An International Flying Dutchman Class Organisation Website

World Championship FD Class

Here are the first informations about the 2019 FD Worlds.

Event Location Information

Nelson is a small provincial centre, located at the top of the South Island of New Zealand.
For those who attended the 2008 Worlds in Napier, Nelson is a similar size and has many parallels to
Napier, in both on shore activities and on the water.

Nelson is surrounded by mountains on three sides with Tasman Bay on the other and the region is
the gateway to Abel Tasman National Park, Kahurangi National Park, Lakes Rotoiti and Rotoroa in
the Nelson Lakes National Park.

It is a centre for both ecotourism and adventure tourism
Further general information can be found at,_New_Zealand

General Visitor Information
The start point for this information is a visit to
This website provides information on:-
 Accommodation options
 Options on how to get to Nelson
 Places to visit in Nelson and in the Nelson region
 Building of travel Itinerary for visiting other parts of New Zealand
 Local events, activities and adventures
 Arts and culture
 Food, wine and beer, shopping and markets

Also, if competitors are on Facebook they may want to ‘like’ the ‘I love Nelson Tasman’ Facebook
page., as this will keep them up to date with places to visit and
things to do in the region

All of this information is free and should competitors want to make bookings for accommodation or
activities the iSite do not charge for their booking and itinerary building service.
For any further assistance from a local expert, competitors can contact Dorothy, who is the manager
of the Nelson i-Site directly on

Holiday Nelson Website

The organising organisation has also negotiated a favourable deal with the website that specialise in holiday home and apartment rental.

We have been provided with the promo code FLYINGDUTCHMAN that will allow any participant to
the Flying Dutchman 2019 World Championship to get a 10% discount on their accommodation if
they book a property on their website for a stay between 11 Feb and 21 Feb 2019.
Transport and getting around

One thing to note that is not well documented is the lack of public transport available in Nelson,
there is a localised bus service, but this is definitely not up to the standards of large cities in terms of
route options and service regularity.

Getting around on pushbikes is a safe option, and hire vehicles are readily available at reasonable


Sailing Conditions

The Nelson Yacht Club is based on the eastern side of Nelson Harbour, which is a naturally formed
harbour protected from Tasman Bay by a 13km long Boulder Bank.

The Club is located at the southern end of the harbour and almost directly opposite “The Cut” which
is the local name for the harbour entrance, enabling quick exit from the harbour out into Tasman

This entrance is a 150m wide man-made channel that has been excavated through the Boulder bank
that is maintained at 10m depth that carries the majority of the 2.5-3m tidal flow in and out of the
20-25km2 Nelson Haven and can flow at up to 5kts during spring tide conditions.

The competition sailing area is moved 1 – 1.5nm outside of the cut to the west to mitigate the
effects of tidal flow from both the Cut and the Waimea estuary to the south.

The “normal” summer breezes in Nelson are a heat generated sea breeze from the North; this will
build from around lunch time to around 10-12kts and starting to dissipate in the late afternoon or
early evening.

This normality of hot clear days, with accompanying sea breeze can be disrupted by either Northerly
gradient breeze that often brings rain and changeable breezes, or southerly blast that normally
follows a front, clears the sky’s and can be upwards of 15-25knts, not normally lasting more than a
couple of days.

Tasman Bay out in the sailing area is around 10-12m deep and the sea breezes are normally has a
wide spaced 1-1.5m sea swell, perfect length for an FD to sit in, sometimes with slight wind chop on

Sea state for Northerly gradient breeze is changeable, sometimes confused and from multiple
directions, and as Southerly’s are off the land these normally just have a slight wind chop associated
with them.