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1. EuroCup 2022: Altea, Spain 5 (1)

Dear Sailors,

A few months have passed since the World Championship so I am contacting you to inform you that the Euroflying Cup will take place here in Altea from the 18th to the 20 th of March 2022.
We are very happy to welcome you all to this event so, we offer the first 10 foreign boats free hotel accommodation during the competition days.
You can check here the Notice of Race
If you have any questions, please contact us,
Hope to see you all in March!
Regards,
Cristina

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: https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Flying_Dutchman_(dinghy)&oldid=998883891

Here is the new one: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flying_Dutchman_(dinghy)

Thanks a lot.

Meike

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

President

AGCM Meeting Minutes 2021 5 (1)

Dear Flying-Dutchman-Claas,

please find the meeting minutes of our Annual General Committee Meeting 2021 >> here.

This meeting is held once a year by the General Committee (Executive Committee, Administrative Officers and the National Secretaries of the biggest fleets).

Best Regards

Meike & Peter