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North Sea Regatta Week 2017 - Day 3

by North Sea Regatta 3 Jun 2017 23:23 BST 27 May - 4 June 2017

What started as a grey and raining morning in The Hague - Scheveningen, turned into a day with champagne sailing conditions. We had to wait a little, but around noon the sun came out, the wind picked up and the chop machine was turned on! During the first race on the South Course, the wind went from 5 to 15, maybe even 20 knots, there was a lot more wind and waves then the forecast showed us, no complaints here!

Championships current leaders

At the end of the North Sea Regatta Dutch Championships will be crowned in ORC 2, ORC 3 and ORC TwoHanded (offshore and inshore races combined). ORC 1, ORC 4 and J111 have their Class Championships and the J22 will have a new World Champion.

  • ORC1 NED 17001 Team ROST, Gerd-Jan Poortman
  • ORC2 NED 7935 Flying Dolphin, Willem Ellemeet
  • ORC3 NED 4994 Numero Uno, Rob Schutte
  • ORC4 NED 8493 Coppelia, Sebastiaan van Vliet
  • ORC TwoHanded NED 8083 Hemels van der Hart, Roy Heiner
  • J111 SUI 2193 Lällekönig, Sigg Joerg
  • J22 NED 1609 Quantum Holland, Nic Bol
Results of all classes are published here

Team Sailselect North Sea Regatta's debut

Team Sailselect, skippered by Jeroen Koninkx and sailing in ORC2 sails her first North Sea Regatta since they started sailing together two years ago. Stijn Tettero, bowman on the boat explains: "Last winter we sailed the Grevelingencup with a coach on board, which really helped us to perform better as a team and the results are getting better as well. Although we're not really happy with the results here. It's our first regatta at sea, but we're learning and that feels good. We all have experience at sea but it's a different world out there than the IJsselmeer. We're planning to sail the Flevomare Wednesday evening series, Flevo Regatta, October races and the winter series here in Scheveningen. We use the events to prepare for the ORC Worlds The Hague in 2018. As soon as we heard the worlds would be in Scheveningen we decided to go for it!"

Lisanne Nijdam at the J22 Worlds 2017: "The whole day is one big battle!"

After three days Lisanne Nijdam lost her lead at the J22 Worlds 2017. After nine races the gap with the number one is only four points but with two black flag disqualifications she really needs to fight her way back to take over the first position again. We spoke to Lisanne after the first two races today: "The weather conditions today were totally different from yesterday. Similar boat speeds, closer racing, much more competitive. Unfortunately we had a false start in the first race, which means we got disqualified in stead of our fifth place. The fleet is very concentrated and focust, the whole day is one big battle!"

Nic Bol, the 2010 J/22 World Champion, is now in the lead at the J22 Worlds. Nic is sailing with his brother Chris Bol, Niels de Vries and Tim de Weerdt. At this moment, the top three here in Scheveningen is exactly the same as the top three boats at the worlds warming up event on the Braassem. The results on the Manage2Sail website only the results of the first six races are visible, the full results can be downloaded in pdf.

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The acrobatic Contenders are excited to be back at the North Sea Regatta!

Ten Dutch and one Belgium Contender are battling wind, waves and each other at the North Sea this weekend. Conditions are tricky, but Paul Verhallen (NED 9) is not complaining: "We really like sailing here in Scheveningen and we're super happy the Contenders are part of the North Sea Regatta again. I will definitely tell the race director how thankful we are to be here."

"We had an awesome day on the water, especially this afternoon, the weather is perfect, but Scheveningen is always tricky! It's physically pretty challenging for me this year. We had a little baby in March and I haven't really had the time to train for the regatta. On these acrobatic boats you really need to be top fit, which I'm not, so it's tough, but results are quite okay." After nine races Paul is in third position behind Dirk Lafleur (NED 2544) and Rene Heynen (NED 2582).

Nynke Plaatsman: "Our goal is to take part in the Eredivisie Zeilen"

The ORC sportsboats class is a mixed class with MaxFuns, a Fareast, a Mazurka and one Sonar. The Sonar crew Hans Cheung, Nienke Conijn, Nynke Plaatsman and Marleen van Nes show that being disabled doesn't mean you can't take part in normal sport events. The team started sailing together two years ago, they are now part of a bigger movement, called the Dutch Adaptives Sports Team. All members of this team have a certain physical handicap but they all take part in groundbreaking sport events.

Nynke Plaatsman: "Today was a good day! We were not so far behind as we were yesterday, when we had some difficulties with our boat speed. I think we even got to the topmark at the same time as the MaxFuns's with more sail. We just bought the Sonar from the Dutch Watersports Federation and had to get used to the boat, it's not perfect for us but we're happy we have our own boat now so we can train more. Our ultimate goal is to buy a J70 and participate in the Eredivisie Zeilen, maybe next year, when we have enough funding."

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