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 - February 2021  
A young sailor aboard Dinghy Toy at the Fête des Canots in Switzerland.
Photo credit: Société Nautique Rolloise
Document of the month - February 2021


Linda Patton sent me this photograph of her parents, Moir and Aileen Patton, sailing their International 12-foot Dinghy at Boyne Yacht Club, Ireland, in 1959.



Two National 18-foot Dinghies, designed by Uffa Fox in 1938, can be seen in the background.
The second of a new series:
Each month I will present an historic photograph or an interesting document.

Please help me by sending suitable material for this feature.

first Austrian 12' Dinghy Championship
In the past year we've been recognised by the Austrian Sailing Federation as an official Class.
This gives us the chance to organize our first Austrian 12' Dinghy Championship.
The event will take place in Mattsee, on June 5th-6th and will be part of the Cockshott Trophy.
It would be cool if you can join us!

Ezio Prataviera
2020 Vision - 100 years of the International 12-foot Dinghy in the United Kingdom
A new book has been published exactly 100 years after K1 Tern became the UK's first International 12-foot Dinghy to receive a class certificate.

Part one describes the origins and history of the International 12-foot Dinghy, and documents the rise, the fall, and the hesitant rebirth of the Class in the United Kingdom.

Part two sets out to provide a snapshot of the Dinghy Class in the U.K. by highlighting twelve personalities, twelve boats and twelve sailing clubs that have each played a role in the ongoing story.

215 pages with many illustrations


Available from amazon.co.uk and other amazon market places (avoid amazon.nl where it is over-priced!)
Irish Dinghy Championships
Pixie, winner in the International 12-foot Dinghy Class at the Irish 12 Foot Dinghy Championships hosted by the Royal St George Yacht Club, Dun Laoghaire, on 13th September 2020.
Argo at the Lake Como International Vintage Boat Museum
ITA1000 - Argo, - now on display at the Museo Barca Lariana

Built: 1957 by Primo Valli, Lezzeno
This boat belonged to Francesco Bariffi,
General Secretary of the Associazione Italiana Classe Dinghy



"It is well worth continuing, even if only for a very few.
Even if it were for just one person.

Even if I were the only one in the world who was interested
in traditional boats and even if there were a total lack of
interest among people today,
I would still go on,

because nautical history deserves any amount of effort
in order to keep it alive.

And I, like my fellow boat lovers,
want to continue to be that link
between past and future"


G.A. Zanoletti
The Founder of Museo Barca Lariana
This website is the home of all 12' Dinghy sailors.
No matter when, or where, your boat was built, whether it is wood or plastic,
modern or traditional, you are welcome here!
Recently I was looking at this photo of one of the competitors at the 1928 Olympics. I was struck by the lack of a kicking-strap, tiller extension, buoyancy bags - all things that we take for granted.

Following the loss of our 'international status' in 1964, the pace of change quickened, and, probably inevitably, there was divergence between Italian-style and Dutch-style boats. But as Jaap Wientjes, President of the Dutch Twaalvoetsjollenclub so elegantly states, 'Clearly this may separate us, but there is a lot more that unites us'.

To summarise, it does not matter whether you call your boat an International 12-foot Dinghy, a Dreadnought, a Dickie, a Dinghy 12 piedi, a Dinghy douze pieds, a B.R.A. 12ft. Dinghy, an 'A' Class Dinghy, a Dinghy 12' Classico, a Dinghy 12, or anything else; - this web site is for you.
 
An autumn sail on the Thunersee
Photographer: Thomas Jakob
Dinghy racing on a lake close to Haarlem (NL) during the 1950s
 
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