Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Vuurschepen/ North Sea Race Preview

J/111 sailing Vuurschepenrace- North Sea RORC Race (The Hague, Netherlands)-  On the morning before the start of the 2013 Vuurschepenrace, part of the Delta Lloyd North Sea Regatta, it was quite certain the weather forecasts for this year's race were not likely to create a record breaker.  The north-northeasterly winds were expected to be light to medium in the early evening. During the night, the breeze expected to drop and slowly change direction to the Southwest. In the early morning, the fleet may come to a halt at a wind speed of 2 knots off the English coast, which then gradually increases to about 13 to 15 knots.  So desperate were some sailors that they asked if they could be allowed to anchor in the English Channel shipping lane!

After a day of rest in Harwich, England, the IRC and ORC classes will sail back across the English Channel in the 180 nm race from Harwich to the Smith's Knoll Buoy off the North Norfolk Coast then across the eastern parts of the North Sea to Scheveningen.

J sailing teams at start of North Sea Race, Hague, NetherlandsThe double-handed class shows a clear change from other years, with eleven teams now competing against some of the best Dutch offshore sailing teams.  Leading the charge is past the winner, the J/111 XCENTRIC RIPPER, sailed by the dynamic duo of John van de Starre and Robin Verhoef.  Accompanying them in the dashes criss-crossing "la manche" are the J/122 JUNIQUE sailed by Chris Revelman and Pascal Bakker, the J/109 YETI sailed by Paul & Mike van der Pol and the J/105 PANTHER sailed by a girl team consisting of Yvonne Beusker and Edith Voskamp!  For more Vuurschepen/ North Sea Race sailing information