Another downhill sleigh ride?
The entry list for the 2008 North Sea Race has eclipsed last year and a fleet of over 60 boats will race from Harwich to Scheveningen over the bank holiday this weekend. The high class fleet is mainly from Holland, but there are also entries from Britain, Belgium and Austria.
Past class winners racing this year include: Piet Vroon’s Formidable 3, Kees Kaan’s ROARK, (the other) Peter de Ridder’s Checkmate, Michiel van der Meulen’s van Uden-TUDelft-van Oord, R.M. Crul’s Rosetta from the Rocks, F. Winterswijk’s Antares, Paul van der Pol’s Jimjams, K A de Walle’s Fandango and Gert Vink’s Gambiet.
The first RORC North Sea Race was the Heligoland Race in 1933. The 310 mile race was from Burnham-on-Crouch to Heligoland (an island in the SE corner of the North Sea). 14 yachts entered the race and it was won by the smallest, the gaff rigged, Isis.
The North Sea Race is part of The Royal Ocean Racing Club’s Season’s Points Championship.