', competed regularly Read more »

Book your tickets now for the BDA AGM and Dinner which will take place on Friday 16 January at the Army and Navy, Pall Mall, London. Read more »

We find the cream of the Christmas gift crop for the Dragon sailor in your life. Read more »

This year's Solent Fleet Laying Up Supper will take place at the Royal Corinthian Yacht Club/RORC on Saturday 11 October. Tickets will cost Read more »

Stav had a last minute charter available for the Gold Cup in Medemblik starting next week if any BDA members would like to make a late entry. Read more »

Jerboa helmed by Gavia Wilkinson-Cox and crewed by Mark Hart and Tim Tavinor has won the Dragon Class at Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week. Read more »

Its all kicking off in Cowes today with the start of Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week. Read more »

Check out our report from the South Coast Championship where Eric Williams reigned supreme. Read more »

Find out if you have qualified for the Worlds and Europeans 2015 with this announcement from BDA Secretary Tim Wilkes. Read more »

The Dragons are getting organised in Cowes today ready for the South Coast Championship which kicks off tomorrow Read more »

Edinburgh Cup Final Report

posted: 12 July 2014

Ted Sawyer shines on the final day in Lymington as the final podium place is confirmed. Read more »

Graham and Julia Bailey with Will Heritage and Keith Tippel in Aimee have done the double in Lymington. Read Rupert Holmes full report Read more »

Race four was a stunner at the Edinburgh Cup in Lymington. Reporter Rupert Holmes takes us through it. Read more »

Day three report from the 2014 Edinburgh Cup in Lymington where Aimee leads both the Overall and Corinthian Divisions Read more »

Day two racing report from the Edinburgh Cup in Lymington where Lawrie Smith's Tigger has taken the lead (just). Read more »

Day one press release from the Dragon Edinburgh Cup 2014 supported by Aberdeen Asset Management Read more »

NOR and Entry Form for the South Coast Championship, to be hosted by the Royal Corinthian YC, Cowes, from 19 to 21 July, are now available Read more »

Dragons To Invade Lymington

posted: 04 July 2014

Edinburgh Cup preview press release published ..... Look out Lymington, the Dragons are on their way! Read more »

Rob Riddell reports from a hugely successful Northern Area Championship supported by Aberdeen Asset Management Read more »

Quentin Strauss and the Rumours team claim victory at the East Coast Championship. Full event report... Read more »

Edinburgh Cup standard price entry deadline extended to Monday 9 June. Read more »

Cowes Classics Week invites you to join them for a fun filled week on the Solent. Read more »

Today is the last day to enter the East Coast Championships which are taking place in Burnham On Crouch this coming bank holiday weekend. Read more »

The Dragon Classic Championship will again be held under the burgee of Aldeburgh Yacht Club(AYC) from 17 to 22 August. This year, for the first time Read more »

Looking For A Classic Dragon?

posted: 16 May 2014

If you are interested in purchasing a Classic Dragon we are currently listing several lovely classics on our For Sale page. We've also got a number of Read more »

The Notice of Race and Entry Form are now available for the Dragon East Coast Championship which is to be hosted by the Royal Corinthian Yacht Club, Burnham, over the bank Read more »

The Solent Dragon Season Is Underway!

posted: 28 April 2014

Check out this race report from the Solent Fleet of their first event of the 2014 season. A great weekend was had by all and there's plenty more to come. Read more »

In association with Blackjack Embroidery and Print the BDA has introduced a new range of Dragon clothing. Read more »

The Entry Form and Social Booking Form for the 2014 Edinburgh Cup, being hosted by the Royal Lymington YC from 5-11 July, are now available to download from Read more »

Get the season off to a great start with some fantastic Dragon racing in Burnham over Easter. Read more »

The 2014 Edinburgh Cup, to be hosted by the Royal Lymington Yacht Club, will see both a return to a more traditional Edinburgh Cup format and the introduction of an exciting new additional race series. Read more »

It is expected that demand for places at the La Rochelle Worlds in 2014 will be high. Find out more about how you can qualify here. Read more »

Dragon AGM + Dinner Friday 10 January

posted: 03 December 2013

Sign up now for the BDA AGM and Dinner - by popular demand the event will once again be hosted by the Army & Navy Club, Pall Mall, London. Read more »

