Archive for Mai, 2011

Spring Cup 2011

Dienstag, Mai 17th, 2011

I like waves, in a very romantic Caribbean beach type of way. Unfortunately these have very few things in common with the IJsselmeer waves… But from the beginning:  the forecast looked fine, wind on the high side, but feasible. Unfortunately this was the forecast for the marina, not so much for the racing area 1 hour outside the marina.

In retrospect I say it was fun. We had everything, wind, more wind, waves, flying spinnakers, a bit of broaching, surfing with speed we never had before and a little bit of panic 🙂

The first day started great for us, we had upwind speed as we never had before (I like the new fast tensioners on our shrouds!) and the first race was just great. After a very conservative start we overtook one boat after the other and could keep that during the downwind legs. So despite some rather panicky maneuvers we ended up 6 of the 19 boats started.


Ok, wind picked up and with it was a bit more panic and fear, as a result almost all boats struggled in the next race, as did we. We didn’t dared to gybe but we surfed like never before (what a feeling!). The no gybe approach left us last in the race as well as in the 3rd race (however many boats retired, had damages or people taking a swim….) so we ended up 14th and 11th. But the point is we managed, we struggled but managed!

Therefore we went in the evening completely exhausted, but satisfied to the nice J22 borrel into he beautiful town of Medemblik. It’s good to hear that everyone has the same problems (almost). And it certainly was on the limit for most of the boats, a lot had damages and quiet some had man and even men over board (which is very tough one hour away to the next harbour).

But surviving in such a weather is boosting confidence. With this we felt well in control on Sunday with a little bit less wind and even flew the spi on the beam reach! (ok, we broached a little bit and in one race this try costed us 2 places) but we tried and in general were lucky. Consistently 9th was the deserved result in all 3 races and in the end a 8th place and a lot of memories of waves, wind and struggling…

I think we have hardly ever been so exhausted after a racing weekend…. But in the end it was great, and a wonderful feeling that we managed!

Exhausted Sailors


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Van Uden Reco Regatta 2011

Donnerstag, Mai 5th, 2011

Time for getting the boat cross the country again!

(Good we forgot how much work it is….)

 In beautiful weather we were starting the “outbound” season 2011. 26 degrees, all sunshine allowing trailing a boat with he CC J. Even with the opportunity to train on Friday in our 3 person configuration (Ludo on the bow / Jib, Nadine on the main / spi and Stan on the helm).


(Of course the picture is fake as I’ll enjoy the side drivers seat more when there is our little beast behind)

 The first day started with a bit of nice wind bringing us to the sailing area (round one hour away from the harbor), then dying slowly and leaving us languishing on the water…


Finally an attempt to start (after some postponements) and hey, we had speed, flying by three, four other boats, being second (!!) on the upwind mark. Unfortunately only to learn that the race was cancelled at this very moment…

Stan relaxed

Well, story of our sailing life, this was by far our best race… Two races were conducted after this in which we were quarreling with the boat handling and basic manoeuvres. But a 9th and a 12th place was considered acceptable for a new 3 person configuration and so after some boat-repair we enjoyed big time the fantastic party of the vanUdenReco regatta together with the other Js, Melges, OCR boats and everyone joining. Life music, great Dutch food and nice company made the evening already now a highlight of the season!

 Of course it doesn’t make getting up the next day easier… But being it Easter Sunday and having an even better weather is helping a lot!

 beautiful day

Already at the sail to the starting area it was clear that the wind was less than the day before and we started the day waiting, postponing, seeing the course reset and adjusted, waiting and so on… It went so far that the complete starting field cheered as the race committee again hoisted the postponement flag…

Ludo relaxed

When the race finally started there was still virtually no wind and we where fighting for every bit, knowing this condition is not our strength. Finishing 15th was leaving not much room for cheering, but at least we were getting more comfortable with the boat handling and maneuvering. The next race was getting better, after almost abandoning everything and returning to the harbor exactly what we needed… And finally the wind picked up, we felt “at home” again and started enjoying the regatta, even if the places don’t show so much, the last races have been very good for us, getting us back at a level we thought we were after the winter series!

And then the chaos happened: In the last race, after the last downwind leg, the spi did not come down… There was a huge knot coming out of the boat while the spi still being half up, we of course already close hauled again.

Believe me, hugging the spi is not such a nice thing when you are beating 🙂

Giving Ludo all the responsibility on holding the spi in his arms, Stan trying to sail in this more than difficult condition, I took the task of solving the knot (while the spi being everywhere over me). No chance and at one point I got the call: Cut it. (Ha! As if that is so easy – somehow you need a knife for that…) I’ll not picture to you the scenario with a half up spi hugged by Ludo, a desperate Stan and a Nadine trying to dive down for a knife…

We found it, cut and went to the finish and even it being strange – but being able to function and solving this gave us the best moments of the regatta!

And of course now we can say we’ve solved the Gordian Knot.

We even won the crane race… (again, still, we forgot how much work there is…- and I hope I’ll forget it again before we start to Medemblik 😉

 Nadine relaxed

 So a great weekend with mixed feelings and results (9,12, 15,11,9,11 and 11 of 16 in the end), but with a lot of enthusiasm to improve…