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IFDCO App News 5 (1)

Dear FD-sailors,

we updated our IFDCO App. You can now receive push-notifications as soon as there are new posts on the national websites. You can manage the push-notifications in the menu “Push-Settings”. There are not all nations online right now, but we are working on it.

We also added a category “Worlds” where you can find all necessary information regarding our World Championship.

In the section “Contact” we will add the contact details of all national secretaries.

Hope to see you in Italy for our Worlds – you can now register online.

Greetings, Meike


PlanaTech FD 4.7 (3)

Dear FD sailors,

I am writing to inform you that planatech FDs are no longer produced and that I will no longer be able to produce them because my working life has profoundly changed.

I left the PlanaTech company and took care of transferring to me the ownership of the molds, equipment and intellectual property of the project.

The whole package, given the very high standards of construction and design, can be considered as a “turn-key project” that will easily allow everyone to replicate exactly the boats as I have always built them.

When I designed the new FD long ago and built the first boats I hope to have brought a very important evolutionary contribution, in terms of technology and performance, into the hands of the history of this fantastic class.

My will is to transfer the whole package to others, to allow this project to stay alive over time and continue to keep high the technological content of our beloved FD class.

This is a appeal to those of you who believe in this project and are interested in carrying it out: contact me privately at

All the best


Update of Championship Rules 4.3 (7)

To all FD sailors!
As already mentioned in the New Years Greetings the rule 8.3
of the Championship Rules will be altered in the following way:
8.3  If one race a day is to be sailed the course length should be
       approximately 9-10 nautical miles with a sailing target time
       between 75 and 100 minutes for the first boat.
       If 2 or 3 races are to be sailed on one day the course length
       should be approximately 6-7 nautical miles with a sailing
       target time between 60 and 80 minutes for the first boat.
       Under no circumstances 4 races will be sailed on one day.
Why did we decide for this new rule? The old existing rule did not give
the IFDCO nor the Race Commitee the possibility to make races shorter.
Now we have the flexibility to do so. Already for quite some time quite
a few sailors indicated the wish for more but shorter races. The idea
now is to go to 12 races in 5 racing days in a 2-3-2-3-2 schedule.
IFDCO Committee

Flying Dutchman Class on Wikipedia – who can help? 0 (0)

Dear FD-Sailors,

Wikipedia is one of the most used page for research and information purposes.

Our FD friends from the US found out that Wikipedia is reducing our FD-content due to lack of references.

Who can help to make sure that our FD page is filled with all necessary information? Please go ahead 🙂

Here is the old link:

Here is the new one:

Thanks a lot.


New Years Greetings 3.7 (9)

Dear FD-sailors!

Welcome everybody to the New Year 2022. Time is running fast. I wish you all had a nice Christmas time and a good start to the New Year.

Despite all our hopes we still have to cope with the Corona virus. The new Omicron variant is still prescribing our way of life! Different countries have very different strategies concerning the virus and lockdowns. lt looks that Omikron is very infectious but less harmfull. On the long run we all hope that the virus will lay down and only exist like the flew.

For the coming season we wish the best concerning all this and giving all of us the opportunity of much and good sailing and seeing each other again! lt was good to have the Worlds in Spain last year and lets’s look forward to another great Worlds on the Garda Lake in ltaly.

There is good news on boatbuilding: right now Tanja is in Dubai to measure the plug for the new boats to be build there. A good and interesting devlopment.

There is also news on the race format front for the Worlds. The Committee has made the decision to make shorter racing but more heats. This is the wish of the younger sailors for already a long time but also more common in sailing already for quite some time. The exact details will be published soon.

Furthermore we received the question if we will have a celebration of the 70th Anniversary of the Flying Dutchman. In principle the idea is good but it is more common to celebrate a 50th, 75th and 100th anniversary. We also did not celebrate the 60th for example. So the intention is to celebrate the 75 th anniversay in 2027. Maybe some of you are wondering if the building of the first Flying Dutchman in 1951 should be the starting point of counting for an anniversary and not the recognition as a class in 1952? It seems that in 2001 – 2002 there have been long discussions about this. The decision was made to take the year of recognition of the class in 1952. Therefore 2027 would be the year for the 75 th anniversary.

So let’s all put our positive energy together and make 2022 a good sailing season and enjoy our beautiful Flying Dutchman.

See you on the water!

Kind regards

Peter van Koppen