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.

  • Start: May 11th 2021
  • Scheveningen (NL) – Harwich (GB)
  • Race Experience – 130 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 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).

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 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.

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 11th 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.


  • 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