The Long Distance Record Breaker

The wind became lighter from here on. I had to release the adjustable outhaul to trim more shape in my sail and it became clear that I would need a larger set in the long run. I agreed wit  Sjoerd that I would stay on this set until I could no longer plane. It would take a few minutes to get the lashings of the sails and at 24 kilometers from the coast the 7.8 was thrown overboard. However, the wind then decreased so quickly that I could not plane with the 7.8 so we changed to 8.6 with the 81 wide board and 46 fin. Due to the two sail changes and the light winds, the expected arrival time was now at 5 hours and 25 minutes.

On the beach in Ijmuiden my wife had highlighted the finish area with flag poles dug in the sand .  My daughters Jenna and Heidi lit smoke signals and hand flares so I knew where I had to come ashore.

Five  kilometres from the Dutch coast, the wind became so light that I could no longer plane. At a speed of 8 km per hour!   I floated towards the shore, losing a precious 35 minutes. After 5 hours and 53 minutes, I passed the official timing point of the pier at Ijmuiden, 17 minutes after the current sailboat record time, set by Skipper Bouwe Bekking with the Volvo ocean racer Delta Lloyd.


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