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DUTCH FLEET OPENS 2018 AT LAKE WESTEINDER

1 april 2018 om 11:43

Easter Weekend 2018 was chilly with drizzle and light airs. 21 Dragon teams however showed that Dragon sailors are eager to start sailing at the beginning of the season. Dragon friends from Belgium, Estland, Russia and Germany joined this first GP series in the Netherlands. Sailing to win the Cor Groot Trophy, the valuable silver cup from the Dutch class since 1937.

The Westeinder Lake is difficult to sail due to the (easter)egg shape and the relative short up wind leg in SE conditions. It results in different wind directions left and right from the center line.

 

Those who were able to tack or gibe in anticipation of the shifts moved forward. Those who did not read the wind direction and the build up of new wind lanes correctly, found themselves in the back field.

Easter Day was even colder with an average of 6,5 C and a very fresh NorthWesterly Bf 4 challenging the teams. It would certainly have helped the GBR 409 of Dimitri Bodarenko and his crew from Estonia / Russia, who are used to sail in those conditions. They became the overall  winners of the three races of the Easter Regatta. Team BEL 80 (Ben van Cauwenbergh with a.o. Pier de Iongh) performed also very steady to become second. Team Bakker NED 422 scored the 3rd place overall.

Dimitri Bodarenko sailing a superb race in his refitted Pedersen & Thuessen.
Sometimes creating stress for his competitors at the top marks.

The long term forecast promisses increasing temperatures. Not only great news for the Dragon sailors; also for the many flower fields with their bulbs only just coming out of the ground. It was a long winter !

Team Pfeiffer (NED 1) winner of the first 2018 race. Pieter’s clinic certainly helped during this race.
And a beer (on request) for a Belgian team from the floating media platform before the 2nd start. They sailed much better afterwards. The other pictures tell the story of the crews for itself.