1930s Olympic Racer… The Dragon

One of my first memories is that of standing at the dockside of a lake, ready to sail out in the classic day-sailor owned by the local baker. Sails yes, engine no. Bread and freshly baked cookies stashed in wicker crates under a tarp in the open cockpit. The nice smell of fresh bread… Our baker was an expert sailor, and figured it was faster and more fun to sail his bread across the lakes to the farms, rather than go by road on a transport bike. It was right after WWII and cars were rare in Holland. In the weekends after church the bread-boat would turn into a regatta-racer, but the baker usually lost to the owner of a Dragon. To won and enjoy a Dragon can be a privilege of the Prince of England, The King of Spain, or the village baker for that matter.

Designed by Johan Anker in 1929, the Dragon was ideally suited for cruising in his home waters of Norway. The boat quickly attracted owners and within a decade could be found across Europe.

Dragon Antique Finish

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~ by authenticmodels on April 13, 2011.

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