COD’s were designed to be built in wood, the material of choice in the early 1900’s.
The final design came after The Conway Yacht Club first experimented with sailing the ‘Conway River Restricted Class’ in 1910, of which none remain. The club then tried the Fife One Design still sailed in the Menai Strait but their fine lines made them rather too wet and unstable for the local sea conditions. They finally decided on the current design in 1928. ’