International 14

International 14

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The International Fourteen 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 hulls and carbon rigs, now generally with square-head mainsails, give exceptional performance. While the relatively open class rules leave plenty of room for experiment, encouraging innovation.

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.

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.

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International 14
  • RYA Dinghy Show 2018 - CST Interview

    Episode 1

    VRsport.tv caught up with Chris Dixon and Clynton Wade-Lehman, from Sydney based CST Composites, who popped over from Australia to showcase their carbon spars to the UK sailing community.

    Video Producer: VR Sport Media

  • International 14 POW Week 2018 - Day One

    Episode 2

    Exe Sailing Club is hosting the International 14 GBR fleet for the 2018 Prince of Wales Week - stunning conditions with heavier breeze forecasted. The teams are preparing for take off tomorrow.

    Video Producer: VR Sport Media

  • International 14 POW Week 2018 - Day Two

    Episode 3

    Exe Sailing Club is hosting the International 14 GBR fleet for the 2018 Prince of Wales Week - wind and swell were too much for the sailors to safely pass the sand spit at the entrance of the Exe estuary. Racing cancelled but we caught up with some of the competitors for a chat about the class.
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  • International 14 POW Week 2018 - Day Three

    Episode 4

    Exe Sailing Club is hosting the International 14 GBR fleet for the 2018 Prince of Wales Week - "Let me introduce you to the POW Cup!" It means a lot to the Int14 sailors, even flying in from Hawaii, to race for one of the most prestigious trophies in the sport.

    Video Producer: VR Sport Media

  • International 14 POW Week 2018 - Final Day

    Episode 5

    The finale of the 2018 Prince of Wales Week. The breeze stayed away until the very last race allowing the skiffs to finally get flying on the Exe Estuary showcasing these high performance skiffs.

    Video Producer: VR Sport Media

  • 2018 International 14 World Champs Promo

    Episode 6

    Welcome to Richmond Yacht Club - they know a few things about hosting the Int 14 World's. Get ready to have the ride of your life in San Francisco...

    Video Producer: VR Sport Media

  • Whitsun Regatta 2018 - Hayling Island - Day One

    Episode 7

    Nick Peters, Commodore of Hayling Island Sailing Club, couldn't have put it any better for the revamped Whitsun Regatta - "The sun shone, the winds blown and hey..what more do you need!"

    Video Producer: VR Sport Media

  • Whitsun Regatta 2018 - Hayling Island - Day Two

    Episode 8

    Lighter conditions at the Whitsun Regatta at Hayling Island Sailing Club after thunderstorms lit up the sky over night. Resounding success for the club and all the sailors with the sun back out and plenty of smiles.

    Video Producer: VR Sport Media

  • International 14 World Champs - Team Race - Day One

    Episode 9

    The start of the Team Racing commenced at the 2018 Int 14 World Championship hosted by Richmond Yacht Club, San Francisco. Plenty of action for the six teams with the classic Bay chop and breeze.

    Video Producer: VR Sport Media

  • International 14 World Champs - Team Race - Day Two

    Episode 10

    Team Race Finals for Australia, Germany, Great Britain and USA. The 'GBR Shake n Bake Off' team (aka Itchenor SC and Hayling Island SC) dominated at the starts and punished the rest of the nations with a convincing 2-0 final. Will they be so fast in the International 14 World Championships 2018 ...

  • Hanz und Franz - Road Trip to the Int 14 Worlds

    Episode 11

    They're back and this time it's a roadtrip from Toronto to Richmond, California. These infamous skiff sailors need to get to the International 14 Worlds and have found themselves in Canada with only 48 hours to get across North America...

    Video Producer: VR Sport Media

  • International 14 World Champs 2018 - Day One - Practice Race

    Episode 12

    Let's Get Ready To Rumble - practice race for the Int 14's overlooked by the Golden Gate Bridge. Grinning from ear to ear, the fleet enjoyed stunning conditions getting themselves ready for the big fight.

