The Association for Trintel and Trintella lovers all over the world.
The shared feeling of friendship and pride on our ships is important. The TFA is actively gathering knowledge on several different Trintel and Trintella vessels.
We welcome anyone who is interested in the, now classic, steel Trintel, and polyester Trintellas or the newer aluminium and composite types.
As a member, you will receive a newsletter twice a year.
We also organise gatherings twice yearly that members are invited to take part in. The Federation of Polyclassics also organises activities annually. The gatherings take place in spring and autumn. The first is usually by boat on the water while the latter is in a city in either the Netherlands, Belgium of Germany.
Finally, members receive passwords to access the digital archives on the website.
If you want to become member click here .
As most of you know we always organise our spring meetings on the water so you can tell each other what you did during winter and talk about our plans for the sailing season.
The autumn meeting at the end of the year is always organised on land. This is done so we can share our adventures and other nautical experiences during the past summer months. We also have the annual Members’ meeting at this time.
The autumn meeting takes place on Saturday the 22nd of November in the lovely Gent in Belgium. It is a city filled with a rich and flamboyant history, a rebellious character and a bittersweet humour.
Our hosts are Chris van den Broeck and Dirk Hertecant (Odin, Trintella 4). They have managed to sort out an interesting itinerary within a reasonable budget:
· We are welcomed at the Holliday Inn Express hotel at 9.30 am with a nice cup of coffee. (4.5 km from the city centre)
· We will take a bus into the centre of the city for a guided tour through the monumental city at 10.30 am. We have an alternative for members who are unable to join us then.
· We will sit down for lunch in the ‘Witte Leeuw’, which is a convivial restaurant bordering on the amazing ‘Graslei’.
· We will be seeing the city from our favourite perspective in the afternoon; from the water! We will sail across Gent’s many watercourses (Schelde, Lieve and Leie) with a touring boat at 14.30.
· We have left an opening in the itinerary to explore the city on your own from 15.30 till 17.00.
· We will return to the hotel at 17.00 by bus.
· Everyone will be given the option to freshen up and join us for an appetizer. The Members’ meeting will begin at 18.00.
· We close off the day with a Burgundian buffet dinner at no later than 19.30.
We have managed to keep the cost per person at a respectable €65 per person.
We wanted to offer art-lovers the chance to visit the museum of modern arts on Sunday morning. Not only can one admire seven centuries of visual arts, they are also restoring ‘the Adoration of the Mystic Lamb or The Lamb of God, painting by the brothers Van Eyck.
We will organise a group tour if enough people are interested in going. The costs depend on that so we will pay for that there.
We have put in reservations for a number of double rooms in the hotel for members who wish to stay the night.
The costs per room are:
- Friday – Saturday night €79
- Saturday – Sunday night €89
Parking costs €10 per night.
The details of the hotel are:
Hotel Holliday Inn Express
Akkerhage 2 in Gent
You can book your stay via:
· Phone: (+32) 0800 023 5502
· Online: www.hiexpress.com
Please mention #TVK2014# as reference number with your reservation.
There are plenty of options for members, who are arriving on November the 21st, to dine together at the hotel.
We are looking forward to meeting you there, also on behalf of Chris and Dirk.
The new book: Trintella Yachts, Holland’s splendour from Brabant, depicts a wonderful image of the developments of a shipyard in ‘s Hertogenbosch. They have built sea worthy, luxurious sailing yachts since 1952, with a lot of passion and workmanship. Although the activities of the yard ceased in 2002, the brand name Trintella will live on while we maintain these durable yachts.
The Trintella name was conceived of in 1964, with the rise of mass production in polyester. The book is used to show a sketch of the historical development of the shipyard and the many Trintellas that were built there. It is being published now because of the 50th anniversary of the name giving.
It will feature many charming restoration projects as well as Trintella sailors who were willing to share their amazing experiences.
The over 225 pages thick book is printed in full colour and holds many lovely photographs and drawings. It will be published as a hardcover book.
Click on the link here to order the book online.
The 45th spring meeting took place in Hellevoetsluis from Thursday 29 May till Saturday 31 May.
The meeting, which stayed centered in one place this year, was visited by 32 boats. Ten of the vessels were 'small ships': Trintels and Trintellas 1(a) and 2(a).
Our meeting was visited by at least 100 members, 20 of whom arrived without boats of their own. We have also welcomed 10 new faces!
Thursday started fantastically with a cocktail hour on the pier which Siem and Riet Poot treated us to because of their 50th anniversary.
The Jubilee book 'Trintella Yachts, Holland's glory from Brabant' was presented to us on Friday afternoon in the Dry dock. Many people attended the presentation. The crowd varied from sponsors to water sport journalists to members and even some seasoned ex-employees of the ship yard. The first copy of the book was handed over to our patroness Riekie Wever by the author Peter van der Waa. We made a video of the presentation that takes about 11 minutes. You can watch the video by clicking on the following link:
The crowd reacted enthusiastically to their newly acquired book but also praised it and reacted quite moved. Adding to the pre-sale figure; we sold another 30 copies!
Expanding the content of Yvonne's little shop was also received positively by our guests. She could not complain about all the attention it earned her.
Although the weather Gods had seemingly blessed us with wonderful weather from Thursday onwards, there were some insecurities on whether or not we would have enough wind for the regatta on Saturday. Eventually we were treated to a 3-4 Bf NW with sunshine, very nice weather to sail in. Frans and Hilda Snieders' Coco won the trophy!
At the end of the meeting everyone agreed that it had once again been a wonderful couple of days!
Once again we had closed off a successful spring meeting of 2014!
You can find the photographs taken during the meeting in the column on the right.