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The Flying Dutchman, regarded as one of the finest and
fastest one-design dinghy classes ever designed, will return to
Sydney Harbour en masse when the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron
conducts the Australian and World championships.
A fleet of more than 40 boats, 30 -plus of them from overseas,
including the current world champions from Hungary, will contest
the championships. The nationals will run from 28-30 December
2014, the worlds from 3-8 Januar y.
The Flying Dutchman is a 20-foot, strictly one-design, high-
performance two-person monohull dinghy developed in the 1950s
and an Olympic class from 1960 through to 1992. Its large sail
area to weight ratio allows it to plane easily when sailing upwind.
Over the years, notably during the Olympic years, the FD
attracted some of the world’s best adult sailors, including Britain’s
Rodney Pattison, Canada’s Hans Fogh, the USA’s Jonathan McKee,
West Germany’s Jorg Diesch, Spain’s Luis Doreste, America’s
Cup skipper Ted Turner, Keith Musto, Norway’s Peter Lunde,
New Zealand’s Helmer Pederson, French brothers Yves and Marc
Pajot, Australia II designer Ben Lexcen, Britain’s Keith Musto,
Germany’s Jorg Diesch and famed Dane Paul Elvstrom.
Lunde, Pedersen, Pattisson (2), Doreste and McKee also won
Olympic gold medals.
Since leaving the Olympics after the 1992 Games, the FD class
has become stronger throughout the world. In 2011, the world
championship in Italy attracted a fleet of 135 boats.
Big international fleets in Europe have tended to dominate
world championships with the Hungarian combination of
Szabolcs Majthenyi and Andras Dornokas having won seven of
the last 10 worlds.
Among the 11 Australian entries is Carl Ryves and his crew
of John Maguire. Ryves, now aged 74, with Dick Sargeant as his
crew, just missed out on a bronze medal at the Mexico Olympics
back in 1968.
Ryves is now one of the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron’s
leading helmsman in the International Dragon class but recently
sailed a Flying Dutchman with the active Woollahra Sailing Club
fleet and apparently decided to have yet another tilt at a world
A small fleet of FDs contested the recent Sail Sydney 2014
regatta with the veteran team of Ian McCrossin and James Cook
taking out the series with five wins out of eight races which was
also the NSW State championship. McCrossin and Cook finished
second in the 2008 Worlds in Napier, New Zealand with Norman
Rydge and Richard Scarr placing third.
Matt Whitnall, who has also raced Dragons and Etchells with
success in recent seasons, has teamed up with James Bevis for
the Flying Dutchman class. They finished second overall with a
consistent series that produced two wins. Third went to Edward
Cox and Peter Bevis, the 2013 Australian champions, who will be
sailing a new carbon Mader FD imported from Germany.
Among the Victorians entered for the Nationals/ Worlds are
former FD national champions Peter Bartels and Stewart Edgar
while 505 sailors Michael Babbage and James McAllister have
bought an FD.
Other world championships being sailed in Australia this
summer include the International Moths at Sorrento on the
southern waters of Melbourne’s Port Phillip and the B14 worlds
at McCrae Sailing Club, also on Port Phillip.
The foiler Moths worlds have attracted an incredible 143
entries, with Australian Nathan Outteridge the reigning world
h Peter Campbell
FLYING DUTCHMAN WORLDS FOR SYDNEY
Veteran sailor Carl Ryves shows his
style back in a Flying Dutchman.
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