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Current Specifications
Crew 3
Type Monohull
LOH 12 feet 8 inches (3.86 m)
Beam 6 feet (1.8 m)
Main & Jib area 160 square feet (15 m2)
Designer Alf (Unc) Harvey
Location Wellington, New Zealand

Idle-Along (IA) - is a class of sailing dinghy (or small centreboard yacht) designed by Alf (Unc) Harvey at Worser Bay (Wellington, NZ) in the 1920s. It grew to considerable popularity in the 1950s but its popularity gradually diminished during the 1960s. A redesigned hull for plywood construction by John Spencer kept the class going but on a smaller scale with a small revival in the 1990s with about 10 new boats being built.

The premium annual trophy for the Idle-Along was the Moffat Cup - which was first sailed for in 1936. Competition was discontinued in 1969 but is being revived in 2010 with the support of John Grace of the WYA.

The IA is 12 foot 8 inches long plus bow sprit and 6-foot (1.8 m) in the beam and carries 150 sq ft (13.9 m2) of sail plus spinnaker.

See also

Further reading

  • Ronald Carter (1944) Little Ships. The story of the birth and growth of New Zealand's yachting fleet from the earliest recorded events to the year 1940. See pages 113-114 for history of the class.
  • Ronald Carter (1954) Glory of Sail. A Pictorial Study of Auckland Yachts. Photos by Max Frommherz. See photos of Khama IA 49, Suzanne (IA 39) on pp 96-97, Soneri on pp 104-105,
  • Grahame Anderson (1999) FAST LIGHT BOATS, a Century of Kiwi Innovation.[1]
  • Harold Kidd and Robin Elliott (1999) Southern breeze. A history of yachting in New Zealand.

External links

Note: The Idle-Along is also sometimes referred to as IdleAlong, Idle Along, IA, I Class and Idie.