It is time for serious racers to consider entering the 2014 European Championship to be held in lovely San Remo on the Italian Ligurian Sea. Read more »

John Outhwaite of GBR782 Blue Movie, whose company Driving Logic Ltd provides training for professional drivers, has kindly highlighted some changes which will affect those of you driving in Europe. Read more »

Gavia Is Queen Of The Cote’ d’Azur

posted: 23 October 2013

Gavia and Team Jerboa claim double victory in Cannes and St Tropez Read more »

It All Adds Up For Diederichs In Weymouth

posted: 14 September 2013

Klaus Diederichs and Poul Richard Hoj-Jensen are crowned champions at Gazprom International Dragon World Championship - final press release. Read more »

Two points separate the leaders going into the final day of the Gazprom International Dragon World Championship in Weymouth Read more »

Day four press release from the Gazprom International Dragon Worlds in Weymouth where Andrey Kirilyuk has moved into the lead. Read more »

Day three report from the Gazprom International Dragon World Championship in Weymouth Read more »

Drama on and off the water as Poul Richard Hoj-Jensen takes double lead on opening day of Gazprom International Dragon World Championship in Weymouth. Read more »

Save The Children charity practice race a resounding success as competitors prepare for opening day of competition in Weymouth. Read more »

Official press release from Weymouth where registration is underway. Read more »

Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week race winning video from GBTV - they aren't bad at sailing but Will's Moon Walking definitely needs more work! Read more »

Graham Bailey Claims Victory In Cowes

posted: 13 August 2013

Graham Bailey claims victory at the end of a classic Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week Read more »

HRH The Princess Royal has been announced as the Patron of the Gazprom International Dragon World Championship in Weymouth. Check out the latest official press release which also contains news of Read more »

This year's British Dragon Classic Championship will be run in conjunction with the ever popular Aldeburgh Week. Book in now for a fantastic week at this classic east coast venue. Read more »

Lawrie Smith claims Edinburgh Cup and Julia Bailey wins Corinthian Trophy in thrilling final day showdown. Read more »

It was all change on day three of the 2013 Dragon Edinburgh Cup supported by Aberdeen Asset Management in Weymouth, where today's fifth race brought high tension on the race course and the introduction of the discard. As a result the leader board has been well and truly shuffled and it will be all to play for in tomorrow's final race. Read more »

With four of a possible six races now completed reigning Dragon World Champion Lawrie Smith, crewed by Ossie Stewart and Tim Tavinor, has moved into the lead at the 2013 Dragon Edinburgh Cup supported by Aberdeen Asset Management in Weymouth. Read more »

Corinthians dominate on day one of the Edinburgh Cup in Weymouth. Read more »

Sailing footage and interview with South Coast Championship winners Klaus Diederichs and Julia Bailey Read more »

Klaus Diederichs wins South Coast Championship, Julia Bailey claims Corinthian Trophy Read more »

Racing underway for the South Coasts in Weymouth - follow the race tracking Read more »

The International Dragon fleet is assembling in Weymouth for the 2013 South Coast Championship and Edinburgh Cup, supported by Aberdeen Asset Management, which get underway this weekend at Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy (WPNSA). In recent years Read more »

The International Dragon Association is proud to announce that Gazprom International, the sole operator of OAO Gazprom overseas upstream projects involving prospecting, exploration and development of hydrocarbon fields - is Publicity Partner of the 2013 Gazprom International Dragon World Championship. Also supporting the event will be Aberdeen Asset Management, the British Dragon Association's long-standing class sponsor, continuing their involvement with the International Dragon Class. Read more »

Special Price Brittany Ferries Deal

posted: 08 June 2013

Important update about the Brittany Ferries discounted cross Channel ferry rates including how to book. Read more »

Simon Barter reports from the Solent Dragon Jubilee Regatta (25-27 May) in Cowes. Read more »

The entry deadline for the Edinburgh Cup and UK South Coast Champs is fast approaching on 1 June so if you plan to race visit the Event Website and get your entry in now to avoid the late entry surcharge. Read more »

Official Press Release confirms more than 20 entries already confirmed and big names lining up for Edinburgh Cup and South Coast Champs... Read more »

