Pols and Zwart Aruba champions

Photos and report from the Heineken cat racing in the Dutch Caribbean island

Tuesday November 19th 2002, Author: James Boyd, Location: United Kingdom
Dutch Tornado sailors Xander Pols and Mark Zwart won the 12th Heineken Aruba Heineken Catamaran Regatta by one point from UK Team Magic Marine of Richard Allen and James Hoad with the Dutch Tornado Team of John Morert and Nico Harrewijn a further point behind.

The final result was not confirmed until the end of the last race. With Allen and Hoad taking their third race win but unable to put another boat between them and Pols it was Pols who took the Championship, the closest in the 12 years the event has been running.

42 teams, mostly from the Netherlands and Great Britain came to Aruba to sail their last races this season in sunny weather and warm waters. Aruba has near perfect conditions to host a catamaran event with F4-6 winds and water of 28 degsC.

"We had excellent competition conditions on the water," commented Eddie Lodder, regatta manager. "And beside the sailing the sailors enjoyed the hospitality of the friendly people of the island."

During the week there were alternative gate courses, triangle courses and long distance courses around the coast of Aruba.

Going into the last race boats in positions 1 ot 5 all had a chance to win. Unfortunately potential winner and helmsman of Arie van de Plas jr, Rob Klootwijk broke his leg and will be in the Arubian hospital until Wednesday.

Klootwijk said disappointedly: 'sadly enough..., we were in second position and going strong'. Arie took the helm and sailed the last race with another crew. The result was fifth place.

Winners Xander Pols and Mark Zwart are very excited and happy with their result. Pols commented: "the last race was a very tactical race. We had to win from John Moret and Nico Harrewijn. It was very close but we've made it!" Zwart added "we enjoyed the sailing very much. The organisation of the event was perfect."

More photos on the following pages...

Final results:

Pos Class Helm Crew Nat SCR R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 Pts
1 Tornado 2001 Pols, Xander Zwart, Mark NED 0.94 2 DNF 1 2 1 DNF 5 2 13
2 Tornado 2001 Allen, Richard Hoad, James GBR 0.94 1 7 DNF 1 10 2 2 1 14
3 Tornado 2001 Moret, John Harrewijn, Nico NED 0.94 4 2 2 5 4 1 3 3 15
4 Hurricane 5.9 Machin, Ashley Machin,Julia GBR 1.01 5 1 8 4 6 4 1 4 19
5 Tornado 2001 Klootwijk, Rob Plas, Arie van de NED 0.94 3 3 4 3 2 DNC DNC 10 25
6 Dart 18 Smith, Mike Wild, Ian GBR 1.18 7 6 7 7 5 3 6 8 34
7 Dart 18 Spi Thomasch, Manfred Hankart, Henk AUS 1.16 DNS 4 3 10 3 6 11 9 35
8 Tornado Ambtman, Leo Vos, Lauw NED 1 12 9 5 6 8 11 4 17 43
9 Tornado 2001 Diks, Marcel Diks, Daniel NED 0.94 11 11 9 DNF 7 8 7 7 49
10 Dart 18 Winchester, Toby Winchester, Wendy GBR 1.18 6 8 DNF DNF 17 7 10 5 53
11 Tornado Hovenkamp, Jan Egbert Desmedt, Gille BEL 1 10 5 6 DNC 9 18 DNC 12 60
12 Hurricane 5.9 Harcourt, David Irvine, Jilian GBR 1.01 8 23 11 8 16 12 12 DNF 67
13 Hurricane 5.9 Sport Leighton, Hamish Leighton, Helen GBR 1 13 15 10 12 11 DNF 19 13 74
14 Hurricane 5.9 Harrison, Lee Harrison, Davina GBR 1.01 9 17 14 24 DNC 10 17 15 82
15 Nacra Inter 20 Deutekom, Maarten Vries, Jo de NED 0.94 14 16 15 9 15 13 16 16 82
16 Nacra Inter 18 Dalmeijer, Rob Hoog, Jacco de NED 1.01 18 13 18 16 14 20 15 DNF 94
17 Tornado 2001 Peuter, Wim de Verelst, Luc BEL 0.94 DNS DNF DNC DNF 13 5 8 6 114
18 Nacra Inter 20 Soet, Robert Lautier, Emile NED 0.94 15 DSQ 13 DNC DNF 17 14 14 114
19 Nacra 6.0 SE Koops, Herald Vonk, Renso NED 0.98 20 21 21 15 19 28 21 22 117
20 Spitfire Simons, Aart Schaap, Jan NED 1.04 23 10 12 13 DNF 21 DNC DNC 120
21 Nacra Inter 20 Smeding, Herman Giethoorn, Ronald NED 0.94 DNC DNC 20 18 18 15 26 25 122
22 Hurricane 5.9 Stahl, Robert Chatter, Annette GBR 1.01 27 24 17 19 DNF 22 22 18 122
23 Tornado 2001 Talfourd, Vincent Carter, Geoff GBR 0.94 32 12 16 DNF DNC DNF 13 11 125
24 Nacra 6.0 Heijden, Willy van der Landa, Henk NED 0.97 17 30 19 20 DNF 25 29 23 133
25 Hobie 16 Rowen, David Hoad, George GBR 1.16 25 27 DNF DNF 12 9 RDG(25) DNF 139
26 Hurricane 5.9 Hammock, Simon Mcteer, Ian GBR 1.01 DNF 26 23 27 22 23 18 DNF 139
27 Nacra Inter 20 Buyse, Paul Breur, Hans NED 0.94 30 22 DNF DNF 21 24 23 20 140
28 Hobie 16 Rix, Tony Delow, Antnony GBR 1.16 16 20 DNF DNF DNF 16 9 DNF 143
29 Nacra Inter 20 Jong, Nico de Sanders, Frank NED 0.94 33 31 26 22 20 33 27 21 147
30 Nacra Inter 17 Wolters, Henk NED 1.13 24 18 DNF 11 DNF 14 DNF DNC 149
31 Nacra Inter 18 Huijboom, Peter Eikelenstam, Arnold NED 1.01 26 29 25 28 23 31 25 24 151
32 Dart Hawk Harrison, Paul Austin, Michelle GBR 1.01 DNF 14 DNF 21 DNC 19 20 DNF 156
33 Nacra Inter 20 Decker, Tony de Westdorp, Paul BEL 0.94 19 DNF 22 17 DNC 26 OCS DNC 166
34 Nacra 5.7 Race Bogers, Martin Krugers, Pieter Jan NED 1.07 31 DNF 24 25 DNF 34 31 26 171
35 Nacra Inter 18 Meppelink, Ronald Horsthuis, Dion NED 1.01 DNF DNF DNC 23 DNC 29 30 19 183
36 Nacra Inter 20 Milton, Trevor Milton, Jeff GBR 0.94 22 25 DNF DNC DNC 27 28 DNF 184
37 Nacra Inter 18 Teurling, Bart Willems, Filip NED 1.01 29 28 DNF 26 DNF 30 DSQ DNF 195
38 Dart 18 Hicks, Gareth Smith Fiona GBR 1.18 DNC 19 DNF 14 DNF DNC DNC DNC 197
39 Nacra Inter 20 Evans, Bob Offer, Stuart GBR 0.94 28 DNC DNC DNC DNC 32 24 DNF 207
40 Stealth Morse, Andrew GBR 1 21 DNF DNC DNC DNC DNC DNC DNC 226

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