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December 4, 2020
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World Yachting Championship for first time in Constanta

More than 30 yacht racing crews from nine countries (Netherlands, Hungary, Russia, Australia, New Zealand, Spain, Germany, England and Romania) are taking part in “The Flying Dutchman” race, the largest yachting competition in the world, a competition organized for the first time in Constanta on the Romanian seaside.


Event organizer and Romanian skipper Mihai Butucaru (52) stated for ‘Adevarul’ daily: “This championship is taking place in our country for the first time and I believe it is a unique opportunity for those that love water sports. Boats with three sails are a kind of F1 racing cars so we expect a brilliant show.”


Mihai Fagarasan (47), the second member of the Romanian crew, stated in his turn: “We will go up against good teams, such as the Hungarian team which is this year’s favorite. Among the competitors there are persons that took part in the Olympics back when yachting was considered an Olympic sport.” The winner of the competition will receive the Silver Sombrero trophy. Prizes also will be offered to the best navigators, to the best sailor under the age of 26 and to the best crew whose combined ages surpass 100 years.


The Flying Dutchman (FD) is a 20-foot-long high-performance racing dinghy, developed in the early 1950s, according to wikipedia.org. It made its Olympic debut at the 1960 Olympics. The FD is still one of the fastest trapeze dinghies in the world. It has hiking straps for the skipper, and a trapeze for the crew. With plenty of sail area, it is probably still the fastest dinghy upwind. The FD carries three sails: a mainsail, a 200 per cent genoa, and a generous spinnaker. Its light weight and large sail area allows it to plane easily upwind. The FD has been the basis for many important innovations in sailing over the past half century.

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