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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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Will this Weymouth event get the wind denied to the foilers here last year?
Posted on 23 Jul
Classic & Vintage Merlin Open at Banbury
Braving the forecast alongside other classic and vintage dinghies
Posted on 24 Jun
Sail 'Amazon' in the Lake District
Visit in June to see both dinghies from the 1974 Swallows and Amazons film
Posted on 20 Jun
100 Years of Jack Chippendale
One of the greats behind the golden era of the UK's domestic dinghy scene
Posted on 13 May
International 18s in the 1950s
A period of New Zealand-led design & innovation
Posted on 5 May
'Fine Lines' Top Ten part 10
With a full history of master boatbuilder Jack Chippendale
Posted on 1 May
'Fine Lines' Top Ten part 9
To celebrate the centenary of master boatbuilder Jack Chippendale
Posted on 30 Apr
'Fine Lines' Top Ten part 8
To celebrate the centenary of master boatbuilder Jack Chippendale
Posted on 29 Apr
'Fine Lines' Top Ten part 7
To celebrate the centenary of master boatbuilder Jack Chippendale
Posted on 28 Apr
'Fine Lines' Top Ten part 6
To celebrate the centenary of master boatbuilder Jack Chippendale
Posted on 27 Apr
'Fine Lines' Top Ten part 5
To celebrate the centenary of master boatbuilder Jack Chippendale
Posted on 26 Apr
'Fine Lines' Top Ten part 4
To celebrate the centenary of master boatbuilder Jack Chippendale
Posted on 25 Apr
'Fine Lines' Top Ten part 3
To celebrate the centenary of master boatbuilder Jack Chippendale
Posted on 24 Apr
Vintage Merlin Rockets at Fishers Green
Trials and tribulations and epic wind conditions, with some superb boat handling skills
Posted on 24 Apr
'Fine Lines' Top Ten part 2
To celebrate the centenary of master boatbuilder Jack Chippendale
Posted on 23 Apr
'Fine Lines' Top Ten part 1
To celebrate the centenary of master boatbuilder Jack Chippendale
Posted on 22 Apr
The oldest video footage of Fireball dinghies
A look back into our video archive
Posted on 21 Apr
The price of heritage
A tale of a city, three towns but one theme, from dinghy historian Dougal Henshall
Posted on 19 Apr
Winning at last!
How did the Firefly class come to be at the 1948 Olympics in the first place?
Posted on 15 Mar
Calling all owners of Chippendale-built boats
100th Anniversary racing event at Fareham in May
Posted on 29 Jan
The wisest Wise Man
Cliff Norbury's influence still extends across much of our sport today
Posted on 26 Jan
Film star to sail again
A second Swallows and Amazons film dinghy is made available for public sailing
Posted on 21 Jan
It's all in the Name!
Racing Sailboats, an institution right at the very heart of the UK dinghy sailing scene
Posted on 3 Nov 2023
12ft Cadet Dinghy Open Australian Champs preview
Celebrating 100 years of competition, there will also be a Centenary Reunion Function
Posted on 30 Oct 2023
The Morning Sun
...when it's in your face really shows your age
Posted on 29 Oct 2023
Sailing talks to honour yachtsman Sir Edward Heath
Taking place on Friday 17th November at Sarum College in Salisbury
Posted on 27 Oct 2023
Classic International 14s at Blakeney
Tides cause a very early start
Posted on 12 Oct 2023
Merlin Rockets at Hampton
A weekend blessed with quite extraordinary warm sunshine
Posted on 10 Oct 2023
Calling clubs/classes to send oldest video footage
Are there any more nostalgic sights of vintage/classic racing to watch?
Posted on 22 Jul 2023
Merlin Rocket Thames Series at Tamesis
A beautiful oasis of tranquillity in west London... with 'helicopter' gusts
Posted on 25 May 2023
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'Pugwash', 'Iona' and 'Soda' jockey for position - 167th Jersey Electricity Gorey Regatta
© Simon Ropert
Pause at the gybe mark during the Border Counties Midweek Sailing at Shotwick Lake:
© Brian Herring
100 Years of Jack Chippendale celebrated at Fareham - dinghies used to exit those upper doors
© Dougal Henshall
100 Years of Jack Chippendale celebrated at Fareham
© Dougal Henshall
100 Years of Jack Chippendale celebrated at Fareham - ex employees reunited
© Dougal Henshall
Typhoon class built by Chippendale Boats
© Proctor family
'Fine Lines' Top Ten part 10
© Bob Campbell
'Fine Lines' Top Ten part 9
© Dougal Henshall
'Fine Lines' Top Ten part 8
© Dougal Henshall
'Fine Lines' Top Ten part 7
© Jordan Aspin
'Fine Lines' Top Ten part 6
© Dougal Henshall
'Fine Lines' Top Ten part 4
© John Shelton
'Fine Lines' Top Ten part 5
© Dougal Henshall
'Fine Lines' Top Ten part 3
© Ed Richardson
'Fine Lines' Top Ten part 2
© Hari Eustice
'Fine Lines' Top Ten part 1
© Dougal Henshall
Jack Chippendale showing his craftsman's eye whilst at work on another boat - Thankfully his story has been saved, a rare result for our heritage
© Chippendale family
Vintage dinghy events can sail in between the iconic twin towers at La Rochelle
© Dougal Henshall
Dinghy museum at Cowes
© Visit the Island
(L-R) Betrand Cheret, champion sailmaker, multi-Olympian and America's Cup helm, with crew Marc Tourneux
© Dougal Henshall
Behind the scenes in the dinghy museum at Ningbo, China
© Alistair Skinner
As a repository of our wonderful heritage of dinghy development, some museums cannot deliver
© National Maritime Museum
O-Jolle and Firefly at the La Rochelle dinghy museum
© Ned Coackley
La Rochelle may lack the imposing buildings of Falmouth's museum, but the exhibits do together start to tell a story
© Dougal Henshall
It is one thing having a collection of dinghies in a museum, it is something else to see them out where they belong… on the water (and what's more, being raced hard!)
© Dougal Henshall
The Auckland Wooden Boat Festival is open all weekend and has attracted 160 boats
© Auckland Moana
The former Ministry of Works workboat Meola is one of 160 vessels on display at the Wooden Boat Festival
© Auckland Moana
The art of maintaining wooden boats is covered in the Festival Film
© Ivor Wilkins - Ocean Press
Cliff Norbury, a man whose influence still extends across much of our sport today
© Norbury Family
Cliff and June Norbury sailed together, sewed together and would win together in the National 12 fleet
© Norbury Family