VIN­TAGE PA­TRONS

The Fead­ship Her­itage Fleet cel­e­brates the builder’s clas­sic yachts. need more please words to fill.

Yachting - - CURRENTS - By Kel­ley San­ford

“It was push­ing again­stanopen door,” Rory Brooks, vice chair­man of the Fead­ship Her­itage Fleet, says of sell­ing the idea to po­ten­tial mem­bers back in 2013. That’s when the fleet was formed to unite clas­sic Fead­ship own­ers, pro­vide events and ser­vices, and foster the Dutch builder’s her­itage. Own­ers of Fead­ships at least 30 years old were ea­ger to join. ¶ Brooks owns two yachts of that vin­tage: Heav­enly Daze, a 1972 105-footer, and Hera, a 51-footer built in 1956. Heav­enly Daze in­spired the cre­ation of the fleet. When the yacht’s 40th birth­day rolled around and the Brook­ses re­al­ized they didn’t know much about her his­tory, the cou­ple took a birthright trip of sorts to Fead­ship’s De Vries ship­yard in Aalsmeer, the Nether­lands. ¶ “We ex­pected to walk around with one per­son for half an hour, and then half of the De Vries fam­ily showed up for the day,” Brooks says. His en­thu­si­asm for the Fead­ship legacy was sparked, as was his search for own­ers who felt the same. ¶ Since the fleet’s found­ing, de­vel­op­ment has been con­stant. In 2016, the group es­tab­lished a re­search com­mit­tee de­voted to ac­quir­ing pho­tos, in­for­ma­tion and any­thing else

that doc­u­ments the builder’s rich her­itage. This year, the or­ga­ni­za­tion ex­panded its board and ap­pointed a new chair­man, Wim van Kam­pen, a mem­ber since day one with his 34-foot-6-inch 1958-built New Wave. Ideas, like a cap­tain’s blog, where those at the wheel of clas­sic Fead­ships can share words of wis­dom, are on the hori­zon. ¶ More im­me­di­ate is the an­nual Fead­ship Her­itage Fleet Ren­dezvous, which will be held in July at the Royal Van Lent Ship­yard in Kaag, the Nether­lands. Some of the planned ac­tiv­i­ties in­clude yacht hop­ping on Fri­day, and “on Satur­day, we have a lit­tle rally through­out the lakes,” van Kam­pen says. Satur­day morn­ing is ex­pected to in­clude the fleet’s grand as­sem­bly, dur­ing which bud­get, mem­ber ideas and more will be dis­cussed. ¶ Mem­ber­ship growth is atop the Fead­ship Her­itage Fleet’s to-do list. The or­ga­ni­za­tion cur­rently has 60 to 70 mem­bers, but “we are sure there are 350 [clas­sic Fead­ships] still sail­ing,” van Kam­pen says. “If we find more and more peo­ple, it will strengthen the or­ga­ni­za­tion and give us more op­por­tu­ni­ties.”

“WE EX­PECTED TO WALK AROUND WITH ONE PER­SON FOR HALF AN HOUR, AND THEN HALF OF THE DE VRIES FAM­ILY SHOWED UP.” — Rory Brooks, vice chair­man, Fead­ship Her­itage Fleet

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