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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Classic Classes

By Vanessa Bird

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From the 7ft Optimist to the 125ft J class – this beautifully illustrated book showcases 144 boats from across the world, with a wealth of detail on each class, including:
• The origins and history of the class
• What it’s like to sail one
• Fascinating stories about the boat – who sailed her and her development,
• Stunning photography, sailplans and sail symbols
• Full detail on the design's specification, layout and designer

Featuring designers from an internationally recognised hall of fame (including William Fife, Olin Stevens, Maurice Griffiths and Uffa Fox), Classic Classes is the perfect resource for classic boat owners and enthusiasts worldwide, whether their interest lies in high-performance thoroughbred racers, well-loved creek crawling cruisers or popular home-built classic dinghies.
There is also a section devoted to the 44 Olympic classes.

To order a copy of the book, please email:

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