Story: Sailing and windsurfing

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Iron Duke

In the 1920s a 14-foot centreboard dinghy type, known as the X-class, became popular for competitive racing. The craze was kicked off by Governor-General Lord Jellicoe, who had one built. He named it the Iron Duke after his Royal Navy flagship. Here the boat is performing in a light southerly on Wellington Harbour.

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Harold Kidd, 'Sailing and windsurfing - Rapid growth: 1918 to 1940', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/7134/iron-duke (accessed 31 July 2021)

Story by Harold Kidd, published 12 Jun 2006, updated 1 Jun 2016