In contrast to the past few days of light shifty winds, today’s superb 12-17 knot southerly breeze made for fast and furious racing on all courses of The Hague Offshore Sailing World Championship 2018. And so even with a later 1300 start today, Principal Race Officer Peter Anink informed everyone two inshore races would held to take advantage of the favorable conditions.
After over 24 hours of sailing in light air off the Dutch North Sea coast, the opening act of The Hague Offshore Sailing World Championship has concluded and the leaders are now known in each of three classes before the second stage of inshore racing begins tomorrow.
Early in the morning on Monday, Team Beau Geste (HKG) crosses the finish line of the offshore race in first place at 06.03 hours. The team on the Botin 52 pushed hard this race and had a tough battle with Outsider (GER). The German team crossed the finish line 35 minutes later, in second place. Both teams confirm with this race to be the favorites in fleet A.
The sun continued to shine today at the start of racing in The Hague Offshore Sailing World Championship 2018, with many thousands of beachgoers watching nearly a thousand sailors on their boats in the fleet start the long offshore race portion of the program. Class A competitors were sent on a 155-mile zig-zag course off the Dutch North Sea coast with a scoring gate planned at 70 miles, while the Class B & C competitors will race a 135-mile long course with a scoring gate set at 60 miles. By having a scoring gate race officials are able to scale two races at once, a clever and efficient way to fulfill the offshore sailing requirement in this championship, since the remainder of the week will feature only windward/leeward courses, with 7 races planned of this type.
Sunday 15th of July the 86 participants of The Hague Offshore Sailing World Championship start their offshore race. Starting at 11.00 hour and not getting back before Monday. Light winds are predicted, but the race comité expects to get both offshore races done.