INTERNATIONAL CLASS - STILL GROWING - SINCE 1956
In its 60-year history, the FD has been and still is one thing above all: a demanding, fast and modern regatta dinghy. Without disturbing its classic appearance, new technical solutions were constantly developed for the FD, which were also trend-setting.
The flat hull with a length of 6.06 m, the carbon rig, the 18 sqm sail area in the wind and the 21 sqm spinnaker with a total weight of just 165 kg give an idea of the speed potential. Not only this, but also its sophisticated trimming possibilities make the FD a highly sophisticated regatta dinghy. Up to twelve trim lines alone are available to the helmsman for optimal sailing in the most diverse wind conditions. Correctly adjusted, the dinghy runs upright, safe and fast even in 6 wind forces. Despite all its dynamics, however, it is quite stable and with some feeling it is surprisingly easy to sail. In strong to high winds you are rewarded with top speeds of above 20 knots.
Even lighter crews can sail the FD quite fast and successfully, as the pressure of the wind can be regulated and converted into speed by means of the various trimming options, such as the rake. So it is not body size or weight that decides about the sporting success, but the sailing skills of the crew.