One of the traditional sailing events in Holland during Pentecost is the North Sea Regatta. Last weekend the Formula 18 cats were present again to compete for some offshore sailing in Scheveningen – The Hague.
This year Hans Breur and Roel Everaars did a good job by sailing all seven races with only top 3 results during both days. They took the podium after 7 races with 12 points overall. In second place Tjiddo Veenstra & Stephan Dekker with 18 points followed by Guus Groeneveld & Mark Claaijsen with 21 points in third. Full results here.
On Saturday the catamarans sailed their first races, an interesting day with difficult sailing conditions. Light weather with different pressure fields, no easy job at all. They race officer created a competitive course with some nice battles as a result. A total of 4 races were held with 19 (mixed catamaran classes) cats on the course starting at the same time. Everyone was very satisfied with the race course and had a great day of racing. On Sunday weather was less good: foggy conditions after the first race where visibility dropped to less than 100 meters. After 3 races on Sunday the race committee made the call to cancel the last scheduled race.
The North Sea Regatta was the last Dutch F18 event before the famous Round Texel race next month on Saturday June 16th. If you want to sail this great long distance race you can sign up here and maybe your name will be in our Hall of Fame.
Photo credit: Sander van der Borch