Delta Lloyd North Sea Regatta 2016

3rd overall in IRC class for Lady Mariposa R and a fantastic regatta had by all.

The team were up against tough competition in the North Sea Regatta (13th-16th May), with the experienced team of Coin Coin, a Ker 43 (NED 342) keeping them on their toes. The heat wave that had drenched Holland just a few days before was soon blown away with 25 knots and big chop encompassing the sailing area. Quite the opposite to the scenes of the North Sea race the week before. Day 1 got off to a speedy start with a new top speed of 24.9 knots launching the Ker down the race course. With a matter of seconds separating the team from Coin Coin in each race, it soon became clear that this was going to be a regatta of close margins. 

After a 2 hour postponement on Day 2 the news arrived that there would be no racing due to the sea state outside the harbour. Day 3 saw much the same conditions and the coastal race of 2 hours was abandoned after an inflatable mark had vanished from it's coordinates. A shame to loose another race to the series, as well as the 9 minute lead the team had created on the fleet. By race 2 the wind had dropped slightly to 18-20 knots and LMR had a smooth, fast race, resulting in a win! The difficulty of being the fastest boat in the class proved to be a challenge on the start line, as LMR fought to control speed and hold a lane around the slower boats that were setting up early. By Day 4 both the wind and sea state had calmed and two (dryer) races got underway. 

The team are upbeat to come away with 3rd place, having had an action packed regatta with some great results. There has been huge step forward both in knowledge and performance over the week and the crew are excited to put this into practice back in the UK.

Photographs by © Sander van der Borch

Mike Jones