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The following boats are included here :

In this section we have also included a number of boats about which there is very little current information, although older classes are now regularly coming up for restoration - for example the Coronation OD listed below.  We will be delighted to hear from past or present owners and Class Associations, or about older boats in need of restoration. To add a Class Association, or to let us know about a particular boat, email us at tradboat@btinternet,com

  There is no charge of course.  Please note, for older dinghies and keelboats the measurements are almost invariably in feet and inches.  The metric conversions shown here are approximate.


Popular Sailing Dinghies contains colour photographs of over 100 sailing dinghies, modern and traditional, together with a sensible description of each and all the details of length, beam and weight. This book published in 2001 also contains a number of boats no longer in production and is therefore a useful guide to second hand boats. Price: 6.95 To read a more detailed review or order a copy please click here

Popular Sailing Dinghies is compiled by the Editorial team at TradBoat and is normally supplied on the next working day and by first class post.


axeonedesign

Axe One Design

Contact:  Nigel Daniel
Address:  1 Reals, Axmouth 
East Devon EX12 4BD
Web:  www.axeonedesign.com
About the boats:
LOA 12'3 Beam 4'7' Sail area 94 sq ft
Clinker boats with Bermuda rigs


The first boats were built by Jack Drew in the 50s and all about 20 boats were produced, sailed by members of the Axe Sailing Club.  Only one survived afloat to the present day, but two have been restored and a further three newly built have joined the fleet.  The Class Captain would be delighted to hear of other boats.


 

Classic & Vintage Racing Dinghy Association

Contact: Ed Bremner at: ed@cvrda.org
More details on their web site at: www.cvrda.org

We  recommend this Association strongly to anyone interested in older dinghies.  CVRDA runs a series of meetings throughout the year for owners of classic and and vintage dinghies to which everyone interested is welcome.  The boats are raced, usually in a mixed fleet using the "old"  Portsmouth numbers and many appear with their original cotton sails.  Members will tell you  that the racing is not very serious,
(but we know better don't we? Ed)  They have a first class for-sale section on their web site usually showing National 12s, classic Finns and Merlins amongst others  - a good place to get started. 

Whilst interested in all older dinghies the Association has four main wings:

Members are endlessly helpful offering advice, spare parts and just plain good fellowship  You will find their calendar of events on their web site

Coronation One Design


In 1935 or 1936 six of these craft were built (in Scotland) for the Lymington Yacht Club.  They are typical of one design keelboats of the period and may resemble the Loch Long ODs.  The boats are carvel built and were originally Bermudan rigged. One of the craft has recently come into restoration, and another is known from a piece in Classic Boat of August 1998. It is thought that they all had names beginning with C  and the job is now to trace the remaining four.
(We would be delighted to hear from any owner past or present Ed. Contact us at info@tradboat.co.uk )

About the boats::
LOA 21'9 (6.69m)  LWL 15'0 (4.62m) Beam 5'10. (1.79m) 
Sail area
170 sq ft.  Construction: carvel.

Contact:
William Barker-Wyatt,  31 Dean Lane,  Sixpenny Handley,   Nr Salisbury SP5 5PA




Chichester Harbour Restricted Classes

Two classes:
A 12'0 clinker dinghy carrying 110 sq ft on a Bermudan rig
An 18 ft Restricted Class carrying 160 sq ft. Sail Mark CH. 
Clinker or carvel construction


Dragonfly One-Design

Based on the Irish Dinghy Racing Association (IDRA) 14 Footer, with lines modified according to experience gained on that boat, some 40 Dragonflies were built on the River Deben, for the Waldringfield Sailing Club.  Built between 1940s and 50s, 9 of the original Dragonflies are still actively raced at Waldringfield Sailing Club today, with several boats currently under restoration. The Class hopes to continue expanding its fleet, after resurgence in the boat's popularity over the last few years.  

