RBSC Extreme 2009 - the pictures!

For those interested, a more detailed report! :-) And pictures.

First of all a screen shot from Google Earth so you can see were we have been.

The first day (Friday) we started from the beach club in Duinbergen in very heavy seas and winds up to 24 knots. We headed North East and in 3 legs we ended up before the 'Roompot' lock (top of the map where it says Rijksweg 57).

Great picture of a Hobie Wild Cat dealing with the waves and wind.

After the lock at the 'Roompot' we sailed on around 'Noord Beveland' towards the second lock to give us entrance to the 'Veerse meer'.
The leg between the 2 locks was the heaviest of the entire weekend... wind speeds up to 30 knots and the only goal for this leg was to finish, which we did! :-)

Us (Manu and me) in a LOT of wind.

By 6 or 7 pm we arrived at the second lock giving us access to 'het Veerse meer'. Once we were through the lock it got dark and we sailed the last part with our headlights on, cool!

Pulled the main again after the lock.

Oh yeah!

Saturday we stayed on the 'Veerse meer' all day. We saw every corner of the lake in great sailing conditions and a nice breeze of about 12 knots.

The first start at 7 am was just outside the club 'catclub Zeeland'.

The last day was a straight line home. We took the first lock early in the morning and took the canal between 'Veere' and 'Vlissingen'. Since the canal is only 50 meters wide, we couldn't race here. Also to gain time at the different bridges and locks along this canal the committee decided we shouldn't hoist our mainsails.

We pulled the spinnaker without mainsail....

... and used a trap wire as back stay.

Once in 'Vlissingen' we were almost home. A dazzling half wind leg in 20 knots brought us from 'Vlissingen' to the beach club in Duinbergen in only 54 minutes! So fast the committee didn't even have the time to take some pictures...

I wonder where the journey will take us next year....

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