Welcome to Santa Cruz

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The Flying Dutchman Association of the United States, in conjunction with the Santa Cruz Yacht Club, is pleased to announce and host the 2012 Flying Dutchman World Championships in the open ocean waters off Santa Cruz, California - 23 to 30 September 2012.

Santa Cruz is one of the finest sailing and recreational venues available anywhere. The experience of the SCYC in hosting outstanding national and world-level events with its informal, friendly and dedicated club members is recognized widely in the Northern California sailing community and by many competitive sailors worldwide.

The seas off Lighthouse Point in Santa Cruz are blessed with daily, westerly winds of 15 to 20 knots and impressive, wind-driven swells that can drive the Flying Dutchman to speeds only dreamed about by bay and lake sailors. It is not uncommon to plane to weather accompanied by leaping harbor seals, sea lions, dolphins and occasional whales. At day's end exhilarated racers can enjoy the warmth and beauty of the small harbor as they discuss starts, crazy mark rounding and other race highlights.

Family and friends can choose to watch the racing, or they can partake of the area's many recreational possibilities, including shopping, hiking in the redwoods, swimming or relaxing at the beach, surfing, or even enjoying the thrill of riding a vintage wooden roller coaster at the historic Santa Cruz Beach and Boardwalk.

The event is being organized by experienced Flying Dutchman sailors, business leaders, staff members and club volunteers, all of whom are dedicated to making this championship event one that will be remembered for years to come.

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Santa Cruz Yacht Club

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The Santa Cruz Yacht Club, situated among native oak trees on a rise above the Santa Cruz Yacht Harbor, looks down on a paved and fenced dry storage area, which is capable of handling a fleet of one hundred and fifty Flying Dutchman and an appropriate sized regatta tent.

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Shoreside Facilities

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The Santa Cruz Yacht Club, situated among native oak trees on a rise above the Santa Cruz Yacht Harbor, looks down on a paved and fenced dry storage area, which is capable of handling a fleet of one hundred and fifty Flying Dutchman and an appropriate sized regatta tent.

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FD Worlds - Photos

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Here is the link to a selection of the several thousand photos that Richard Phillips has taken of the FD Worlds in Santa Cruz. Photos may be used for promoting the FD Class in news articles, on news websites and personal purposes. All photos are ©Richard Phillips. Please contact Richard @ esailor.co.uk if you wish to use the photos for any other purpose.

It is planned to show a selection at the Dinner this evening.

The photos are at  http://www.flickr.com/photos/esailor

Attractions and Accommodation

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There is much to discover about Santa Cruz and Monterey Bay.  Start by checking some of the links at the left.

There are numerous accommodations of every type in Santa Cruz and nearby locales.  Hotels, townhouses, apartments, bed and breakfasts, camping, all available in town and in the surrounding mountains and forests.

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Shipping to Santa Cruz

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The Event Organisers will work with a few global container carriers to obtain the most suitable solutions, Customs broker and domestic forwarder to mitigate transportation cost.

We will work with a global based freight forwarder with offices in all critical locations to facilitate receiving, loading and shipping.

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