About the boat
LOA   14ft. 0in. (4.30m) LWL  13ft. 0in. (4.0m) Draught  8in.  (0.2m)  
Sail Area:  125 sq.ft. 
Designer: OBrien Kennedy, A.M.I.N.A    

Contact:
   www.waldringfieldsc.com Sussex


East Sussex One-Design


We are currently trying to find out more about these boats.  A recent enquirer has a 1953 example built by The Shoreham Boat Company to a design by John E Powell.  The dimensions given are 31' x 25' x 7'10 x 5' 10.  
If you know more, or would care to be put in touch with the present owner please contact us at info@tradboat.co.uk

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estuaryonedesign
Estuary One Design

EYC has a full racing programme for these historic and beautiful boats which have been sailing the Lower Thames since before WWII.
Designed by Morgan Giles the EOD is 18 ft (5.53m) oal and 6ft (1.87) in beam.  and they carry 210 sq ft of sail.  The first nine boats were registered in 1920 - all with musical names.

Contact:      Simon Turmaine
Address:     Essex Yacht Club, HQ Ship Wilton, Leigh on Sea, Essex  SS9 1BD
Tel:             (01702) 347220       Web:  www.eodclass.org.uk


Hilbre One Design Class Association.

c/o Iain McBride
18 Lyndhurst Rd
Irby, Wirral, Merseyside
L61 0HB

Wooden clinker dayboats with cuddy designed by Alan Buchanan.  LOA 19'9/6m. Class is based in the Dee Estuary, primarily at West Kirby Sailing Club.  First boat was built in 1958 and the majority between 1960 and 1963


International 14 s.  Classic 14s


Information
Searching for a thousand missing 
dinghies !

Dick Johnson says of classic International 14s, "Considering that there were well over 1100 boats built to the rules that we call Classic, it is surprising that fewer than 30 are today recorded in the Class records.  I am trying to increase our knowledge about the missing 1070 and more boats and would be grateful for any information on any International 14 that might be brought to my attention. If you own or know of any International 14 numbered from about 1146 downwards please let me know and put me in touch with its owners.  If nothing else we would like to know that these boats exist, at the best, we would hope that they might come to sail with us at classic events."

Photo: Dick Johnson's Kirby V11, winner of the Prince of Wales Cup
Read more about the history of the International 14 by clicking here

Contact Details:
Dick Johnson, Airwaves Media Productions, 
58 Warsash Road, Warsash,  Southampton SO31 9JA

International 14 Website:
  www.gbri.org  Email:  Dick@airwavestv.com 


Lymington L Class

Lymington L Class

This is one of those boats about which we should like to know a lot more.  They are to a design by Laurent Giles and we should be interested to know of current owners so that we might include some details of the boat here together with an illustration.  If you would care to get in touch please do so at: info@tradboat.co 

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.National 12ft Vintage Wing
 
The vintage wing of the National Twelve Owners Association is for any clinker built National 12. extending from N1 (1936) to N2512 and about a hundred boats thereafter. The first boat to be built without ribs (but still a clinker boat) was number 1153 - a Proctor Mark 11. 

These boats are not competitive with modern 12s of course but are much enjoyed and a Vintage Series of about seven meetings is organised each year. The secretary is always interested to hear of old boats.
"Westwind" photographed in    1990 is an Uffa King design N456, twice winner of the Burton Cup. 
Photo: Charles Smith

 

Contact:  Ken Goddard
Web: www.nationa112.org
Email: ntoa@ndirect.co.uk

Click here to read our notes on the ongoing restoration of a vintage National 12 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Olympic Monotype (Olympia-Jolle)

This single hander was designed in 1932 for the  1936 Olympic Games in Germany. The protoptype O-Jolle "Skagerrak" was introduced in 1933.  The boat was popular in Germany at that time but few were to be seen on this side of the Channel.  At the Games, the Gold Medal was taken by Kagchelland of Netherlands, with Germany second and Peter Scott third.  

O-Jolles are still widely sailed in Germany, Switzerland and the Netherlands. 

About the boats:

LOA: 5m Beam: 1.66m Sail area: 10 sq m  Sail Mark: O
The boat was cat rigged, carvel built, with a small deck or half deck forward.  Its low freeboard was in the traditions of  "sharpie" design.    

We would be most grateful for information about any currently sailing in the UK, and for photographs of the boat to complement our Olympic Source page which is now in development.  We understand that there is an example in the NMMC in Falmouth.  Perhaps you would reply to info@tradboat.co.uk thank you,  Charles Smith. Editor.

