ONK 2010 A-class Nationals Holland

Dutch Open A-class 2010

It is now history!

August 27-29 2010, location www.hellecat.nl the Dutch Open was sailed in strong winds and with an exceptional list of participants...

..both in number and quality...

We were honoured to have current European Champion Bob Baier on the water, ending second...

...5-fold UK Champion and current champion of Switzerland and now also Dutch Champion of the year 2010, Chris Field...

...legendary A-cat sailmaker, all the way from Spain, Micky Todd ending on the 7th place...

...French Champion 2010 - flying dutchman - Roeland Wentholt...

...former Olympic Tornado Sailor Sjoerd Hoekstra, making a very strong comeback in the international A-class scene, ending on the third place...

And the list goes on with all these brave A-cat sailors who gathered from all over Europe to sail the best DUtch Open A-class ever, so far anyways...

Friday 27 saw a fleet of A-cats starting out in strong winds finishing 4 races.

Saturday again saw strong winds, with one race sailed.

Sunday morning one final race was sailed, which made the total number of races sailed 6.

Chris Field dominated the field, Bob Baier showed his mastery of the A-cat under heavy conditions and Sjoerd Hoekstra made a very strong comeback after having missed the A-cat Worlds this year.

2010 seems te be the year that the curved boards are breaking through...

...but before we really believe that conclusion we should still look at some sailors who managed to sail themselves into high positions with straight boards.

Highest scoring Dutch Straight Board and Hard Wind specialist Eric Lampier managed to sail himself to the 8th place in this extremely competitive field.

Eric started out on the A-class in 2009 and now in 2010 finishes 8th, with straight boards and in the last race even lost half of his board and still managed to come in on 6th place.

And then Theo Hilten, also with straight boards sailing strong and steady and were it not for him not going out in the strong winds on sunday he would have ended up as highest straight board dutch A-class sailor.

But in all honesty, everyone said that downwind these curved boards were hard to beat.

Sjoerd Hoekstra sailed with curved boards on his Tool A-cat. Piet Saarberg had especially prepaired Sjoerd's Tool for the Dutch Championships with specially curved board daggerboard casings...

Rumor has it that Saarberg is going to make it possible to get curved board upgrade kits so you can get some more racing fun out of your A-cat currently fitted out with straight dagger boards...

But for most of us, there is still so much to improve before we need the curved boards to spend more money on.

We want to thank all you sailors who honored us all with your presence and we look back on the Dutch 2010 Open with admiration for each and every A-class sailor.

Thanks and see you next year!