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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.

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Show news Staying atop the Singles Chart
David Henshall looks at the future - and history - of the singlehander
Posted on 17 Oct 2018
Ghost Hunting
Have you seen this rare vintage dinghy?
Posted on 7 Oct 2018
Every Nimbus cloud has a silver lining
Restoration of a classic International 14 with a great history
Posted on 2 Oct 2018
CVRDA Rally at Clywedog
A very mixed fleet take part
Posted on 26 Sep 2018
12 footers at the Vintage Yachting Games overall
A wise PRO was able to prepare for unsuitable winds
Posted on 22 Sep 2018
12 footers at the Vintage Yachting Games day 3
Four races held as storm heads for Copenhagen
Posted on 21 Sep 2018
12 footers at the Vintage Yachting Games day 2
Difficult conditions mean shipping a lot of water
Posted on 20 Sep 2018
12 footers at the Vintage Yachting Games day 1
Dutch dominate as crews are considered optional
Posted on 19 Sep 2018
Minisail Championship at Bowmoor
Held as a part of the Bowmoor CVRDA event
Posted on 19 Sep 2018
Vintage Yachting Games preview
Copenhagen to host ex-Olympic classes next week
Posted on 15 Sep 2018
Bosham Classic Boat Revival
The biggest classic dinghy event ever?
Posted on 4 Sep 2018
Finn and Europe Inland Championships preview
Plus the Classic Finn Nationals, all at Oxford SC in September
Posted on 30 Aug 2018
Classic & Vintage Dinghies at Norfolk Broads
Sailors travel from as far as Lancashire and Cheshire
Posted on 15 Aug 2018
CVRDA at Hykeham
A collection of Classic & Vintage dinghies take part
Posted on 7 Aug 2018
Celebrating the Ian Proctor's Centenary
At the Bosham Classic Boat Revival on 1-2 September 2018
Posted on 29 Jul 2018
Ian Proctor centenary celebrated today
A large part of the great golden generation of British small boat racing
Posted on 12 Jul 2018
Aldeburgh Yacht Club Classics Weekend
Incorporating the British Classic and Vintage Dragon Championship
Posted on 27 Jun 2018
Aldeburgh Yacht Club Classics Weekend preview
Scheduled to be held on 16-17 June
Posted on 20 May 2018
Ian Proctor Centenary Rally Postponed
Moved to 1-2 September 2018 during the annual Classic Boat Revival
Posted on 11 May 2018
The Man Who Designed Racehorses
The life, times, boats and innovations of Ian Proctor
Posted on 5 Mar 2018
Wooden Boat Festival of Geelong embraces the arts
Long associated with the arts and culture community
Posted on 23 Feb 2018
A Demonstration of Design
The life, times and boats of Ian Proctor
Posted on 8 Feb 2018
Don't miss a lively weekend on the harbour
Classic and Wooden Boat Festival in Sydney's iconic Darling Harbour
Posted on 6 Feb 2018
Or as Corporal Fraser would say, "We're all doomed"
Posted on 22 Jan 2018
Barton's new block range
We speak to Suzanne Blaustone and Simon Reynolds
Posted on 11 Dec 2017
I am not a number
David Henshall looks at dinghy handicapping
Posted on 14 Nov 2017
Bosham Classic Boat Revival
The very best of Bosham
Posted on 8 Sep 2017
CVRDA National Rally at Clywedog
A huge variety of boats compete in the middle of Wales
Posted on 5 Sep 2017
7th Annual Bosham Classic Boat Revival
Entries now open for event on first weekend of September
Posted on 17 Aug 2017
CVRDA at Hykeham
Perfect summer weather for the classic dinghies
Posted on 3 Jul 2017


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The vintage boat racing provided plenty of excitement - Goolwa Regatta Week
© Chris Caffin
The present is shown the future! Jack Holt's first entry for Weymouth, the pretty (but only 14ft long) Cavalier, complete with sliding seat, was outclassed by Paul Elvstrom on his Trapez
© David Thomas
The only commercial success to come out of the 1965 Singlehander Trials at Weymouth, the ToY showed where the future lay, but would itself ultimately be a design dead-end
© Trevor Davies
The stern of the highly successful Jeton shows the high-water mark of one design philosophy. Very quick in light to medium airs, the rounded and rockered hull just couldn't live with the flatter hull shapes when the breeze kicked in
© David Thomas
The cleverly packaged Peter Milne designed Hit dinghy was unashamedly aimed at the European market, as back then, success there could leapfrog a boat into a winning position
© David Henshall
The Harrier was another established class that would be displaced by the arrival of the Laser (40 years later the concept would re-emerge as the delightful Hadron H2)
© Keith Callaghan
Set on a 9ft pole, the Ghost carried one of the very early forms of asymmetric spinnaker. However fittings and sailing techniques would take a while to catch up with the innovation
© Gregory family
Ghost 21, sailing on Lake Geneva. Have you seen it since?
