Flying Dutchman Class History – circa 1965.

A Flying Dutchman playing ‘Leapfrog’ is the caption on the back of this pic. Entering into Hermanus yacht harbour in a 35 knot “breeze”.
pic by McLagan

By Richard Crockett

Now here is some serious history on this magnificent two-man spinnaker trapeze dinghy from an A5 ring bound booklet in the SAILING Publications archives.

Read the pages selected from the booklet HERE:  Flying Dutchman booklet

South Africa had a strong association with the class back then as in the list of Founders of the IFDCO (International Flying Dutchman Class Association) the names of two prominent South African sailors – Jack Koper and Dr. Ken Warr.

Don Ord was a Commodore of the association.

Ian H Benyon was the National Secretary for South Africa.

Also represented from Southern Africa was: Portuguese East Africa and Rhodesia.

The ‘Parts of a Flying Dutchman’ as listed will appear quite archaic in terms of what is available today.

We had 3 builders of FDs in South Africa at that time, being: Bobby Bongers; Thesen & Co; L van Velzen and Fred Nicholls.

Just 7 countries had more registered FDs then than South Africa, so we were most likely to have been considered a powerhouse of the class.

And the final pages show who the members were – and this reads like a who’s who of sailing in the country at the time.

There is much more in this booklet as can be seen from the ‘Contents’ page.

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