Uffa Fox International 14
We want to bring back fleet racing for Classic Wooden International 14's. This is a unique opportunity for a sailing club to become the new home for a fleet of Classic Wooden International 14's. It is a chance to recreate the spectacle of sailing of yesteryear using the most famous and the first one design planing dinghy.
We have a number of Classic Uffa Fox International 14's available for sale and we are looking for members of a sailing club or individuals to get involved in buying and housing this fleet and organising regular competitions to aim to win a new trophy which we would like to introduce as a Memorial Trophy to Uffa Fox.
If you would like to own you own International 14 then we can offer a couple of different options
1. We have two very rare pre-war International 14's available for purchase that are need of restoration go to
the restoration page here.
2. We have taken the measurements and design to take commissions to build a brand new Vintage International 14, based on an Uffa Fox pre-war design built in traditional materials for us in classic sailing regattas/ Please contact me for details here.
Uffa Fox was a boat designer, boat builder and yachtsman sans pareil. In the 1930's he designed the International 14 having built on lessons of earlier designers. But he added a new touch of genius in the design, rather than continue with the displacement dinghy he went for a radical design for a sail boat at the time to include V sections forward and flatter sections further back. His other maxim was to make the boats as light as possible. He famously said weight is useful in a steam roller but useless in a sailing boat. What resulted were fast boats, that would get up easily on a plane and sail relatively upright. Avenger one of his earliest designs went on to win 52 firsts, 2 second places, and 3 thirds out of 57 starts. He had changed the rules of racing dinghy design overnight, opened up a sport to a greater number of participants and gave birth to the principles of modern dinghy design. The International 14's that came out of Uffa's own yard on the Isle of Wight went through continuous development year on year, as he competed and won many Prince of Wales Trophies. Some years, he practically sailed the new design off the slipway to the start line.
These boats today are getting increasingly rare. They are also very engaging to see the craftsmanship that went into each vessel. Often over 1000 hours were needed to originally complete the boat and they are delight to behold with their deep patina finished in lovely mahogany shades. The Uffa Fox boats in particular are built to very high standards and represent unique record of Britains sailing heritage. However, they are thoroughbreds that want to take to water again and race. Thankfully many of the originals have been preserved in a national private collection as well as by individual owners. It is a great privilege to offer these racing heroes to a new generation of owners. We would like to work with the new owners to establish a racing fleet of International 14's once again that could then compete in an annual Uffa Fox Memorial Cup. Therefore, these boats coming up for auction may be of interest for a sailing club or individuals to own and enter in the new trophy regatta.
The boat shown above and immediately below is the 1937, K380 called Lancing.
Stewart Morris, OBE, (25 May 1909 – 24 February 1991) was a British sailor, born in Bromley, Kent. He competed at the 1948 Summer Olympics in London and won a gold medal in the Swallow class with David Bond. Stewart raced his Olympic boat, Swift, in later years at Itchenor Sailing Club in Chichester Harbour. However, the real passion of Stewart's life, from his undergraduate days onwards, was the International 14 dinghy. His record of success in the class is unrivalled and he was 12 times winner of the Prince of Wales (PoW) Cup: 1932 Torbay in R.I.P. K267; 1933 Lowestoft in R.I.P. K267; 1935 Cowes in Alarm K347; 1936 Clyde in Alarm K347; 1947 Hunstanton in Martlet K507; 1948 Cowes in Martlet K507; 1949 Torbay in Martlet K507; 1957 Hunstanton in Bolero K667; 1960 Falmouth in Bolero K667; 1961 Whitstable in Gossip K767; 1962 Weymouth in Gossip K767; and 1965 Scarborough in Encore K847.
He served as Commander in the RNVR during the Second World War.