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Dutch OK Dinghy revival

Over the year there have been a number of very positive steps in the revival of the Dutch OK fleet. Having previously been one of the strongest nations, the Netherlands had become somewhat of an exception.  With strong and rapidly growing fleets in all the adjacent nations like Belgium, Germany, Denmark, Great Britain and even France, the Dutch fleet had died out.

2012 has seen things kicking off properly again and there are a number of good news stories on the Dutch class site.

On the basis that many of you don’t speak Dutch, we’ve put rough translations/summaries below.

Meantime, some pics.

NED 663, a 1991 O’Donnell, becomes the first OK Dinghy registered with a Dutch sail number for 15 years.

NED 555 winning all five races at the Dutch Wooden Boat event

NED 652 looking like a new boat after a total refit

Full stories below, roughly translated from the Dutch site.

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NED 663, Tapawinga II

Until recently there were only 662 OK Dinghies registered in The Netherlands. However NED 663, belonging to Stephan Veldman, is now sailing on Dutch and international waters. The boat is a 1991 O’Donnell, sailed in England as GBR 2048 then in Belgium as BEL 205. It’s now the OK with the highest Dutch sail number and expands the fleet after a 15 year pause. See Dutch version here.

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Sailing Wood

Only one OK Dinghy made it to the “Old Sailing Wood” show at the Zuidlaardermeer this year. Jan Siebe de Vries raced in the Kombi Class against a variety of O-Jolle and other boats. After 5 races he had 5 firsts, an impressive performance . See Dutch version here.

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NED 652 gets a refit

One of the old Dutch boats got pulled out of its storage, went through a thorough refit and is now back in pristine condition.

New deck, new paint, looking good.

NED 652, as it was

And here’s how it is now. See story here.

NED 652 – rear view

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3 thoughts on “Dutch OK Dinghy revival

  1. I am owner of 2 OK jols. One Ibought fromPaul Verrijt, Ex-BEL 214, now Ger 758, sailing her at Liblarer See, SC Ville. The other one is an allover wooden boat with sailnumber N500.I bought it from Stefan Veldman. Im am sailing her on Lauwersmeer in Oostamahorn, where we go often in our holidays. The boat works very well with the old wooden mast, once I sailed up to 34 knots of windspeed.
    I am interested in becoming member of the Dutch OK association and sailing regates for wooden boats.
    Please contact me .
    Best wishes Eugen Hadamovsky

    Posted by Dr. Eugen Hadamovsky | September 14, 2012, 5:22 pm

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