Author: Tim Sayles

Who all’s going?

We said that 4 boats were packed off for Garda.  Four US teams, there are more attending. From the US we have:

  • USA 36 – Lin Robson with Richard Phillips (GBR), the team that just won US Nationals
  • NZL 145 – Paul Scoffin and Pavel Ruzicka, both veterans of many Worlds and a team that placed 4th in NZL
  • GBR 367 – Jonathan and Nigel Gorbold, a father and son team from Canandaigua.  Nigel has gotten big since the 99 Worlds and his days driving USA 1426
  • USA 251 – Tim Sayles and Serge Leonidov, Serge is a former Star Olympics campaigner who will clearly add polish to tactics
  • Also, Paul Hemker will be teaming up with Peter Doran in GBR 382.  Paul on the wire! Yea!

Everyone has their posses and we’ll introduce them all later.  Good luck to everyone!{jcomments on}

About this Blog

The USA team decided to make use of the new website to keep a combined record of our trip to Lake Garda for the 2011 World Championships. Looking back on prior trips, so much of what happened during WC adventures became lost and never reported to the rest of you.  So we decided to take advantage of the features of the new USA Class Website and provide an ongoing log of things that happen, places we see, conversations we have, new sailors and friends we meet and of course, racing results and thoughts.

A lot of folks are going from the US contingent – both family and friends – and we will all potentially report back in one way or another – through quick notes, pointers to race results, interviews and so on.  We may even be able so schedule a chat time that we all will participate in, so so watch for that. This should be fun.  At the same time we want to provide a lot of information to all the sailors here about Sant Crus Worlds next year. Much of that will be coming online very soon. 

Stay tuned, and pass the word around to check into this page so everyone can see what’s going on.{jcomments on}

We’re outa here!

After Nationals at the Noroton Yacht Club four boats were packed into a container for the boat trip to Malcesine, Italy.  At this point the ship is somewhere mid-Atlantic. We are hoping to have the container arrive at the Fraglia Vela Malcesine – the Malcesine sailing club – by June 27.   

Garda is the place you want to go if you want lots of wind, flat water and totally outrageous scenery. Been a favorite of FDer’s for many years.  Just check out the entry list – 125 entrants as of this writing!!! Wow!  Now that’s a regatta!  We’ll be providing some narration and pictures and even video of this Italian Alps location, so check back!

As for the loading of the container, we start out with a standard height container, 40′ long.  This is capable of handling 6 FDs with plenty of room for additional gear.  This time, there are two boats hoisted up against the ceiling and held in place with straps, along with a couple safety lines, just in case.  The other two boats were just strapped down to the floor.  Other packages include sailing gear, spars, tool boxes and extra parts.  Notice the bikes also.  Petrol is quite expensive in Europe!

The shipment must be accompanied by a Carnet, which is like a passport for property.  The items – individual packages – being shipped must be carefully listed and submitted along with fees and bond information so that official Carnet papers can be issued.  Like a passport, the Carnet is inspected and stamped when leaving or entering a country.  If there is any question about the shipment, the container may be opened and inspected by any customs authority.  So we hope our count is correct. 

All of the arrangements for this trip were handled by Kurt Hemmingsen, of Agility Logistics. Kurt is also an enthusiastic FD crew, typically seen on USA1, although they could not make this trip.  More on Kurt and Agility later.{jcomments on}

Noroton FD Nationals

Lin Robson along with GBR crew Richard Philips showed he would not be denied a return to leader of the pack at Flying Dutchman National Championships, hosted by Noroton Yacht Club.  Long Island Sound delivered a three day event that had pretty much every condition, although without the 20 plus conditions of the last Noroton event.  Strategy, cool heads and perseverence paid off as generally lighter conditions with local breezes but also persistent shifts combined with a variety of current conditions to challenge the competitors the entire regatta.

Upwind Sailing in Light Air

Early on in the 2010 HPDO Willem and Maarten are trying to keep the boat going to weather in lighter air, before the breeze filled in.  PhotoBoat’s shot here shows pretty respectable air flow over both sails.

Telltales are not straight back as the wind is just too light.  Maarten is sitting to leeward which allows Willem to stay high and see what is going on.  But still there is a bit of induced heel that will help reduce drag a bit.

Early Spinnaker Retrieval

From the February, 1957 Trapeze, here is a clever arrangement to stow a spinnaker.  It’s difficult to imagine not having a continuous arrangement for such a key piece of FD gear.  But then there are still many high performance dinghies that still use bags rather than socks.  In any event, wrap your heads around this one:

Double Harbeck

These pics are of a double Harbeck trailer.  At the time it belonged to Lin, but now resides in New York with the Gorbolds.  I was about to construct an aluminum version of the dolly (see elsewhere) and this was to give me a perspective on the balance points Harbeck worked out. 

NY400 Recap

With challenging winds, current and local traffic, part 1 of the NY400 FD Championship completed after two days of racing.  The third day of racing for the first regatta was canceled on Thursday due to 30+kt winds on New York Harbor. This resulted in first place for the van der Pol brothers,  Bas and Marc of the Netherlands.

President’s Note

Welcome to the new USA Flying Dutchman website!  We are pleased how it has turned out visually.  But more importantly, the entire site is filled with features that will hopefully involve all class members, as well as friends of the FD class.  We thought long and hard about this project before starting.  Just coming up with a bright shiny and new website would be nice, but hardly worth the effort.  We have very specific goals with this new design which are:

  • Help fleets grow with an integrated set of organizing tools
  • Foster a community with dynamic information and idea sharing
  • Build an extensive, search-able body of FD knowledge on many subjects over time 


2011 Schedule Update

The 2011 Class schedule is being developed.  The primary anchor dates are National at Noroton Yacht Club, World Championships in Italy and North American Championships at CORK after return from Worlds.  The two main US events are happening on the east coast this year, breaking with general proactice of having a major event on each coast.  This is to facilitate shipping to Worlds this year.  Similarly, in 2012, we plan to have both events on the west coast, in addition to the Worlds Championship that will be held in Santa Cruz.