The 2011 Class schedule is being developed.Â The primary anchor dates are National at Noroton Yacht Club, World Championships in Italy and North American Championships at CORK after return from Worlds.Â 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.Â This is to facilitate shipping to Worlds this year.Â 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.Â
A recent question on the upper shrouds came from Stuart Austin, rebuilding USA 440, a 1969 Dubdam.Â Stuart writes, “Rule 62 states that the lower ends of the shrouds should be “impossible” to adjust while racing. How do you achieve controls that can be tuned conveniently but still meet the rule?”
The rule references the “lower end” which is referring to the teminal attachment of the shroud to the chainplate or whatever hardware affixed to the boat. This does not refer to the critical adjustment mechanism that lengthens or shortens the upper shroud.Â The rule is stating that the attachment point of the shroud may not be movable while under way.Â The effect of this is that on an FD, you are not allowed to move the shroud fore, aft or athwardships while racing.Â To be sure, many boats allow for this type of adjustment to be made between races.
The annual Cuspidor Regatta was held the weekend of July.17-18 at the Willow Bank Yacht Club on Lake Cazenovia. For those that have never attended the Caz regatta you miss a good time â€“ there is fabulous camping on site, great club facilities, good lake racing and very welcoming hosts.
This year attendance at the Cannonball was not up to the usual numbers â€“ but did include 4 boats that had been in CA for the FD Nationals in Santa Cruz and which were delivered to CYC by Paul Hemker. Grand children’s graduations, and other commitments, including emergency appendectomies kept folk away.
Lin Robson along with Mike Coe successfully defended his National Champion title at the combined FD Nationals and 50th Anniversary Cannonball Regatta.
Please register now! Late fee will be applied for entries received after April 30, 2011
NYC, home club to Job Sandberg, former North American Commodore, was also the site of the 2006 Nationals that provided great Long Island Sound conditions and was immortalized in some of the great photography by Kevin McCabe. Notice of Race and associated information to be published soon.
Noroton Yacht Club has announced sponsorship of the 2011 Flying Dutchman National Championship, to be held over Memorial Day weekend. NYC, home club to Job Sandberg, former North American Commodore, was also the site of the 2006 Nationals that provided great Long Island Sound conditions and was immortalized in some of the great photography by Kevin McCabe. Notice of Race and associated information to be published soon.
The 2006 North American Championship regatta was completed at Bay View Boat club in San Francisco recently. 13 boats showed up. Sailors came from region I and II and III on the east coast, and from SDgo and LA, as well as SF and NorCal.
Much of the FD’s well known power and upwind speed in particular is rightfully attributed to its generous sail area in relation to the boat’s weight. Fairly unique in the world of high performance dinghies is the FD’s use of an overlapping genoa. This feature provides special challenges for the sail designer in trying to achieve optimal shapes. The effective range of sail designs is of course broadened by the adjustability of the rig, but let’s take a look at some special features.
The underwater control surfaces on an FD are asked to perform more than one task. Both the rudder and centerboard provide lift upwind, and to much different extents provide directional energy. Both the rudder and centerboard shape, range of adjustment and weight are governed by the class rules.