After the first racing day at the biggest ever Texel Dutch Open 2003, Darren BUNDOCK (AUS) and Will HOWDEN (GBR) are in the lead. They won the two sailed races, followed by Australia's Gavin COLBY and Cori CAMENISCH from Switzerland.
The Dutch Olympic Tornado team Sven KARSENBARG and Mischa HEEMSKERK are in third position in the overall ranking of Wednesday June18. The only Texel participant Dirk POOL is in lead of the small boats.
Current Tornado World Champion, Darren BUNDOCK, sails occasionally with Will HOWDEN who coaches the Dutch Tornado team of Mitch BOOTH and Herbert DERCKSEN in a Hobie Tiger and both men consider the Texel Dutch Open as a training for the F18 Worlds in July. BUNDOCK: "Texel is well-known for its breeze. After the light conditions of the Tornado European Championships, we finally could sail with good wind today. Due to the Texel rating it is difficult to know your position on the water. In both races Sven and Mischa crossed the finish line in first position, but after recalculation with the handicap, we ended up ahead of them."
Last year, the Australian won the Texel Dutch Open with Luca REMAGNINO.
Two races are scheduled for today with the first start at 09:55 (local time). The traditional Horstocht starts at 13:00 hours. The other sponsors of the Zwitserleven Round Texel are: Amstel, Holkema Group, Komatsu, de Kolonist, MagicMinds Media, Nissan, TNG Swiss Watches, Teso, VVV Texel and the Mondriaan Onderwijsgroep.
Round Texel Record attempt
Yesterday's record attempt of team LARSEN/POLS and team BOUSCHOLTE/KENBEEK failed. They started with a west wind, force three, but it decreased on the Wadden Sea. LARSEN: "We had to sit on the trampoline for at least fifteen minutes. That is killing for an attempt on the record."
Although LARSEN/POLS took the lead soon, they could not break the record. Due to a collision with a breakwater, they broke their dagger board, which cost several minutes. Team LARSEN/POLS crossed the finish line after 2 hours 47 minutes and 57 seconds. BOUSCHOLTE/KENBEEK needed 2 hours 51 minutes and 48 seconds. BOUSCHOLTE: "This was a good training. There is more wind at them moment, so I will again take an attempt on the record today."
He will try his luck with Ruurd VAN WIEREN, with whom he will also sail the Zwitserleven Round Texel. The Round Texel record remains at 02:30:36 hours.