Cowes Keelboat Championship Report

posted: 21 May 2013

Owen Pay reports from the Cowes Keelboat Championship Read more »

The Notice of Race has been published and online entry is now open for the 2013 Dragon World Championship to be hosted by the Portland and Weymouth Sailing Academy from 5 to 13 September 2013. The event is open to Read more »

Rob Campbell reports from the Burnham Easter Regatta where competitors enjoyed great racing and lots of fun partying despite the extremely cold weather and regular snow showers. Read more »

The Notice Of Race and Online Entry for the 2013 South Coast Championship and Edinburgh Cup are now live. Read more »

Death of Keith Stables

posted: 14 February 2013

We are very sorry to advise that Keith Stables, known to many Dragon sailors on the UK and International circuits in the 70s and 80s, unexpectedly died whilst visiting relations in New Zealand on 22nd January. Read more »

Edinburgh Cup Plans Full Steam Ahead

posted: 14 February 2013

Its full steam ahead with the organising committee for the South Coast Championship and Edinburgh Cup and don't forget to book your accommodation now. Read more »

First official press announcement confirms Weymouth to host 2013 Dragon World Championship from 5-13 September 2013. Read more »

Patrick Gifford reports from a warm and sunny Aldeburgh Week which this year also featured the Classic Championship Read more »

Classics Update

posted: 24 July 2012

Archivist Patrick Gifford updates us on all the latest from the Classic fleet including news of the British Classic Championship which will take place during Aldeburgh Week Read more »

Simon Brien, Mark Brien and Davey Gomes have claimed both the overall and Corinthian Edinburgh Cup titles in Cultra. Read more »

Big breeze and big changes on penultimate day of 2012 Edinburgh Cup sponsored by Belfast Harbour. Official report. Read more »

We had everything from thick fog and pouring rain to bright sun in Cultra today but Julia Bailey and her team carried on regardless and continue to lead the regatta after four races. Read more »

Day one report from the 2012 Dragon Edinburgh Cup sponsored by Belfast Harbour where Julia Bailey won both opening races. Read more »

Gavia Wilkinson-Cox claims 2012 Dragon Northern Area Championship. Julia Bailey takes Corinthian title. Full press report. Read more »

Julia Bailey and Gavia Wilkinson-Cox win a race apiece and Julia jumps into the lead on day two of the Northern Area Championship in Cultra Read more »

Great opening day for the 31 teams racing the Northern Area Championship in Cultra. Chris "Buddha" Hunt leads the pack from Klaus Diederichs and Gavia Wilkinson-Cox. Read more »

Urgent Attention All Competitors - Please note that the combined British Northern Areas and Edinburgh Cup Entry Fee goes up by £50 for entries received after today - 1st June. Do not waste £ 50 - ENTER NOW! Read more »

Patrick Gifford brings us the final report from the East Coast Championship where Poul Richard Hoj-Jensen took victory from Rob Campbell and Mark Wade won the Corinthian Trophy as well as finishing third overall. Read more »

Patrick Gifford updates us from day two of the East Coast Championship at Levington where Poul Richard Hoj-Jensen and Rob Campbell are heading the leaderboard. Read more »

The East Coast Championship is underway at Levington with 16 boats competing for this year's title. Yesterday's opening three races saw Poul Richard Hoj-Jensen on great form taking Read more »

The entry deadline for the Edinburgh Cup and Northern Area Championship, sponsored by Belfast Harbour, is now fast approaching on 1st June so if you haven't already done so get your entry in now. You will be in very good company as already 24 boats have confirmed their entries including Read more »

Dragon fleet gains momentum with 2 new skippers and 4 new boats contesting the South Coast Championship which is also a qualifier from the 2013 Worlds in Weymouth Read more »

Saturday 12th May sees the return of the popular 'Try a Dragon' morning at the Royal Corinthian Yacht Club, Burnham on Crouch. Read more »

The Dragon South Coast Championship will be hosted by the Royal Corinthian Yacht Club Cowes from 5-7 May. Read more »

