21 HOBIE DRAGOON AT THE DUTCH DRAGOON CUP
While most of the catsailing in Holland takes place on the North Sea coast, the Dutch Dragoon Cup is hosted by the Cat Club Zeeland on the Veerse Meer (Veere Lake). The water is shallow and relatively protected so conditions are fairly well each year. The event is open to Hobie Dragoons and C3 (on handicap). This year 35 (!) youth teams from Holland and Belgium among them 21 Hobie Dragoon teams, fought a fierce battle over 2 days, October 10 & 11.
The Dutch Dragoon Cup is suited for less experienced youth as well ; CCZ arranges a certified trainer to coordinate the program of races and practices. Coaches were allowed to give feedback during racing as well. Weather was very good again this year, though a little bit cold. Saturday 2 races were sailed and after lunch a long distance race around the island in front of the club. The youngsters stayed at a camping farm close to the club where the volunteers of CCZ arranged a meal and at night a fun program lead to very enthusiastic cross-club teams competing in a quiz.
Sunday brought wind and sunshine again and 2 races were sailed before lunch and 2 races again after lunch. This again showed that the Dutch Dragoon teams have to train a lot more to become a threat for the Belgian teams of RBSC. As it was the case during the Open Dutch Championships, the podium was entirely for 3 RBSC teams with Lucas Claeyssens & Cyriak Brems well on top of the fleet.
New friendships were made and everybody was very enthusiastic again about this event.
Results are available on the event web site.
A great article can be read on Cat Sailing News.