Seeds of battle

In the mid-1920s Frank Morgan Giles dominated YRA 14-footer racing with beautiful, fast – and costly – carvel-built designs. Elsewhere others favoured a more robust and cheaper approach. The rapidly evolving market was now in a state of flux… and that was before a rumbustious young Uffa Fox joined the party. Clare McComb recalls a contentious time for British yacht designers BEKEN

In Cowes, by the end of 1926, Frank Morgan Giles had made a serious enemy. Undisputed designer-king of the 14ft dinghy, today’s International 14, someone had decided, quite determinedly and deliberately, to take his crown.

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