The ORC sportsboats class is a mixed class with MaxFuns, a Fareast, a Mazurka and one Sonar. The Sonar crew Hans Cheung, Nienke Conijn, Nynke Plaatsman and Marleen van Nes show that being disabled doesn’t mean you can’t take part in normal sport events. The team started sailing together two years ago, they are now part of a bigger movement, called the Dutch Adaptives Sports Team. All members of this team have a certain physical handicap but they all take part in groundbreaking sport events.
Nynke Plaatsman: “Today was a good day! We were not so far behind as we were yesterday, when we had some difficulties with our boat speed. I think we even got to the topmark at the same time as the MaxFuns’s with more sail. We just bought the Sonar from the Dutch Watersports Federation and had to get used to the boat, it’s not perfect for us but we’re happy we have our own boat now so we can train more. Our ultimate goal is to buy a J70 and participate in the Eredivisie Zeilen, maybe next year, when we have enough funding.”
If you want to know more about the team or maybe even support them on their way to their new J70, please visit their website.