Welcome to the Holder 20 One Design Beta 0.8.6 Website!
Our Mission Statement The Holder 20 One Design Class believes that the purpose of the organization shall be to encourage one design sailing as a competitive sport and recreation, to promote interest in seamanship, and to encourage one design among fellow sailors.
Fleet Captain's welcome
Recently elected to head the Holder 20 One Design class I thought I should introduce myself and outline goals I see for the one design class. My name is Matt Gundlach and I bought a new Holder 20 in 1984, #172, and I have been racing Holders since then. Prior to the Holder 20 I had raced trapeze dinghies for a number of years but as the boat numbers dwindled I decided to get a keel boat. Since I had raced small quick boats I was looking for a hotrod. The term “Sport Boat” was not being used then but I liked the Holder 20 specs so chose it. Since it was one of the original sport boats I really chose a revolutionary boat. I joined and raced it in the keel boat fleet on my home lake and it quickly became the boat to beat for many years. Being easily trailed I raced it in local regattas in the Midwest. The boat drew a lot of attention so my friend Rod, another former trapeze dingy sailor, decided to get one. We decided to try to build a fleet so we found and purchased a couple of Holder 20’s. This led others to buying and bringing Holder 20’s into the area. Currently, we have around 15 Holder 20’s in our area. I recently sold Holder 20, #172 and purchased #222. The 222 boat was the only Holder 20 sold by a dealer in Minnesota. That owner brought the 222 boat to North Dakota so all of our Holder 20’s have been brought into the state..
Since the Holder 20 was produced there have been a number of Sport boats designed. Many of these have more sail area and constructed from more exotic materials many of these boats are somewhat quicker than a Holder 20. However, the cost of many of those boats are often ten times the cost of the Holder 20, therefore I am a firm believer that you can not beat a Holder 20 in “Bang for the Buck”. For this reason I strongly support the one design concept and believe those who wish to add expensive modifications to the Holder 20 should consider getting a Viper or other sport boat. There were approximately 270 Holder 20’s made and there are no molds to make more.
As fleet captain I would like to:
1. Find as many Holder 20’s as possible so they can be tracked and Holder 20
owners can then get together for local racing.
2. Identify open regattas where Holder 20’s can be race. That probably
means handicap racing, PHRF, but with local effort it would be great to have events
where Holders can race one design.
3. Pictures, pictures, pictures, I would like to receive pictures of as many boats
as possible with hull numbers, boat location, and any comment about each boat. I will
post these on the website. Pictures and narrative from races member have attended will
be added to the website.
4. Continue the efforts to make our yearly Nationals successful.
So, for now these are my immediate plans. I will work hard in this position. I welcome members input.