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Our last race in Cowes Week 2018, our 20th

August 11, 2018

SWUZZLEBUBBLE did not start today, having won our Class IRC-5 already. We had the same luxury in 2017 but started then nevertheless, still being in contention for the overall price in the Black Group. We started with about 20 knots with G-3, since we expected heavier winds very soon. We had a good start and […]

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Not the greatest comeback in sports history, but close enough

August 10, 2018

With Swuzzelbubble having comfy lead over us and the other boats, Thursday was our last day to try and win the IRC 5 series. We would need a bullet and the other main competitors would need a bad day. Our start was near Mother Bank in the Western Solent. The wind, was very unstable shifting […]

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Windy Wednesday – Winsome takes second place

August 9, 2018

After yesterday’s excellent race, spirits onboard were high despite the grey overcast skies. We were scheduled to start from the Black Group Committee Vessel which was anchored in the Western solent, not far from the “Dick Johnson” racing mark. Wind was around 14-17 knots from the W/WSW at the start with a tide running to […]

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Our first first place in Cowes Week 2018

August 8, 2018

Patrick de Koster said to me more than once that I only write my blogs instantly when there is good news. He is probably right. After our unwanted encounter yesterday with the Coronation Rock in front of many spectators on the lawn of the Castle (amongst them Donna and Sophie) we longed for a day […]

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Winsome on the Rocks

August 8, 2018

Monday must be “Winsome on the Rocks” Day. You may have heard of the famous incident of “Jameson on the Rocks”, which was a famous Irish sailing boat that ended up on the Gurnard Ledge rocks during the Admiral’s Cup in 1993 – https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/sailing-sudden-impact-for-cudmore-hugh-bateson-on-the-perils-which-can-rock-even-the-experienced-1488125.html. – well now we are not quite as famous but we […]

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Almost a perfect day

August 7, 2018

Sunday 5th August; Race 2 As the race committee had information from the weather goddesses (whom we would actually meet later that day) that the wind would be dying in the afternoon, they set out a short course. We had almost a perfect start at the Bramble starting line, a beat towards our first mark; […]

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Cowes Week – Day 1 – Sunny Snakes and Ladders Saturday

August 6, 2018

Saturday 4thAugust was the 1stday of Lendy Cowes Week 2018. Following our class win and 3rdoverall in the Black Group in Cows Week 2017, expectations by the Winsome crew are high for 2018! As per Herman’s blogs, we had 2 great days of training prior to Cowes Week and the Winsome crew was very excited […]

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Training for Lendy Cowes Week 2018

August 5, 2018

On Wednesday the 1st of August 2018 the Winsome crew has made their way to Cowes for the preparation of Lendy Cowes Week 2018. Everybody in Cowes seems ready for Lendy Cowes Week, however there is one big loss in this beautiful town on the Isle of Wight. The Pier View closed at the beginning […]

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RORC Channel Race 2018 – “Stick to the plan”

July 29, 2018

After a few very warm days in Western Europe, Winsome’s crew met on Friday the 27th of July for the RORC Channel Race: Harry, Leen, Boj, Caroline, Dirk-Jan, Ed, Frits and Lennard. Boj and Lennard arrived late on Friday afternoon, while the others who arrived earlier had prepared Winsome in the afternoon. We had a […]

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How our series of victories came to a grinding halt in the RORC race to Dinard-St Malo

July 16, 2018

The RORC Cowes-Dinard Race started Friday morning. Crew Leen. Pieter K, Caroline, Florent, Luuk and the new kid on the block Frits van Verschuer, recommended by Jan de Jong. We expected not much wind in the first place. The start was postponed by one hour, which we did not know, so we made a start […]

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