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Strong winds at Dutch Youth Regatta 2013
Posted On:  17/05/2013 15:50:21

The 2013 Open Dutch National Championships for Techno293 have come to an end. Fransisco Saubidet Birkner (ARG-40) and Isis Hoekstra (NED-11) are the new Dutch National Champions respectively in the Techno293 Boys and Girls divisions.

The city of Workum has been a wonderful host for all the 754 competitors from 27 countries to race in 9 different youth classes on 4 course areas. In the Techno293 fleet 37 competitors from 6 different countries showed exciting and intense racing for four days on the Ijsselmeer.

Stormy conditions
Strong winds predominated during the four day event, the wind never really dropped below 15 knots. On the second day of racing competitors were held ashore due to extreme winds and big waves. When the conditions started to ease after a four hour postponement, the principle race officer decided to cancel all races for the day, except for the windsurfer classes. 

While all sailing classes stayed ashore, Techno293 junior windsurfers went out for a tough race in challenging conditions from 22 knots on average gusting up to 30 knots of wind.

Tied on points
Exciting and close racing between Fransisco Saubidet Birkner from Argentina and Sam Wennekes from the Netherlands for the top spot. After 10 races they were still tied on 12 points, but with Fransicso having the best discard he claimed the Dutch national title for 2013.

Overall results Techno293 Open Dutch National Championships 2013
Full results at

Techno293 Boys
1. ARG-40 - Fransisco Saubidet Birkner (12 pts)
2. NED-823 - Sam Wennekes (12 pts)
3. NED-800 - Lars van Someren (22 pts)
4. NED-460 - Sil Hoekstra (30 pts)
5. GBR-466 - Cameron Coghill (47 pts)

Techno293 Girls
1. NED-11 - Isis Hoekstra (48 pts)
2. NED-841 - Jolijn ten Bos (55 pts)
3. NED-218 - Aimée van ‘t Hoff (145 pts)
4. GBR-814 - Sarah Labourne (149 pts)
5. GBR-934 - Rachel Horton (175 pts)

Techno U15
1. NED-402 - Ian Versluis (110 pts)
2. NED-1999 - Luuc van Opzeeland (111 pts)
3. NED-600 - Jim van Someren (117 pts)
4. GBR-393 - Joshua Carey (132 pts)
5. NED-181 - Daniel van der Storm (156 pts)

Pictures at and
or check out the event website

Back in 2014
The Dutch Youth Regatta will be back again in 2014 from May 29th to June 1st in Workum.

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