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.
The North Sea Regatta is the largest sailing event along the Dutch North Sea Coast.
In 2021 it is the 75th anniversary of the Offshore ‘Vuurschepen’ Race and that promises to be a special anniversary edition.
On May 11th, 2021 the North Sea Regatta series opens with the start of the 130 nautical mile offshore race from Scheveningen (NL) to Harwich (UK). On Tuesday at the end of the day, cheered by friends and family on spectator boats we start the race into the night with the best racing teams of The Netherlands. After an upwind start for a tactical beat towards the first upwind mark, we sail along the Dutch coast towards Noordwijk. The following long North Sea cross, tactics and strategy are crucial. Do we stay north or do we go south, where does our competition go, do we sail rhumb line. Where do we expect more wind and where will the currents take us. Fatigue steps in. The next morning, at sunrise we are close to the English coast.
Don’t expect a straight line into Harwich, but a challenging sail outside the fairway channel with tricky currents. Fatigue will kick in but we have to stay focused on the vital last stretch. Big gains and big losses are made in the last leg before finishing in the entrance of the impressive Harwich harbour. Once finished, we pass the river Stour and up the idyllic river Orwell towards our dock in the port of Ipswich.
The following day, after a good night sleep, all the racers have lunch in one of the most famous pubs in the UK, the Butt and Oyster in Pin Mill. After lunch, the teams walk back through the beautiful fields towards the Royal Harwich Yachtclub to enjoy the price giving celebration. Did we win line honours??
Most of the teams prepare for the RORC North Sea race which starts the next day, on Friday 14 May.
The North Sea Regatta Offshore Race and RORC North Sea Race are qualifier races for many teams preparing for Rolex Fastnet Race 2021. 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 Regatta Offshore Race 2021, crew will join the boat in Scheveningen-The Hague (NL) for last minute and preparation of the boat before the race.
The finish is in Harwich-Ipswich (GB).
Crew racing with us on the returning RORC North Sea Race will finish in Scheveningen-The Hague (NL).
On-shore accommodation, travel options and other logistics will be coordinated and shared in due time.
Race Entry Fee
BOUdragon Yacht Charter
Accommodation on board
Meals at sea (self service)
Skipper / trainers
Consumables for the yacht (diesel, fuel and water)
Insurance for the yacht
Airfares or other means of transportation
Shore based accommodation
Additional specialty training
Recommended Advanced Ocean Race training
What to Expect?
To optimise teamwork and operate as a winning entity, we advise to prepare with our Advanced Ocean Race training by out toptrainers. To feel at ease during the race, to be part of the crew and and perform in the race as one team you need to train at least 4 days with us prior to the start in May. Without recommended training you can sail the race with us in a passive role, as a guest.
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.
The full Fastnet Race experience comes from pushing ourselves to the max and competing with other racing yachts. The racing yacht ‘BOUdragon’ is the fully upgraded former successful Whitbread-around-the-world racer ‘Silk Cut’.
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 Regatta Offshore 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.
May 11th preparation and start of North Sea Regatta Offshore 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: