Solent Dragon Fleet

Sail the International One Design





The classic metre design of the international dragon has a timeless beauty that instantly catches the eye of sailors and non-sailors alike.

Designed over 80 years ago, the Dragon has stood the test of time and is now more widely sailed than ever before. Faster, more modern, but less elegant, keelboats, even one design classes, come and go.

The rig and controls have been progressively updated making the Dragon easy to sail but challenging to get that little bit extra boat speed from it. While most Dragons are now built in GRP using the best current methods and materials, new wooden Dragons are occasionally still produced and classic wooden boats are restored or upgraded and thereby remain fully competitive and can, and indeed do, win major events.

The modern dragon has a rig and sails that can be easily adjusted to suit the prevailing conditions. The latest innovations are progressively introduced (e.g. Dyneema runners and backstay) and there are plenty of controls to pull in search of that extra speed.

The Solent Fleet is currently 12 more or less modern Dragons. There are also a number of Classic Dragons. We race regularly throughout the season and we are always pleased to introduce prospective owners and crews to the joy of sailing these beautiful boats.

Sailing out of Cowes offers huge choice. Whilst the Dragon Fleet is not affiliated to a particular club every weekend racing is organised by the Cowes Combined Clubs Association with the five clubs in turn providing races management of the very highest quality. There are two major series within which run a number of seasonal series. The Cowes Keelboat Championship is windward/leeward course with a committee boat start mid Solent. The Solent Series is shore line starts and round-the-cans offering very typical Cowes courses packed with interest and drama. This is a fabulous schedule and we are very grateful to all the club members who provide the race management and for their hospitality after racing.

As well as this regular club sailing there are a number of regattas throughout the year in which the Dragon fleet can compete. In 2017 we hosted the Southern Area Championship and the Edinburgh Cup. This year the Edinburgh Cup will be in Torbay but Cowes clubs are still hosting the Southern Area Championship, Classic Week and , of course Cowes Week.

For general information about Cowes and the racing refer to the Cowes Harbour Commission ( but see below for the race programme for 2018.

For further information please contact the fleet captain or secretary

Oliver Morgan, Fleet Captain; The Curlew, Swains Lane, Bembridge, Isle of Wight, PO35 5ST

Francesca Morgan, Fleet Secretary; The Curlew, Swains Lane, Bembridge, Isle of Wight, PO35 5ST 

2018 CCCA Fixture Programme

Weekend  Organising Club         Solent Series                            Cowes Keelboat Championship
Month       Dates                           Shoreline                                   Committee Boat
May            Sat 5/Sun 6                 Royal London YC
May            Sat 12/Sun 13             Island Sailing Club 1
May            Sat 19/Sun 20             Island sailing Club
May            Sat 26/Sun 27             RORC Cowes                            Royal London Yacht Club 2
June            Sat 2/Sun 3                 Cowes Corinthian YC
June            Sat 9/Sun 10
June            Sat 16/Sun 17             Royal Thames YC
June            Sat 23/Sun 24             Royal London YC
June/Jul      Sat 30/Sun 1               ISC Round-the-Island             Cowes Corinthian Yacht Club 3
July              Sat 7                             Island Sailing Club
July              Sat 14/ Sun 15
July              Sat 21/Sun 22             RORC Cowes 4
July              Mon 23 – Fri 27           Cowes Classics Week
July              Sat 28                           Household Division YC
July              Sun 29                          Royal Yacht Squadron
Aug             Sat 4 – Sat 11               Lendy Cowes Week
Sept            Sat 1/Sun 2                  Cowes Corinthian YC            Royal Yacht Squadron 5
Sept            Sat 8/Sun 9                  RORC Cowes                           Royal Thames Yacht Club 6
Sept            Sat 15/Sun 16              Royal Yacht Squadron            Prizegiving on Sat 29 Sept 1830 at CCYC
Sept            Sat 22/Sun 23
Sept            Sat 29/Sun 30
2018 Regatta Programme
July             Sat 21/Sun 22           South Coast Championship    Cowes Corinthian Yacht Club
July             Sun 22/ Fri 27            Cowes Classic Week                 Royal London Yacht Club
August       Sat4/Sat 12                Cowes Week                               Lendy Cowes Week