The van Acker Project: First European DN Championship
Dideric van Riemsdijk H467 inherited a treasure trove of 16mm films and photos from the 60s and 70s from the late Dutch sailor, Wim van Acker. van Acker who "initiated the DN relationship between Western Europe,
Eastern Europe, and North America."
Fifty years ago in 1966, the first European DN Championship was sailed on the Neusiedler See, a lake between Austria and Hungary. There were 42 entries from Holland, Denmark, Sweden, Austria, Germany, and America (Frank Kreutzer of New York and Bill Connnell from Shrewbury, New Jersey.) From the DN Newsletter: "It was plagued with several inches of new snow. While the wind blew the two USA entries did pretty well (Frank Kruetzer won the first two heats), but when it let up, it became a dog-sled operation. Bill ended up 18th and Bill was 16th. The regatta was won by C. Kortenoever of Holland, followed by Jan Dick Wevers, Holland, Hans Bergkvist, Sweden, Konrad Gloeden, Germany, and RC Hoefhamer, Holland. In fact, Holland won 9 of the first 12 places." The 2016 DN Gold Cup and European Championship is being hosted by Austria in January and it is hoped that the Neusiedler See will see another regatta.