Committee members

The comittee of the Trintella Association consists of four members:

Name Title
Helms van der Vegte         Chairman
Peter van der Waa Secretary 
Peter Rotte Treasurer
Willem de Graaf Heritage and Technics


Commission-members asist and advise the committee with specific tasks

Name Title
Helms van der Vegte     Editor  Digital Newsletter
Bert Kortbeek Races north and member administration
Frans Slikkerveer Races south       
Yvonne Slikkerveer Sales on events
Els Baars Webshop sales
Frans Robbe Financial commission
Hilde Snieders Financial commission
Peter van der Waa Projects and Magazine
Theo van Erp Webmaster


Contact and member administration
Do you have questions or suggestions to the Committee, do you want information about membership , you can use the contact form above or contact the secterary or member administration:  
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Trintella Vriendenkring

 adress:  P. van der Waa

De Reusel  2

5051DA  Goirle

The Netherlands

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Redaction  Association 's Digital Newsletter
We  are always looking forward to copy for our magazine. If you have something nice to sahare with us  in the magazine please contact the editors:

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Our members can contact the type coordinators for technical questions.  There is one  contactmember per  group of Trintella's who can help you to collect the right information for your problem. The members of the team heritage and technics have worked with that special Trintella type for several years and are therefore very knowledgeable.


Type Contactmember
General coordination Willem de Graaf
Trintella I, IA, II en IIA Loet Geldhoff
Trintella III , IIIA, IV 41 and V Ron de Wit
Trintella 38,44,45 and 53 Ben Verhaaf
Trintella 42 Henny op de Weegh
Trintella A and C series Peter van der Waa

The  club magazine-old-style will no longer appear from 2018, but will be replaced by an annual TVK magazine. This magazine will be published in spring and will have a new format. News facts that used to be published in the club magazine have been incorporated in the digital Newsleter since 2016, and last year the website has been renewed. So from now on you will find the published digital newsletters also on this website:

 TVK Digial Newsletter no 22 february 2020
TVK Digital Newsletter no 21 december 2019
TVK Digital newsletter no. 20 october 2019
 TVK Digital newsletter no. 19 august 2019
TVK  Digital Newsletter no.18 June 2019
 TVK Digital Newsletter no. 17 April 2019 TVK Digital Newsletter no 16  february 2019
TVK Digital Newsletter no 15 december 2018 TVK Digital Newsletter no 14 October 2018
TVK Digital Newsletter no 13 August 2018            TVK Digital Newsletter no. 11 March 2018
TVK Digital Newsletter  no.10  February 2018 TVK Digital Newsletter   no.9  January 2018
TVK Digital Newsletter no. 7  september 2017  TVK Digital Newsletter no.4  december 2016
TVK digital Newsletter no.3 september 2016 TVK Digital Newsletter no.1  january 2016

New Glossy Magazine     Edition April 2018           English translitions of 5 articles.

                                         Edition April 2019           Engish translation of 4 articles

In the past members of the Trintella Association recieved our magazine twice a year, in April and October. Besides news from the committee and membership mutations we strived to publish as many articles written by our members as possible. 

Are you interested in old content? You can download an example here :


TVK Magazine (Dutch version) april 2017

TVK Magazine (Dutch version)  oktober 2016                 English text translation of some articles

TVK Magazine (Dutch version) april 2016                       English text translation of some articles

TVK Magazine (Dutch version) october 2015                  English text translation of some atricles

 TVK Magazine (Dutch version)  april 2015                     English text translation

  TVK magazine (English) april 2014

  TVK Magazine (Dutch) october 2013                            English text translation


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Trintella Friends Association 

                          our association’s history


The Trintels and Trintella’s are unique boats with their own personality, just like their owners. As the saying goes: “Like boat, like owner”. This quickly ensures a strong connection. It was already during the late sixties that 30 owners and other interested participants started coming together to exchange experiences in a nice, relaxed way. As a result, the ‘Commissie van Trintel en Trintella zeilers’ (Committee of Trintel and Trintella sailors) was established in 1986. This committee consisted of Jan Buijze, Jules Coppens, Joe Butzelaar and Ad van Gent. Anne Wever, customer-focussed as he was, was closely involved in the initiative, which he saw as an extraordinary opportunity to stay in contact with his clients.

The first meeting the Committee organised, was held in the spring of 1969 at the Veerse Meer. At that time, only Trintel and Trintella type I and II yachts docked for the meeting, but it was at that moment that Anne Wever first introduced the very modern Trintella III: the Santa Maria, the prototype he sailed himself. The participants loved this new model so much that the first orders for the 35-foot long boats were placed that very weekend. During the seventies, the golden years for the shipyard, no opportunity to celebrate successes with Trintella friends was missed. The 25th anniversary of the shipyard was celebrated with a trip to London. Trips to foreign exhibitions were also organised, during which Anne and his wife Riekie enjoyed the success and fun of Trintels and Trintellas together with their Trintella friends.

