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 2020  
The XVIII Trofeo del Dinghy 12' Classico
... another successful season for the Italian 'Classico' fleet.
Who would believe it?
Lurking under this deck lies what is possibly the oldest surviving International 12' Dinghy in the United Kingdom.

YWURRY International 12
Donated to West Wales Maritime Heritage Museum 2018/19 by Francis Gaydon.

This boat was originally owned by Francis' grandfather H R Gaydon, who represented Great Britain in the 12 foot dinghy class in the 1928 Olympics.

Ywurry is currently being restored as a navigable International 12' Dinghy by Chris Barlow at the West Wales Maritime Heritage Museum.

Francis Gaydon writes:
She belonged to my Grandfather Mr H R Gaydon, he raced her on the Crouch (Burnham-on-Crouch Essex). He soon had another 12' built (Iwunda) and went on to race in the class during the 1920s, gaining some notoriety he took part in the 1928 Olympics. When racing ended he was so angry that he swapped Iwunda for a radio! and converted Ywurry to use with his family, including my late Father.
Swiss 12' Dinghy Association
An autumn sail on the Thunersee
Photographer: Thomas Jakob
Bosham Classic Boat Revival
Read a report about the 2019 Bosham Classic Boat Revival on the news page of this site
Dinghy racing on a lake close to Haarlem (NL) during the 1950s
 
Vintage Yachting Games 2018  
The third Vintage Yachting Games for discontinued Olympic and Paralympic Classes was sailed during
September 2018 on ěresund, Copenhagen in Denmark.

The event was organised by the Kongelig Dansk Yachtklub and the Hellerup Sejlklub.
The Vintage Yachting Games Organization (VYGO) was the governing organization.
photographer: © Per Heegaard Fotografi
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