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Press Release: 2007 Texel Dutch Open Gets Underway

Added by damonAdmin on Jun 21, 2007 - 11:45 AM

2007 Dutch OpenHugh Styles and Ryan Crawford (UK) scored two bullets on the first day of the Texel Dutch Open 2007 in the Netherlands. The British sailors shined at boat speed with their Nacra Infusion and ‘simple sailing’, as they called it. Mischa Heemskerk and Bastiaan Tentij, also on a Nacra Infusion, finished second twice in a fleet of 46 competitors. The British Spitfire team Chris Sproat and Georgina Burke are in third position overall. Last year’s runner up of the Zwitserleven Round Texel, Hans Primowees on a 27-year old Prindle 15, is leading the nine small cats in the Open Class II. After a few hours of postponement, the conditions were close to perfect with a southwester force 4, waves and clear skies.

At about 17:00 hours local time, the AP-flag went down and the first starting sequence commenced. After all the waiting, the sailors in the Open Class I were too eager and therefore early over the line with a general recall as result. At the second signal, they were all clear. Hugh Styles: “We pushed very hard with the French guys and we went straight over the line. We were the first to tack and we were leading after the second tack. It was close racing.” A long time before the first start, Styles and Crawford went out for a training session. “We have practised for about 1,5 hours, since we had not sailed together since May”, explained Styles, who combines the F18 circuit with the Extreme 40 iShares Cup onboard Team iShares. The British could not keep up with the speed of the prototype 20-foot Volvo Extreme with Herbert Dercksen (NED) on the helm. The M20-based carbon cat took the line honours. In the second race, Styles and Crawford had to deal with another M20, sailed by the Dutchmen Xander Pols and Tjiddo Veenstra. Both M20’s were leading for a while, but the British took over the lead after Pols/Veenstra went for another lap and Dercksen/Mcintosh had some problem in the last downwind. Crawford: “We were not the fasted boat on the course, but knew what we wanted to do and we kept it simple.”

Second, but not content
Heemskerk and Tentij (NED), Team Yamaha – Boskalis, scored a second and a 2,5. After calculation in the last race, they finished at the same time as Sproat/Burke, so both crews got 2,5 points. Despite today’s podium finish, the Dutchmen were not happy with their performance. Tentij: “I haven’t sailed for two weeks, so I needed some time to be back in form. That in combination with the difficult circumstances with waves and wind, made it hard for me. Our starts were not too good and we missed a shift to right in the first race, so we were fourth at the first mark.” The Dutchmen went to the favoured side of the course in the downwind, while the French Nissan Pro Mourniac/Citeau kept going to the left. At the second top mark, Heemskerk and Tentij were back in second position. Tentij: “We managed to come closer to Hugh Styles, but they were faster today.”
The weather forecast for Thursday June 21st looks good, sunshine and a south-westerly force 4. Two races are scheduled. Meanwhile, more and more catamaran sailors arrive on the Texel beach. The Pit Lane and business area in the party tent are almost up and running. DJ Trappatoni will open the party this evening. He will be followed by many great artists in the coming days.
Top 5 Class I:
1. GBR - Styles/Crawford, Nacra Infusion
2. NED - Heemskerk/Tentij, Nacra Infusion
3. GBR - Sproat/Burke, Spitfire
4. FRA - Mourniac/Citeau, Hobie Tiger
5. NED - De Koning/Van Leeuwen, Nacxra Infusion
Tot 3 Class 2:
1. NED - Primowees, Prindle 15
2. NED - Sonneveld/Sonneveld, Hobie 16
3. NED - Van Aart, Hobie FxOne

In addition to Zwitserleven, the Round Texel Race has been sponsored by TNG Swiss Watches, Repeat Sales Promotions, W&H/Liebherr, Yamaha Nederland, Nissan, Teso, VVV Texel, de Mondriaan Onderwijsgroep, Rabobank, de Meeuw, Zeilen, Texeler, Stiehl Entertainment and Paal-17 Events.

Footnote: The Texel Dutch Open is held each year in the week leading up to the Round Texel Race in the Netherlands.

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