Two Courses, 138 boats on the South Course, 120 boats on the North Course, 120 volunteers and three days of beautiful mediterranean-like sailing conditions ‘made’ it a brilliant North Sea Regatta for the sailors! After three days of amazing sailing conditions the Dutch champions are crowned in ORC 2, ORC 3 and ORC TwoHanded (offshore and inshore races combined), class champions crowned in ORC 1, ORC 4 and J111, and the J22 has a new World Champion.
The prize giving was presented by Frans Sluyters, assisted by Peter Tjalma (president of the NoordzeeClub) Marcel Schuttelaar (president of the Scheveningen Yachtclub) and Deputy Mayor Rabin Baldewsingh, The Hague’s alderman for Social Affairs, Employment, Neighbourhood Approach, Integration Policy and Sport as well as the Escamp and Laak districts.
Nic Bol strikes again!
Seven years after Nic Bol had won the J22 Worlds here in Scheveningen, he strikes again! After four days of sailing, Nic and his team are the new World Champions J22! Nico Bol: “I really want to thank my young crew! I think I’ve been sailing longer than they’ve been alive, and it’s great sailing with them! It’s a tough place to sail but great conditions. Totally different conditions than seven years ago. I’m now sailing with my son and two students of the Rotterdam Sailing Federation. We’ve been training together since November, we went for the title and earned it! Super happy! And you all have to keep sailing J22 because it’s brilliant!”
Numero Uno Dutch Champion ORC3
The crew on Numero Uno was in the winning mood this week. They didn’t score less then a third in both offshore and inshore races. The one and only UFD behind their name is because they were to eager and had a false start.
Erik van Vuuren: “We left the marina this morning with only one goal: to win every single thing we possibly could. To become the Dutch Champion ORC 3 you have to give all you’ve got and more. And we did. Today we scored a 1, 2 and 1. We worked hard, sailed smart and had a lot of fun. Also a result of the hard work the North Sea Regatta organisation and all volunteers have put into this event. Thanks for everything!”
John van der Starre and Robin Verhoef win Dutch Championships ORC TwoHanded and North Sea Regatta Super Cup
It looked like the Dutch Championships ORC TwoHanded was battling between John van de Starre, sailing on Ajeto, and Roy Heiner, sailing on Hemels van der Hart. When Roy Heiner retired from the regatta there’s no doubt left. The Ajeto crew are the new Dutch Champions ORC TwoHanded.
“It was a very strong competition, with Roy Heiner, but also with Unique. They are sailing on the same boat and the guys are pretty good sailors. The competition we had from Roy was an extra motivation for us to keep fighting for the title. We have won the Dutch Championships three times in a row, I’m very happy! Next year we’ll fight for it again!”
Enno Kramer en Ard Geelkerken have been sailing together for the past 17 years, which is prize worthy in itself, but they also won every single race at this event! The six Flying Dutchman’s, being the smallest class sailing on the South Course, had no trouble getting around the course, although they would have love to see a few more out there.
“A few teams don’t like to sail at sea with the waves and the current. We just bought a new (old) boat and we really wanted to fine tune the boat here. The Flying Dutchman is a technical boat and the finetuning options are endless. It was a real washing machine out there today but the sailing was amazing.”
Photos can be found on the North Sea Regatta Facebook page.
Thank you all for a great North Sea Regatta!