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.


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After almost 20 years, the time has come to hand over the maintenance of the website to someone else

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Picture of the month - May 2023  
2023 - Trofeo Lillia - Campionato invernale Dinghy 12 a Torre del Lago
Photo credit: AICD Associazione italiana Classe Dinghy 12'
10 years ago: Picture of the month - May 2013
Italian Postage Stamp Dinghy centenary postage stamp

To mark our centenary, the Italian Post Office will release a commemorative stamp on May 22nd 2013

First day covers, signed by Francesca Lodi, secretary of the Italian Association Dinghy Class, will be issued at Santa Margherita Ligure.
An October Sail
Sailing on the Thunersee - October 2022
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!)
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