Roll Tacks

The HUN 70 team of Szabolcs Majthenyi and Andreas Domokos are undoubtedly one of the most practiced teams in the International Flying Dutchman fleet.  Their coordination and seamless maneuvering impressive and so fluid as to make sailing the boat effortless.  But in the many years they have sailed together it is obvious they have worked through every maneuver in every condition. So studying their actions on the racecourse is a valuable activity for us all.

Whidbey Island: Blessing & Curse

The first edition of DWI- Dinghies Whidbey Island, was a blessing and a curse… the blessing of wind, the curse of it going away.

This is the second year of dinghy racing as part of Race Week, the premier week of keelboat racing in the Pacific Northwest, and the first year of having the FD as a class. With the expected boats not showing, we still reached the minimum of 4 for a class start: Duane Elhringer and Mike Mezaros in “Henry”, their green carbon fiber machine, les frers Jones, Andrew and Josh in the “Chelan Flyer”, an old school Plastrend, Derrick Hiltz and his son Jason on the “Mexican Boat”, an early 80’s Mader,

2011 Spin Pole Regatta NOR

Here is the NOR for our regatta in Newport. It should be a great regatta and we hope you can all make it and help us to get another local event up and running. Should be great sailing and a variety of compeitition. 

Click through for the NOR 

2011 Annual Report

2011 Annual Meeting

Noroton Yacht Club, May 29th, 2011

  • Tim opened the meeting at 7pm.
  • Tim began with a big thank you to Job Sandberg and the Noroton Yacht Club for putting on a great event despite less than stellar weather
  • A well received thank you was issued for the many years and many projects that Jonathan Clapp took on as secretary- treasurer of the class. We all wish him luck with his new job and hope to see him again
  • Topics that were discussed:
  1. President’s report
  1. Treasurer’s report
  1. Measurer’s report
  1. Increasing Participation
  1. The Santa Cruz Worlds
  1. Elections

2011 Spin Pole Regatta and updates

Hey everyone. We are still working on getting all of the baots up and running, We have two boats rigged, and the third is nearly ready. Rigging the fourth will take some time, and we will post plenty of information and questions here to make sure we rig her as best a classic boat can be rigged, but we hope to have her done for the Cazenovia regattas. We will add some pictures soon.

 

In more exciting news, I would like to remind everyone to save the date for our Spin Pole regatta in Newport, the 17 and 18th of september. Since the North Americans will be in Canada in August, and the HPDO on long island sound in October, we will work out storage for boats between events as needed. Please make the time to come down and help us get another local event on the calander. Official NOR is coming soon… Hope to see you there. 

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.

Updates: Season is finally Starting up!

After a long winter we are finally getting the FD’s going. Finals slowed all us college kids down, but after leaving the shop at midnight for a couple nights in a row, we manage to get the first boat (our vanguard) sailing for this past weekend. After our near sinking at the HPDO this past October, we took our time finding and sealing every leak in the false floor and centerboard trunk, and when we pulled the boat, the tanks were dry! As we prepare for Nationals and the rest of the summer regattas, we will be getting all the boats up and running, check back soon for updates!

DWI- July 17th-22nd

Hi there!

I’d like to add Dinghies Whidbey Island to the race calendar up here; it fixes to be the premier event for sailing in the PNW.  Last year was the first year of dinghy racing, and this year we’d like to have 7-10 boats on the line.

Whidbey Island is a ferryboat ride away from Seattle, and is well- known as “summer camp for grownups”, with bands, volleyball tournaments, alcoholic beverages, and comisserating with other sailors. 

The racing will be July 17th-22nd, and should be very well run by the race committee.  The website for the racing is here.

Davis Island Regatta Results

March came in with some vigor (at least for one day) as the FD fleet joined other classes at the Davis Island Yacht Club recently for their Midwinter regatta.

The event actually started as the Fireball Midwinters, but over the years other classes have been invited to join. The regatta is now known as Fireballs and Friends. DIYC is a very active, sailing oriented club that hosts many noted regattas each year.

Davis Island

We are trying again this year to participate in the Fireball & Friends Regatta at the Davis Island Yacht Club.  This is a good venue on the other side of Tampa Bay NE of MacDill AFB.  The location tends to provide better wind this time of year and Davis Island YC has an active racing community and race management group.  We would like to make this a regular deal.