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by Vincent Delany 15 Sep 17:04 BST 16-22 September 2018
The BRA-1 aka International 12 (on right in picture) spawned a whole host of similar small dinghies around our coasts, most of which are now but a memory © David Henshall

The fourth edition of the Vintage Yachting Games takes place in Copenhagen from 16-22 September 2018. The Vintage Yachting Games provide an opportunity for a high-level international regatta for the classes which were once Olympic Games equipment or Paralympic Games equipment and are no longer used in those games.

The Vintage Yachting Games were founded by Rudy den Outer, Nancy Schoof and Sebastian Hopf. The previous Vintage Yachting Regattas were 2008 Medemblik (NED), 2012 Lake Como (ITA), 2016 Weymouth (GBR). The classes eligible to sail include the Europe Dinghy, 12 Foot Dinghy (wood), 2.4meter, O-Jolle, 12m2 sharpie, Flying Dutchman, Yngling, Star, Soling, Dragon, 5.5 meter and 6 meter.

Of these classes the highest number of entries in 2018 came from the 12 foot class with twenty entries from seven countries. This class was raced in Ostend and Amsterdam in the 1920 Olympic Games and in Amsterdam in 1928. It was selected as it was the only dinghy class with international status.

The 2018 regatta is hosted jointly by the Kongelig Dansk Yachtklub (Royal Danish Yacht Club) and the Hellerup Sejlklub (Hellerup Sailing Club).

There is already one UK entry, 12 foot dinghy No.60 entered by Doug Branson, and two Irish entries, No. 8 Cora sailed by Mark Delany from Lough Ree Yacht Club, and No. 11 Pixie sailed by George and Andrew Miller from the Royal St. George Yacht Club. Miller was the recent winner of the Irish Championships sailed in early September in Dun Laoghaire, with Delany as runner up.

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