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Pegasus

Pegasus 14 Ft

The Pegasus 14 was designed by Uffa Fox in 1958 co-operating with Bell Woodworking to produce the first kit built round bilge dinghy.  Only 250 were produced. The design was basically a decked version of his International 14 and carried both spinnaker and trapeze.

The Pegasus Class Association
Contact: Andy Hayes, Keeper of Class Records
Lightcliffe, Private Road
Staplegrove
Taunton  Somerset 
Tel: 01823 272155
Web:  www.cvrda.org/pegasus/pegmain.htm


Porchester Duck OD

A smallish clinker dinghy from 1928, designed by Cmdr C E Hammond.  We would like to hear more about these craft at TradBoat, so if you have one perhaps you would be kind enough to email us at
info@tradboat.co.uk

About the boats: LOA 11'8 (3.33m) Beam: 4'6 (1.38m) 
Sail area:
80 sq ft on a sliding gunter rig. Clinker built.

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Flying 20

We would like to hear from any owner of a boat from the Uffa Fox Flying series other than the familiar Flying Fifteen.  We are particularly interested in Flying 10s or Flying 20s.  Please email us at info@tradboat.co.uk

Update 23/8/04.  We have now heard from Allan Godfrey, who had Flying 20 No2, Bellerphon.  for some sixteen years.  Regretfully that boat has now been broken up because she was  beyond sensible restoration   Alan has sails and other items to sell if anyone is interested. 
Contact him at allan.godfrey@areen.com

He tells us that No1 Pegasus has been in Poole for some time.  

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. The Rater Association (Thames 'A' Raters)


Thames A RaterThe Thames 'A' Rater is an historic class  of river racing yachts, dating from Victorian times.  At 27' LOA  (8.30 M approx) with a 46 ft (14.15m approx) mast and 350 sq ft sail area the Raters make a spectacular sight sailing from their base at Thames Sailing Club on the Surbiton reach of the Thames.  Although the hulls are traditional, the rigs continue to be developed, and the Early photo of Thames A Raters racingrater is unbeatable in river sailing.  Sail numbers now total 22, and the fleet is  a mixture of original wooden boats, and modern grp hulls taken from a mould of  'Ulva' (1898).  The wooden hulled boats, which are highly competitive, date from 1898 to 1922

Contact: Mark Laity
Thames Sailing Club, Portsmouth Road,

Surbiton, Surrey KT6 4HH
E-mail: info@thamessailingclub.org.uk
The Association shares a website with Thames SC at: www.thamessailingclub.org.uk




National Redwing

Designed by Uffa Fox, the National Redwing is a fourteen foot clinker dinghy of which the first eight were built in 1938 for the Looe Sailing Club.  (Don't confuse this boat with the Bembridge Redwings which are keel boats. Ed.)  Post war building spread the boat along the South West coast. Redwings have fore and side decks and tend to tumblehome at the transom.

About the boat:  LOA 14'0 (4.3 m) Beam 5'0 (1.5 m) Weight (displacement) 275 lb (124 kg) Sail area 145 sq ft (13 sq m).  
The boat is Bermuda rigged and all boats have red sails.  Sail mark R


..Royal Corinthian One Design

Designed by Harry Smith, the first boat was introduced to The Royal Corinthian Yacht Club in Burnham in 1934,  and the fleet expanded in 1935 to fourteen boats. These are one design keelboats which like most established classes have adopted modern materials for their sails and masts since their inception.  Every boat has a name beginning with the letters Cor...  

About the boat
LOA
  22'8 (6.97m) Beam 6'0 (1.85m) Draught 6'0 (1.85m) 
Sail Area
226 sq ft

The boat shown in our illustration is Corinna, currently for sale - see our Boats for Sale Section  


Sea View One-Design



Sea View One-Design

The SVOD class was formed in 1931 and races at Seaview, Isle of Wight, from July to September.  Although the boat is a classic design, the class is still expanding from new building and we now have close to 200 boats based in the village. 
The class enjoys competitive racing, which is quite a spectacle since most of the boats have multi-coloured sails. 

