International One Design
All the St Mawes IODs have been brought down from Scotland where the British revival of IOD racing began in the 1970s and 1980s; in 1990 the IOD World Championships were held at the Royal Clyde and Northern Yacht Club. Sadly the Scottish fleet has been in decline in recent years, but as these Scottish boats have been offered up for sale this has created a great opportunity for St Mawes.
IODs are not new to the Carrick Roads Sanchia has been based in Falmouth for many years but it was Roger Smith, of Polvarth Boatyard, who spotted the opportunity to create a racing fleet of IODs in St Mawes. Following Robin Dickers restoration of Mitzi and Rogers purchase of Amelia, four more IODs all of them wooden have been purchased from Scotland and brought down to St Mawes over the past two years. At one time there were six IODs in the harbour Mitzi, Happy Go Lucky, Kyla, Wild Goose Pirate and Amelia. St Mawes now hosts the only IOD racing fleet in the UK and we are in the process of registering the fleet with the international class association.
Uffa Fox once described International One Designs as lovely little ships, with lines as elegant as a smelts. We hope you enjoy seeing these wonderful yachts on the waters of St Mawes for many years to come. If anyone is interested in acquiring an IOD which can be purchased for considerably less than a Sunbeam.
Last updated 18:59 on 18 January 2024