Jul 02 2009

Fast cats away “Texel” 2009

Published by at 13:26 under Catamarans

On the 13th June, three boats from the club turned up to sail the biggest catamaran race in the world, with approx 580 boats from twelve different countries on the beach at Texel in Holland. As usual getting off the beach was bad as usual due to the surf. This was my third year, the first time was back in 05 when most boats was destroyed, RFT ‘s included, only 80 boats completed the course that year.

Nick & Kyle on the F20, Pete Sherwin and crew Mark, plus Wayne and I on our Hurricanes joined the 9am early morning start line after successfully launching our kites to break free of the surf in very light F1-2 winds.
Web link for pictures: http://www.roundtexel.com/Default.asp?xlid=en

The start had nearly 500 boats, some decided not to go in the light winds or to attempt getting off the beach. As the race organizes had warned off closing the gates if timed out.
Unfortunately for Pete, he was a casualty at the second gate along with hundreds more and had to sail all the way back, which took nearly as long as doing the whole race.

Wayne and I had a good result for us being 98th boat home but after handicap 223rd but a great result for Nick and Kyle who were 9th boat home on the water and 56th overall on there first Round Texel race, Well done guy’s

Here’s to 2010, just don’t tell the wife

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