SAILING

sailing
Active Membership

Our sailing members are very active during the sailing season. You normally can find them on the water or helping out on the waterfront.

Mooring Field

Members have the ability to store their boats on the river, meaning they can be sailing in very little time.

Loaner Boats

If you don't own a boat or if you'd like to try something different, the Red Dragon maintains a number of small keelboats and sunfish for loan.

Even though we are named the Red Dragon "Canoe" Club, sailing has been an integral part of our identity since the 1940s. 


The boating focus turned from canoes to sailboats when George Rhawn, a young man who lived on the Beverly waterfront, and a bunch of his friends brought their Comet sailboats to the Red Dragon. As you walk through our clubhouse, please note pictures on the wall of Comet, Lightning, Duster and Thistle regattas. At times, nearly 100 boats would race on the river. There have been many national and world champions produced by Red Dragon racing.

Notable examples are: Jim Merrill (two time Comet National Champion) and Phil Somervell (four time Comet National Champion)

Placed in this context, the Delaware River Valley from Burlington to Camden became a major hot bed of early Comet activity and rivalry. The Merrills and Phil Somervell of the Red Dragon Canoe Club and the Lippincotts at Riverton formed the key players behind the rivalry. (Being invited to Red Dragon to compete in the Dixie Cup Regatta was a high honor in the career of Comet sailors.) With both camps represented by fine boat builders, the inclinations to build better boats were inevitable.