BDA Member Survey Underway

posted: 21 April 2012

The BDA is conducting an e-mail/online survey of all members asking for their input to assist in planning for future events. All members of the BDA should have received the survey by e-mail direct from BDA Treasurer Charles Cronin. If you are Read more »

The Notice of Race and Online Entry for the Northerns and Edinburgh Cup have gone live and we've news of a special ferry deal with Stenna plus an update on accommodation. Read more »

Rob Campbell and his Quicksilver V team took on a strong 18 boat fleet and came out smelling of roses at the 2012 Dragon Easter Regatta in Burnham. Martin Makey Report.. Read more »

From July 2012 anyone driving in France will be required to carry a Breathalyser kit in their car at all times. There is clearly still some confusion over the exact technical requirements of this new law but with the help of the Drugs & Alcohol UK weblog we've Read more »

As a result of the highly successful event last year, entry enquiries have already been received for the Dragon Easter Regatta 6th-9th April 2012. With a varied 8 race schedule Read more »

The NOR and the Entry Form for the Dragon South Coast Championship (May 5-7 in Cowes) are now available online. Read more »

If you are thinking about building a wooden Dragon or simply have a love of classic yachts take a look at a new book called Wooden Boat Building: How To Build A Dragon by Nick Loenen of British Columbia. Read more »

This year’s Dragon Classic Championship will be held within Aldeburgh Week between 12th and 17th August. The Aldeburgh Yacht Club is delighted to welcome as many elegant wooden Dragons as possible to its petite estuary, which is exceptionally kind to elderly boats much cosseted by their owners. Read more »

The IDA & BDA Magazines

posted: 24 February 2012

The latest IDA Annual Review has been posted to members, along with membership subscription invoices from the Treasurer. The BDA Magazine will be with members shortly. Read more »

Solent Fleet elects new officers

posted: 04 February 2012

AGM and Prize Giving a great success. New Officers elected. Read more »

The Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club has published lots of helpful information for those of you planning your trip to Cultra, Belfast Lough, Northern Ireland for the Northern Area Championship (30 June to 3 July) and Edinburgh Cup (3-7 July). Read more »

Dragon Teams Invited To Take Part In Virtual Endeavour Trophy! - The RYA Volvo Dinghy Show, held over the weekend of 3-4 March 2012, Alexandra Palace, London will have an added attraction this year in the form of an exciting virtual regatta. To find out more about how you can represent the Dragon Class at this event read on Read more »

BDA AGM & Dinner A Resounding Success

posted: 14 January 2012

Last night's BDA AGM and Dinner were both declared a resounding success. Tim Wilkes will bring you a formal report of the AGM shortly but in the meantime here are a few photos from the dinner. Read more »

AGM Agenda - Dates for 2012

posted: 03 January 2012

Please note that an error crept into the Agenda sent to all members with the invitations to the AGM & Dinner. The correct dates for the Northern Championships at Cultra are 30 June to 3 July and for the Edinburgh Cup are 4 to 7 July. Apologies for the confusion Read more »

An Unusual And Historic Renovation Project

posted: 01 December 2011

If you are looking for a truly special Dragon restoration project read on to find out more about Suzanne, the first Dragon built by Borge Borresen, which is now available for restoration Read more »

Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club is both delighted and honoured to be offered the opportunity to host the Northern Area Championship and Edinburgh Cup in July 2012. The Club has a long history with the Dragon Class and last hosted the Edinburgh Cup in 2000. Prior to that Read more »

We've asked Derek Gibbons, currently hard at work on the refit of Classic Dragon GBR373 to bring us a series of updates on his progress. Currently Derek is trying to figure out the best layout for his deck panels on his plywood sheets, so if you are mid refit yourself, thinking of undertaking a restoration or just keen to find out more please Click Here for the first of Derek's reports. Read more »

The Brits are shaping up well in Belgium where Tim Tavinor, Thomas Wilton and Pedro Andrade sailing Tigger took the Belgian Open and are currently in third place in the Gold Cup. Read more »

Rory Bowman Wins Aldeburgh Week

posted: 25 August 2011

Patrick Gifford reports from a challenging Aldeburgh Week where Rory Bowman proved that he still has that old magic. Read more »

Check out the new photo galleries from the Bluebottle Gala Dinner and Friday's racing at Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week. Read more »

