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International Dragon One Design

(REF: 17942)


  • Designer: Anker & Jensen
  • Builder: Johanssen, Gothenburg
  • Year: 1948
  • Location: Midlands
  • Length on deck: 29.2'
  • Beam: 6.3'
  • Draft: 3.2'

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The famous International Dragon One Design originated when the Royal Gothenburg Yacht Club decided that a new and more economic class of small yacht was needed to encourage youngsters into the sport in the face of the high cost of racing in the existing 6 meter and other classes.

International Dragon One Design

The great Swedish designers of the day, Johan Anker and Charles Jensen were commission to produce the design which rated with the existing 20sqm Rule. The Dragon is a One Design thus going a long way towards eliminating cheque book racing and gaining economies of scale in production.


Originally intended as a cruising yacht as well as a racer, the Class really gained world-wide popularity when it became an Olympic Class in 1948 continued up to 1972.


The best known Dragon is probably Bluebottle, owned and raced by the Queen and Prince Philip further increasing the popularity of the Class in UK.


No 184 was built by Johanssen in Gothenburg in 1948 and was imported to UK 4 years later by Michael Cream, RYS, coming second with her in the great Dragon race, The Edinburgh Cup.

Sold in 1957 she spent a few years with the Torbay fleet before crossing to Ireland in new ownership, based in Cork.

In 1983 she came back to Abersoch in Wales, in the early 1990s she sailed from Falmouth where she had a refit before coming into present ownership in 2003.

After 2 years lay-up she was berthed in Dartmouth and raced in the 2007 and 2008 Royal Dartmouth Regattas and in the classic section of the 2008 Edinburgh Cup in Plymouth.

In the Falmouth yard refit the hull was stripped to bare wood and the iron ballast keel dropped. The stern-post heel to keel tenon was damaged so new timber scarphed in in that corner and the keel bolts all replaced.

After preparation the hull was sheathed in epoxy and a light glass cloth thus keeping the yacht dry and to weight.

The deck was replaced in marine ply sheathed in epoxy and glass cloth with varnished mahogany coverboards and king planks.

The cuddy was rebuilt with new varnished mahogany coamings and ply roof.


Aluminium mast with new spreaders and new 1995 stainless steel rigging. Original boom.

North mainsail 2008

Excellent little used Hood main sail, 1995

Light and heavy genoas 1995 on roller furling with under-deck drum


Harken blocks, tracks and clutches.

Anderson sheet winches with under-deck handles.

An honest and smart example of the class well set-up for club racing. Inspected and photographed August 2012.


These particulars have been prepared in good faith from information provided by the Vendors and are intended as a guide, Wooden Ships cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. The Purchaser should instruct his agent or surveyor to validate all details as necessary and satisfy himself with the condition of the vessel and its equipment.