Crew: 2 man crew, ideal sailor weight between 140 - 180 kgs if racing.
Dimensions: 6.06 meters in length, 1.78 metters wide and ±130kg.
Sail Area: 18.6 square meters, spinnaker is 21 square meters.
Class: Restricted (hull shape remains the same from year to year)
Characteristics: The large sail area allows it to plane easily when sailing upwind.
Difficulty Level: Experienced
Designed in 1952, the Flying Dutchman has stood the test of time and continues to provide exhilarating performance sailing for everyone.
The Flying Dutchman (FD) is a 20-foot one-design high-performance two-person monohull racing dinghy. Developed in the early 1950s, its large sail area per unit weight allow it to plane easily when sailing upwind. The boat utilizes a trapeze harness for the crew and hiking straps for the skipper to counterbalance the wind force on its sails. It made its Olympic debut at the 1960 Olympics Games.
The 3 sail FD (mainsail, geno and spinnaker) is still one of the fastest racing dinghies in the world. The FD has been the basis for many important innovations in sailing over the past half century:
- First one-design dinghy to make use of a trapeze gear, a feature commonly found today on high performance dinghies and catamarans
- Roller furling genoa
- Windward sheeting traveler
- Spinnaker chute
- Spinnaker pole launchers
- Composite construction
These innovations were possible because the FD was left as an "open" one-design class, where innovation and development in the boat is allowed and encouraged. Parameters that influence the speed of the boat directly, including hull shape, weight, and sail area are strictly controlled, but other areas can be adapted to suite.