Champions crowned at North Sea Regatta
5 june 2017
Courses, 138 boats on the South Course, 120 boats on the North
Course, 120 volunteers and three days of beautiful
mediterranean-like sailing conditions 'made' it a brilliant North
Sea Regatta for the sailors! After three days of amazing sailing
conditions the Dutch champions are crowned in ORC 2, ORC 3 and ORC
TwoHanded (offshore and inshore races combined), class champions
crowned in ORC 1, ORC 4 and J111, and the J22 has a new World
The prize giving was presented by Frans Sluyters, assisted by Peter Tjalma (president of the NoordzeeClub) Marcel Schuttelaar (president of the Scheveningen Yachtclub) and Deputy Mayor Rabin Baldewsingh, The Hague's alderman for Social Affairs, Employment, Neighbourhood Approach, Integration Policy and Sport as well as the Escamp and Laak districts.
The crew on Numero Uno was in the winning mood this week. They didn't score less then a third in both offshore and inshore races. The one and only UFD behind their name is because they were to eager and had a false start. There was a lot to loose on the last day of the North Sea Regatta, but they decided to go out only for one thing; win everything! Which they did. They won the Dutch Championships ORC 3 and the North Sea Regatta Super Cup, which is the prize for the team that has the best average score at the North Sea Regatta, that means the Vuurschepenrace, the North Sea Race and the inshore races.
Erik van Vuuren: "We left the marina this morning with only one goal: to win every single thing we possibly could. To become the Dutch Champion ORC 3 you have to give all you've got and more. And we did. Today we scored a 1, 2 and 1. We worked hard, sailed smart and had a lot of fun. Also a result of the hard work the North Sea Regatta organisation and all volunteers have put into this event. Thanks for everything!"
It looked like the Dutch Championships ORC TwoHanded was battling between John van de Starre, sailing on Ajeto, and Roy Heiner, sailing on Hemels van der Hart. When Roy Heiner retired from the regatta there's no doubt left. The Ajeto crew are the new Dutch Champions ORC TwoHanded.
"It was a very strong competition, with Roy Heiner, but also with Unique. They are sailing on the same boat and the guys are pretty good sailors. The competition we had from Roy was an extra motivation for us to keep fighting for the title. We have won the Dutch Championships three times in a row, I'm very happy! Next year we'll fight for it again!"