The International 14 is a fast, exciting double-handed dinghy with a long history.

Fourteens have evolved from the beautiful wooden hulls of the 1920s to the carbon fibre machines of today. Fourteens have also gone global, becoming an International Class in 1928 and merging with the Australian 14ft Skiffs in the late 1990s. Throughout, the class has been at the forefront of development and represented the ultimate in double-handed dinghy racing. Today, there are active 14 fleets in UK, Australia, Canada, USA, Italy, Switzerland, Japan and France.

The Fourteen is a development class, built to a basic set of rules that allows for innovation. The boats are 14 feet long and, within the current rules, six feet wide. Modern boats have twin trapezes, assymetric spinnakers and hydrofoils on rudders. The class also enjoys an active fleet of Vintage 14s (pre 1950) and Classic 14s (pre 1983 rule changes). For information on either of these fleets, please contact classics@gbr.international14.org

The history of the class up to 1989 is captured in Tom Vaughan’s book “The International Fourteen Foot Dinghy: History and Handbook” – For more recent history, please visit the class history page. Feel free to contribute by contacting the class historian at history@i14.org.

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Boat Data

Hull Length | 4267mm
Beam | 1830mm
Hull Weight | 70kg
Mast - Carbon Fibre
Sail Area - Main & Jib 18.58m2 – Spinnaker unlimited
Hydrofoil – Single Hydrofoil with one lifting element
Construction Carbon Foam / Carbon Nomex
Crew | 2
Optimum Crew weight 160-190kg
Active Fleets – GBR, AUS, GER, CAN, USA, ITA, SUI, JAP, FRA
PY 850
Top Speed - 26kts