Brand new Dehler 44SQ christened ‘EclectiC’

A brand new Dehler 44SQ has been christened in Port Zélande in the Netherlands two weeks before the first regatta appearance of the new model.

One of the first boats of Dehler’s new 44SQ was build to be the new EclectiC. After sailing and racing a Dehler 39, the EclectiC Sailing Team could replace the boat with a brand new model from the same yard. In an evening filling event both the boat and crew were presented to the public. The christening was part of an evening in spectacular fashion that only seems to be matched in the America’s Cup and other Grand Prix racing classes. For the team it are exciting days with the season opener only two weeks away.

Surrounded by smoke, light and sound the boat arose from the darkness of the night and in perfect harmony with the sound and lightshow the boat was moored in front of the audience. The christening-ceremony was executed by the wife of the owner, Mrs. Ditte Lockefeer. The champagne and speech were accompanied by fireworks and a separate screen showed footage of the boat sailing.

With the boat christened and safe the team responsible for the boat was presented by owner and skipper Koen Lockefeer. Maarten Voogd explained about the process of Dehler and the designers (Alexander Simonis and himself) in creating the first boat in a new line and new direction for the yard. The builders were presented and got the recognition they deserved for a job well done.

Last but not least the sailing crew was presented. The team is based on the crew of the former boat but after a pause there have been some changes. The team consists of a mix of experience and youth with the most striking name that of ABN AMRO 2 crew member Gerd-Jan Poortman. Poortman has a history with the team and will take on the roll of coach and tactician to further develop the team.

The EclectiC Sailing Team is the first team that has taken delivery of this new model and are preparing for the Spi Ouest in la Trinité sur Mer during Easter. This regatta promises to be a real spectacle with several new designs for the first time sailing against each other. The French Commodores Cup winners ‘Paprec Recyclage /Spirit of Malouen’ have a brand new Archambault 40 to replace their successful Synergia 40, both the new J-122 and the new X-41 OD are also present together with a large selection of proven IRC-performers.

After the season opener in France the schedule of the Eclectic Sailing Team consists of the following races:

– Van Uden Reco Stellendam Regatta

– ABN AMRO North Sea Regatta, EclectiC will compete in the full event

– Skandia Cowes Week

– Rolex Fastnet Regatta

– Dutch National Offshore Championships

More information on the EclectiC Sailing Team can be found at: