List of dinghy classes designed before 1960

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The following is a list of Dinghy classes designed before 1960.

Classic One Design Dinghy Classes[edit]

Year Nationality Name Length Designer Builder Origins Active Fleets Notes
1886 GBR Water Wag 13 ft 0 in (3.96 m) Thomas B. Middleton of Shankill Corinthinan Sailing Club Note: 1900 change to 14ft3ins by James (or Maimie) Doyle from Kingstown 44 c/o Royal Irish Yacht Club
1898 GBR Seabird Half Rater 20 ft 0 in (6.10 m) George Cockshott Lathoms of Hesketh Bank 106 West Lancashire Yacht Club Source[1]
1906 GBR West Kirby Star 16 ft 9 in (5.11 m) Mr. Herbert Baggs and Mr. W. Scott Hayward 1st 8: Latham of Crossens West Lancashire Yacht Club
1911 GBR Thames Estuary One Design (TEOD) 18 ft 0 in (5.49 m) Morgan Giles Alexandra YC Southend on Sea & Essex YC Leigh on Sea Gunter Rig [2]
1911 GBR Yarmouth One Design Class 20 ft 10.5 in (6.363 m) Henry Longmore Theo Smith, Yarmouth, and two by Woodnutts, St. Helens Solent Yacht Club Royal Solent Yacht Club, Yarmouth, Isle of Wight 13 built. originally gaff rigged, adopted Bermudian rig in 1936[3]
1912 GBR International 12 foot dinghy 12 ft 0 in (3.66 m) George Cockshott Netherlands, Italy and Japan first one-design racing dinghy to gain international recognition
1913 GBR Hamble One Design 18 ft 0 in (5.49 m) A R Luke Luke & Co (Hamble) Hamble River Sailing Club Not Active [4]
1919 GBR 18 foot dinghy 24 ft 6 in (7.47 m) G.L. Watson & Co. used in the 1920 Summer Olympics as a double handed Olympic class; 18ft LWL
1919 GBR Essex One Design (EOD) 18 ft 0 in (5.49 m) Morgan Giles Cole and Wiggins, Leigh on Sea Essex YC Leigh on Sea Bermudan Rig [2]
1920's USA Snowbird (sailboat) 15 ft 6 in (4.72 m) plans from Rudder magazine (1921) Tom Broadway, G.V. Johnson The Snowbird was the Olympic Monotype Class for the 1932 Olympics. See Newport Harbor Nautical Museum, California
1921 GBR Shannon-One-Design 16 ft 0 in (4.88 m) F.C. Morgan-Giles Walter Levinge of Creaghduff, Coosan Lough Ree Yacht Club
1921 FRA French National Monotype 1924 16 ft 0 in (4.88 m) Gaston Grenier used in 1924 Olympics
1923 GBR St Mawes One Design 18 ft 0 in (5.49 m) William Francis Peters 45 Active[5] [6]Note: Ballasted Centreplate Dayboat
1923 NZL P-class yacht 7 ft 7 in (2.31 m) Harry Highet Originally at Onerahi then Tauranga
1926 GBR Hamble Star 14 ft 0 in (4.27 m) A R Luke Active[7]
1927 GBR Brightlingsea One Design 0 ft 0 in (0 m) Robbie Stone Stone Shipyard Active[8]
1931 GBR Sea View One-Design 12 ft 0 in (3.66 m) V.A. Warren & Son Sea View Yacht Club Active at Sea View over 200 built: largest local one-design fleet on the South Coast of England[9] [10]
1931 AUS 12 Square meter Sharpie (dinghy) 19 ft 8 in (5.99 m) Kroger Brothers Australia UK, Holland, Germany, Portugal
1931 Worldwide Snipe (dinghy) 15 ft 6 in (4.72 m) William Crosby Florida West Coast Racing Association
1932 USA Comet (dinghy) 16 ft 0 in (4.88 m) Mr. C. Lowndes Johnson Chesapeake Bay Originally called the "Crab," then the Star Junior before taking on the name Comet
1932 IRL Dublin Bay Mermaid 17 ft 0 in (5.18 m) John B. Kearney Dublin Bay Sailing Club
1932 GBR British Moth 11 ft 0 in (3.35 m) Sydney Cheverton Active
1934 USA Hampton One Design 0 ft 0 in (0 m) Vincent Serio Hampton YC, Virginia [11]
1936 GBR Wivenhoe One Design 15 ft 0 in (4.57 m) Dr. Walter Radcliffe Various Wivenhoe Sailing Club Wivenhoe One-Design Association ~19 built, ~16 extant[12]
1937 GBR Menai Strait One Design 20 ft 0 in (6.10 m) 17 built, all still extant. Active [13][14]
1938 GBR Firefly 12 ft 0 in (3.66 m) Uffa Fox Fairley Marine & Other Active
1938/9 GBR Ace (national 18) 18 ft 0 in (5.49 m) Uffa Fox Whitstable YC [2]
1940s GBR Fowey River Class 15 ft 0 in (4.57 m) Reg Freeman[15] Active [16]
1945 USA Thistle 17 ft 1 in (5.21 m) Sandy Douglass [17]
1949 Worldwide GP14 14 ft 0 in (4.27 m) Jack Holt Active
1951 GBR Axe One Design 12 ft 3 in (3.73 m) Jack Drew Jack Drew Axe Yacht Club, Axmouth Axe Yacht Club Some 20 built up to the 1960's; ~7 extant [18][19]
1952 GBR Hornet 16 ft 0 in (4.88 m) Jack Holt NB: Restricted Class
1956 GBR Enterprise 13 ft 3 in (4.04 m) Jack Holt
1966 GBR Estuary OD 18 ft 0 in (5.49 m) Thames Structural Plastics and later E.R. Birch, both of Canvey Island [2]
Sandweaver 16 ~16 ft 0 in (4.88 m) based on Blakeney one design, in turm was based on an Uffa ACE 18
IRL Howth 17 0 ft 0 in (0 m) Ireland
GBR Yachting World Dayboat 0 ft 0 in (0 m) Active[20]
GBR Norfolk Punt 0 ft 0 in (0 m) Active[21]
GBR SCOW 0 ft 0 in (0 m)
GBR Bembridge SCOW 0 ft 0 in (0 m) [22]
GBR Lymington SCOW 0 ft 0 in (0 m)
GBR Salcombe A Class 0 ft 0 in (0 m) Not Active[23]
0 ft 0 in (0 m)

Classic Development Dinghies Classes[edit]

Year Nationality Name Length Designer Builder Origins Active Fleets Notes
1898 GBR Thames A-class rater 0 ft 0 in (0 m) Various Thames Sailing Club
1928 AUS Australian precursor to Moth Class 0 ft 0 in (0 m)
1929 USA American Moth Boat 11 ft 0 in (3.35 m) started by Captain Joel Van Sant Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Worldwide International Moth 0 ft 0 in (0 m) Various Various GBR/AUS
Worldwide International 14 0 ft 0 in (0 m) Various Various
GBR National 12 0 ft 0 in (0 m)
GBR Merlin Rocket 0 ft 0 in (0 m)
Worldwide 18ft Skiff 0 ft 0 in (0 m) AUS Sydney
AUS 12ft Skiff 0 ft 0 in (0 m)
0 ft 0 in (0 m)

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