Tuesday 21st May 2019
On 18-19 May the annual X-Yachts Holland Cup was held again at the location of our Dutch dealer. This year was quite special since it also marked the celebration of both the 5-year anniversary of the Dutch X-Yachts Owners Association and the 35-year anniversary of X-Yachts Holland.
With 13 boats on the water, the fleet was a good representation of X-Yachts in all sizes and ages, ranging from the evergreen X-332 to a brand new X49. And on request of the owners this year’s edition allowed for each boat to decide themselves if they wanted to sail with mainsail and genoa only, or also use their code 0 or gennaker. With that in mind the courses were set-up in a challenging way for each configuration, racing in the vicinity of the fortress island Pampus and the ancient fishing town of Muiden.
Saturday brought very light winds ranging from 6-8 knots, and with beautiful sunny weather it felt unlike typical Dutch conditions. Sunday brought more familiar weather with grey skies (but luckily no rain), and a wind starting at 16 knots and decreasing to 12 knots over the day. Racing proved to be close, fun and fair and with limited crew numbers on both boats it was quite hard work. 3rd overall went to the X-332 “Lunatix” sailed by a father-and-son crew with mainsail and genoa only, 2nd overall was for the X-442 “Augusta” who took a genoa 1 and spinnaker that the owner had not seen before and used that to great effect, whilst 1st overall went to Xp 33 “Vixen” who marvelled in the lighter conditions.
The celebration of the anniversaries was a big success on Saturday afternoon and evening, with more than 130 X-Yachts sailors joining for the dockside drinks and BBQ held at the new facility of X-Yachts Holland. Memories were gathered, good stories shared and everyone had a great time.
After such a succesful weekend everybody is looking forward to next year’s event!
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