Old School Sailing.

When Southport solicitor and amateur boat designer George Cockshott, entered a design competition in 1913, little could he have envisaged that the boat that he drew would still be sailing 100 years later. Cockshott's 12 Foot Dinghy went on to become the first small boat to gain international status and was selected for the 1920 and 1928 Olympic Games. Although outclassed by modern boats, its endearing character ensures that it is still sailed and raced enthusiastically by near-fanatical owners around the world.

No fewer than 171 Dinghies assembled in the Netherlands during June 2014 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the arrival of the 12' Dinghy in that country!

text from The International 12 foot Dinghy Class Association | Photos from La Sezione Classici dell Associazione Italiana Dinghy 12

"Janie's Got A Gun" Not Your Dad's Hobie!

Dum, dum, dum, honey what have you done?
Dum, dum, dum it's the sound of my gun.
Dum, dum, dum, honey what have you done?
Dum, dum, dum it's the sound

Janie's got a gun
Janie's got a gun
Her dog day's just begun
Now everybody is on the run
Tell me now it's untrue.
What did her daddy do?
He jacked a little bitty baby
The man has got to be insane
They say the spell that he was under the lightning and the 
thunder knew that someone had to stop the rain

Run away, run away from the pain yeah, yeah yeah yeah
Run away run away from the pain yeah yeah 
yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah
Run away, run away, run, run away

From The Gunboat G4 Marketing Department:

"Stomp on maxis, superyachts, and any grand prix race-boat in sight. The GUNBOAT G4 offers Formula 40 speeds in an easy to handle and forgiving weekender. Unless your fleet includes an AC72, an ORMA 60 or a MOD70, your competition will only see your transoms, which is why your G4 comes clearly marked. You’ll be the envy of everyone on the ICW, with the fastest boat that will fit under the bridges."  
Wow, STOMP! Now that's a heck of a descriptive word. It doesn't conjure up the idea of sportsmanship.  But hey, that's why they pay the advertising gurus to entice you to spend your hard earned cash on a new toy. Gosh, I want to be 
the envy of everyone on the ICW. How much does it cost?