Archive for February, 2020

New FD builder 4.7 (19)

News from Berlin, Germany: The first Herbst FD will be launched in Steinhude in April.
Boat-builder Martin Herbst has taken over all of the equipment from Dirk Bogumil and will produce new FDs in the future. Martin Herbst has earned an excellent reputation as a boat builder. He made his master at the Hein shipyard in Elmshorn, which has successfully built many fast and beautiful dinghies and is still building them. He has had his own craft business for 20 years and is known for his fast 20’s dinghy cruisers, pirates and O-dinghies.
The new FD is based on the Bogumil shape, hull and deck continue to be made in carbon fiber and epoxy with Kevlar honeycombs. Such a change naturally also brings innovations to the building. Bogu will be able to explain to us what’s new in a few weeks, because he and Micha will start with the first Herbst FD at the Trapeze regatta in Steinhude, Germany. We are excited…

Torrevieja Regatta 4.9 (7)

On February 14, 15 and 16, 2020 we were lucky enough to be able to compete again for the second consecutive year at the Olimpyc Week of the Valencian community in Torrevieja.

This year there have been a total of 15 ships, of three nationalities (English, German and Spanish).

The first day was somewhat frustrating and very complicated. With a wind that made it impossible to get out of the trapeze AT 3 TIMES of the regatta 3 sleeves were completed. The main protagonists of the day were undoubtedly Fran and Pepe (ESP-99) who, with their new racing car Er Taco, scored two first and one second. The GER-88 with two seconds and a third was the only one more regular. The rest of the fleet somewhat irregular.

On the second day the wind rises a little to the point of being able to go out to the trapeze and now. Once again Fran and Pepe (ESP-99) stay up with a first, a third and a second. The GER-88 follows him from afar and Gines and Alvarito (ESP-6) finally mark a first. In the rest nothing remarkable except the British who is first in the fifth sleeve.

The last day rises with a rather disgusting fog and mini bottles of cava courtesy of Tom and Meike (GER-112). Some German ships do not compete and after leaving the field the sun begins to appear with wind conditions of about 10 knots. After two seconds and ensure winning the race Fran and Pepe go to port victorious without contesting the last race. Ginés and Álvaro are first two in the last two races, climbing to the third final position and the GER-88 wins the eighth round to secure second place.

Great premiere of Fran and Pepe and fun weekend with very good vibes with the Germans. The FD Class appreciates the excellent organization of the Torrevieja Yacht Club with very good meals at the end of the races.

Picture from Real Club Nautico Torrevieja:

Text: Guzman Egea

EUROCup 2020 5 (2)

The EUROCup Events 2020 have been defined and updated in the events section. Here are all events:

ESP19-21.03.2020EURO Flying Cup
NED11-13.04.2020Easter Egg
ITA8-10.05.2020Univela Cup
GER20-23.06.2020Kiel Week
AUT14-16.08.2020Karwendel Cup
CZE4-6.09.2020HOP Regatta

The notice of race for Kiel Week is already online ( Reserve your early entry fee till 1st of March!

Link to online entry:!/entries?classId=3c98dfe2-7d8d-463a-81d3-6ddf0eb2948f

Updates: events, documents and trophies 5 (1)

As you have probably seen we are currently working a lot on our international website. The main goal is a vivid website for the whole Flying Dutchman community all over the world!

First of all we published an area “FD” with some information about our Flying Dutchman including some trim information.

We updated all international sailing events for the FD class in menu “EVENTS”. We have currently 73 events all over the world – please let us know if there is anything missing so that we can update the information.

In the menu “DOCUMENTATION” you will find updated versions of our rules incl. Euro Cup rules.

And last but not least we updated the trophys menu “ROLL OF HONOR” with the trophies and winning teams from the Class Book 2011. We are now working on collecting the missing information. You are happily invited to support.

For any further hints, comments, ideas, support please send an email to

All the best for all of you.

GER 112, General Secretary

Sail together & communicate together 5 (1)

Dear FD-Sailors,

we are currently working on this webpage to publish more information from all our FD sailors. The new area „News“ is showing all the published posts in different categories and years.

All countries are invited to publish their local information about regattas and trainings, photos or FD experiences on the international website. Just send an email to with a text and some pictures.

Please feel free to send also other FD material which would be nice on this website!

Many greetings to all of you and all the best for 2020.

General Secretary