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The oldest video footage of International 14 sailing dinghies

by Magnus Smith 7 Jul 04:00 PDT
Could this be the first photo of a sailor trapezing? © G Westell

With the International 14 World Championship starting this month (29th July 2024) in Torbole, Lake Garda - and now this website has a huge video archive available - it might be interesting to look back at how far the class has come in the almost 100 years they have been racing. Most of the footage is from the UK.

As close to the origin of the class as we can get is the 1930 Prince of Wales Cup at Lowestoft. It looks like a frustrating day for these early three-digit sail number boats.

Some time in the 1930s the West London Hospital Cup was filmed. The 14s are mixed up with older gaff-rigged craft but are not on screen much.

Finally we have sound, and can see 14s and an International Canoe on the Thames at Teddington in the year 1947. Motor launches are doubtless being cursed heavily.

From some time in the 1950s, this footage of number 107 at Queen City Yacht Club has some great close-ups.

This short video captures 'Black Thursday' from the 1961 International 14 Prince of Wales Cup at Whitstable. There is some great detail shown on the Youtube page for this video which is well worth a read. A wild day indeed!

Pevensey Bay Sailing Club members visited La Rochelle in the 60s or 70s with their i14s, but please excuse the National 12s that appear too.

Firmly in the eighties now, let's watch 1983 World Championships at Pevensey Bay. The vehicles and clothing on shore really remind us of that era!

At the close of the decade we have footage from the USA - Ziploc Ultimate Yacht Race 1989 - which also includes Ultra 30s. There was an interest in a one-design Int14 for a while...

What of the rest?

Do you know the location of any International 14 videos that show racing fleets from the 1930s to the 80s that we have missed? We would love to share these with other sailors. You can submit video links to us for immediate review.

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