They have to race against Hans BOUSCHOLTE and Ruurd VAN WIEREN (NED) on an eagle 20 carbon, but also against Wouter SAMAMA and Jeroen VAN LEEUWEN, a new Dutch Tornado team. Richard ALLEN and Simon FARREN (GBR) are also feared competitors in the Tornado.
There are several other favourites, sailing on different F18 catamarans, for the victory on handicap. The German SACH brothers and the French BOULOGNE brothers, second overall in 2004 and F18 World Champions 2003, on a Cirrus. Paralympic sailor Thierry SCHMITTER (NED) will start in the Dart 18 class.
Round Texel Co-ordinator Edwin LODDER is optimistic, 'Despite the lack of many Olympic sailors, the fleet is of a high level again. It promises to be a strong competition and hopefully with an exciting final.'