Welcome to the website of  'The International 12 foot Dinghy Class Association'
When Southport solicitor and amateur boat designer George Cockshott, entered a design competition in 1913, little could he have envisaged that the boat that he drew would still be sailing 100 years later. Cockshott's 12 Foot Dinghy went on to become the first small boat to gain international status and was selected for the 1920 and 1928 Olympic Games. Although outclassed by modern boats, its endearing character ensures that it is still sailed and raced enthusiastically by near-fanatical owners around the world.
No fewer than 171 Dinghies assembled in the Netherlands during June 2014 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the arrival of the 12' Dinghy in that country! Since then the Class has continued to prosper in the Netherlands, Italy and Japan, and fleets are growing in various other countries including France, Switzerland and Austria.
Picture of the month - September 2018
Dutch Championships 2018 sailed on the Alkmaardermeer
photographer: Wietske van Soest
Bosham Classic Boat Revival 2018
Photographers: Greg Grant and Andrew Young
Irish Championships
Mark Delany sailing Cora at the 2018
Irish International 12 Foot Dinghy & DBSC 12 Foot Championships
Interboot Trophy
The Württembergischer Yacht-Club
invites all International 12' Dinghies to participate in their
Interboot Trophy
to be held at Friedrichshafen, Lake Constance, on 22/23 September 2018.

Event organisers: Rupert and Anna Meister
Italian Invitation (PDF)

English Invitation (PDF)
Friendship Series 2018
Regatta Schedule 2018 Friendship Series
Germany   7-8 April   Baldeneysee
Netherlands   19-21 May   Kaag
Denmark   18-22 Sept   Copenhagen
Belgium   27-28 October   Lac de l'Eau d'Heure.
International 12 Foot Dinghies in Ireland
The story so far...
Vincent Delany's illustrated book describes
the golden age of
the International 12 foot Dinghy
in the Emerald Isle.

Available in hardback and paperback. Click here for details.
Vintage Yachting Games
Former Olympic classes sail their third Vintage Yachting Games
16 - 22 September 2018 in Copenhagen
Many former Olympic classes are still active as international classes sailed at high level by sailors from all around the world.

For example, the 12' Dinghy, active at the Olympics in 1920 and 1928, is still today active in regattas in twelve different countries on three different continents. More recently, the 1910 designed Star, the primary Olympic keelboat from 1932 until 2012, may have lost its Olympic status but not its Olympic reputation! This keelboat is still raced by some of the best sailors worldwide.

The Olympic history has produced many of these beautiful designs that remain fit for sailing at a high level all around the globe. Besides the two classes mentioned earlier the Europe, 2.4 Metre (active at the Paralympics), Olympiajol, 12m2 Sharpie, Flying Dutchman, Yngling, Soling, Dragon, 5,5 Metre, 6 Metre, are all internationally active.

Apart from their shared Olympic heritage, they have more in common. The boats are sailed by a large group of fanatical regatta sailors from numerous countries. Most classes have developed and improved and are now modern racing machines.

Specially developed for these classes the first Vintage Yachting Games was organized in 2008 in Medemblik, the Netherlands. A multi-class sailing event for former Olympic and Paralympic classes. After its successful start, this event is, like the Olympic Games, repeated every four years. In 2012 it took place on Lake Como, Italy. With almost 200 boats and 400 sailors from 4 continents and 27 countries is was highly successful.

The 2018 edition will bring the fleet to Copenhagen, Denmark. The hosts, a cooperation between the Royal Danish Yacht Club and the Hellerup Sailing Club will organize the regatta and the social activities including a grand opening and Gala dinner.

The event is open for all sailors in these classes. No selection will take place with up to 25 registered boats per class. See the NOR for details. Several former Olympic sailors and current champions have indicated their interest to compete at this unique event at this perfect location, however sailors of all levels are invited to participate.
Text supplied by the Vintage Yachting Games manage2sail.com (NOR)
Contact us:   info@12footdinghy.org