The Hague Offshore Sailing World Championship 2018 officially came to an end on Friday July 20th. Within a few days all boats left the harbor, on their way to their next event. Time to start preparing for the next big events in 2019, the Europeans in Sweden and the World Championship in Croatia.
World Championship Sibenik, Croatia – June 1st to 8th, 2019
European Championship Oxelosund, Sweden – August 11th to 17th, 2019
The European Championship in Sweden is located less then 15 Km south from the city centre of its lager neighbour Nykoping. The literal translation of Oxelosund into English is ‘Molar Isle Strait’, with the town being a harbor town bordering on an offshore archipelage, separated by narrow straits of water.
With yet another sunny day here on the Dutch North Sea coast, the final race to conclude The Hague Offshore Sailing Worlds looked like it could be easy. Yet the weak and shifty northwesterly 8-9 knot breeze kept frustrating race managers as they tried to set a square course that would be sufficient quality for a high stakes final race to this world championship. Podium positions were on the line in this race in all classes.
With yet another sunny day on the North Sea coast, in a little gentler winds than in the last few days, another two inshore races were held in The Hague Offshore Sailing Worlds. The completion of the first race prompted a discard of the worst race score for all competitors, with the exception of the twice-weighted long offshore race. And as predicted, this action compressed and reshuffled the results in Classes B & C, making the race for the podium positions even tighter in these classes.
While there’s no change at the top of the leaderboards in each of the three classes in The Hague Offshore Sailing Worlds, the fight for the other podium positions remains keen as the points totals tighten up going into tomorrow as the penultimate day of the event. And unlike yesterday’s booming southerly with its big waves, today’s moderate flat-water conditions in a sunny southwesterly helped keep the action tight on both course areas.
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.