Archive for August, 2020

Marina Price Regatta 5 (1)

Dear Marina-Price competitors!
It came to my attention that there is some concern about next weeks Marina Price Regatta at the Circolo Vela Torbole as there will be a very
big Optimist Regatta on the same days as the Marina Price organised by the Fraglia Vela Riva and the Arco sailing club.
These concerns were twofold: first question is how many Optimists can we expect on the Club terrain and the second question is how will things go on
the water.
After an extensive phone-call with Giulia Grosselli the regatta coordinator I believe that we will have a good regatta at the CVT for the following reasons:
There will be no other Optimists located at the Club for this regatta outside of the actual members of the Club.
On the water there will be a very clear separation of the race courses for the Optimist regatta and the Marina Price regatta in a notherly part (Optimist)
and a southerly part (FD and Contender). There will be no interference in the courses what so ever. Even if we want to make a morning race this will be possible as we will be able to go down south far enough. There is permission now to place any mark where we want it (not like last year).
So I hope this information takes away the existing concerns and we will all see each other on the beautiful Lago di Garda with good winds and weather.
Kind regards
Peter van Koppen
President IFDCO

Thijs Rutten 5 (1)

Saturday night, August 8, shortly before midnight our Honorary member and especially sailing friend Thijs Rutten passed away. Thijs was in hospital for a short time and fell asleep peacefully after a short illness. Our thoughts go out to his family.

Thijs, who has been a FD member since 1987, mainly sailed both national and international regattas with his brother Theo. Whether it was a regatta around the corner or on the other side of the world: they were there. Thijs was always there for everyone and has been the race secretary of our Dutch class for years. He enjoyed both racing on the water and the fun on the shore. Especially in heavier weather Thijs and Theo were in their element.

Raised in a large family, the brothers noticed a Hornet sailing on the water. Deeply impressed, the plan arose to sail one as well. They learned to sail in the Hornet by trial and error. They have sailed many races in the Hornet. After these experiences, the switch to the FD was a piece of cake. In the (at that moment) Olympic class Thijs and Theo were a striking appearance. Because their hearts were in the right place and their no-nonsense approach, they quickly became loved by everyone, also in the international field. Until shortly before his death, Thijs could enjoy all the stories and good memories. And if he could, he was happy to visit the regattas to lend a helping hand if necessary.

What a beautiful person we have lost! Character! …. especially in the Dutch FD…. And what a lot he has done for us.

Dear Thijs rest in peace.