Monday, 06 February 2017 10:52

Royal Danish Yacht Club bids for 2019 World Masters

The Royal Danish Yacht Club (RDYC) or the Kongelig Dansk Yachtklub (KDY) wishes to host the 2019 Masters at Skovshoved, one of three facilities it operates north of Copenhagen.

This bid offers Finn Master sailors from all over the world the unique chance to sail a huge Finn regatta in the home waters of Finn legends such as Paul Elvström, Lasse Hjortnäs, Stig Westergaard and Jonas Högh-Christensen.

Established in 1866, it is the largest yacht club in Denmark with around 2,000 members. The main office is just south of Hellerup at the Tuborg harbour, behind the grandiose Tuborg brewery building, however the club ha1942s other sections to it, with sailing centres at Skovshoved and Rungsted, both a short distance further north along the beach road.

Skovhoved harbour is around 4km north of Hellerup, and is the fourth largest harbour in Denmark, with more than 600 berths. The RDYC has had facilities at the harbour since 1942, and it was hugely expanded recently. The area in which it is located is reputed to be the richest part of Denmark, together with sandy beaches, and is an area popular for outdoor activities and sports.


The nearest towns are Hellerup to the south and Klampenborg to the north, with the club sitting nicely against thebackdrop of the surrounding large marina, together with some restaurants and café bars, enjoying inside and outside eating: adequate facilities for a championship. Together with the catering facilities there are a number of buildings for media, jury and a large wooden building, used in past regattas for parties and grand functions. The club has hosted many championships for a number of classes, and we certainly had confidence that they can deliver.

The club accommodated 140 boats and 1200 sailors for the ORC Worlds and 450 sailors in 12mR, 8mR and 5.5m at the Wessel & Vett Cup  which included 12mR Baltic Championship, 8mR  Europeans, 5.5m Scandinavian Gold Cup and 5.5m Worlds.

During 2016 it also organized the following interntional events, so we are confident that it can deliver a high quality event for the Finn World Master sailors with regard to both good racing and social activities:
- M32 Scandinavian Series
- World Match Race Tour event
- Match Race Europeans
- Dragon Gold Cup
- J/70 Nordic Championship

Facilities: There is an abundance of storage space for road trailers and boxes. The dinghies will be parked in an open area next to the club slipway (35 meters wide for launching and recovery), while the coach boats will be kept on pontoons nearby. There is easy access for trucks and large trailers with excellent loading and unloading space.

Social functions can be held in the boat yard hall (see photo in gallery) which can hold up to 450-500 people

Camping: A huge paved area next to the coast and club is available, with electric hook-ups and chemical disposal available for a small fee. There is also a large grassed area beside the club, which can be used for tents and an overflow for camper vans. Those that wish for more formal camping can use the site at Charlottelund Fort which is around 2km from the club, an abandoned fortress on the sea front, now used as a campsite.


There is one small hotel at Skovshoved, but many others in Hellerup, 4km away, Klampenborg, 2km away, and Jægersborg, 3km away. In the past sailors have also used sourced accommodation on Airbnb for self-catering near the club at Skovhoved. Of course, the centre of Copehagen is only 8km away, with an abundance of hotels of all types. As mentioned there is plenty of camping and caravanning, including tents.

Race Area

Racing will take place directly in front of the club in the Øresund, an expanse of water stretching to Sweden 25km away. There is little current and a small rise and fall in the tide. The depth is good and with the shipping lanes on the Swedish side, there are no restrictions on where to set the courses. The hinterland is largely flat, so racing can be run quite far inshore with no problems. It’s proposed to hold the medal race just off the sea wall, which offers excellent spectating from the club area on a floating pontoon. Launching and recovery for the championship will be inside the marina.


It is usual to expect light to medium wind conditions at the time of year for the championship, with air temperature typical of European summer. Water temperature in June is around 15–18°.


It is proposed to host a ladies programme which will include a number of excursions, we understand that this may include: shopping and sightseeing in Copenhagen, Viking Museum, Kronborg Castle, and the historic Bakken amusement park, in a parkland setting with bars and restaurants. There are numerous, museums, attractions and restaurants to visit.

As an association we have felt it best to try and get some idea of commitment prior to arriving at the event and we may distribute a form to partners upon signing up for entry.


• Road: it is advisable to avoid the centre of Copenhagen and use the ring road.

• Ferry: Rodby or Gedser from Germany, also to Malmø and Trelleborg in Sweden

• Airport – Copenhagen is a major hub, with budget airlines from most European destinations. Airport is half an hour from the club

• Train- direct services from the airport to Hellerup and Klampenborg Station

• Car hire - ample parking at the club.



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