The summer wasn’t very windy. Lots of light winds and not many heavy surf conditions. Luckily we had northerly wind regularly so the sea trainings could still take place.
After a successful 24 hour distance record attempt on 10th August 2014 and with 728 km on the GPS at the end, my hands and body had to heal for a couple of weeks as a result of the physical abuse. At the beginning of September my body was once again ready for action.
The second week of October a southern flow settled over our region. Many times a day I looked at the predictions on different websites. The fact that meteorology is a class I had to follow during my studies at the Maritime Academy, has helped a lot in assessing the weather models and interpreting the various wind and pressure maps with their corresponding wave systems around them.
The 6th, 7th and 8th of October all seemed to have favourable wind conditions , but as the dates approached the wind became too Southwesterly, Southeasterly, or blew it too hard. With 30 knots, gale force 7, a successful crossing is unlikely.
On Oct 12th all weather maps and weather reports predicted a very stable southern flow for Saturday, 18th of October. “Would this be the day I had waited for ?” As the week progressed the predictions remained practically unchanged. The stress level went up and my sleep was regularly interrupted by the thought that it could really happen this time.
On Thursday, 16th I visited the KNRM headquarters in Ijmuiden to discuss the final details. Two boats were out of service for maintenance once again. I thought “Would this be a déjà vu from last year”?