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FD Worlds Raceticker 1

We have a sunny and warm morning in Scarlino and expect a nice sea breeze. After three days of measurement (thanks to Tanja and her team for their great job pushing so many boats in time through measurement!!) the opening ceremony has been postponed to this evening due to a thunderstorm in the late afternoon. The fleet has been divided in two fleets and the first race will start at 11:55. I am sorry that you will not be able to follow the race live today. Metasail will be available from tomorrow on.



FD Worlds – Count Down

Less than three more days till the first start of the 2017 FD Worlds in Scarlino, Italy. The first boats are already through measurement and plenty of trailers on the road to Tuscany. 109 Crews from 18 nations will start on Monday for the first race. Watch it live! We will provide live GPS tracking on 

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IFDCO Meetings at FD Worlds

During the Worlds next week in Scarlino we will have several occasions to meet and discuss the future of our class. And we are looking forward to hear your ideas at the various meetings.

Here is the schedule for all meetings. Exact times and places will be published at the notice board.

Monday 25 – Youth Forum – hosted by Marc Strittmacher
Thuesday 26 – Competitors Hearing – hosted by Jan Lechler
Wednesday 27 – National Secretary’s Meeting – hosted by Meike Greten 
Thursday 28 – AGCM – chaired by Ian McCrossin
For preparation of all meetings here are the minutes of the last AGCM_Meeting and the Agenda of next week´s Annual Committee Meeting 2017:
Marc Strittmatter
VP Communications IFDCO

FD WORLDS Scarlino

Dear competitors,

it is a great pleasure to welcome you at Marina di Scarlino!

We are excited to confirm that 105 FD are registered and we will do our best to fulfil your expectation. We are pleased to send you a brief booklet with some logistics and organizational tips, to make your arrival as smooth as possible.

Please, keep in mind that NO CAR IS ALLOWED TO ENTER INSIDE THE MARINA, but you will find plenty of space in the very wide parking area just outside the Marina gate! You could unpack and prepare your boat there, taking all your time, and enter the Marina gate walking with your boat. Your road trailer and your car can be parked there all week long.

Please, take a look to the attached document, to be informed in advance of the venue facilities and the event program, and the measurement arrangements!

Looking forward to meeting you!

Read more here:


Best regards,

Claudia & Monia

General Committee Election

To inform you before we will meet at the Worlds in Scarlino here are the candidates who will stand for the next term as member of the IFDCO General Committee:

President: Tony Lyall, GBR
Treasurer: Peter van Koppen, NED
VP Championships: Rinaldo Rinaldi, ITA
VP Communications: Marc Strittmatter, GER
VP Development: Svend Vieweg, GER

Svend and Rinaldo were so kind to write some words to introduce themself to the FD class.

“I’m Svend Vieweg, born in Reichenbach, married and 54 years old. 3 childrens and 3 grandchildrens are part of my family, and i’ma  electronic engineer at Continental AG Germany. Since my 10th birthday  my sailing carrer started on a wood made Optimist on a small water dam near my home town. After 2 years i’ve found a helmsman for sailing on a 420 class. After the youth sailing period ended by my 19th birthday  we cange to the local east german sailing class XY. After fall of the wall i change to the FD class with various helms. With the IFDCO VP Development i would like to support sailors on samll countries to enjoy the fantastic sailing with a Flying dutchman.”
Svend Vieweg

“I’m 55 years old, born in Florence where I live. I’m working at University as professor of Supply Chain Management. I have three sons, 22, 4 and 2  years. I’ve been sailing since I was 14 starting from Laser and then moving to FD as crew in the ’80 (when the boat was olimpic class). After spending these years on dinghies, I move on big boats and I took part in two America’s Cup campaigns (1984 with Azzurra and 2001 with Mascalzone Latino) as navigator because I’m keen on electronics.
After that I went back to my main work, university, and started spending less time sailing and racing. I sail back (after my young time…) on a FD the summer 2012 by chance and then I decided to fully dedicate my sailing time to our class. Nowadays I do not sail and race anymore on big boats and spend all my time practicing and racing with ITA 10.”

Rinaldo Rinaldi