"The Dragons may have been designed in 1929, but when 66 years later,
fleets of 26 boats finish within a minute and a half in international competition,
it is obvious there is something special about the Dragon."

Boating World, 1992.

For three decades from 1927 to 1961, the Dragon Class survived with no overall authority.  Each country had its own Association that decided its own fixtures and with the flourishing of the Class, this inevitably resulted in clashes.

The inaugural meeting of the International Association was held in 1962 (attended by 19 countries) with the objectives of acting as an advisory to the IYRU (ISAF) on the class and its rules; to keep the individual Dragon Associations in touch with each other; to co-ordinate views on the Dragon Class Rules prior to the IYRU meeting and to avoid clashes in international Dragon regattas.  

At this stage there were no World or European Championships for Dragons.  Instead the Gold Cup, originally presented in 1936, was regarded as the major international trophy.  It was soon agreed that a European Championship would be held every even year and the World Championships every odd year.

One of the successes of the Class is that it has been able to continually evolve over the years utilising contemporary technology without undermining the core characteristics of the Class.  It's not unheard to have 15 or 20 year old yachts performing at the top of the fleet in international regattas.

The IDA has an excellent website that provides everything you need to know about the Dragon Class and its rules. Click here to visit the IDA website: www.intdragon.org

Length Overall 8.90 m2
Draught 1.20 m2
Displacement 1,700 kgs (with mast)
Mainsail 16.0  m2
Genoa 11.7 m2
Spinnaker 23.6 m2