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This 57.5 foot Whitbread Round the World Racer, former Rucanor, is the only Belgian ocean sail racer ever to ever have participated two times in the mentioned prestigious race (1985-1986 & 1989-1990), now called the Volvo Ocean Race.
The sandwich GRP ship was designed at the end of 1984 by the French architect Guy Ribadeau-Dumas, built as a one-off WRTWR 85/86 at Frans Maas / Standfast Yachts and first launched in February 1985 in Breskens.
Since the end of 1990 Dirk Gunst skippers Tomidi as a training ship for young and old, and run the sail training ship through numerous North Atlantic cruises and (solo and twohanded) long distance races, including the Tall Ships Races since 2004.
With her approximate 300,000 nautical miles under the keel, she is the Belgian distance record holder, only succeeded by STS Mercator.
In 2015 the ship celebrated her 30th birthday.


Tomidi (ex Rucanor) is a pronounced sea and ocean cruiser and racer. Without doubt the best known and most successful Belgian racing ship ever. On board the Tomidi, you as Windseeker, get to experience true speed and endurance. You do not need any experience to sail with the Tomidi, the skipper and owner with his crew, will teach you all there is to know. But if you do have experience in yacht handling, this is ship to get you the fine tuning in handling a sail, trimming it to the max. And get the satisfaction of a direct result in speed!


The ship has 15 beds. On purpose the interior was largely preserved as it was during the last circumnavigation of the ship, provided a major upgrade in 2008. The single bunks are gimballed (as is the chart table), which makes resting very comfortable. There is a separate cabin with double bed in the forecastle. There is a comfortable sitting area with a large table for 10 people. The ship has a comfortable kitchen with a 2-pits gas burner and a large fridge, a shared toilet and a sink.


Shipping type: Sloop
Homeport: Oostende (BE)
Date built: 1985
Restored: -
Capacity: 15
Length: 17,5m
Beam: 4,85m
Draught: 2,95m
Sail: 330 m2
Height of mast: 26,5 m
Engine capacity: 55 HP