The earliest reference to the formation of what became the Dragonfly
Class appears in the WSC Committee Book for 1947, when a small
sub-committee was formed to look into the question of a One-Design
Having identified the basic criteria the sub committee set about the
task of finding a suitable boat. After inspecting various boats and
class designs they concluded that the most suitable was the North
Norfolk 14ft, and it was agreed to borrow or hire one for a forthcoming
regatta. But just two weeks later the future of the class was changed
when Dr Palmer reported that he had obtained plans for a boat which
appeared to meet the Club’s requirements. Two weeks later plans of a
14ft dinghy of modern design known as the “FUSS” type were inspected.
By 8th September 1948 the prospective owners agreed to adopt the O’Brien
Kennedy design and inaugurate a class of “FUSS” type boats, which were
being sailed by an Irish Club. Promptly afterwards on 21st September
1948 formal letters were written to Mr Nunn and Mr Robertson placing
orders with each for 10 boats.
Next came the decision of what to call the new class. Various
suggestions were made by members of the club including the Waxwing Class
and Deben Peewits but it was the Dragonfly Class that was carried
unanimously. It was further unanimously agreed that the emblem of the
class should be a silhouette of a Dragonfly and a registration number on
During the winter of 1948/49 construction of the first dragonflies were
sufficiently under way and on 16th April 1949 a draw for the boats took
Based on what is know known as the Irish Dinghy Racing Association (IDRA)
14 Footer, with lines modified according to experience gained on that
boat, some 40 Dragonflies were built on the River Deben, Suffolk for the
Waldringfield Sailing Club.
Built between 1940’s and 50’s 9 of the original Dragonflies are still
actively raced at Waldringfield Sailing Club today, with several boats
currently under restoration. The Class hopes to continue expanding its
fleet, after resurgence in the boats popularity over the last few years.
O’Brien Kennedy, A.M.I.N.A