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50 Years Olympic Games FD 0 (0)

Dear FD Sailors,

50 years ago the FD Olympics were sailed in Kiel, Germany. This year there will be a great revival in August. Not our „Olympics“ but the German Championship will he held in Kiel.

Please find here some information:

If you have material, equipment, clothes etc. from 1972 or even an original boat please get in touch with me ( There will be an exhibition in Kiel Schilksee and it would be great to show the Flying Dutchman there.

You can also send me an email if you want go receive updates regarding the registration option.

Have a great start into the season 2022


No Jupp at the windward mark 4.2 (5)

Just before sunrise, on Monday, October 26, the FD Class lost one of the most senior members as Jupp Wanders (82) from Germany passed away.

Jupp gone?

Never again GER 139


Jupp was a crossborder sailor. Being raised in a small village about 10 miles from the Dutch-German border, he spoke the language of the neighbouring country fluently. He started sailing in the sixties on lakes that the Dutch took from the sea.

Jupp was a war child, working hard, being an architect, and living sober. As a small boy he already experienced the hardships of life, as a refugee, having to flee with his parents when the Allied forces entered Germany in 1945.

At the end of the sixties he bought his first Flying Dutchman. Soon he was a familiar face in the Dutch FD family. That way he became a member of the famous Royal Loosdrecht Yacht Club, the cradle of the Flying Dutchman.

That way he embodied the after war ideals of FD founding father Coen Gulcher: a boat that brings people together internationally, getting to know each others culture by sportmanship, friendship and socializing.

Jupp fitted in that ideal. Always being helpful and encouraging after your fifth capsize or a broken mast: “Come on, get up and let’s share a beer.”

Bringing sailors together.

Jupp did that when he invited the Dutch FD sailors to come to Germany and sail on a small lake near Xanten, half an hour from where he was living. It became a famous yearly event. And Jupp took care to transform his house into a Flying Dutchman hotel. Matresses and sleeping bags in all corners and in the living. Five star service: breakfast, royal dinner, a beer tap and an abundance of drinks.

Being in competition with Jupp often during races, I later became his crew. Together we were proving that two helmsmen in one FD can work out well, as long as one of them is the captain.

That way Jupp became a life long friend.

Even in winter we went for the water. On frozen surface, on our skates, doing tours of 80 kilometres on canals in the famous Dutch windmill area.

No Jupp at the windward mark anymore.


Makes the horizon a little empy.

Let’s watch the waves, cherish the warm memorie. Let’s stick to Jupp’s all time mottos: “Come, keep your head in the wind.”

Paul de Schipper

Photo: Caroline Kramer (Loosdrecht)

Report Trapez Regatta Steinhude 27/28 of June 2020 5 (2)

Dear FD-sailors!

Visiting Steinhude Lake is always nice especially when you can finally see
FD-activity on the water again after a long stop caused by Covid-19.
It was great to look at the a fleet of 40 FD’s enjoying their boats and racing

On Saturday under a sunny sky and good temperature 3 races could be sailed
under very variable winds (1 to 3 Bft). Big changes in wind in both strength and
direction did not make it easy for the sailors.

GER 199 Dirk Bogumil / Sven Hermenau started very strong with a 1-1-2 followed
by DEN 21 Jørgen Bojsen-Møller / Kai Schäfers with a 2-2-7. Not far behind
GER 30 Alex Antrecht /Christian Kujan with 5-5-1.

On Sunday the day started under a grey sky and more wind (up to Bft 4). Due to the
precautions for the Covid-19 there was no big beer-party on saturday evening.
So most of the competitors were full of adrenalin causing several general recalls.
So the black flag went up and four boats got a BFD – penalty: GER 199 GER17
GER 213 and DEN 21. So this made the last race even more exciting.
GER 113 Kilian König / Johannes Brack scored a 1and 1 and GER 30 2 and 3 the
second day.

In total:

GER 199 winning the regatta GER 113 second GER 30 third and DEN21 fourth.

We saw a lot of happy faces and very good atmosphere as usual. Let’s hope for
many more events this year!!


Peter van Koppen

Pictures by Stefan Ibold

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Geplaatst door op Zondag 5 juli 2020

Safe the date: International German FD Championship 2019 0 (0)

30.05. – 01.06. 2019 Diessen, Ammersee

Results International German Championship 0 (0)

53 boats found their way to this years german championship taking place at the Röbeler Segler Verein.

7 races were sailed in a wide range of conditions.

GER 88 Kay-Uwe Lüdtke and Kai Schäfers were able to secure a safe win and the title “German champion”


Full Results: