12 foot dinghy

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12' Dinghy
12 foot dinghy.svg
Current specifications
Crew 1 or 2
Type Monohull
Design One-Design
Construction Clinker (Original)
GRP (modern)
Rig Standing lug
Keel Centerplate
LOA 3.66 m (12.0 ft)
Beam 1.43 m (4 ft 8 in)
Draft 0.92 m (3 ft 0 in)
Hull weight 104 kg (229 lb)
Mainsail area 9.3 m2 (100 sq ft)
D-PN SW 103
Year 1912
Designer George Cockshott
Location United Kingdom
Infobox last updated: 13-AUG-2011
Former Olympic class (Vintage Yachting class)

Designed by George Cockshott, an amateur boat designer from Southport, over a century ago, the International Twelve Foot Dinghy became the first one-design racing dinghy to gain international recognition. Today it is virtually forgotten in the United Kingdom, but the class still enjoys a sizeable following in the Netherlands, Italy and Japan, and is regaining popularity elsewhere.

The 12’ Dinghy took part in the 2008 Vintage Yachting Games as part of the closing ceremony. The winners of the events took the helm during a short in-harbor regatta sailed in 12’ Dinghies. Majthényi Szabolcs winner in the Flying Dutchman became the 2008 Vintage Inter pares (VIP).

The future of the class[edit]

The foundations of the international association were laid at a meeting in the Hotel Jolanda, Portofino, Italy in May 2006 and this was followed by another meeting in Tuzla, Turkey in October 2007. During this time much progress has been made towards re-establishing the 12' Dinghy as a truly international class.

The 12 feet dinghy is one of the Vintage Yachting Classes at the 2012 Vintage Yachting Games.

The Dublin Bay Problem[edit]

In 2011 the first Irish 12 foot Championships for at least 40 years was held at the Royal St George Yacht Club. Boats of the International Design and the Dublin Bay option sailed against each other.

Dublin Bay 12 footer[edit]

Due to the type of short steep waves which occur in Dublin Bay, some owners of the Dun Laoghaire International 12 footers modified the design in the 1960s to reduce the amount of water taken over the bow. They put a small foredeck, inserting a new mast step, Moving the mast aft, cutting down the size of the mainsail, and hoisting a small jib borrowed from the other classic class the Water Wag. No alterations were made to the hull, or underwater appendages - so the alterations should be reversible.

Wall of Fame[edit]

Olympic Games[1][edit]

 Rank  Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  Netherlands (NED) 1 1 0 2
2  Sweden (SWE) 1 0 0 1
3  Norway (NOR) 0 1 0 1
4  Finland (FIN) 0 0 1 1
2 2 1 5
Games Gold Silver Bronze
1920 Antwerp
 Netherlands (NED)
Cornelis Hin
Johan Hin
Frans Hin
 Netherlands (NED)
Arnoud van der Biesen
Petrus Beukers
No further competitors
1928 Amsterdam
 Sweden (SWE)
Sven Thorell
 Norway (NOR)
Henrik Robert
 Finland (FIN)
Bertil Broman

Vintage Yachting Games [2][edit]

 Rank  Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
Event Gold Silver Bronze
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Lake Como
7–15 July 2012

Cockshott Trophy[3][edit]

 Rank  Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  Italy 2 2 0 4
2  Netherlands 0 0 2 2
2 2 2 6
Event Gold Silver Bronze
2009  Italy (ITA)
Giorgio Pizzarello
 Italy (ITA)
Stefano Pizzarello
 Netherlands (NED)
Fred Udo
2010  Italy (ITA)
Uberto Capannoli
 Italy (ITA)
Giorgio Pizzarello
 Netherlands (NED)
Pieter Bleeker
In process
 Netherlands (NED)
Pieter Bleeker
 Italy (ITA)
Uberto Capannoli
 Netherlands (NED)
Duud Dudok Van Heel


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