In a committee meeting on 16-2-2023 the IFDCO has decided to appoint the St. Petersburg Yacht Club to host and organize the Flying Dutchman World Championship 2024.
It was not an easy decision in regard to the prices to ship the boats by container to St. Petersburg. This issue has been on the committees mind for the last 6 months. We have been monitoring the container prices constantly.
The St. Petersburg Yacht Club needed a decision in order to have enough time to organize the Championship. At this moment the prices for a round trip from the Netherlands to St. Petersburg are about € 2.100. The prices of container shipping are going down slightly. We realize that it still is a lot of money and in order to emphasize teams to go to St. Petersburg the IFDCO has also decided to support every team with € 400 to go to the Worlds.
We think it is very important to keep our tradition up to go out of Europe every 4 years as we are a worldwide class. This is also a very important signal to World Sailing. Also we want to join the Flying Dutchman sailors from the western part of the World in good competition. We hope to see
sailors from the US,Canada maybe Mexico and Chile?
We do realize that for ‘younger’ teams it will be difficult to raise the money for such an event. We will try to find some extra support for them but also feel that because of this reason we cannot say no to a Worlds
outside of Europe.
Peter van Koppen