North Sea and Solent 2021

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Crossing the most difficult and busiest sea in the towards the Solent, the world’s ultimate sailor’s mecca, can be found on the bucket list of many.

About this race

You will be trained as a valued teammember aboard of an 18 meter ocean racing winner by true ocean race winning legends: Hans Bouscholte and Erik van Vuuren.

  • Start: 16 July 2021
  • The Hague (NL) – Southampton (GB)
  • Race Experience – 300 NM – 3 Days
  • € 690,00

Crossing the most difficult and busiest sea in the towards the Solent, the world’s ultimate sailor’s mecca, can be found on the bucket list of many. A challenge to any navigators’ skills and as  some say, if you can sail the North Sea you can sail everywhere.

When we leave Scheveningen we have a few options through the traffic separation schemes. Depending on the wind we either cross directly or if we have the regular southwesterly winds, follow the Dutch coastline towards Belgium. From the moment we set off, full focus of the team is required, considering marine traffic, tides and the weather system. While at sea, maybe escorted by porpoises, you also experience the true grandeur of the ocean.

Once arriving west, we are welcomed by the view of the White cliffs of Dover. The 8 miles of chalk cliffs are at the point where Great Britain is closest to continental Europe. Passing Dover towards Eastbourne, maritime traffic decreases significantly. East of the Seven Sister cliff formation, and beyond Belle Tout Lighthouse, we found the next easy-to-spot landmark ‘Beachy Head’. Beachy head is the highest chalk sea cliff in Britain, rising to 162 metres (531 ft) above sea level.

The last leg we continue to sail to the Solent. The entrance is marked by Solent Forts ‘No Mans Fort’ and ‘Horse Sand Fort’. These man-made island forts were originally built to protect the eastern approaches to Portsmouth Harbour from attack by enemy forces. From here we sail the last miles along the races held in front of Cowes, on the Isle of White, towards our dock.

When in Southampton area, do take the opportunity to explore Southampton, visit Cowes, the sailors mecca on the Isle of Wight and gaze at the latest racing yachts at the Hamble.

In order to feel and perform safely and securely on board, we recommend to sign up to Advanced Ocean race training days prior to the North-and Baltic Sea 2021 departure.

Being offshore requires safety certified trained sailors. Check if you want or need certifications or if they need updating. 2021 training schedules on the website. Please see the separate pages of races and training for details.


Departure & Return Location

The crew will join the boat in Scheveningen-The Hague (NL) for last minute and preparation of the boat. We will undock again in Southampton, England.

On-shore accommodation, travel options and other logistics will be coordinated and shared in due time.

Price Includes

BOUdragon Yacht Charter

Accommodation on board

Meals at sea (self service)

Skipper / trainers

Training

Consumables for the yacht (diesel, fuel and water)

Mooring Fees

Insurance for the yacht

Lifejacket

Price Excludes

Airfares or other means of transportation

Meals offboard

Transfers airport-marina-airport

Shore based accommodation

Wet gear

Personal insurance
Additional specialty training

Recommended Advanced Ocean Race training

What to Expect?

Training

To optimise teamwork and operate as a team, we advise to prepare with our Advanced Ocean Race training by out toptrainers. To feel at ease during the trip, to be part of the crew and perform as one team Advanced Ocean Race training days are recommended.

High safety standards

We demand and provide high safety standards of ‘man and materials’. We equip our yachts to comply to high safety standards. We provide the best trainers and skippers to prepare the team for the race. And we ask you and the other teammembers to take care of the necessary safety certifications and trainingen to guarantee the safety of us all.

Competitive ocean racer

The full Ocean Race experience comes from pushing our limits and play with the elements on an ocean racer. The racing yacht ‘BOUdragon’ is the fully upgraded former successful Whitbread-around-the-world racer ‘Silk Cut’.

Schedule

Advanced Ocean Race training days

In order to feel and perform safely and securely on board, we recommend to sign up to Advanced Ocean Race training days prior to the North Sea and Solent 2021departure.

2021 schedules are shared.

Specialty training

Being offshore on the North Sea and Solent requires safety certified trained sailors. Check if you want or need certifications or if they need updating. Consider at least: First Aid certification on board (3 year validity), Offshore Personal Survival Training (5 year validity) and VHF certification (lifetime validity).
2021 training schedules on the website. 

16 July 2021 preparation and North Sea and Solent 2021departure from Scheveningen(NL), and arrival in Southampton vicinity (GB). Expect 3 days.

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Skippers / trainers

To experience a true ocean in an epic race requires perfect teamwork on a true ocean racing yacht.
Both Hans and Erik are best in class trainers and skippers:

Hans Bouscholte

A wel known well-known and former skipper of BrunelSunergy, also an entry in the 1997-98 race. He won 2 world champion titles, 4 european champion titles, 3 world record and 7 French champion titles.

Erik van Vuuren

One of the best all-round big boat sailors of the Netherlands. He won 2 world champion titles, 2 time winner of the Rolex Middle Sea Race, winner of the epic Admirals Cup, >25 times national champion, winner of the UK doublehanded national title, and teamcaptain of the 1st ever non-stop Atlantic kitesurf crossing.

Scheveningen

  • Scheveningen

The racing yacht ‘BOUdragon’

The racing yacht ‘BOUdragon’ is the successful former Whitbread-around-the-world racer ‘Silk Cut’. Record-holder Silk was originally raced by Britain’s Lawrie Smith and started the 1997-98 Whitbread Round the World Race as the pre-race favourite, with odds of 7:2. The combination of Lawrie Smith as skipper and strong funding held good promise. A fast boat, with the skipper willing to take some chances, Silk Cut, claimed a new 24-hour monohull world record of 449.1 nm, averaging 18.71 knots on Leg 2 from Cape Town, South Africa to Fremantle, Western Australia.

However, Smith’s luck ran out, when, on Leg 5, from Auckland to Saõ Sebastião in Brazil, the wind gusted to 68 knots and, 2,000 nm from land, Silk Cut’s mast snapped at the second spreader and Smith headed for Ushuaia, the southernmost port in the world and retired from the leg. With a new mast, Silk Cut’s form improved with a win on Leg 6 from Saõ Sebastião to Ft Lauderdale, USA, beating Paul Cayard and EF Language, the eventual race winner, by 78 minutes. But, in a fleet made up of 10 Whitbread 60s, Silk Cut was only able to finish midway through the field, in fifth place overall.

Now called BOUdragon, Silk Cut has been completely renovated. BOUdragon is also the ocean racer to train young talent with the ambition to sail big racing yachts, and a springboard to races like the Ocean Race.

About BOUdragon

  • Designer: Farr Yacht Design
  • Launched 17 February 1997
  • LOA: 18m

Results Whitbread Round the World Race 1997-98

  • 24-hour monohull world record Leg 2 449.1 nm
  • Winner Leg 6
  • 5th place overall