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The BDA AGM and Dinner 2016 will take place on Friday 15 January at the Army & Navy Club, Pall Mall, London.  Further details to follow shortly.



The traditional start to our racing calendar is early this year, with Burnham giving a warm welcome to an expected large number of visiting yachtsmen. This is always an excellently run regatta with a superb party programme to compliment the mix of round the cans racing with windward/leeward courses.





The Northern Area Championship will as ever, be wonderfully hosted by the South Caernarvonshire Yacht Club in Abersoch and act as a feeder regatta for the Edinburgh Cup





The hospitable South Caernarvonshire Yacht Club in Abersoch has already had indications of entrants from Ireland, Scotland and Europe; they are making plans for up to fifty boats for this, our national championships. Make sure you join them by visiting the dedicated web site at



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


Cost Of Sailing a Dragon

The table below sets out the annual costs of running a Dragon (as at 2012) at four different levels and therefore boats of varying age and cost. All these figures are in £'s and should be regarded as indicative. More sails may be bought, more events entered, or more work done by the owner. The boats and assumptions are

  • Boat 1: A brand-new all GRP boat, campaigned only at events, of which at least two are overseas. The capital cost would be higher for a wooden deck or cold-moulded construction. Normal extras have been included in the capital cost and VAT at the UK rate has been added.
  • Boat 2: As above but the boat will have been used for about 3 seasons.
  • Boat 3: An older( perhaps about 10 years old) but still competitive boat, which is being campaigned in major events, one of which is normally overseas, and also sailed regularly in club racing.
  • Boat 4: An older GRP boat only raced in club events.
Boat 1 Boat 2 Boat 3 Boat 4
Depreciation (Note 1) 9000 2000 1200 500
Sails (Note 2) 3500 3500 1500 - 2700 500
Gear, minor repairs
(Note 3)
600 1000 1000 500
Antifouling N/A N/A 250 -1200 250
Mooring/cranage/scrubbing (Note 4) N/A N/A 900 - 3000 750
Winter storage 0-250 0-250 0-250 0-250
Trailer depreciation and  maintenance 750 500 350 100
Entry fees 1200 1,200 600 50
Fuel and ferries 2000 2000 250-1250 N/A
Insurance 1000 1000 700 400
BDA membership 75 75 75 75
Totals 18,125 to 18,375 11,275 to 11,525 6, 825 to 2,325 3,125 to 3,375

Note 1: The depreciation charge is that required to descend to the next level over the appropriate number of years.

Note 2: Boats 1 and 2 are assumed to buy one main. one spinnaker and two genoas per year. Boat 3 to buy one main, one genoa and one spinnaker and Boat 4 to buy two second-hand sails.

Note 3: This excludes any major collision damage.

Note 4: This doesn't include cranage or mooring at events, which is normally included in entry fees.

Note 5: Nobodys experience will be exactly in line with these numbers. They can only be a guide.

Note 6: Boat 3s sails may be either new or very little used secondhand.

Note 7: Antifouling is either DIY or professional. Dry-sailed boats do not have antifouling which reduces costs.

Note 8: Fuel and ferries is highly variable depending on the location of events. The numbers are therefore very approximate.

Note 9: No account has been taken of accommodation and food at events, the cost of professional crew (if any) or subsidy to student relative crews.

Note 10: The mooring, cranage, scrubbing etc costs vary so much because some boats are dry sailed (expensive) and others are on swinging moorings (inconvenient but cheaper) . Yard involvement also varies considerably.     


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