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The Soling 40 years at the Boterletter!

written by Rudy den Outer  on  October 11  of  2021 and read by 159

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Aerial view with Solings amongst the overall fleet.

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This year the Boterletter will be sailed on November 27 & 28. The entry opens on October 30 on manage2sail. The entry fee will be until November 13 €52,50 for the Soling after that date the fee will be €62.50. Besides the prizes for the series each competitor will receive his personal Boterletter. This event will count for the ranking list with factor 1.2.

Besides Solings from the Netherlands several German and French boats are expected.
On Saturday November 27 a dinner will be held in the Clubhouse of the Kralingsche Zeil Club, the sailing base of the Soling Class during the event. Langepad 25, Rotterdam

The NOR can be found on: https://www.soling.com/noticeofrace.asp?EventoID=1386

Below the History of the Boterletter
by: Wim van 't Hoogerhuys

Sometime in 1956 the very first FD appeared on the Rotterdamsche Zeil Vereeniging (RZV): the H15 called “Strim”. That boat was owned by a former twelve-foot dinghy sailor Jac van Ham. Apparently the boat did not go well: after a few years it passed into the hands of former freedom sailor Gerard Alers.

Another old twelve-foot dinghy sailor, the then not very youthful Jacq Barzilay, was mainly involved in card games (which happened daily within the RZV at that time) and fishing. Jacq (also called Ome Sjaak) had two sons: Jacques and Jan. They played football and tennis. Jan was incredibly good at table tennis (we also did that at the RZV). Watersports were not their 'thing'. Dad thought that had to change. So Jacq bought an FD, the H77 which was christened 'Old Jack'. That name was written in graceful letters on the hull. Whether the sons were on board, I don't remember very well. In any case, the old man was going to steer that boat himself. He sailed with changing crews.

The FD fleet expanded. Ad Mook bought an Italian Alpa, Cees van Asselberg built one himself, Koos Visser bought an FD and of course Gerard Alers was there with his own copy. Training was done on Sundays in winter. In 1965, December 5 fell on a Sunday. Uncle Sjaak came up with the idea that a competition was being sailed that day and that the prizes should be Boterletter. And that's how it started. Back then with only a few FDs. A few years later, the winter training for the Olympic selection of the Watersportverbond came to the Kralingse Plas and celebrities such as Ben Verhagen and Fred Imhoff also took part. Cees van Muyden and Bob van der Starre also enter the selection and Koos de Reus had the most beautiful FD of all.

Under competition commissioner Hein de Goods, the Boterletter Competitions grew into the event that it still is after all these years: two hundred and fifty competition boats on a square kilometer of water.

From “100 years RZV”, ISBN 978-94-90951-12-2
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