The first day of the Open Dutch Sailing Championships has started in nice conditions. All scheduled races have been sailed, the battle for the Dutch title is on.
Westerly winds around 8 to 10 knots and a calm IJsselmeer. But enough wind to sail al scheduled race. In some classes we already see the top sailors leading the fleet, but nothing is decided so far. It's very close racing in most classes, wind the wind picking up in the next days, the leaderboard will probably change around again.
Large fleets in the Laser
In the Laser Standard 22 boats appear at the starting line. Yuri Hummel starts very strong with three first places: "I think I've made the most sailing hours from this fleet the last couple of months. Today was a bit shifty, but for me it's a good start of the weekend. My goal is to keep the lead this weekend."
Serge Kats is one of his competitors, he ended in second place last year. He couldn't win the battle from Sierk Jan ter Haar. Ter Haar isn't around this year to defend is national title.
In the Laser Radial class, no less then 47 boats appeared at the starting line. The British Arthur Farley is leading the fleet after three races: "Today was a great day for me, I'm the youngest of the fleet and weight wise probably average. Today wasn't to shifty, I tried to stay a bit in the middle of the course. Didn't set a goal at the start of this event, but after today I think I want to battle for the top 5."
Another large fleet is in the Laser 4.7 with 36 boats. Here we find the youngest participant of the event. Josephine Holtz turned 13 last month. "I've started sailing in the Laser 4.7 6 months ago. For me it's important to make as many hours as possible and enjoy myself out there."
Oldest participant in the Finn
A group of 45 Finn boats started the event. Here we find the oldest participant: Rodrick Casander is 74 years. "It gives me a boost to finish before those younger guys. I'm sailing a bit in the middle of the fleet." He's not going home empty handed, since he is over 70 years, he battle for the Legend title in the Finn. Since he is the only Finn sailor with this age, he already won the price by finishing a race.
Pieter Jan Postma has returned in the Finn again and is one of the favorites. He is leading the fleet after the first day, but the guys behind him follow close. Eric Bakker is one point behind Postma in second place. Niels Broekhuizen, one of the Dutch Laser sailors, takes a third place in the Finn.
Close racing in the Yngling
In the Yngling it's close racing. Maarten Jamin manages to sail to the front during the day. Altough, Marcel de Jong and his team seemed to take the upper hand today, with two wins in the first race. They fall back in the last race, finishing seventh. At this point Jamin takes over the lead from de Jong after day one.
In the Contender fleet the British Chris Bohier starts of with a good day. With a total of seven points he takes the lead after three races. Paul Verhallen, one of the Dutch favorites, is in second place with 14 points. Number 3 is Winfred Westerman, the current Dutch champion, with 16 points. It's close racing, with the wind picking up everything can change the next days.
Soling new class at the ODSC
It's the first time the Soling joins these bundled championships in Medemblik. The Canadian Peter Hall and his team take an early lead. The Dutch teams skippered by Gabor Helmhout and Brammy Soethoudt, take second and third place, both with 10 points.
The number 1 and 2 in the 49erFX seems to be unbeatable. Dewi Couvert and Elise de Ruyter sail steady races in front of the fleet, closely followed by Cecile Janmaat and Julia van der Vaart. Remy Oomens and Robin Becker are leading the fleet in the 49er. Pim van Vugt and Bart Lambriex started the day strong, but drop to second place after 5 races. In the 29er class the leaders, Robbert Huisman and Gijs Zuidema, win 4 out of 5 races. Their only bad result (a fourth place) is discarted.
Great variety in the Nacra 15
In the Nacra 15 there are seven nations sailing in 22 boats. It's close racing, the Germans Jesse Lindstädt and Janneke Fock are leading for now. Second place is for the Belgium team with Lucas Claeyssens and Anne van den Berghe. Two points behind them is the Spanish Adrian Surroca with Eloisa Santacreu. Laila van der Meer and Bjarne Bouwer are the best Dutchies with a fourth place.
Not surprisingly we find Marco van Driel and his team smack back in the front wafter three first places. Competitors like Martijn Buitenhuis and Hein Ruyten have to work hard to keep up with van Driel.
In the J22 it's exciting racing in the front. There's only a difference of 6 points between numbers 1 and 6. For now Gideon Mastenbroek and his team is leading the fleet, but anything can still happen in this class.
No surprised in match racing
After 17 flights on the first day of match racing, the Dutch Dirk-Jan Korpershoek is leading. Followed by the Polish Szymon Jablkowsi. A suprising act of the German Merle Struck, she knows to win some of the first races. During the day her team drop more to the back, but they have put the man on their toes.