History of the IOD Class

The Bermuda International One Design Fleet is the oldest actively raced sailing fleet in Bermuda, with a history of over 60 years of competitive world-class racing. The International One Design (IOD) is a graceful, classic design which was the first class to be recognized by the International Sailing Federation in the Classic Yacht category. The IOD design has its roots in a Six-Metre yacht named “Saga”, built in 1935 for Eldon and Kenneth Trimingham of Bermuda. The six metre design was modified to make the boat easier to handle as a one design class racer. The first five Bermuda IODs arrived in 1938. Since then, IOD fleets have been established internationally, and now actively race in Norway, Sweden, Scotland, the east and west coasts of the USA, and Bermuda.

The Bermuda IOD Fleet’s racing schedule spans March to November each year, and includes over 30 events. The IOD is the boat of choice for the prestigious King Edward VII Gold Cup Match Racing event held each year in Hamilton Harbour. The International One Design can inarguably be considered the most recognized sailing fleet in Bermuda.

The Bermuda IOD Fleet welcomes new skippers and crew who wish to sail.

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