Dutch pair take Round Texel

Lively conditions for 25th anniversary loop of Dutch island

Saturday June 15th 2002, Author: James Boyd, Location: none selected
The Dutch pairing of Sven Karsenbarg and Mischa Heemskerk won the 25th anniversary Round Texel Race in Holland today. In the normal massive fleet - more than 300 cats took part - comprising largely F18s and F20s, Karsenbarg and Heemskerk were sailing one of a handful of Tornados taking part.

Conditions were brisk for the huge catamaran fleet who had to contend with a F5-6 southwesterly for the circumnavigation of the island and there was considerable carnage. Some took place as the cats attempted to break through the surf rolling into the beach. Prior to the start the Nacra Inter 20 of Rob Harms and Heleen Klifman sailed off into the distance...without the crew on board.

Karsenberg/Heemskerk were the first to reach the VC buoy, in exactly 45 minutes. Less than a minute later they were followed by Gunnar Larsen and Gerhard van Geest, who on handicap were leading at this point with Karsenberg and Heemskerk in fifth. After one and a half hours there had been 32 retirements including Mitch Booth and Herbert Dercksen.

Karsenberg and Heemskerk completed the course in 2 hours 40 minutes and 54 seconds, 14 minutes ahead of the next boat, another Dutch Tornado sailed by Pols and Faas, which was enough to win them the race on handicap. "The sail was dreadfully difficult, especially on the Wadden Sea. We had to work really hard. We are happy, but completely worn out," commented Karsenberg as he wrestled with the champagne.

Among the finishers was Hans Bouscholte who finished sixth on elapsed time and 29th on handicap aboard a Formula 20 and former Tyco crewman Damian Foxall who finished 32rd on a Formula 18.

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