From September 4 to 11, 2021, the Altea Yacht Club hosted the long-awaited Flying Dutchman dinghy sailing class world championship – “Flying Dutchman World Championship 2021”, in which 68 sailors from different countries participated.
September 4, the registration and measurement of boats began for the World Championship of the Flying Dutchman dinghy sailing class, thus making the necessary checks of the participating boats to ensure equal conditions and allow a competition on time.
The first day of the championship took place on September 6, which started with Southeast winds with 7/8 knots of intensity, thus allowing the scheduled races to be held with routes in the Olympic triangle format.
The Hungarian crew, made up of Szabolcs Majthenyi and Andras Domokos, were already in advancing positions, finally placing themselves as leaders in the provisional classification with two first places in the two races scheduled for this first day. Francisco Martinez Torregrosa and Jose Luis Ruiz Giron, from RCN Torrevieja, took second place; preceded by the German boat manned by Kay-Uwe Lüdtke and Kai Schäfers.
During the morning of Tuesday, September 7, 34 boats left the Altea Nautical Club to celebrate what would be the second day of the Flying Dutchman class world championship. Unlike the first day, the wind conditions only allowed the completion of one race of the two that were scheduled. At 2.30 pm, the Flying Dutchmans began to return to port with a postponement of H, as the wind forecast indicated that it would not improve until after 4 pm. Finally it was decided to postpone the day on A until the following day, due to the lack of wind.
The third day of the Flying Dutchman World Championship was marked by a south wind of 8/9 knots, thus allowing the two more races to be carried out. Each race was carried out in a duration of 1 hour and 30 minutes, both with a very tight start and a highly competitive fleet. In the first race, the fourth of the championship, the Hungarian boat, with sail number HUN 70, maintained its first position, preceded by the German team formed by Peggy Bahr and Torsten Bahr, with sail number GER 19, who crossed the finish line in second position. The third position went to Spain, with the RCN Torrevieja boat manned by Francisco Martinez Torregrosa and Jose Luis Ruiz Giron. The German team, this time led by Kay-Uwe Lüdtke and Kai Schäfers with sail number 88, climbed up positions during the second race of the day, finishing in first position. Hungary moved to second place in the last race of the day, but they continued to be the leader of the podium. The Spanish team of RCN Torrevieja secures third place in the provisional classification.
With two days remaining to be held, the podium was already consolidating with six first places and one second for the Hungarian team, made up of Szabolcs Majthenyi and Andras Domokos.
Germany and Spain continued to defend their presence on the podium during the rest of the week, with three third places for the RCN Torrevieja boat manned by Francisco Martinez Torregrosa and Jose Luis Ruiz Giron and four second places and one first for the Germans, Kay-Uwe Lüdtke and Kai Schäfers.
Finally, the Spanish crew of RCN Torrevieja took third place in this world championship, thus demonstrating the high level that the national fleet of FD has acquired in recent years.
Saturday, September 11, with a total of 9 races carried out throughout the week, the trophies were presented with the presence of the president of the international association of the FD class, Peter van Koppen, the president of CN Altea , José Román Zurutuza, the president of the Valencian Community Sailing Federation, Carlos Torrado, and the mayor of Altea, Jaume Llinares.
The International Flying Dutchman Class Organization thanks the CN Altea for the great realization of the World Championship 2021. It was a pleasure to be in Altea and sail under a highly professional organizational team. Thanks!
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