The History of the Class
Formation of an International Association
Prior to 1961 there was no overall authority for the Dragon Class. Each country where a fleet existed had its own Association, which decided its own fixtures, as a result of which there were frequent clashes.
At the Gold Cup in Rothesay that year and at the Centenary Regatta in Helsinki, there were meetings between the representatives of the countries taking part, following, which a circular was sent to all countries, where there were Dragon fleets, inviting them to declare the number of registered Dragons in their country, and whether they would support the formation of an International Association.
The main objectives proposed at that time were:
1) To be an advisory to the IYRU, it being understood that the IYRU would continue to administer the Class and its Rules
2) To keep the Dragon countries in touch with each other
3) To co-ordinate views on the Dragon Class Rules prior to the IYRU meeting
4) To avoid clashes in International Dragon regattas
The circular was sent to fifteen countries from all of which acceptances were received with
five or six additional countries indicating provisional approval.
A meeting was called for the 31st October 1961, attended by representatives of thirteen countries, but there were twenty countries in all in favour. A first Committee of six Officers was elected with Sir Gordon Smith (GBR) as Chairman.
He was given the task of writing a Constitution for consideration at a meeting to be held during the 1962 Gold Cup in Hankoe, Norway.
The results of the meeting were distributed to the National Associations of no less than thirtyone countries, which at time included Argentine, Bermuda, Brazil, Greece, Jamaica, Uruguay, Yugoslavia and Singapore, (none of which now operate Dragon fleets).
The inaugural meeting of the Association was held on 23rd July 1962 during the Gold Cup in Hankoe, attended by nineteen countries. The Constitution adopted there, drafted by Sir Gordon Smith, bears more than a passing similarity to the present Constitution, and meetings thereafter were held at regular intervals, usually twice yearly.