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It became apparent that the shipyard played a large part in the organisation of events when the shipyard struggled with recession in the early eighties. The Committee did not want to burden the shipyard in these conditions. In May 1984, Jan Greve’s plan to turn the Committee into an
independent association, separate from the shipyard, was set in motion. The Committee changed its name to Trintella Vriendenkring, but kept its purpose: to encourage members meeting, both for fun and to exchange experiences related to sailing and maintenance. They had a board that was chosen from and by the members, started organising their own events and took care of the financial side of these meetings. The first board saw Bruno Wijnants as chairman and Jan Greve as secretary, and had over 75 members, mainly from Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands. Anne and Riekie Wever continued on in their role as the association’s pater and mater familias and were advisors to the board. In the previous period, a pattern had emerged; there was an event in the spring, taking place on the water, during which plans for the upcoming sailing season were discussed, and a reunion in the fall, taking place on dry land, meant for reminiscing about the events of the previous season. The association continued this pattern, switching between hosting in the north and south of the Netherlands. The first gazette was published as well. The yachts were not the only thing to get bigger: the association, too, steadily continued growing. 

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The association experienced a period of growth, which continued throughout the nineties when Jan van Poppelen was chairman for a decade – from 1987 to 1997. Riekie Wever assumed the role of secretary. The period saw a wider variety of members, partly because many new members were second or even third owners of their ships. The events were well-liked, and the number of participants kept multiplying. Destinations included Scheveningen (NL), Brugge (BE), Hull (GB) and York (GB). These trips are still fond memories for many of our members. Visiting the shipyard’s stand at BOOT Düsseldorf was another beloved outing. At the end of this period, there were over 175 members. 
There was, however, a tangible stagnation in the public interest for joining associations, and in the following years a decline could even be noticed. This also affected the TVK. In this period – from 1997 to 2004 – Herman van Hemeldonck was our much beloved chairman, and he surely was the reason the number of members kept fluctuating around 175. The gazette was turned into a club magazine, greatly improving the communication between and with members. 
After eight years, in 2004, the gavel was passed on to Theo van Erp, who would remain chairman until the end of 2008. This period saw a further decline in the interest in associations, as population ageing became more apparent in the association as well as society. The association made their internet debut with a professional website and a ‘Smoelenboek’, which made meeting easier for members. All the same, the board had their doubts about the viability of the association in the near future. They shared them with the General Member Meeting in 2008, but the GMM decided to continue unabated. A new, enthusiastic board was formed. 
Ben Verhaaf became the chairman of this newly established board and remained so until the end of 2012. Riekie Wever stepped down as secretary/treasurer, after almost twenty years’ worth of administrative contribution to the association. Following this, Anne and Riekie Wever were named protector and protectress of the association in 2008. The new board mainly focussed on continuing the activities. The number of members steadily grew towards 185. The association also became cofounder and member of the Federation Poly Classics, and Ben also became its first chairman.

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Anne passed away on 11 January 2009. We still miss our esteemed friend and protector, even though the Trintella Vriendenkring is thriving like never before. The board, led by chairman Loet Geldhoff (2012 – 2019), focusses on more than the fun side of the association. They pay special attention to the preservation of our sailing heritage: the Trintel and Trintella fleet, which consists of over one thousand ships around the world. Apart from registering the ships and their history, it means documenting technical questions and solutions per series and type and supporting the owners in keeping their ships sailing. An important inspiration for this strong focus on preservation is the book ‘Trintella Yachts – Dutch Glory from Brabant’ by Peter van der Waa, the standard reference for the yachts and shipyard. The association published this book in 2014, for the 50th anniversary of the Trintella brand. Peter was also secretary until 2019 and was an enthusiastic co-catalyst and co-enabler of many of the association’s innovations.

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The association has over 250 members in 2020, many from the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany, others from the US, Chile and other countries. Riekie Wever is still our protectress, Bruno Wijnants, Jan van Poppelen and Herman van Hemeldonck are honorary members. There are also nearly twenty members who, after having been active in our boards, have been named Member of Merit.
Our mission and aim are clear, the organisation and financial situation durable, and features such as the Shop, website, Vriendenboek, Newsletter and Magazine have been renewed and modernised. The number of members is growing, the ships are reliable, and their owners can still continue to enjoy sailing.

Source: TVK magazine 2018. Revision: january 2020


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