The International 14 is one of the world’s premier sailing classes.
It is a two-person, two trapeze skiff, with an unlimited area asymmetric
spinnaker and 200 square feet of combined mainsail and headsail area. Carbon
carbon rigs, now generally with square-head mainsails, give exceptional
performance. While the relatively open class rules leave plenty of room
encouraging innovation. The Fourteen is for sailors looking for a fast,
challenging boat in which they can develop their own ideas while sailing
in the company
of a group of like-minded, open and welcoming competitors.
The Fourteen is the oldest International dinghy class, having been granted
the status by the then IYRU in 1928. Yet the roots of the class go back even
further, to the sailing of various 14 foot dinghies/skiffs in various locations
around the world in the late 1800’s. This gives the class its fantastic
sense of history – and to sail a Fourteen has always been to sail something
But despite the history, the development nature of the class means that the
boats themselves have always been at or near the forefront of small boat technology.
While International status has meant that the class has played a key role
in spreading ideas worldwide. So over the years, the Fourteen has been a major
driver of both the development, and international adoption, of new ideas affecting
all aspects of dinghy/skiff design.
Today the Fourteen is one of the most challenging, exciting, technical and
ultimately satisfying boats to sail. Fourteens, the class saying goes, are
forever; once you ’ve tried one, no other boat will be quite the same.