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The return of Petticrows “Teak on Glass” Dragon The Petticrows “Teak on glass” Dragon is a combines the beauty of a wooden deck with the practicality of a GRP boat. Unlike a wooden decked boat they require minimal maintenance and are a great solution for sailors who love the traditional look of the Dragon. The hull and deck are GRP but during construction we create a small recess in the deck to allow a teak veneer deck to be laid in the recess. We carefully calculate the construction so that the boat weight and weight distribution fall within the usual parameters for a racing Dragon. Read more >>>

BACK TO THE FUTURE Today felt like the first step back to some type of normality with the handover of a new V6.1 Dragon to Benedikt Gaech. Benedikt was the winner of the big  90th anniversary race in San Remo last year and celebrated by placing an order for his new Dragon at that regatta. Hopefully soon he will even be able to use it !
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Petticrows Model Dragon Project
The Petticrows model Dragon came as a result of a conversion that model boat expert, Dave Potter had with Tim Tavinor a few years ago. Coming from a competitive racing model yacht background, Dave suggested that Dragon owners could benefit from racing model Dragons and that might be a good thing for keeping members involved and supporting the growth of the Class. Read more >>>

San Remo 90th.......what an event! Congratulations to Jens Christensen, Anders Bagger and Thomas Schmidt for winning the overall series, sailing their v6.1 Dragon. Great work from the Danish team who were definitely not "Out of Bounce" this week. Read more >>>

Celebrating the 90th anniversary of the
International Dragon and Petticrows are celebrating over 30 years of
building with our highly acclaimed
v6.1 model and new Evolution mast section
Announcing Petticrows 2019 range

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v6.1 Dragon
The first Petticrows v6.1 Dragon hit the water during March 2019 after many months of development.
The v6.1 is our legendary v6 Dragon hull with newly styled deck and internal mouldings and an upgraded layout. As usual we have listened to the comments and feedback from the world’s top sailors and adapted our product to incorporate the latest ideas and products. See more >>>

Evolution mast
Over the last 2 years we have been working on a new Evolution mast section with modernised fittings. This is now fully available.
We are delighted that already some fantastic results have been achieved using the Evolution section with wins in the 2018 Gold Cup (Jorgen Schonherr) and 2019 World Championship (Andy Beadsworth) See more >>>

Junior and Senior at the front of the fleet The Cannes Grand Prix was a terrific start to the Dragon European Grade 1 events of 2019.
The fleet of 51 Dragons had fantastic racing in mixed conditions in the East and West Bays off the YC de Cannes. Read more >>>

Fremantle Western Australia Worlds 2019 Fabulous blue skies and moderate to fresh breezes were testing conditions for both sailors and equipment at the 2019 World Championship in Fremantle. A highly competitive fleet battled it out in perfect sailing conditions culminating with 4 boats in with a real chance of winning on the last day. Read more >>>

The planets in motion This week four of the 8th Dimension Sailing "planets" moved to Portugal. Mercury started her journey  a couple of weeks ago and went via Cannes. Venus, Earth and Mars were all craned into lorries in Burnham-on-Crouch to arrive in time for Round 1 of the Algarve Dragon winter cup. Read more >>>

Pedro Andrade gives you a guided tour of the Petticrows v6 Dragon while on the dock in Cannes

Team Provezza Dragon win 2017 Worlds
Congratulations to Andy Beadsworth, Ali Tezdiker and Simon Fry for winning the 2017 Dragon world Championship. Taking an early lead in the series by winning the first two races the team held off all contenders to take the title in a fantastic windy week of sailing in Cascais. More >>>

Great start to Dragon World Championship for new v6 Dragon Team Provezza Dragon (Ali Tezdiker, Andy Beadsworth and Simon Fry) are off to a flying start by winning the first 2 races in the Dragon World Championship taking place in Cascais Portugal. Read more>>>

v6 model Petticrows Dragon wins first major regatta.
In the months leading up to Christmas the workshop was busy preparing the designs and moulds for our new v6 model Dragon. Read more >>>

Introducing the new v6 Dragon Logistical reasons during the move forced us to scale down Dragon production but this did present us with an opportunity to carry out interesting research and development work. Unusually we had access to some beautiful, fast vintage Dragons, which allowed us to investigate the properties of these boats to help us understand the mystery of their super boat speed.

