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Dutch Classic Yacht Regatta Info 2013

BISC colours successful at the 13th Dutch Classic Yacht Regatta www.dcyr.nl/en/

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Every second year fans of classic yachts meet on the Haringvliet to race their boats in front of the historical port of Hellevoetsluis (NL). For Roel and “Stormvogel” it was the third time they have participated. Even though the official races took place on Thursday 25 July, “Stormvogel” and its crew (Roel, Richard, Kai) already started a relaxing cruise three days before sailing through Osterschelde and Volkerak to Willemstad at the Haringvliet. This small,picturesque town is a cultural and historical treasure in the delta and the perfect scenery for classic yachts to gather on the eve of the regatta. The last stage to Hellevoetsluis was a “fun race” over 12 miles with 51 boats in the morning of the 24th July from Willemstad. “Stormvogel” finshed 21st by time and handicap, still fast enough to get hold of a mooring with electricity – a must for Roel’s beloved fridge! Apart from hot temperatures and cold beers we enjoyed the four days of racing and good company with people infected by the same virus. 105 boats competed in six classes. “Stormvogel” was skippered in the races by Richard whose previous experience in dinghy racing proved to be very useful particularly in the close quaters combat around the start line! The weather was a bit of everything: one race had to be cancelled because of a thunderstorm (40 kn), and in the third race took us 30 min (!) for the last 100 m as we were caught by the evening calm. This was in particular hard for those crew members who normally scurry around. Finally it was great fun and we enjoyed the company of sailors from different countries who were sharing the passion for classic boats. “Stormvogel” came third in its class to the proud of owner, skipper and crew.

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