The Long Distance Record Breaker

Until the end of October the seawater and the outside air temperature are warm enough  to give it a try. Later in the year too much energy is used to keep the body warm and the days are too short in terms of daylight.

It looked like the crossing would take place, just two weeks after the corporation with the Dutch Pilotage and the KNRM was a fact. On Tuesday the 22nd October 2013 the wind looked favourable. I came back from a family holiday in Fuerteventura the Sunday before so it was a tight schedule, but it could work. On Monday came the message of the KNRM that two of their boats were not available due to maintenance, this left them with no spare boats. The crossing can only be done using one of the spare boats of the KNRM so the attempt was called off for that Tuesday.

Jealously, I followed the crossing of Dutch windsurfer Ron Kleverlaan, wishing it was me. He had the organization for the Tuesday in check, and around 11 am he departed from Lowestoft. Winds were favourable and reached force 7 at the beginning of the attempt but subsided at the end which meant a record-time was no longer an option. After  8 hours and 23 minutes Ron came ashore in Egmond aan Zee. He used a 5.6 and 6.2 square meter sails during the crossing.  I had only planned to use  a 7.0-7.8 and 8.6 square meters for that Tuesday. Had I been able to get everything in place, the crossing would have been mega heavy with 7.0 as my smallest sail. I updated my log book for the attempt  and added my 6.4 to the equipment list of sails to take with me.

By the end of November 2013 due to the sea temperatures it was obvious that a crossing in 2013 would no longer be possible, I scheduled a training with the KNRM department in Neeltje Jans which is located in the south west of Holland.


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