Flying Dutchman (dinghy)

The Flying Dutchman is a 2- man - one-design regatta sailing dinghy.


The first draft was produced in 1951 in the Netherlands by Conrad Gülcher and Uus van Essen. The design had similarities to the 15 -square-meter hiking dinghy and the Flying Fifteen.

In 1952, the then President of the ISAF (now ISAF) Sir Peter Scott the prototype named " Flying Dutchman ". Shortly thereafter were compared regattas with many different boats (including Hornet, Sharpie, Caenton and Thistle ) instead, which decided the Flying Dutchman for themselves. That was the birth of the Flying Dutchman, and the national and international class organizations began to establish itself. In the sixties there was already fleets in Europe, North America, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Venezuela, Argentina and Thailand.

Many technical achievements developed in the Flying Dutchman. Among other things, the sail window, spinnaker bag, endless trapeze and the rake. Through his diverse versatility and the immense sail area in relation to the weight of the Flying Dutchman is a fast-paced, but demanding dinghy which requires a lot of skill to master. It still holds true today, almost 60 years after its development, as the fastest conventional dinghy.

1960 replaced the Flying Dutchman the Sharpie at the Olympic Games and Olympic remained until 1992. But it is not meant the loss of the Olympic status the Boot class. Even today there are large fleets including Europe and North America.

Since 2005, the Flying Dutchman may be sailed with a pole made of carbon fiber.

Famous Flying Dutchman sailor

At the famous Flying Dutchman sailors counts Rodney Pattison, who won Olympic gold in 1968 and 1972 and 1976 Olympic silver from 1969 to 1971 for three consecutive times World Champion and 1968 European champions six times was until 1975. The brothers Joerg and Eckart Diesch collected from 1975 to 1986 eight medals at World Championships and 1976 Olympic gold medal. My cousin Albert "Alba" Batzill was four times world champion from 1978 to 1989 and won a total of seven medals at Flying Dutchman World Championships and three bronze medals at European Championships (1975, 1988, 1991 ). The Dane Jørgen Møller - Bojsen ersegelte 1988 Olympic Gold and Olympic bronze four years later; between 1988-1993 and in 2001 and 2007 brought Bojsen -Møller six world titles in 1979, 2003, 2006 and 2007 - that is, 28 years after his first title win - four European titles.