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Classic & Vintage Dinghy

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 A pricey wooden dinghy still sailing today
Swallows and Amazons film prop on BBC1's Antiques Roadshow
Posted on 22 Feb
The John Westell Centenary pt.3
A crown made for sailing: The action out afloat and ashore hots up
Posted on 18 Feb
The John Westell Centenary pt.2: An eye for design
How his love of speed in dinghies would become increasingly strong factors behind his thinking
Posted on 1 Feb
Jack Knights - Witty Wise Man
Sailing lost the sailor, innovator, journalist 40 years ago
Posted on 7 Jan
The John Westell Centenary pt.1: The early years
Exe marks the spot for Dougal Henshall!
Posted on 3 Jan
The winningest Wise Man
Charles Currey, an incredible sailor and a clever and insightful innovator
Posted on 18 Dec 2020
Hot Wood...
Dougal Henshall charts the success of Fairey Marine's moulded dinghies
Posted on 13 Nov 2020
We're back! Introducing Parade Of Sail 2021
What better way to start the year than with wind in our sails
Posted on 3 Nov 2020
All the Fs in sailing
Fantastic full on fast, fun, and FLAT bottomed - the scow
Posted on 30 Jul 2020
Building a wooden dinghy with epoxy resin part 3
Completing the hull and making an amazing spinnaker chute
Posted on 11 Jun 2020
Gregory's Ghost
David Henshall's search for a rare 1960s dinghy has a happy ending
Posted on 3 Jun 2020
Yes I, am the Great Contender
David Henshall gets excited in an overgrown field
Posted on 28 May 2020
BBC Four presents The Sailing Sixties
Great documentary showing how the dinghy boom began in England
Posted on 20 May 2020
The Greed for Speed
Has it taken away the fun of sailing?
Posted on 24 Apr 2020
Garage finds
Have you found some hidden gems during a lock-down spring-clean?
Posted on 5 Apr 2020
Restoring a very early wooden OK dinghy
Purchased free with a cheap trailer, and turned into an unexpected project
Posted on 5 Apr 2020
Restoring a 1979 wooden Europe dinghy
Lots of painstaking varnishwork has created a stunning result
Posted on 28 Mar 2020
Building a wooden dinghy with epoxy resin part 2
Strip planking the hull, and making an amazing wooden mast
Posted on 18 Mar 2020
Experienced sailor back at Wooden Boat Festival
Wooden Boat Builder Steve Adler is back again at Wooden Boat Festival of Geelong 2020
Posted on 9 Mar 2020
Historic 18 Footer Australian Championship overall
Nine skiffs contest the Galloping Ghost Trophy
Posted on 8 Feb 2020
2020 Wooden Boat Festival of Geelong announced
The festival is set to attract over 45,000 visitors
Posted on 14 Jan 2020
Building a wooden dinghy with epoxy resin part 1
Steve Goodchild talks us through the Stornoway 16 build, starting with the jig
Posted on 30 Dec 2019
The Unsung Wise Man
Reg Bratt's remarkable contribution to British dinghy sailing exposed
Posted on 13 Dec 2019
New boat register initiative for Minisail class
Please inform their website of the details you can recall
Posted on 27 Nov 2019
Tips for sailing with a young crew
What is different when racing with kids between the age of 6 and 12
Posted on 25 Oct 2019
One Design or Two?
David Henshall looks at control (and abuse) of hull shapes over the years
Posted on 9 Oct 2019
9th Bosham Classic Boat Revival
53 boats travelled from as far as the Netherlands
Posted on 16 Sep 2019
CVRDA 20th Anniversary Rally at Roadford Lake
A wide range of dinghies celebrate in glorious weather
Posted on 31 Aug 2019
9th Classic Boat Revival preview
5 races over the 7-8 September in Chichester Harbour
Posted on 20 Aug 2019
Trearddur Bay SC prepare for centenary
Myths and Half Rater classes travel to Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta
Posted on 23 Jul 2019


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'Swallow', from the 1974 film Swallows & Amazons, takes fans - young and old - afloat
© Sail Ransome
Star of the 1974 film Swallows & Amazons, renovated in 2011
© Tom Gruitt /
Sophie Neville, Swallows and Amazons actress, then and now
© Daphne Neville / Magnus Smith
Innovative thinking from Jack Knights - the Cobber singlehander
© Thomas
Jack Knights Scans the Racing Scene - a column in Y&Y magazine during the 50s and 60s
© Yachts & Yachting
As Sales Manager at Fairey Marine, Charles Currey was to be seen out most weekends in races demonstrating their boats, such as this Swordfish
© Fairey Marine
Charles Currey sailing the prototype Fairey 505 crewed by the designer, John Westell
© G Westell
Charles Currey and Austin Farrar sailing a 'Fairey 14' (with older sails) at Itchenor
© Austin Farrar Collection / D Chivers
Charleys Currey at a Fairey Marine Owners Club event, flanked by Peter Twiss and Alan Burnard
© Twiss/Currey families
(L-R) Austin Farrar, Charles Currey, Bruce Banks, Keith Shackleton
© Austin Farrar Collection / D Chivers
The prototype Firefly is trialled against a National 12
© Currey Family
Charles Currey converted this bus into an early version of the campervan!
© Currey Family
The gold medal-winning Swallow of Stewart Morris in the 1948 Olympics
© Currey Family
A young Charles Currey working on a 10ft dinghy of his own design
© Currey Family
A Motor Gun Boat (MGB) working up to speed in the Solent
© Currey Family
Jib sheet cleat developed for single-handed sailing in the Firefly (late 1947)
© Currey Family
By the late 1950s Fairey Marine could rightly claim to not only have the widest range of boats, but also they were Europe's largest boatbuilder
© Fairey Marine
The first Fairey Marine GRP Firefly being given a buoyancy test in the old 'instrument pond' at Hamble
© Fairey Marine
If there were Blue Plaques given for major locations in the sailing world then the old Fairey Marine slipway would surely have several
© Dougal Henshall
The first batch of Fairey 505s visit Ouisterham (Charles Currey is stood up in the blue shorts)
© David Chiver / Austin Farrar
Charles Currey on the helm of a Fairey International 14 at the Worlds in Bermuda and, despite being a mass-produced hull in a restricted development class fleet, the Fairey boat offered cost effective access to the top class fleets
© David Chivers / Austin Farrar
A beautifully restored Fairey Finn, one of a number that grace the classic Finn fleet in the UK
© Dougal Henshall
Even in an elite development class such as the International 14, Fairey would still enjoy yet another major success
© Dougal Henshall
The Fairey Jollyboat was undoubtably a quick boat but ultimately it would be found lacking when compared to the new breed of performance dinghies
© Dougal Henshall
Despite being marginalized by the other hot boats of the day, the Jollyboat still sold in sufficient numbers to be classed as a success
© Dougal Henshall
The only entry for the YRA National 15ft class would come from Uffa Fox, with the boat being named the National Swordfish
© Uffa Fox
The prototype Fairey Firefly heads out, with Uffa Fox on the helm and Charles Currey crewing
© Dougal Henshall
The Fairey Firefly at the Olympic Regatta, Torquay, in 1948
© Dougal Henshall
The National 15 / Fairey Swordfish was originally one of the classes intended for the Olympic Regatta, Torquay, in 1948
© Dave Walker
Charles Currey launching his Firefly on the Fairey Marine slipway at Hamble
© Dougal Henshall
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