    Video Producer: VR Sport Media

  • International 14 World Champs 2018 - Day Two - Race One

    Episode 13

    Race One and the Brits dominated the front with father and son, Andy and Tom Partington, driving their International 14 skiff at sonic speed to take the win. Fellow Itchenor Sailing Club sailors, Neale Jones and Ed Fitzgerald, took second with the classic 'double gybe drop' at the last leeward ma...

  • International 14 World Champs 2018 - Day Three - Race Two

    Episode 14

    As predicated the wind and swell picked up for a classic day at the 'rodeo' for the fleet of International 14 skiff sailors on Day Three. The Bay can be a wild stallion and certainly threw many of the riders off their boats but Race Two started with Neale Jones and Ed Fitzgerald, GBR 1553, leadin...

  • International 14 World Champs 2018 - Day Four - Race Three

    Episode 15

    Groundhog Day - Neale & Fitzgerald round the windward mark first with Partingtons closing in... Well it isn't. The Australians came through and survived the breezy conditions whilst the Brits had a swim and unfortunate t-foil rudder snap. Lindsay Irwin and Andrew Perry (AUS 663) top the overall r...

  • International 14 World Champs 2018 - Day Five - Race Four

    Episode 16

    Lots of worried faces in the boat park - it looked windy, very windy.. But PRO, Del Olsen, assured the International 14 skiff fleet that everything would settle down. Local knowledge proved right and a decisive fourth race for the Germans. Georg Borkenstein and 'Big' Eike Dietrich lead from start...

  • International 14 World Champs 2018 - Day Six - Race Five

    Episode 17

    Air of tension within the boat park - things are getting serious and the winds dropping allowing the lighter crews the chance to hit the front. Dan Holman/ Alex Knight (GBR 1556) came in hot and tacked just in front of Andy and Tom Partington (GBR 1559) - their lead didn't last long as 'Penguin D...

  • International 14 World Champs 2018 - Day Seven - Race Six

    Episode 18

    After a general recall, the sixth race started with the Australian skiff team, Mark Krstic/ James Lanati starting with the main contenders at the pin end but boxed in, where they took the risky decision of clear air and tacked off to go right. It paid off with them rounding the windward mark in f...

  • International 14 World Champs 2018 - Final Day - Race Seven

    Episode 19

    The British father son duo, Andy and Tom Partington, led into the final day with a six point margin closely being chased by three other International 14 teams. Wind was light but due to increase and the bets were favouring the Brits.

    Video Producer: VR Sport Media

  • International 14 World Champs 2018 - It's A Wrap

    Episode 20

    What a World Championship - congratulations to all of the intrepid I14 sailors and everyone at Richmond Yacht Club for putting a great show. It's A Wrap - see you all in Perth 2020!

    Video Producer: VR Sport Media

  • How I Lost My Virginity...To A International 14!

    Episode 21

    "It's the best fun you could have with your clothes on!" Lorelei inspires many of the International 14 sailors to divulge their wicked memories..

    Video Producer: VR Sport Media

  • Fourteens Are Forever

    Episode 22

    Must for see for anyone who trapezes - a beautful historic documentary about the International 14 and the legendary "Thunder & Lightning" which was the first trapezing dinghy. Footage includes Itchenor SC, Royal Yacht Squadron, Richmond YC, Tamesis SC, Royal Cornwall YC and Beverly YC, to name a ...

  • Hanz und Franz - Top Gun Interview

    Episode 23

    The final interview with the German International 14 pairing of Hanz und Franz - looks like they didn't pass Top Gun after all..

    Video Producer: VR Sport Media

  • Evolution of the International 14

    Episode 24

    Documentary - The International 14 has spawned many innovations within sailing that are now common use by numerous other classes. Andy Bates takes you through the 'evolution' including interviews with a number of skiff legends.

    Video Producer: VR Sport Media