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Flying Dutchman

Flying Dutchman

Designed in 1952, the Flying Dutchman has stood the test of time and continues to provide exhilarating performance sailing for everyone. With a long and prestigious career as an Olympic class, the Flying Dutchman (FD) has attracted some of the UK's most well known sailors including Rodney Patisson, Keith Musto and Adrian Stead. The FD is well supported in the UK and Internationally through active class associations who provide training, open meetings, regional events, National, European and World Championships each year in locations as far apart as Whitstable and Australia.
Progressive rule changes have allowed the class to embrace new technology as it has become available including the introduction of composite construction and carbon spars. While exciting, these changes have been carefully managed to avoid making older boats obsolete. Author: Toby Dale

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Posted on 24 Jun 2019
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Posted on 19 Feb 2019
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Posted on 15 Sep 2018
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Posted on 26 Jul 2018
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Posted on 24 Jul 2018
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Posted on 18 Jun 2018
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Posted on 21 Sep 2017
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Posted on 20 Jun 2017
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Posted on 19 Jun 2017
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Posted on 18 Jun 2017
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Posted on 17 Jun 2017
The Sorcerer's Apprentice
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Posted on 24 May 2017
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Cold and windy but fabulous sailing conditions
Posted on 20 Apr 2017
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Posted on 22 Dec 2016
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Posted on 13 Dec 2016
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The launch zone - Tokyo2020 - Enoshima
© Richard Gladwell / Sail-World.com / nz
The Olympic flame is unlit for the Sailing Olympics- Tokyo2020 - Enoshima
© Richard Gladwell / Sail-World.com / nz
The marina used for coach and official boats - Tokyo2020 - Enoshima
© Richard Gladwell / Sail-World.com / nz
Pandora hitched alongside the hired fishing smack, after winning New Zealand's second Olympic Gold medal at Enoshima in 1964.
© Roberts archives
Graham Mander and crew training in Christchurch, Canterbury in the Flying Dutchman ahead of the 1968 Olympic Trials at Pakatoa Island
© Mander Family Archive
Graham Mander and Don Nixon sailing Caprice to second place in the 1968 Olympic trials. Mander put the spinnaker leads further forward and the sail is perfectly balanced
© Sea Spray
1959 Flying Dutchman Worlds at Whitstable
© Douglas West
1959 Flying Dutchman Worlds at Whitstable
© Douglas West
Extracts from Flying Dutchman Bulletin no.22 - November 1959
© Whitstable YC
Extracts from Flying Dutchman Bulletin no.22 - November 1959
© Whitstable YC
Extracts from Flying Dutchman Bulletin no.22 - November 1959
© Whitstable YC
Extracts from Flying Dutchman Bulletin no.22 - November 1959
© Whitstable YC
Extracts from Flying Dutchman Bulletin no.22 - November 1959
© Whitstable YC
Extracts from Flying Dutchman Bulletin no.22 - November 1959
© Whitstable YC
Extracts from Flying Dutchman Bulletin no.22 - November 1959
© Whitstable YC
1959 Flying Dutchman Worlds at Whitstable
© Whitstable YC
The Flying Dutchman would be that rarest of beasts, a true game changer, as this would see the start of spinnaker reaching, with the crew out on the trapeze. Suddenly, boat speed had taken a big leap forward
© IFDA
Szabolcs Majthényi and Andras Domokos take the victory in the FD class with an impressive series of 11 bullets in a row at Kiel Week
© Kiel Week / Sascha Klahn
Bala Massacre 2019
© John Hunter
Flying Dutchman World Championship 2019 - Nelson Yacht Club - February 2019
© Graeme Robertson
Flying Dutchman World Championship 2019 - Nelson Yacht Club - February 2019
© Graeme Robertson
Flying Dutchman World Championship 2019 - Nelson Yacht Club - February 2019
© Graeme Robertson
Flying Dutchman World Championship 2019 - Nelson Yacht Club - February 2019
© Graeme Robertson
Flying Dutchman World Championship 2019 - Nelson Yacht Club - February 2019
© Graeme Robertson
Flying Dutchman World Championship 2019 - Nelson Yacht Club - February 2019
© Graeme Robertson
Flying Dutchman World Championship 2019 - Nelson Yacht Club - February 2019
© Graeme Robertson
Flying Dutchman World Championship 2019 - Nelson Yacht Club - February 2019
© Graeme Robertson
Flying Dutchman World Championship 2019 - Nelson Yacht Club - February 2019
© Graeme Robertson
Flying Dutchman World Championship 2019 - Nelson Yacht Club - February 2019
© Graeme Robertson
Flying Dutchman World Championship 2019 - Nelson Yacht Club - February 2019
© Graeme Robertson