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International 12ft returns to Olympic scene

The International 12 Foot dinghy will return to the Olympic scene at the third Vintage Yachting Games.Alkmaar Open NED 2017 -

The Vintage Yachting Games, will take place at The Royal Danish YC, and Hellerup SC on 15-22 September 2018, sailing just north of Copenhagen, Denmark.

There are nine 12ft Dinghy entries to date, from Canada, Germany and Holland. Two Irish entries are expected to compete at these games, No. 8 and No. 11.

The Vintage Yachting Games Organisation is a non-commercial joint venture of former classes which have competed in Olympic Games since 1920.

The 12 Footers were used for the Olympic Games in 1920 and 1928.

Vintage Yachting Classes: Europe, International 12, Olympiajol, Flying Dutchman, Yngling, Soling, Dragon, 5.5 Metre, 6 Metre, 2.4 Metre and Star.

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According to the rules “The International 12 will race with wooden clinker built according to the original design, and shaped, rigged and fitted accordingly.

Vintage dinghies will generally be accepted, round wood should be solid, sails should be fixed to boom and lug such that no profitable in-race adjustment is possible.

There should be no gear for profitable in-race adjustability of the mast foot. A boom marline is allowed but not required.”

The International 12 Foot dinghy was designed by an Englishman, George Cockshott, who entered the design in a competition organised by the Boat Racing Association in 1913.

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, Germany, Italy and Japan, and fleets are growing in various other countries including France, Switzerland and Austria.

The International Twelve Foot Dinghy Class Association was founded in 2006.

International 12 Foot Dinghy website

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