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  • Northeast Harbor Fleet Hosting Int’l One Design North Am. Invitational Regatta July 29, 2016By Eric GullicksonNORTHEAST HARBOR (WABI TV5/CW) On Somes Sound near Northeast Harbor a sailing race is going on. The Northeast Harbor Fleet is hosting the ...
    Posted Aug 1, 2016, 7:53 AM by IOD-WCA Webmaster
  • 2016 Nantucket IOD Invitational By Ian McNieceThe 16th running of the Nantucket IOD Invitational was held June 24-26. This edition of the event included many past champions of this event two of ...
    Posted Jul 13, 2016, 5:15 AM by Danielle Lawson
  • THE ARGO GOLD CUP ...and the part it has played in the development of the International One Designs and, eventually, Bermuda’s hosting of next year’s America’s Cupby Guy VenablesThe ...
    Posted May 13, 2016, 8:39 AM by IOD-WCA Webmaster
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The International One-Design Class was conceived to build, maintain and race a fleet of "One-Design Yachts, distinctive in appearance and performance, using one-design racing, and especially to develop the competitive capacities of both helmsmen and crews under the fairest and most equal conditions."

The design of the International One-Design was inspired by a Six Metre created by the famous Norwegian architect and builder Bjarne Aas, in 1935. Cornelius Shields, Sr., impressed by her beauty and handling qualities,
initiated action for an entire Class similar in design and appearance, but with a loftier rig and a short shelter and storage cabin. Aas submitted plans and specifications in 1936 and a syndicate was formed. 

In late 1936, twenty five International One-Designs yachts were delivered from Norway and commenced racing on Long Island Sound. Since that time, other fleets have formed in Norway, the UK, Bermuda, Canada and the United States.
With 12 fleets in 5 countries and over 150 yachts actively racing, the International One Design was the first class to be recognized by ISAF as a "Classic" One Design Class. 

2011 marked the 75th anniversary of the International One Design Class.  We celebrated with a grand regatta in Marblehead, MA where we were proud to have some of the original 25 hulls racing alongside newer fiberglass versions and brand new wooden models all aligned as International One Designs and committed to testing the skill of the helmsperson and her crew. 

Upcoming Events

July 28 - 30, 2016
North American Invitational
Northeast Harbor, ME

September 4 - 10, 2016
2016 World Championships
San Francisco USA
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