Grote Prijs Stad Enkhuizen at the RNLYC in Muiden
Second serie 19, 20 and 21 May 2018
As part of the four series for the GP of the Town Enkhuizen, sailed from the Royal Netherlands YC in Muiden, the second serie over three days (a total of 9 scheduled races) was scheduled 19 – 21 May.
This serie can be joined per weekend of for the full event of four series. It is high level club racing at its best and appreciated by Dragon friends from surrounding countries.
Day one started with some fog and no wind due to beautiful summertime weather. With the heat of the sun the fog cleared and a very light breeze from the North east with 6-7 knots was measured.
The fleet was eager to get started. After some waiting time on the water one race was completed before the wind died down. Tow lines and committee boats helped the fleet to return to the RNLYC.
Day 2 was forecasted as a summers day with light wind as well. After one hour delay the fleet and RC left for the racing area north of the Isle of Pampus. Hein Nanninga and his team were able to facilitate 3 races. An oscillating wind with variable strength made it difficult for the helmsmen and trimmers to sail the boats at maximum performance. As always it are the best teams who know how to perform the best under those conditions. NED 422 was the leader in the club house where after ‘ Beer & Bitterballen’ a Dragon Dinner was organised for the sailors, partners and members of the Dutch Dragon Association.
During this traditional Dutch Dragon Class Dinner, loyal sons & daughters were praised who sail with their Dads, new members were welcomed, partners were praised for allowing the sailors to sail, the RC of the RNLYC was applauded for their voluntary contribution and boat owners were stimulated to join the coming Muiden series in June, the traditional Kaagweek (19-22 July), the Belgian Open in Ostend in August and other international events, like Deauville, the new entry for the class during the (IRC dominated) Flevo Race 18-19 August in Muiden before the Dutch Open is on from 6 – 9 September in Medemblik. The location for the 2019 Dragon Gold Cup.
Day 3 started with a steady NNE-ly breeze force 3. The first start was spot on at 11:00 hrs. Due to the wind direction and the allocated racing area the wind promised to be a shifty one. As the wind increased during the day to force 4 whilst variable gusts up to force 5 came into play, the game became more difficult. It resulted in most challenging races with uncertain outcomes of well thought through decisions to tack or not to tack.
Team Bakker (NED 422) showed their skills in many different ways and became the superior winner of the day and of the event with a total of 7 points over 7 completed races. Team NED 432 (Michiel van Dis, Wouter van Dis and Jeroen Burks) scored an overall second place with 20 points. The third place was a serious battle between NED 1 ( 26 points) , NED 275 ( 26 points), NED 390 (27 points) and NED 247 ( 28 points)
NED 422 passing the finish line well ahead of number 2.
Jan Bakker received the historic silver Moltzer-Frech Dragon Cup from Marc van Bemmel, Vice Commodore Sailing of the Royal Netherlands YC (and c0-owner of the NED 247) for winning this three day event.
Jan had to apologise for the absence of his sons Oliver and Dominic, since they were already on their way to race in La Baule.
The other top performers of the 2nd Serie, NED 432 and NED 1, were also awarded with a prize and a big hand by the participants.
Marc van Bemmel with Michiel van Dis (since April 2018 Commodore RNLYC), Jeroen Burks, Wouter van Dis, Ronald Pfeiffer, Imp Visser, Gijs Evers
Grote Prijs Stad Enkhuizen at the RNLYC in Muiden
First Serie 5 – 6 May 2018
After 19 races in Aalsmeer under beautiful springtime conditions the fleet has moved on to the Royal Netherlands YC in Muiden to race for the Grote Prijs of the Stad Enkhuizen. The replica in silver of the Santa Maria. A total of 12 boats reported to the RC under fantastic conditions. Wind up to 12 knots and temperatures over 20 C under a blue sky.
On the 5th (Liberation Day in Holland) three races were completed, followed by the baptise of Michiel van Dis’ new NED 432, Display. (See Drakenpraet)
On the 6th the wind was light and the temperatures even better. Two races were completed to finish the first of four series.
On the 5th the restored NED 160 (Oranje) had an impressive performance, sailed by Lennaert van der Kroon and his team. Dutch president Klaas Ruigewaard was very proud to be the leader for the day.
On Sunday Jan Bakker and his sons showed their skills with two winning races, thus winning the first serie.NED 390 sailed by Klaas Ruigewaard, Imke Roos and Niels Unger scored the second prize, where Ronald Pfeiffer with his NED 1 and Imp Visser and Gijs Evers scored the 3rd prize.
Marc van Bemmel, co-owner of the NED 247 and Vice-Commodore Sailing of the Royal Netherlands YC, presented the winners their prizes on this sunny afternoon in Muiden.