Dear FD Sailors,
all dates for FD regattas are now online. Enjoy your season-planning here https://www.sailifdco.com/championships/fd-regattas-2024
Greetings from the measurement team.
In a few months the Worlds 2024 in St Petersburg will take place.
For making the measurement procedure as smooth as possible for everyone, please make sure, your boats are DRY for weighing and the presented equipment is complete and according to the FD Class Rules and the Equipment Rules of Sailing:
Last year we started with an online system to reserve a time slot form measurement. This went very well, so we will continue with this. We will handle 4 boats an hour. For this it is essential that you are ready at the beginning of each time slot. For example: if you reserved the time slot of 14.00 – 15.00, you should be there at 14.00.
Please prepare your boat as mentioned in the measurement instructions (see notice board).
Rudders and centerboards
Also this year special attention should be drawn to the rudders and centerboards (see class Rules pages 15, 16 (rules 50 and 51) and appendix F) as a considerable number have been found to be out of spec. during earlier measurements.
We found a lot of issues last years and we will check again. Especially for boats which were not present during a worlds the last 2 years.
Also this time we will be strict for reasons of fairness.
Limit mark mast nr 3
Rule 68: Limit marks. The intention of rule 68 (band nr 3) is that the main sail is not allowed to be above this limit mark. We noticed that it was possible for some boats to hoist the main above this mark. This is not allowed.
To prevent this we will do check the following: “There shall be a system or stop on the mast to prevent the head point of the mainsail from being hoisted above the upper limit (lower edge of band #3). Please take care that this needs to be a solid system which cannot be adjusted during the worlds.
Dear Flying Dutchman Sailors,
I hope you all had a good start of 2024 and I wish you all a Happy Healthy and Beautiful New Year!
I wish for all of you that you have enough free time to spend on sailing and that it is not going to be too much of (20)24/7 to you!
It looks like an interesting sailing season for the Flying Dutchman with both a Worlds and a European Championship in one year!
So we will soon have the Worlds in St.Petersburg. Of course there is always a bit extra on organizing a Worlds overseas but it all looks very promising!
The problem with the container fares that we were so afraid of sort of disappeared and with our container support the transportation costs became quite reasonable. Again Frank Nooijen has done a great job in organizing the shipment of the containers and he really deserves a big compliment from all of us for putting so much time and effort on the job.
At this very moment it is not yet clear if we will have competitors from Oceania. I hope they can decide to come to St.Petersburg. It would be very good for the competition.
And at the end of the season we will have the Europeans in Cadiz Spain where a big fleet is expected and we will have a great welcome by the Spanish and the City of Cadiz! After the Championship the boats can stay in Cadiz for the winter as we will have the Worlds in Cadiz in spring of 2025. In between these two big events races are planned. So easy to join them as the boats are already at the spot. All together a very interesting format!
On the registration of the membership we will introduce a “digital” membership. As a transition we will have both the old-fashioned membership sticker as well as the digital for 2024. We want to do it this way in order to get experience with it and be able to remove problems that might come up easier.
I wish you all great sailing in 2024!
Peter van Koppen