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DEAUVILLE Deauville Yacht Club > June 20th to 23rd

18th LINKERS OPEN DE FRANCE DE DRAGON
For the 18th edition, about thirty Dragon sailing boats are gathered to sail for four days on a technical course off Deauville.

The Linkers Open de France de Dragon is one of the greatest European sailing events. It gathers every year a high-level team including international champions that come from all over Europe to challenge the most prestigious French sailing clubs.

A novelty this year!
The Deauville Yacht Club has decided to include another category of keelboats: the Soling. This sailing boat with a three-man crew has succeeded the Dragon boat at the Olympic Games. About 15 Soling keelboats should participate to the competition and cover the same itinerary. In total, about 40 keelboats are gathered in Deauville for four days. The Dragon and Soling series leave three minutes apart.

The Dragon, a three-man crew racing keelboat, was built at the end of the 1920s by Norwegian architect and sailing competitor Johan Anker. The Dragon has rapidly been chosen as the perfect boat for sailing races. It also became the official keelboat of the Olympic Games in 1948. This sailing boat with refined lines has been modernized over the years. It transcended fashion to retain customers, who rapidly fell in love with its elegant lines.

Dragon fleets may be found everywhere in France, but the Deauville Yacht Club is proud of being the oldest Dragon fleet in France. It exists since 1951!