© Unknown
Powering upwind, the Ghost shows off the lines that made it such a potent performer (note the size of the pole, hanging out beyond the end of the boom in true antipodean style)
© Gregory family
The Ghost being sailed with a conventional spinnaker was one of the fastest boats of the day
© Gregory family
Gillian Westell, proudly out afloat in her father's International 14 'Nimbus'
© Keith Callaghan
During a visit to the Royal Norfolk & Suffolk YC, Gillian Westall was handed one of the trophies that International 14 'Nimbus' had won back in the mid-1930s
© David Henshall
International 14 'Nimbus' - With just a simple brace across the gunwales she was taken from storage to the workshop where the restoration could begin
© Simon Hipkin
The rig on an International 14 of this era is a work of art in itself! Collars made the spar, which was then fitted out in keeping with rigs of that era by Simon Hipkin's team
© David Henshall
After putting so much effort into the restoration, Simon Hipkin (crewed by Eleanor, who did much of the hard work with a sanding block) finally get to actually sail International 14 'Nimbus'
© Ben Falat
International 14 'Nimbus' - Reducing clutter and weight in the hull took place in the late 1940s, as John Westell made the boat competitive again
© David Henshall
International 14 'Nimbus' - Sailmaker Mike McNamara worked closely with Simon Hipkin to get the rig not only looking right, but setting right - not an easy task on a fully classic rig
© David Henshall
CVRDA rally at Clywedog
© Peter Vinton
40 years old (the boat, not the helm) but in superb condition and still quick, the Osprey of Mike Murray cuts a dash in the Fast fleet at the Bosham Classic Boat Revival 2018
© Dougal Henshall
The one N12 that competed was yet another 'barn find' that had been restored with this event in mind at the Bosham Classic Boat Revival 2018
© Dougal Henshall
Back in the Golden era of dinghy racing in the 1960s, the 12m Sharpies were a strong fleet on Chichester harbour, so it was great to see 3 of them back racing at the Bosham Classic Boat Revival 2018
© Dougal Henshall
Ian Proctor's son Roger was a core part of the weekend and is seen here sailing the OD11, the boat that would eventually become the Topper (note the shape of the bow transom) at the Bosham Classic Boat Revival 2018
© Dougal Henshall
Race Officer Nick Fox sent the fleets on a tour of Chichester Harbour, a move that just added to the wonderful atmosphere over the weekend at the Bosham Classic Boat Revival 2018
© Dougal Henshall
Nigel Daniels in his beautifully presented Axe OD (showing how originality can be preserved, yet still allow the boat to race successfully) a worthy winner of the Concours prize at the Bosham Classic Boat Revival 2018
© Dougal Henshall
Condor starting the last race during the Classic and Vintage Dinghy Open at Norfolk Broads YC
© Bill & Diana Webber
Second placed Ray Johnson and Steve Ford in the Classic and Vintage Dinghy Open at Norfolk Broads YC
© Bill & Diana Webber
Richard and Lizzie Whitefoot receive the Wyche Cup in the Classic and Vintage Dinghy Open at Norfolk Broads YC
© Bill & Diana Webber
We shouldn't only remember Paul Elvstrom for those four glorious Gold medals that started at Torquay, but for so much more, including being the father of performance single handed sailing with his Trapez dinghy
© Henshall
The O-Jolle or Olympic MonoType dinghy was a narrow, heavy but successful class that was used in the 1936 Regatta
© Henshall Archive
Designer Bob Miller out on Skippy, the demonstration Contender. That the Australian boat never made it to the Olympics says more about how our sport is run than it does on the excellent qualities of this superb boat!
© Bob Ross