18 & 19 october the dutch championship team racing for associations took place in Rotterdam. At a unique venue at the Maashaven 12 associations fought hard for the dutch title. For each association there were 2 teams of each 4 crewmembers, so it was 2 against 2 with the most important rule that the team who finishes last, that assosiation looses.
Saturday there was a round robin, which means that every association sails one race against every association in his poule. There were 2 poules. My association, De Braassem, was selected for poule B. Our teams:
- Boat 1:
Mark van Gelderen
- Boat 2:
In the round robin we finished second, just behind the RZV. The first two of each poule were selected for the semi finals. In poule A De Maas won all the races and second was De Kaag.
After a really nice saturdayevening (competitorsdinner at a tour boat and a dicscovery of Rotterdam by night) it was time for the first semi final: KWV De Maas - WV Braassemermeer. In the semi finals the overall result was a best of five races. These were going to be some very exciting races! Because in the team of De Maas ex-Yngling colleage Annelies Thies was helming and my teammate at the Olympics, Merel Witteveen, did the mainsheet at the other boat. Fortunately we managed to win the first three races after some very close finishes! Which means that we selected ourselfs for the final! The other semi final was won by De Kaag by 3-2 of the RZV.
The teams for the final are selected. In the team of De Kaag were some very good team racers: Peter Peet was helming the first boat and Alwin van Daelen the second. Alwin still performed pretty well after getting 22 stitches in his eyebrown saturday. After a short break the first start of the final was at 14.30. Again every race ended with a very close finish and a lot of difficult situations for the umpires. Unfortunately De Kaag was just a bit to strong for us, they won with 3-1. So again a silver medal for me. Congratulations De Kaag!
This was the first time I did some team racing against very good team racers, but it won't be the last time because I liked it a lot! I also learned a lot from Carolijn who did the main sheet and talked me through all the close situations at the water. Thanks!