Welcome to the new Classic Boat Classes website. Created to accompany the newly published book Classic Classes by Vanessa Bird, this website is intended to provide a comprehensive directory to classic dinghy, keelboat and yacht classes from the UK and around the world.

Focusing on the most well-known, popular and enduring designs – from the 7ft Optimist to the 125ft J-Class - this website currently showcases 144 classes, but with a wealth to choose from is set to grow over the next few months....

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This project is still ongoing, and I hope will continue for many years to come, so if you know of a classic class that you think should be included, then I would be very interested to hear about it. Or, if you have more information on any of the classes included, then please let me know.
Vanessa Bird

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