Dear Vuurschepenrace worshipers,
Last Tuesday the starting shot was given for the Vuurschepenrace from the Estrella. It was a great start where the tide had to be taken into account because the wind was almost gone …. Nice that everyone managed to reach the start in time. The advantage was that beautiful pictures could be taken …. The fleet of 40 Ships left, after a start procedure with 4 different classes, quietly into the night.
During the day it was 28 degrees outside but after the sun went down it was time to put on thermo clothing. Further into the night even an extra set of thermo was necessary. The water is still cold, which means that it cools down considerably. Since the wind was a bit changeable it eventually turned from north to south, certainly fickle with windbreaks coming from all sides, some had thrown out the anchor not to reverse, others started the engine which they regret after 10 minutes…. 2 boats missed the last indications on the website on Tuesday afternoon, or have not recognized them. They sailed through a zone that they were not allowed to pass through (a so-called exclusion zone).
Everyone has at least enjoyed it and it certainly was not boring. Most of the boats had already finished on Wednesday. The last boat reached the finish on Thursday morning. Even they were in time to enjoy the rich lunch at Butt & Oyster.
A delicious traditional lunch was consumed so that all sailors could regain strength. After some small jobs on the boat it was around 17.00 hours BST time for a happy hour sponsored by the North Sea Regatta with herring and korenwijn. The chairman of the yacht club, Marcel Schuttelaar, brought so much herring in cool boxes under the aft deck that they unfortunately did not win. The real winners can be found on the website under results.
All sailors were warmly welcomed at the 175th jubilee of the Royal Harwich Yacht Club. It was a challenging race with many changes of sails, a workout in the gym is nothing compared with this……! Now prepare for what is to come, the return trip to Scheveningen, more slalom between the subsidy pots (wind farms). On the way back more wind is expected, 34 to 35 hours for a fairly fast boats with the venom in the tail. The last stage off-shore for the coast to the finish (Wind out and tide on). Ennuh, most difficult, after the finish, is to find the port entrance in the dark between all the red, green and white lights from the beach clubs.
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
A good return journey with the North Sea Race from Harwich to Scheveningen and the inshore races off the coast!!! We wish all sailors a lot of success. Enjoy the sailing. See you all Saturday or Sunday at the port entrance.
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