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3 June 2018 om 21:34

Grote Prijs Stad Enkhuizen at the RNLYC in Muiden
Third serie 2 – 3 June 2018 : Racing for the Muiderslot Trophee.

The third of four series for the GP of the Stad Enkhuizen, the pure silver scale model of the Santa Maria, was sailed from the RNLYC in Muiden with 14 entries. The European Championships in Hungary, the annual Festival de la Mer in La Baule, the local competition among the Alkmaar Fleet at the Alkmaardermeer and the Deauville event to come, caused competition in mobilising more participants. However not for Aleksander Shagalin and Vadim Statsenko, who are coaching Dmitri Bodarenko to winning series. Aleksander and Vadim had just won the Europeans 2018 in Hungary with Anatoly Loginov and were happy to sail straight after the Europeans in Muiden as well. WELL DONE Aleksander and Vadim!!

Jan Bakker and Klaas Ruigewaard had set an example for the fleet during the serie to allow an other experienced Dragon Sailor to helm their boat. So we were please to see Marc Blees helming the NED 422 with Olivier and Dominic Bakker and to see the Alkmaar team of Lennaert van der Kroon with his buddies Dax and Sebastiaan providing a turbo on board De Oranje with Philip de Koning Gans. However… due to a delayed arrival on Sunday morning, Youri Laamens had to replace Lennaert during the first race.

The international component was provided by GER 1005 (our loyal friend Axel Engstfeldt) and an other loyal Dragon team among the Dutchies, Estonian Dmitri Bodarenko in his well trimmed and beautifully restored Pedersen & Thuessen from 1957, the GBR 408.

Three races were completed on the 2nd June under oscillating and sometimes surprisingly shifty conditions. Typical IJsselmeer sailing with a fresh water temperature and warm unstable continental airflow under a cover of clouds. NED 422 and GBR 408 were tail chasing each other quite clearly, resulting in 1 point advantage for  Team Bodarenko in the clubhouse, where the BBQ was in full swing by the club’s Chef.

The 3rd of June promised calm airs and more sunshine. With a light summer breeze, the fleet set of to the race area passing IRC’s and Lasers racing from Muiderzand and the IRC’s of the Almere fleet racing north of our allocated area. It was quite busy in this part of the southern basin of the IJsselmeer. The first race was started on time, however during the second beat up wind, the wind started to die. It resulted in an abbreviated race with GER 1005 as winners, NED 422 second and a 6th place for the GBR 408, while team NED 432 performed steady with a 3rd place. During the period of waiting for wind – which did not arrive until late in the afternoon – it seemed that Team GBR 408 was going to call it a day, offering the overall win to team NED 422. However the NoR dictated that after 4 races one bad score has to be deleted, which resulted in an ex aequo score for both teams, with the better serie for team GBR 408.

Marc van Bemmel, who enjoyed the racing with his buddies in the NED 247, handed the prices on behalf of  the RNLYC together with Daan Goedkoop (racing with Jacob Roosjen in the NED 380) on behalf of the Dutch Dragon Association. (European Champion 2018 Aleksander Shagalin next to Marc van Bemmel)


The final series of this Grand Prix will be sailed 23 and 24 June, again from the RNLYC in  Muiden where team NED 422 has to defend the leading overall position with 20 points, followed by Team NED 432 with 48 points.

(more photos and details at Drakenpraet)

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.