In the weekend of the third week of August traditionally the 24 hours sailing race is held in the Netherlands. This year for the 45th time.
We participated this race this year for the first time with a crew of 6 and a X-372. Four experienced with sailing races (steering, main sail, foresail and tactics) and 2 (including me) for their positive influence on the overall team efforts (sandwiches, enjoying the sun, the insights of a toursailor on racing and some tweets off course) and I think mainly responsible for the good results.
The rules of the race are quite simple. Just sail as much miles as possible within 24 hours. The winner is the one which has sailed most miles compared to his theoretical distance based on the length of his ship. For the race only a certain amount of tracks are allowed (see picture), which makes it a more strategic game as you have to think about the wind shifts of the next (up to 24) hours and where to go.
We raced the tour-classwith around 500 boats participating and we finished 11th. We sailed officially 149.67 nautical miles in total, which sums up to an average speed of 6.24 knots in 24 hours.
And off course the route has been deeply analyzed…