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Delta Lloyd North Sea Regatta 2011
Sydney 36 Ace wins Vuurschepenrace IRC 2-3

'The Sydney 36 “Ace” of skipper Art Moerman

A Checkmate, skippered by the Dutch De Ridder family, took line honours of the Vuurschepenrace 2011 after 18 hours, 9 minutes and 25 seconds on Wednesday afternoon. A total of 57 out of 64 participating yachts crossed the finish line of the opening race of the Delta Lloyd North Sea Regatta 2011. Baraka GP of skipper De Graaf (NED) finished second followed by the Belgian Sydney 39CR “Allard” of Rudy Floridor. The Sydney 36 “Ace” of skipper Art Moerman wins IRC 2-3.

'There was a nice breeze, that only disappeared for fifteen minutes just off the English coast, 'said Ard Moerman of the ACE, a Sydney 36, 'We were with the four of us. When daylight came we were right in the middle of the IRC 1 fleet.' According to the skipper the motto for this year's Vuurschepenrace was to especially remain high and go fast. 'After the calm, the breeze filled in from the south, so we could hoist the spinnaker for the last bit of the race."

The Maas of Nanno Aukes was second, followed by Captain Jack of Bert Visser.

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