Locally we have a world expert in photogrammetric scanning who carried out a series of scans, which he overlaid on our existing hull shape. The data we obtained was passed onto Phil Morrison (an expert small boat designer) who has created the shape for our new hull mould. The v6 Dragon.
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Dragons in Palma Majorca Petticrows have been delighted to welcome Carlos Lopes to our workshop. Carlos has an impressive CV in the marine industry and is a keen Dragon sailor. He has a service facility in Palma Majorca where the Dragon fleet is building again after a few years of reduced activity. Read more >>>

New Dragons leaving the New Boatyard. It has been a very busy winter at Petticrows, we are now moved into our new premises. It is a lovely rural location but is full of activity. This week we have 3 brand new Dragons going out to their owners. These boats were all entirely built in the new workshop. We welcome visitors to look around our new premises! See more >>>

The Dragon class have published their yearbook in digital form.

The 2016 official Yearbook of the International Dragon Association has now been published in digital form for the benefit of all the members.

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New, retro-fit kit for mast Dragon owners to take action to comply with new Dragon class rule change Petticrows have developed a conversion kit to comply with a rule change implemented at the International Dragon Association (IDA) Annual General Meeting in November 2015. Read more and buy >>>

We are moving location ...
Petticrows relocate to new Burnham-on-Crouch premises. Expansion forces world-class Dragon builders to relocate. To meet the demands of expansion, Petticrows Ltd - builders of world class one-design racing yachts and Olympic Finn dinghies - is relocating to new premises. Read more >>>

British Petticrows Dragons take top four places at Dragon Gold Cup
Petticrows Ltd – builder of world class one-design racing yachts – added another Dragon Gold Cup win to its already impressive haul of 13 previous wins, and also took the next three places overall. Read more >>>

1st Major victory for the new Petticrows Finn
The Gold medal at the ISAF sailing World Cup Weymouth 2015 went to Giles Scott sailing his Petticrows Finn in a world class fleet. Read more >>>

2015 World Championship The final race is now completed in the 2015 Dragon World championship, our congratulations go to Yevgeni Braslavets, Aleksander Mirchuk and Sergiy Timokhov sailing their PETTICROWS Dragon UAE8. Very worthy winners sailing a consistent series. Also congratulations to Dimitri Samokhin and his crew as runners up. A special cheer to Willy Packer and his team from down-under who had a fantastic regatta taking both the Corinthian and Masters trophies.

2015 Greek Championship :: Leg 1
Recently the Turkish fleet has been undergoing some regeneration with some new boats being added to their fleet. This has generated the enthusiasm for a group of the Turkish sailors to head off to Greece for the first leg of the Greek championship. They report that a good time was had by all and they hope to rekindle the friendship between the two Dragon sailing nations. Read more >>>



Petticrows build International Racing One Design Yachts for the World.

The Petticrows company was established in 1896, in Burnham-on-Crouch, the traditional home of long established Royal Yacht Clubs, and is the second largest yachting centre in the South East of England. 
In January 2016 Petticrows move to new premises, about 2km from the river Crouch, which enables the more efficient production of our high quality boats.

For over 30 years Petticrows have built and developed International Dragon class keelboats. To date over 775 Dragons have been produced in the yard. Dragon production was originally masterminded by double Olympic gold medallist Poul Richard Hoj-Jensen but now is under the guidance of expert boat builder and former Dragon World champion and Gold Cup winner, Tim Tavinor

The Petticrows total performance concept means everything is built-in-house. This ensures consistent quality and attention to detail by our highly skilled and dedicated team.

It is the unique blend of craftsmanship, and cutting-edge technology in design and construction, which has kept Petticrows at the front of the fleet.
As well as our world beating Dragon, Petticrows also produces fantastic Finn dinghies, and constructs Ocean rowing boats for our neighbouring company Rannoch Adventure.

We are also able to build beautiful bespoke boats, a stunning example is the “Magic Dragon

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2017 & 2019 Dragon World Champions. Cascais (PRO) & Fremantle (AUS).
Congratulations to Andy Beadsworth, Simon Fry and Ali Tezdiker sailing their Petticrows v6 Dragon

2015 Dragon World Champions
Congratulations to Yevgeny BRASLAVETS, Aleksander MIRCHUK and Sergiy TIMOKHOV sailing their Petticrows Dragon UAE8

2015 Dragon World Champions

2013 Dragon World Champions
Congratulations to Klaus Diederichs, Andy Beadsworth and Jamie Lea sailing a Petticrows Dragon.

2013 Dragon World Champions

2011/12 World Champions
Lawrie Smith (right), Ossie Stewart (left) and Tim Tavinor (centre) Read more >>>

Lawrie Smith (right), Ossie Stewart (left) and Tim Tavinor (centre)