The 13 strong Dragon Fleet voted Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week 2011 the best Cowes Week in years with great conditions, fantastically close racing and a perfectly judged social programme. Check out the report, results, photos and video updates from the regatta. Read more »

At a special awards ceremony held last night GBR720 Aimee, sailed by Graham and Julia Bailey, Tim Tavinor and Will Heritage won the new Aberdeen Asset Management Bluebottle Trophy. Read more »

At last night's Solent Dragon Fleet Bluebottle Gala Dinner to celebrate the 90th Birthday of British Dragon owner HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, Gavia Wilkinson-Cox announced the introduction of an exciting new perpetual trophy, to be awarded Read more »

There's still plenty going on in the Dragon Fleet around the UK to keep everyone fully entertained in the coming weeks. This weekend sees the start of Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week (6-13 August) where the Read more »

Dragon South Coast Championships 2011

posted: 04 August 2011

The Island Sailing Club hosted the 3-day 8-race Dragon South Coast Championship last weekend. Of the nine entries, two were from the mainland and one from Ireland. Read more »

Official Press Release announcing the Solent Dragon Fleet's special Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week celebration activities to mark the 90th birthday of Prince Philip Read more »

It all went down to the wire for the 43-strong fleet from Japan, Australia, Russia, Ireland and the UK on the final day of the 2011 Dragon Edinburgh Cup, supported by Aberdeen Asset Management, at the South Caernarvonshire Yacht Club in Abersoch. Read more »

The penultimate day of the 2011 Dragon Edinburgh Cup supported by Aberdeen Asset Management, in Abersoch may have featured only one race, but what a race it was. For the first time this week the wind was well up into double figures and the 43 strong Dragon fleet was able to enjoy a long course with beats of 2 miles plus Read more »

"About as difficult as it gets. I'm not sure when I've seen a trickier race course than that and the last race was particularly difficult." was how Graham Bailey described the second day of racing at the 2011 Dragon Edinburgh Cup supported by Aberdeen Asset Management in Abersoch. Despite the exceptionally Read more »

Unexpectedly good sailing weather and two hotly contested races opened the 2011 Dragon Edinburgh Cup, supported by Aberdeen Asset Management, in Abersoch today. The forecast had been for beautiful sunshine but very light airs and the 43 crews from Australia, Japan, Russia, Ireland and the UK went afloat in a fickle Read more »

The resurgence of the International Dragon Class in the UK continues apace this week in Abersoch as the Dragon Northern Area Championship and Edinburgh Cup, supported by Aberdeen Asset Management, attract their highest number of entries in decades. Thirty-five teams competed in the Northern Area Championship, which concluded today, and no less than forty-three teams will race for the Edinburgh Cup, which gets underway tomorrow. Read more »

Northerns Underway In Abersoch

posted: 11 July 2011

The official media coverage from the Northern Area Championship and Edinburgh Cup in Abersoch gets underway tomorrow and you can keep up with all the latest news and developments at the Edinburgh Cup Website. Read more »

If you are racing at the Northern Area Championship and Edinburgh Cup or want to keep updated on what is happening at the championships please visit the Edinburgh Cup Website. Today additional competitor information Read more »

We still have a significant number of crews who have declared they wish to race Corinthian at the Northerns and Edinburgh Cup but have not submitted their data/obtained their ISAF Classifications Read more »

Check out this great video of Julia and Graham Bailey training up 12 year old Will Heritage as their new bowman. Read more »

Check out this amazing historic footage of Dragons racing in Burnham in 1946 Read more »

It is expected that demand for British places at the 2013 Dragon Worlds in Weymouth will be high and we would therefore like to clarify the selection criteria to British Dragon Association (BDA) members and other UK based sailors with an interest in entering. Read more »

Read the latest Northern Area Championship and Edinburgh Cup press release. Read more »

Please visit to catch up with all the latest news from the Edinburgh Cup where entries are now over 40 boats, including teams from Australia, Japan and Russia, and the directions for competitors arriving for the regatta have been published. Read more »

Please don't forget that the closing date for entries for Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week is 17.00 on Monday 13 June so if you plan to compete but haven't yet made your entry please do so now at Read more »

