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Dear FD-sailors,
As Tony Lyall recently informed the General Committee that he took the decision to step down from his position as Boat Registrar we of course first want to thank him for all his effort and time to perform his job.
As all positions in the board are important also is his. We need the Measurement Certificates in order to be able to compete in our regattas.
So Tony many thanks from the Class for what you voluntarily did for us after off course being our President in earlier times!
So at the same time we want to ask if anyone is willing to take over the job as the Boat Registrar. The task of the boat registrar is providing the measurement certificates. In the first place for the new boats but also in case of change of ownership or when measurement certificates are lost. In 2023 Tony issued 19 measurement certificates. This to give an
indication of the quantity. Tony is willing to help an eventual successor in the transition.
Note: As the Boat Registrar you are not obliged to take part in any meeting.
So please if anybody is willing to take over his job please contact us!
Peter van Koppen
President IFDCO

New Years Greetings 4 (4)

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
President IFDCO

Meeting Minutes of AGCM 2023 0 (0)

Dear Sailors,

please find here the meeting minutes of the Annual General Committee Meeting 2023.

>> Link to meeting minutes as pdf

Best regards

Europeans and Worlds in Puerto Sherry, Cádiz. 5 (11)

Dear FD Class colleagues worldwide,

We are pleased to inform you that the 2024 European Championship and the 2025 World Championship will be hosted in Puerto Sherry, in the Bay of Cádiz.

The scheduled dates for the European Championship are from October 20 to October 27, 2024, while the exact dates for the World Championship in March 2025 are yet to be determined.

In preparation for the period between October 2024 and March 2025, we are organizing a race calendar to take advantage of the boats staying in Puerto Sherry. This calendar will include:

1. European Championship from October 20 to October 27, 2024.
2. An International League consisting of races in the months of November and December 2024, as well as January and February 2025. The February 2025 race will coincide with the Eurocup.
3. World Championship in March 2025.

The exact dates for the International League and Eurocup will be confirmed this December, and specific dates for the February 2024 World Championship will be announced shortly.

Additionally, we are in negotiations with relevant authorities, including the Regional Government of Andalusia, the Provincial Government of Cádiz, and the City Councils of Cádiz and Puerto de Santa Maria. The aim of these negotiations is to secure financial support to assist in the transportation of boats from around the world to Puerto Sherry, with the goal of attracting the participation of a greater number of boats.

It is worth noting that the pleasant temperatures in Cádiz during those months, coupled with the excellent facilities of Puerto Sherry in terms of boat space, accommodation, dining, entertainment, etc., make this event a secure choice for the realization of the mentioned competitions.

We will continue to keep you informed as new developments arise. However, if you have any inquiries, please feel free to contact the Class Secretary in Spain, Enrique Egea, at, who will be happy to assist you.

Thank you in advance for your attention and cooperation.


Pepe Ruiz
ESP 99

Vice President Championships 5 (7)

Dear FD-sailors,

hereby the IFDCO Committee wants to inform you about the change of the Vice President Championships.
As Rinaldo’s term as VP ended at the AGCM in Poland we asked him if he would like to continue his work as the VP Championships. He indicated that it is more and more difficult for him to find the right amount of time to fulfillthe job in the right way.
As Hans-Peter Schwarz was willing to take over his position Rinaldo was ok to step down as the Vice President Championships. Rinaldo is confident that Hans-Peter is a very good successor which was an important reason for Rinaldo’s decision.
Hans-Peter is a very good, widly known and respected FD-sailor. He is in the class for a very long time, has great knowledge and viewpoints about the class.
So we all have to say great thanks to Rinaldo for doing his job for six years as the Vice President Championships, for all his time and effort he put into the class. I especially want to point out the great job he did to create the Event Bid Document together with Marc Strittmatter. It is an important
document for the class for the organization of our Worlds.
Also the presentation of possible venues was excellent. So great thanks again Rinaldo!
Of course we expect you to keep sailing the Flying Dutchman and be present in the class for a long time to come!

And so at the same time we welcome Hans-Peter Schwarz as our new Vice President Championships and are happy that he is willing to take over the job. We hope for a prosperous and positive cooperation.
As a formality his nomination is ad interim for now as the official nomination has to take place at an AGCM which will be held in Spain late next year.

Regards to you all

Peter van Koppen

President IFDCO