The International 14 is at the leading edge of the sailing world. This high performance, racing dinghy is where it is today because it has managed to effectively balance development and performance against fleet growth at the national and international levels. Throughout its long and esteemed history, the I14 has stayed at the forefront of design and technology, without forgetting why it exists - great sailboat racing!
The International 14 is one of the oldest dinghy classes racing today. It traces its origin back to the late 19th century in Canada, England and Australia. Over the past hundred years the I14 has evolved a fierce look and high-tech design that continues to fascinate awe-struck spectators and humble even the fittest sailors the world has to offer. Today's I14 has both crew hanging from trapeze, a 350 square foot asymmetrical spinnaker launched off a nine foot pole, and an ultra-light 165 pound hull. Combined with talented crews the result is a machine that reaches speeds up to 25 knots or 50 km/h. Fleets exist around the world, in countries such as Canada, the US, Great Britain, Australia, New Zealand, Switzerland, Germany and Japan. Competitors converge at the world championships about every 18 months to compete and see who's got the fastest boat and the best crew.
Ask any "fourteen" sailor why they are so attracted to their bewitching little dinghy and the answer will no doubt include: the challenge, the excitement, the history and the great competition.