Dilong : Back to the future

Friday, 24 August 2012 17:08

The  is a new one design sailing boat of classical inspiration, for the fans of beautiful classic yachts, coastal navigations and elegant and festive regattas. The concept, developped by Jacques Fauroux, well known naval architect, the navigator Jacques Lalanne and Christian Boillot, double french Dragon Champion, is to fit a powerful gaff rig on Dragon hulls, old and new. These hulls were designed in 1929 to allow young scandinavian sailors to live in a Spartan way on it and sail from one regatta to the next or use for cruising. They are recognised for their seaworthiness, the beauty and the elegance of their lines.

The gaff rig in carbon fibre, allows to carry a significant sail area of 49m2 upwind and 80m2 downwind, boosting the performance of the boat in light conditions. This will be of particular importance in regions like  the Mediterranean or on lakes.

Two Dilong versions will be available. The old and numerous Dragon wooden hulls could be transformed into Dilong and benefit from a new breath of life. New hulls, in strip planking, cold moulded or GRP, will be manufactured by several european boatyards. The Dilong is a sailing boat with its own philosophy, program  and technical characteristics.

The official presentation of the first two Dilong will take place in Noirmoutier on 2 August, on the occasion of the Lissac Classic regatta (2-5 August). The boats will then participate in Les Voiles de Légendes (La Baule 8-11 august) and Le Festival de la Voile (Ile aux Moines 13-15 August). In the Mediterranean, the Dilong will participate in the Vele d’Epoca (Imperia 5-9 September), the Régates Royales (Cannes 25-30 September) and Les Voiles de St Tropez (2-7 October).