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Italy Issued Centennial Stamp on Italian Sport ¨C 12¡ä Dinghy

Italian post issued a stamp commemorating the 100th anniversary of foundation of 12¡ä Dinghy (12 foot dinghy). The stamp features a vintage sailing boat Dinghy 12 ¡® in the foreground on the left, and a series of modern boats of the same class, participating in the race.Designed by George Cockshott, an amateur boat designer from Southport, in 1913, the International Twelve Foot Dinghy became the first one-design racing dinghy to gain international recognition.

The 12¡ä Dinghy took part in the 2008 Vintage Yachting Games as part of the closing ceremony. The winners of the events took the helm during a short in-harbor regatta sailed in 12¡ä Dinghies.

The foundations of the international association were laid at a meeting in the Hotel Jolanda, Portofino, Italy in May 2006 and this was followed by another meeting in Tuzla, Turkey in October 2007. During this time much progress has been made towards re-establishing the 12¡ä Dinghy as a truly international class.The 12 feet dinghy is one of the Vintage Yachting Classes at the 2012 Vintage Yachting Games.

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