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Vintage Yachting Games Conclude in Copenhagen

23rd September 2018
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Wim Bleeker in winning mode Wim Bleeker in winning mode

Unfortunately, the weather in Hellerup, near Copenhagen for the past two days has not been suitable for racing in small dinghies. However, event PRO Peter Stephensen Lubeck (DEN) was wise enough to predict this scenario, and doubled up the number of races on Thursday, and in so doing he achieved 6 good races of 8 race series for the 12 Foot Dinghies.

As predicted by some 12 Foot Dinghy buffs, one or other of the two Bleeker brothers from Holland was likely to rise to the top of this event which takes place every four years.

After six good races, it was Wim Bleeker (who was Dutch 12 Foot Dinghy champion of 2013, 2015, 2016 and 2017) who won the Vintage Yachting Games 2018, in the largest class competing.

The other classes competing in this year’s Vintage Yachting Games were the Soling and O-Jolle or Olympiajolle which was a single–hander used for the 1936 Olympic games in Kiel, and still popular in Germany and Holland.

The venue for the games in four year’s time has yet to be decided.

For final results download Xcel sheet below:

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Vincent Delany

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Sailing historian Vincent Delany is a member of the Association of Yachting Historians, and an active sailor in Water Wag, SOD and Squib classes. He has written a thesis on 'Yachting and yachtsmen on the River Shannon 1830-1930.' He has lectured on the history of The Water Wag Club, Royal St.George Yacht Club, and the Killinure Yacht Club, He has written two sailing books 'The Water Wags 1887-2012' and 'The International 12 foot class in Ireland' both of which are available from blurb.com

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