RORC North Sea Race 2021

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Racing across the North Sea in May is not for the faint-hearted. The Royal Ocean Racing Club’s North Sea Race usually attracts around 80 yachts for the 1100 BST start on Friday. The majority of the teams come from the Netherlands and Great Britain, and also expect competing teams from Austria, Belgium, France and Germany.

About this race

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

  • Start: May 14th
  • Harwich (GB) – Scheveningen (NL)
  • Race Experience – 2 days
  • € 990,00

Race Details

Racing across the North Sea in May is not for the faint-hearted. The Royal Ocean Racing Club’s North Sea Race usually attracts around  80 yachts for the 1100 BST start on Friday.  The majority of the teams come from the Netherlands and Great Britain, and also expect competing teams from Austria, Belgium, France and Germany.

After undocking on Friday early morning the river Orwell breathtakingly wishes us luck. A short starting line, the large number of yachts and the currents will keep us focused. The start of the race will test the navigational skills of all of the yachts, with eight or more buoys to round off the coast of Harwich. The North Sea Race starts outside Harwich and meanders around the Galloper wind farm before heading north to Smith’s Knoll Buoy and across, rounding the last mark close to Katwijk and up to the finish in front of the famous sailing city of the Hague and the Scheveningen Yacht Club.  The next day, Sunday, after a good night sleep, we will see if we made line-honours in the prize giving ceremony.

The North Sea Race dates back to 1946, and it has always been a highlight of offshore racing on both the East Coast of the UK, and the Netherlands. Every year we have fierce competitors from all over Europe taking part. The North Sea Race for many of the teams, a qualifying race for the Rolex Fastnet Race.

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

Crew only joining RORC North Sea Race 2021, will join the boat in Ipswich (GB) latest 13th May to preparation of the boat before the race. Crew that already raced with us on the North Sea Regatta Offshore Race 2021 (Tuesday May 11th), is already present at site.

The finish is 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

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 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 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.

On Saturday, after the finish, driving back home is discouraged due to fatigue.

Competitive ocean racer

The full 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’.

Schedule

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.

Race

May 14th start of the RORC North Sea Race 2021.
On Saturday, after the finish, driving back home is discouraged due to fatigue.

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

  • 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