We've got a second report for you from the East Coasts, this time courtesy of Mike Holmes. Thanks to both Martin and Mike for their reporting of what was obviously a great event. Read more »

Martin Makey reports from the very successful Dragon East Coast Championship where Jørgen Schönherr was victorious for the second year running. Read more »

This year's Edinburgh Cup and Northern Area Championship are looking all set for one the biggest entries in recent years. Already 39 teams have confirmed Read more »

The Notice of Race and Entry Form as well as details of the special ferry travel discount for the 2011 East Coast Championship, being hosted by the Island Sailing Club, Cowes, from 23-25 July, are now available online. Read more »

Brits Shine In Douarnenez

posted: 13 May 2011

The British contingent put in a great showing at the recent Coupe Credit Mutuel de Bretagne and Guyader Grand Prix in Douarnenez. In the opening Coupe Credit Mutuel regatta both Ron and Julia James sailing Fei Lin's Flirtation and Gavia Wilkinson-Cox aboard Jerboa put in good individual race performances with Read more »

Seventeen Dragons were to contest the 2011 RCYC Dragon Easter Regatta. That number included Gitane (Colin Brereton), Merlin (Rob Riddell) and Mystere (James Peters) all the way from the fledgling Abersoch fleet in North Wales. All three of these boats made something of a return to East Coast waters, each having previously Read more »

Congratulations to Mark and Mandy Wade and Andrew "Noddy" Norden on their victory in the 2011 Burnham Easter Regatta. David Hall, crewed by Geoff Butcher and Julie Thomas-Page had been Read more »

We Sail Dragons Because

posted: 02 May 2011

We wanted to know why Dragon sailors sail their Dragons so we asked a Dragon sailor for their thoughts. Ron James, well known face in the Dragon fleet racing GBR633 Fei Lin's Flirtation with his partner Julia Walsh, stepped up and Read more »

Stavros is providing daily video reports from Douarnenez which will be published on the IDA Blog together with all the results, photos, etc, so please check there for the latest news. Read more »

Martin Stavros Payne brings us some top tips on preparing your boat for the season ahead. Read more »

We are delighted to announce that thanks to the efforts of Eric Lebon and our colleagues at the French Dragon Association the special agreement with Brittany Ferries that allows Dragon sailors a 25% discount on their cross Channel ferry sailings with Brittany Ferries. Read more »

The 2011 European Championships take place in Boltenhagen, on the Baltic Sea, from 3-8 July. Entries have to be made by 23 May. As a fleet the BDA is entitled to 11 entries. So far I have received notification of one entrant. In addition Read more »

The Burnham Fleet is on standby to welcome you for two great events this spring. First off why not join them for their Easter Regatta from 22-25 April where as always the racing will be fun and the social even more fun! A month later the Dragon East Coast Championship will be hosted by Burhnam from 28-30 May and after the success of last year's event in Medway a big turnout is expected so don't miss out. Read more »

Tim Tavinor Interview

posted: 05 April 2011

In January of this year Tim Tavinor joined Lawrie Smith and Ossie Stewart in becoming the first British crew ever to win the Dragon World Championship when they snatched victory in the closing moments of the final race in Melbourne, Australia. Alongside this success on the race track Tim's Burnham-On-Crouch, Essex based company Petticrows Ltd continues to lead the way as undoubtedly the most productive and arguably the most successful Dragon builder in the World. The BDA's Fiona Brown took the opportunity to catch up with Tim recently and find out more about that historic Worlds victory and the secret of Petticrows' success:- Read more »

Due to a cancellation Martin Payne aka Stavros has a brand new Petticrow available for charter for Douarnenez this year. Euros 950 per day, including good sails, rigged & delivered, ready to go. At the end of the regatta, just leave the boat. Simples Read more »

Check out the new dedicated Edinburgh Cup website which has just been launched to provide Dragon sailors with a one stop solution for all the information, news and history of the Edinburgh Cup, the British Dragon Open Championship. Read more »

Our move to the Army & Navy Club proved so popular in 2011 that we will be returning to there for the 2012 BDA AGM and Dinner. The event takes place on the final Friday of the London Boat Show so why not make a weekend of it. Details of how to purchase tickets and the AGM Agenda will be published towards the end of this year but please mark your diaries now. Read more »

