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Please be aware that all planning may be subject to change because of the current Covid-19-situation.
Dear FD Sailors,
we are currently creating the next Bulletin. Please share your experience from 2020, regatta results, pictures and your stories. Please send your material to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks a lot!
I hope all of you have spent a nice Christmas time and you had a good New Years Eve. So I wish everybody a good and healthy 2021!
Probably we are all happy 2020 is over as we all had a bad experience unleashed by the Corona virus mentally and eventually financially. Towards the summer it all looked much better but towards the end of the year we all faced more severe regulations ending into a second lockdown. By now quite a few of us will have stories and experiences from friends or family close by that were touched by Corona. Besides the situation of the actual sailing I very stongly hope that we will come out of this situation sooner than later! Hopefully the vaccin will bring us what we hope. Also the higher temperature in the summer will help us.
As there was no World Championship the Committee organised the AGCM on the 8th of december 2020 by Zoom. As it was to complex to organize we had no National Secretaries meeting nor a competitors hearing. So just the more necessary decisions were made.
One big new thing might be that we made the plan to install a Flying Dutchman App. It will be financed with the money we saved with having less expenses in 2020. I think it is a great idea to install this as it will improve the access to all FD matters. It will represent the whole FD website. Even on the Worlds or Europeans instant decisions like postponements or results will be available very quickly. So I hope you all like this idea and we will be happy with it once it is installed and it will improve communiction.
Most of all I hope that when the conditions improve we will be able to sail again. Furthermore I hope we will be able to organize the World Championship in Spain in September as we need the positive input that this event brings in so many respects.
So for 2021 I hope for all of you that it will be a prosperous year and that I will find you in your FD with a big smile sailing!
Peter van Koppen
It is with sadness and regret that I must inform you that my brother Andrzej Iwiński left us after a long and serious illness. Jędrek was for me not only my older brother, but also a real guardian when I needed it in my youth, a mentor and role model. It was he who taught me the love of sailing, a love that also filled his life as long as his health allowed. He was a two-time Olympian, multiple Polish Champion in the beloved and beautiful Flying Dutchman class. A graduate of the famous Jurek Borowski cadet school in SWOS No. 2 in Warsaw. Let us remember him as a happy, soul of the company, full of jokes. I think that was his wish in the last moments of his illness. Happy winds, Brother, wherever your soul is sailing now!
Just before sunrise, on Monday, October 26, the FD Class lost one of the most senior members as Jupp Wanders (82) from Germany passed away.
Never again GER 139
Jupp was a crossborder sailor. Being raised in a small village about 10 miles from the Dutch-German border, he spoke the language of the neighbouring country fluently. He started sailing in the sixties on lakes that the Dutch took from the sea.
Jupp was a war child, working hard, being an architect, and living sober. As a small boy he already experienced the hardships of life, as a refugee, having to flee with his parents when the Allied forces entered Germany in 1945.
At the end of the sixties he bought his first Flying Dutchman. Soon he was a familiar face in the Dutch FD family. That way he became a member of the famous Royal Loosdrecht Yacht Club, the cradle of the Flying Dutchman.
That way he embodied the after war ideals of FD founding father Coen Gulcher: a boat that brings people together internationally, getting to know each others culture by sportmanship, friendship and socializing.
Jupp fitted in that ideal. Always being helpful and encouraging after your fifth capsize or a broken mast: “Come on, get up and let’s share a beer.”
Bringing sailors together.
Jupp did that when he invited the Dutch FD sailors to come to Germany and sail on a small lake near Xanten, half an hour from where he was living. It became a famous yearly event. And Jupp took care to transform his house into a Flying Dutchman hotel. Matresses and sleeping bags in all corners and in the living. Five star service: breakfast, royal dinner, a beer tap and an abundance of drinks.
Being in competition with Jupp often during races, I later became his crew. Together we were proving that two helmsmen in one FD can work out well, as long as one of them is the captain.
That way Jupp became a life long friend.
Even in winter we went for the water. On frozen surface, on our skates, doing tours of 80 kilometres on canals in the famous Dutch windmill area.
No Jupp at the windward mark anymore.
Makes the horizon a little empy.
Let’s watch the waves, cherish the warm memorie. Let’s stick to Jupp’s all time mottos: “Come, keep your head in the wind.”
Paul de Schipper
Photo: Caroline Kramer (Loosdrecht)