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Dragon

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Forming the backbone of, and providing a major tourist attraction for Hong Kong, defined by Webster as "a fabulous animal", the dragons conjure up images of puff, fire and water. But that? dragon, with a lower case "d".

Enter into the sailing world and we speak of Dragons with a capital "D"!

Dragons were designed in 1929 by Johan Anker to provide an inexpensive family yacht to cruise around the Norwegian fjords, which explained why the earlier versions had two berths. Dragons quickly gained wide popularity throughout Europe and in 1948, the Dragon became an Olympic Class although she was replaced by Solings in 1974. In the modern day, Dragon sailors can be found all over the world, either racing or cruising. International Dragon racing takes place every October in Alexandria: in the Regatta Royale every September in Cannes; in February, Martinique; in April in Mallorca.

Headquartered in the UK, the International Dragon Association IDA has royal connection with its President King Constantine and the Vice-President HRH Prince Henrik of Denmark. Attending any international race will almost always present an opportunity to meet some of the best sailors and personalities in the world and it is an exciting experience to be with them. There is even a rumour that Dennis Connors has bought a Dragon but this has yet to be confirmed.

In Hong Kong Dragons race or sail every weekend of the year. Based currently at the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club base at Port Shelter "Shelter Cove", our normal racing season lasts from September to May but we continue to race during the summer months. Most of the races take place on Saturday afternoon and Sunday (all day).

Besides our club racing, we have two interports (invitational matches with other clubs). The Asia Pacific Interport is with the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron, Royal Vancouver Yacht Club and Kansai Yacht Club and the European Interport is with Royal Yacht Squadron, Royal Danish Yacht Club and Cercle de la Voile d’Arcachon. The latter Interport was started by Prince Henrik of Denmark and Lowell Chang of Hong Kong.

The Dragon is a One-Design, 29-foot, three-person, fixed-keel, classic-designed sloop and is made of wood or glass fibre. A suit of sails consists of a main, a genoa and a spinnaker.

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Class Captain Andreas Brechbuhl (D58)
Vice Captain (International) Bram Van Olphen(D59)
Vice Captain Martin Cresswell (D37)
Vice Captain Josephine Cheng (D8)
Class Secretary Ken Wong(D51)
Treasurer Charles Lam (D47)
Honorary Auditor Victor Pang (D8)
Associates Member Rep Nick Bilcliffe

If you are interested in learning more about the Dragon Class, please contact us any time at dragon@rhkyc.org.hk

All notices of race are in PDF format and it can be retrieved and printed for use. The PDF file required Acrobat Reader which can be downloaded for free from ADOBE.

Standard Sailing Instructions
Appendix D - Dragon(issued on 14 September 2023)

BOAT SAIL # OWNER
CELINES 1 Marc Castagnet
KAM LOONG 8 Victor Pang / Josephine Cheng
EAUX VIVES 12 Martin Cresswell
WYUNA 25 Bart Kimman
ARROW 26 Rico Chan
NATTIGHEID 31 K K Lo / Benneth Lee / Willie Chobpradit
  33 Nick Sin
FEI CHI 37 Henley Leong / Joseph Lee
PHYLOONG 38 Simon Yeung
MAIDEN HONG KONG 40 Anthony Byrne
SHIVA 41 Jonathan Chan / Martin Lee
DAVINLOONG 46 Lowell Chang
LALALAM 47 Lianne Lam / Charles Lam / Anty So
PHYLOONG II 50 Phyllis Chang
MEI FEI 51 Ken Wong / Joseph Chu
MOVEMENT 54 Joel Ho / Wallace Woo
ZEPHYR 55 Tam Nguyen
ELFJE 58 Andreas Brechbuhl
DRAGONFLY 59 Abraham Van Olphen
AMANDA 60 Henry Lu
PRIMAVERA 61 Maximilian Springer / Martin Baumann / Marc - Alexander Baier