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Classic & Vintage Dinghy

Classic & Vintage Dinghy

The Classic and Vintage Racing Dinghy Association (CVRDA) works to get classic and vintage racing dinghies (25+ years old) racing together as often as possible, to share and disseminate information about classic and vintage dinghies, their maintenance and restoration, to keep all these boats sailing and in good condition and viewed by as large an audience as possible, to raise the public awareness of these boats and the nautical heritage they represent and to help and support classic and vintage class associations.

© Gair Matthews © Gair Matthews
Show news Merlin Rocket Thames Series at Tamesis
A beautiful oasis of tranquillity in west London... with 'helicopter' gusts
Posted on 25 May
Vintage Merlin Rockets at Tamesis
North-east wind direction always keeps the racers on their toes
Posted on 25 May
Rickmansworth Classic International 14 Open
Visitors came from Wales, the Midlands and East Anglia
Posted on 17 May
Merlin Rocket De May Vintage & Thames Series
Thames SC & Minima YC host a fleet both narrow and wide
Posted on 5 May
Searching for a Sixpence on a Chelsea Morning
Lowrider Moths at Nantwich & Borders SC epitomise individuality and enjoyment
Posted on 18 Apr
Merlin Rockets at Hampton
Vintage racing on the river, followed by modern boats the next day
Posted on 11 Oct 2022
Banbury Vintage and Classic Dinghy Open
Sixteen boats, including ten visitors, take part
Posted on 9 Oct 2022
Art on the Water
It is hard not to marvel at the Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez photos
Posted on 4 Oct 2022
Classic and Day Boat zone at Southampton Boat Show
Everything from boats and kit to practical demonstrations
Posted on 15 Sep 2022
Finn de siècle
Dougal Henshall digs through early historic photos and stories on the Finn class
Posted on 8 Sep 2022
UF50 Celebration attracts over 1000 visitors
With over 80 Uffa Fox-designed boats visiting Cowes over the weekend
Posted on 24 Aug 2022
Bosham Classic Boat Revival cancelled
Significant numbers of attendees are not able to make it
Posted on 21 Aug 2022
Uffa Fox 50 Celebration Regatta Day 2
Veteran skipper Jeremy Vines remains unbeaten
Posted on 20 Aug 2022
Uffa Fox 50 Celebration Regatta Day 1
Jeremy Vines aces the fleet
Posted on 20 Aug 2022
At least 60 boats to celebrate Uffa's legacy
The celebration of his legacy was initiated by the Atalanta Association
Posted on 14 Aug 2022
Classic dinghies at Llangorse
Vintage challenging inland conditions
Posted on 6 Jun 2022
Merlin Rocket Vintage and Classic open at Tamesis
A fun and friendly place to race, though winds can mean the rich get richer
Posted on 2 Jun 2022
Bosham Masters 2022
80 sailors enjoy 3 days of close racing in ideal conditions
Posted on 26 May 2022
Delightful day of vintage vehicles & classic boats
Celebrating 100 years of the Royal Lymington YC
Posted on 14 May 2022
Merlin Rocket Downriver Race at Ranelagh
Thames, Vintage and Classic series race from Putney to Battersea Park
Posted on 13 May 2022
14 foot of vintage beauty
1970s Australian and International 14s on display in Perth
Posted on 11 May 2022
Merlin Rockets at Minima and Thames
A double-header open meeting weekend on the river
Posted on 6 May 2022
Vintage & Classics Exhibition at RLymYC
Taking place from 11am to 4pm on Saturday 7th May
Posted on 6 May 2022
Uffa Fox 50 Celebration preview
Cowes organisations unite to commemorate sailor and designer this August
Posted on 27 Feb 2022
Voyaging revivals of Oceania
How ancient navigation and boat building is useful today
Posted on 28 Jan 2022
Ask an ExpertSeries - Women's Boatbuilding Panel
She Builds: Wit & Wisdom from Three Port Townsend Woman Boatbuilders
Posted on 14 Jan 2022
Merlin Rocket De May Series at Hampton
Vintage racing followed by the annual curry and rum evening
Posted on 8 Oct 2021
Join a virtual Bell Toll Ceremony this Sunday
Led by renowned sailmaker and mariner Carol Hasse
Posted on 10 Sep 2021
Three Lost (and Great) Wise Men
In many definitions of greatness, these three sailors tick most of the boxes
Posted on 3 Sep 2021
Classic and Day Boat Zone at Southampton Boat Show
Visitors will be able to see a wide range of craft, from new day boat designs to restored classics.
Posted on 21 Aug 2021


Show photos from

Blackwater Sailing Club 2023 Open Day
© Anna Lau
Gig racing at the Admiral's Inn - 2023 Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta
© Claire Matches /
Banbury CVRDA Open
© Vince Edwards
Banbury CVRDA Open
© Vince Edwards
Banbury CVRDA Open
© Tim Bury
Banbury CVRDA Open
© Richard Burton
Banbury CVRDA Open
© Vince Edwards
Banbury CVRDA Open
© Richard Burton
Banbury CVRDA Open
© Vince Edwards
Moana during the Carey Olsen Jersey Regatta 2022
© Bill Harris
The IYRU Trials at Weymouth in 1965, with Paul Elvstrøm out on the wire as he drives the Trapez to windward over the top of Peter Bateman in Jack Holt's Cavalier
© David Thomas family
The O-Jolle would give a strong indication of how future singlehanders of the day would be set out with the mast well forward
© Ökm / Markus Kogard
Lucy Struth and Jackie Morley in Grey Goose during Mersea Week 2022
© Chrissie Westgate
Sailors of a certain age will feel a tang of nostalgia (along with feeling uncomfortable elsewhere) at thoughts of those early generation wetsuits
© Dougal Henshall
Bosham Masters 2022
© Dawn Chesher
Bosham Masters 2022
© Dawn Chesher
Classic dinghies on display at RLymYC's Vintage and Classic Exhibition
© Paul French
Easter racing at Overy Staithe
© Jennie Clark
Around 1922 taken by Southland Sailing Club's (later BYC) clubhouse. Pictured: Potter, Davenport, Worchester, and others with Sea Mews
© Balboa Yacht Club
Holly Puckering is the vlogger behind 'Kids Afloat In A Wooden Boat'
© Puckering family
Dinghy historian David (Dougal) Henshall
© Dougal Henshall
Graham Edwards working on the centre spine for the Merlin Rocket 'Forever Autumn'
© Edwards family archive
Spud Rowsell and Jon Turner blast downwind at Salcombe
© Keith Callaghan
Spud Rowsell was great in so many ways, from his build, to his character, to the loudness of his laughter!
© Exe SC
Three Lost (and great) Wise Men: Peter 'Spud' Rowsell, Graham Edwards, and Bruce Kirby
© SW
Graham Edwards in his polytunnels caring for his lettuces
© Edwards Family Archive
The Solway Dinghy
© Solway YC archive collection
The only photo we know of that's a Solway Dinghy
© Dr Neil Oliver
The Regatta at Kippford in 1898
© Rev. Bill Holland collection
Chelsea Yacht Club Classic Dinghy gathering
© Southern Woodenboat Sailing