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The Veronica Race is probably the most notorious Dutch yacht race ever. The tidal conditions and fickle winds between the different peninsulas of Zeeland make it a tough and beautiful race at the same time.
The early editions of the race took 3 days of sailing towards the illegal pirate radio ship ‘Veronica’ and back. Today, the race starts in front of the Oosterschelde Bridge. We sail towards the (former) illegal broadcasting ship ‘Veronica’, rounding it and sailing back to Zeeland, rounding Lightvessel Goeree as well.
In 1992 the conditions were beyond tough. In the upwind leg towards ‘Westhinder’ winds increased to extreme levels, with ditto waves. Most teams retired. Only 2 teams managed to finish. The bowman of the winning yacht ‘Foxy’ even had to climb the mast to cut the spinnaker halyard, prior to finishing this devastating race. The bowman Piet van Nieuwenhuizen later became known as a bowman in America’s Cup team Alinghi.
Skipper Hans Bouscholte confesses: “The ‘Veronica’ Race is a special race to me. My father already raced it in the early editions of the 70’s. Despite the many times we raced, we never won it. With this epic race one more time on the agenda, we have one more opportunity to do so. The 2021 goal is set.”
This edition is a truly historic one-of-a-lifetime race. The yachtclub of Colijnsplaat hosts the race. We finish in front of the Roompotlocks and – due to the low fixe bridge – leave BOUdragon waiting for us. Special transport brings us to the yachtclub where the chef Kees prepares the best steaks to the early finishers of the ‘Veronica’ Race. Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity and this memorable race.
The North Sea Offshore ‘Veronica’ Race 2021 counts as a qualifier event for the Fastnet Race 2021, where teams require minimum 300 NM of offshore races, including at least one night at sea. To master your role on board, we recommend to prepare with our Advanced Ocean Race training.
In addition to the qualifier mileage, and training, any offshore race requires safety certified trained sailors. Check if you 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).
For the North Sea Offshore ‘Veronica’ Race 2021, crew will join the boat in Colijnsplaat (NL) for last minute and preparation of the boat before the race.
The finish is also in Colijnsplaat (NL).
On-shore accommodation, travel options and other logistics will be coordinated and shared in due time.
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Recommended Advanced Ocean Race training
What to Expect?
Advanced Ocean Race training days
In order to fully perform with the team, we recommend to sign up to Advanced Ocean race training days prior to the start of North Sea Offshore ‘Veronica’ Race 2021.
2021 schedules are shared.
Being offshore requires safety certified trained sailors. Check if you need certifications or if they need updating. 2021 training schedules on the website.
June 12th preparation and start of North Sea Offshore ‘Veronica’ Race 2021.
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: