Friday 5 September 21:00 departure from Stad aan het haringvliet heading west , wind also from the west.. So after one our motorsailing we arrived at Stelledam where the race was held the next moring on the other side of the locks
Next morning 07:00 Wake up ! race day ! Yeah..
The was not much wind but we gave it a try.
The start was 9:45, Wind: 3 Bft from NNW. Almost first over the start, but there was a crazy Loper who pushed us to make a roundabout. Too bad. So we started in the middle of the field and after one our we left everybody behind us except this little Loper. With some more wind Quintessens would go much much faster, so we waited for more wind while we sailed as good as possible.
After buoy HA10 we steered to SH without the chute. The wind dropped to 5 knots the rest of the fleet hoisted they`re chute when turning HA10....Before arriving at SA The tide had turned and the fleet has passed us. Now doing 0,5 knot SOG.. Our cruising chute is from 1977 and is only good for leeward instead of reaching courses. We could`t round the SA. It was already 15:00 and stil a long way back, so we gave up, called the race comity the leave the race and steered home.
Next time better !