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 - October 2019  
An autumn sail on the Thunersee
Photograher: 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
Trofeo del Dinghy 12' Classico
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
Irish Championships
Mark Delany sailing Cora at the 2018
Irish International 12 Foot Dinghy & DBSC 12 Foot Championships
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.
Contact us:   info@12footdinghy.org