Contact:
www.svod.org.uk


Aboat the boat:
  LOA 12' (3.69m)  Beam 4'6 (1.38m) Construction: clinker


 

Sea Bird Half Rater

Sea Birds  date back to 1898 and owe their design origins to a collaboration between Herbert Baggs and W Scott Hayward. Some seventy of these carvel planked boats are still in commission, sailing at clubs in the North West (UK) principally at Wallasey Yacht Club, South Caernarfon Yacht Club and Trearddurr Bay Sailing Club.  Six additional boats have been built during the last ten years by Classic Sail Boats of Caernarfon.  Interestingly all the boats are named after seabirds

About the boat
LOA
  20' (6.15m) Beam 6'0 (1.85m) Draught 1'3 (.38m) 
Sail Area
182 sq ft

 


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Solent Sunbeam Ckassic KeelboatSunbeam (Solent Sunbeam)

Contact: Roger Wickens, Class Captain
A classic keelboat by Arthur Westmacott.  The first seven boats were built in 1923 and in 1924 the Falmouth Sunbeams were established. The two classes amalgamated in 1958, although they sail as two separate divisions.

About the boats:  LOA 26'5 (8.0m) LWL 17'6 (5.30m) 
Sail area 3
00 sq ft (28 sq m)  Sail Mark: V


(All boat names end in a y. The newest boat - Milly - was launched on the 11th August 1999 during the total eclipse!)





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The Tideway  Dinghy

Always the doyen of cruising dinghies, about 500 of the original clinker Tideway Twelves were built between the early fifties and 1978 or '79 by L H Walker & Co at Leigh-on-Sea. Some  are known to have gone of course, but there are around 150 of the originals in membership. The Class Association also includes owners of grp Tideways built by Tepco, and both grp and wooden Tideway Twelves built now by The Boatyard (March 1999). Classic dinghy - This is a Tideway dinghy

Membership:  Three meetings are held each year - one of them a race meeting run on very gentle lines - and three news letters are issued each year - all for the sum of 5.00 Membership fee. There are a good bunch of Tideways on the East Coast where they were built, but boats are found scattered all over the country, often gathering at Coniston Water. 
About the boats:   LOA: 12'0 (2.46m) Beam: 5'0 (1.54m)
Rig: a gunter or bermudan rig of 81 sq ft - about 7.43 sq m.  A 14 foot version is available known as the T14.  The Tideway 12 is clinker built in wood or in simulated clinker in grp.  Look out for the tan sails and the TW sailmark.  The Association publishes a fascinating booklet detailing the history of the Tideway and Walkers. 
 
Class Secretary
Tideway Owners Association
Miss E M Davies, 70 Holland St, Ebbw Vale,   Gwent NP3 6HY 
 


Twinkle Twelve
 
Twinkle Twelve (& Twinkle 10)

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The Twinkle Twelve and the Twinkle Ten were built by Wright & Sons (Ipswich) Ltd in the 50s, 60s and 70s from Mahogany on oak frames.  Wrights also built a 14 known as the Family 14.  The Twelves are 12ft (3.66m) overall and 4'8 (1.42) in beam.  They carry about 80sq ft (7.4sq m) of sail - originally on gunter rigs which have been largely or wholly replaced by Bermudan.    The home of the Twinkle Twelve is the Burnham Overy Staithe Sailing Club where there are 25 - 30 Twinkle 12s and a small number of 10s and 14s.  These charming boats are widespread but the only fleet is at Burnham Overy
 
Web site:  www.overystaithesc.org.uk
 


 
 
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Wivenhoe One Design
 
The committee of the Wivenhoe Sailing Club formally adopted the Wivenhoe One design (WOD) on  March 18th 1935.  (like all good sailors they met in the local pub - in this case the Black Buoy !)  Designed by Dr Walter Radcliffe especially for the prevailing conditions on the River, eighteen boats were built before the war.  Of these 11 were for the Wivenhoe fleet, 5 for Manningtree and 2 at Brightlingsea.  The nineteenth was built sometime after 1945 and first appeared at Wivenhoe in the early 60's having been in or around the Norfolk Broads.