The International Dragon Association's Dragon One Design Magazine is now available to read online at It's a good read and is the first edition of the magazine to be published using the new Dragon identity and custom fonts, etc, so click through and enjoy! Read more »

The British contingent put in a good showing at the Cannes Dragon Grand Prix this past weekend with Gavia Wilkinson-Cox, crewed by Mark Hart and Christian Videbaer leading the regatta overall for two days before finally finishing fifth in her brand new boat. Ivan Brandbury, crewed by Martin "Stavros" Payne and Will Willets, won the fourth race of the series and finished thirteenth overall in the hotly contested sixty five boat fleet. Read more »

Martin "Stavros" Payne and the Baileys were representing the British Dragon Association at last weekend's Cascais Winter Series event in Portugal and Graham has sent us links to some great video clips of the on board action from Aimee (Julia Bailey at the helm, Neil Payne, Graham and local gymnast Mafalda Cunah crewing). Stavros also brings us one of his inimitable reports over on the IDA blog. Read more »

Britain's Ivan Bradbury was victorious at the Primo Cup in Monaco despite a weekend of extremely tricky conditions. Stavros brings us all the news from the event over on the IDA Blog Read more »

While we wait for the weather to warm up enough here in the UK for us to get our Dragons out on the water again Stavros has been flying the British Flag down in Cascais at their new Match Racing Event. Check out his reports over in the IDA Blog Read more »

Give Us Your Feedback On The New Website

posted: 22 January 2011

We're really keen to get your feedback on the new website so once you've had a chance to look round please let us have any comments or suggestions so we can ensure it truly meets the needs of British Dragon sailors and enthusiasts. Send your comments to E-mail Fiona Brown Read more »

The 2011 BDA AGM and Dinner, held at the Army & Navy Club, Pall Mall, London, was declared by all to be a huge success. Following welcome drinks Chairman Patrick Gifford brought the meeting to order and kept business moving swiftly to ensure that despite a packed agenda and some lively discussion things ran to time and at 8pm on the dot members adjourned to the dining room. Read more »

Lawrie Smith GBR 751 can add the Dragon World Championship to his magnificent sailing CV after squeezing over the finish line yesterday, by less than half a metre, to secure the 6th place required by him and his team aboard "Alfie", which gave them the title over Markus Wieser UKR 7 on count-back! Read more »

Now that the IDA has confirmed that the 2013 Dragon Worlds will take place in Weymouth (5-13 September 2013 at Weymouth & Portland National Sailing Academy) its time to think about how to qualify if you would like to take part. Read more »

Latest info on the AGM agenda and the menu for the BDA Annual Dinner and how to book your tickets from BDA Secretary Tim Wilkes. Read more »

BDA Vice Chairman Martin Makey updates us from Melbourne where the British contingent are all set for the Dragon Worlds Read more »

Tim Wilkes confirms the venue for the 2011 BDA AGM and invites you to join the Class for a really special evening.... Read more »

Join Our Facebook Group

posted: 25 November 2010

For those of you who love to social network the British Dragon Association now has its own Facebook Group so to keep up with all the very latest news and gossip from the class please sign up and join the group. Read more »

There is still a chance you can race in Australia at the Worlds. Currently 75 boats are entered. Read more »

BDA To Host 2013 Dragon Worlds At Weymouth

posted: 22 November 2010

At the recent IDA AGM the BDA was awarded the honour of running the Dragon World Championships in 2013 on the Olympic sailing waters of Weymouth Bay. Read more »

Reviewing The British Dragon Fleets

posted: 19 November 2010

With the demise of some Dragon fleets around the country, the Committee felt it would be appropriate to recognize the following fleets, subject to ratification at the next AGM. Read more »

The Annual General Meeting of the BDA will take place at the Farmers Club, 3 Whitehall Court, London SW1A 2EL at 6.00 pm on Friday 21st January 2011. It will be followed by the annual BDA Dinner, which is open to all members and their guests. All members are strongly encouraged to attend both the AGM of your association as well as joining in with friends for an evening of entertainment, in a fresh location and at a price likely to please! We hope to have an interesting personality give us an enlightening talk after dinner. Read more »


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