Crew: 2 man crew. For racing, ideal weight of sailors should be between 150 and 180kgs.
Dimensions: 4.27 meters in length, 1.83 meters in width and ±74kg.
Sail Area: 18.58 square meters, spinnaker is 35 square meters.
Class: Restricted (hull shape remains the same from year to year)
Characteristics: Twin trapeze development class that has always been at the forefront of racing development.
Difficulty Level: Experienced
The International 14 is a two-person, two trapeze, 14-foot double-handed racing dinghy.
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 special. 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 class has permitted its rules to be revised at various times in its history in order to keep the class at the forefront of dinghy racing development and can now best be described as an ultralight dual-trapeze sailing dinghy with large sail area. It is often raced with boats of similar design in one-design, or non-handicap races.
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.