After a nice day of rest in Harwich and the award ceremony of the Vuurschepenrace, the retreat from Harwich to Scheveningen, the well-known North Sea Race, started on the 11th of May at 11:30 local time. Again, a race with lots of different winds. Less wind where tactics of where to sail in order to have the most positive current, played an important role. There were many changes of sails. Sitting still was not an option. Especially the long leg with the real crossing was exciting. There were many different ideas about which way to go. What is the fastest, the shortest and the best route?
On a 60-mile stretch, some boats were more than 30 to 40 miles apart…in the width. The final stretch was the biggest challenge for the early finishers with the falling and rotating winds. Even the seals and the porpoises were encouraging the crews. Especially those the crewmembers at the railing had a lot of contact with them.
All boats finally finished on Saturday 12th of May. All in all, it was a beautiful race with two sun-drenched days and a nice result. On 13 May all the winners received a wonderful prize. The results are of course all on the website of the NSR.
The coming days all the crews are busy with the preparations for the North Sea Regatta Inshores from 18 to 20 May. We will certainly ask Gods of the weather for wonderful weather on those days. Especially a nice breeze. It is still possible to register for the inshore races. Come along to compete or to watch the fantastic races from the quay or from the beach and for the after-Sail party with drinks and music. All sailors, lots of success and fun! For all information and news reports keep an eye on the NSR website. NSR takes place #aanZee and is part of ‘Feest aan Zee’. Exactly 200 years ago the first bathhouse was built. In 2018 The Hague ~ Scheveningen offers its visitors a sea of festivities. View the program at www.feestaanzee.nl
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