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.

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.

  • 14 + 15 May 2021
  • Scheveningen (NL) – Scheveningen (NL)
  • Race Experience – 160 NM – 2 Days
  • € 690,00

Race Details

The North Sea Regatta is the largest sailing event along the Dutch North Sea Coast.
In 2021 it is the 75th anniversary of the North Sea Regatta Offshore Race. For many on the European mainland also the qualification races for the Rolex Fastnet Race in August.
Travel restrictions to and from the UK, this anniversary edition is re-routed with the C-19 Windmill Offshore Race and replaces both RORC North Sea Race and ‘Vuurschepen’ Offshore Race.

During this year’s upcoming Ascension Day Weekend, on Friday May 14th and Saturday May 15th the North Sea Regatta will host a brand-new Race: the NSR C-19 Windmill Race.

The North Sea Regatta C-19 Windmill Race starts and finishes in Scheveningen The 160 NM race covers a figure eight course providing exciting and challenging racing around existing marks such as buoys, wind farms and platforms on the North Sea.

The North Sea Regatta is an annual sailing event hosted by North Sea Regatta and Jachtclub Scheveningen during the Whitsun and Ascension holiday period. This international event is the annual highlight for regatta sailors on tidal waters of the coast of Scheveningen The Hague. It is the ultimate sailing location for national and international championships. Sailors of many different divisions and nationalities sharpen their skills, battle for the prizes at stake and meet each other onshore. 

The North Sea Regatta Offshore C-19 Windmill Race 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).

Departure & Return Location

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 Scheveningen-The Hague (NL)

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.

Price Includes

Race Entry Fee

BOUdragon Yacht Charter

Accommodation on board

Meals at sea (self service)

Skipper / trainers


Consumables for the yacht (diesel, fuel and water)

Mooring Fees

Insurance for the yacht


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?


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.

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 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.

Specialty training

Being offshore requires safety certified trained sailors. Check if you need certifications or if they need updating. 2021 training schedules on the website.


May 14th preparation and start of North Sea Regatta Offshore Race 2021

Your next Ocean Race Experience?

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.

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