Sailing fast

Team Brunel in the Volco Ocean Race
Team Brunel in the Volco Ocean Race

The Volvo Ocean Race is the biggest ocean sailing race in the world. They started 8 months ago in Alicante, Spain and now they’re approaching the finish in Gothenburg, Sweden. This week they had a quick pit stop in Scheveningen and yesterday they had the restart. As I’ve been following this race from the start (as with previous races), this was a good opportunity to have a look at the boats in real life.

The restart was a big event, with a festival around the harbour where you could enjoy music, have a look inside a Volvo Ocean Race yacht or have a look at the yachts while they were docked. I paid a quick visit to the docks, but quickly headed out to the end of the pier, where the starting line was positioned.

When I arrived at the end of the pier, I was one of the fist, but soon it filled up. Here I had a great view on the starting line, the characteristic tourist pier and the first loop they had to make. The next 6 hours I didn’t move away from this great place and saw all seven boats make a few practice loops and sail away. One of the highlights for many was the Dutch boat from Team Brunel, as shown in this picture.

Arjen Drost

Arjen is a Polar ecologist, nature photographer and full time expedition guide on expedition cruise ships in both Polar regions. With his pictures and stories he likes to show the beauty of these very fragile and threatened places.

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