Sixteen boats are still local, only one is known to have been
destroyed.  Budding spotters should count 12 planks a side then note the tumblehome transom.  Very few boats have both these features and if you see one it may well be a WOD.  With the exception of the war years, an average of fifteen races for the class took place every year.  Although not all boats are currently afloat and racing, the class is active and several boats have undergone major refits.  One or two are currently being restored.
About the boat:  LOA: 15ft (4.62m) Beam: 5'2  (1.59m)  
Sail area: 129 sq ft + spinnaker. 
Wooden clinker hull (12 planks a side). Bronze centreplate. PY1030.  
The boat shown in the photograph is "Alcyone" - the first WOD and still sailing.
Contact: Grahame Hill, 9 Broome Grove, Wivenhoe CO7 9QB  
Email: grahame@hillgf.freeserve.co.uk Web site:  www.hillgf.freeserve.co.uk/wod/
 
.Victory Class Keelboats
 
Classic keelboat - this is a Victory KeelboatCurrently there are about 36 boats in commission in the UK, based in Portsmouth.  Victorys take part in Cowes Week as a Class.  Suggested by local yachtsmen and backed by the Navy (hence the fleet in Gib') the class was introduced in 1934 (based on a much older class from1904/5).  

See them at their moorings on the Gosport side of Portsmouth Harbour, and at Haslar Marina. 



All the details at: www.victoryclass.org.uk
 Sail Mark: Z

 


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X Class One Design Keelboats
 
The X Class was introduced in 1909, to a design by Arthur Westmacott. 198 boats have been built all of which all are accounted for.  Some 150 are sailing in one of five Divisions, based on Hamble, Itchenor, Lymington, Poole and Yarmouth IOW. Their championships take place during Cowes Week - 80 to 90 boats in the fleet.
About the boats:  LOA  approx 20'8 (6.30m) LWL 17'6 (5.30m) 
Sail area
2120sq ft (19 sqm)  Sail mark: X

Hon Sec:
Mrs Pauline Fowler
167 Thames Side, Laleham, Mddx TW18 2JH

Tel: 01784 451264


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Yarmouth One Design Class Keelboats


Eleven 21' Yarmouth OD open keelboats were built before the first world war (1912 - 1913) by Theo Smith at Yarmouth IOW to a design by Henry Longmore. Two further boats were built by Woodnutts in 1929 bringing the total up to 13. Of these, two are know to have sunk, one is in restoration and two are missing, the remainder are once again racing as a Class. The class was established at the Solent Yacht Club in 1911 and re-established in 1995. What happened to the missing boats ? we would very much like to know. 

The boats race regularly as a class  on Wednesday evenings and Sunday mornings during the Summer season.

About the boats:  LOA 20'10 (6.41m) Beam: 6'0 (1.85m) Draught: 2'7 (0.79m) 
Sail Area: 200 sq ft.  Sail mark: Y

Contact:
 
Chris Temple, Class Captain
8 Alma Place, Yarmouth, Isle of Wight PO41 0QQ ,Tel: (02983) 760947

Email: captain@yod.org.uk  Web:
  http://www.yod.org.uk


Yorkshire One Design

Description:  YODs are the oldest One Design class still sailing in the UK.  Eight boats were built in 1898 and of this original group six are sailing today!  Two more were built in 1938, another in 1945, a further three in 1947, and one in 1951.  The latest addition was launched in 1998  for the centenary of the class, and named by Sir Edward Heath.  The class sails three or more bay races each weekend from April until October.  The boats still sail around Flamborough Head in coastal races, and take part in the Royal Yorkshire Yacht Club's Regatta each year.

About the boats: LOA: 25'2 (7.74m) Beam: 7'0 (2.15m) Draught: 3'6 (1.08m) 
The original design was for Field & Co of Southampton, as One Rater. The early boats were gunter rigged, but are now sailed with a Bermudan rig. 

Contact: David Stamford, Class Secretary
3 Meadowfield Road, Bridlington, 
East Yorkshire YO15 3LDTel: 01262 679650  Web: www.ryyc.org.uk  Email:  davidstamford@bctalk.net

 


 
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