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X-35s at the North Sea Regatta

by Robert Grieg-Gran 15 May 2008 14:46 BST

Turnstone TEN wins North Sea Regatta

18 X-35s, four of which were from the UK, joined almost 400 boats at the North Sea Regatta last weekend to compete in 4 days of racing off the Scheveningen coast in Holland. Light winds and blue skies held throughout the regatta and it was GBR Cool Runnings that got off to a perfect start with two bullets on the first day. However, with no discards allowed in the nine race series all the teams knew it was consistency would win this regatta.

On Saturday morning, the fleet waited until 2pm as the fight between the easterly gradient and the sea breeze caused 90-degree shifts across the course. After another 2 races, Quantum Racing Holland and the Turnstone Estates sponsored TEN Racing Group established themselves at the front of the fleet.

Wonderful conditions on the third day saw TEN take the day prize again with Quantum Racing Holland and Cool Runnings hot on their heels. Noticeably another Quantum powered boat, Maas, was rapidly moving up the order in the light winds.

With all to play for on the final day (and the Cool Runnings team unfortunately having to return home) the Ten Racing Group scored two safe second places to take the championship without a result outside the top 5. The boat, largely crewed by members of the RYA Volvo Keelboat Squad, now turns its attention to the last couple of events in Holland until the fleet travels to the Med for the Copa del Rey and the World Championships in Italy in September.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoBoat NameSkipperR3R4R5R6R7R8R9R10R11Pts
1GBR 1035Perfect TenTen Racing Group45244212226
2NED 16Quantum Racing HollandN. Bol56713161333
3NED 13Maasnanno aukes745dns2426150
4GBR 4835Cool RunningsThorkild Juncker1143134dnsdns55
5NED 117Drs.XCees Wieringa23112677111261
6GBR 3500KissDavid Pinner98621151341068
7NED 57Just 4 FunAlbert Kooijman32109914125872
8NED 122Magic MarineM. Baas111636561131172
9NED 115Who's nextAlwin van Daelen12171177938579
10NED 12Yellow RoseM.J.Ringers67851213812980
11NED 54Loyola XBert van der Elsdsq139111010107493
12NED 14Gold Marinebart vaN AKEN8914108111613695
13NED 15JetstreamGerben Bos141015dns1485107102
14GBR 35XwavesMike Brand15151313151614913123
15BEL 1102The UntouchablesCoen Wohrmann10111616161591516124
16NED 28Brass TacksS Vos1314188131215ocs15127
17NED 40IenvinixC.J.Ringelingdnsdns12141718181414145
18NED 90WaikabubakRemko de Haan161217151817171617145

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