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Last Friday I sailed for the first time in twelve years with Enno in the Flying Dutchman. I had asked him to sail with me in a Rainbow but it turned out that I sailed with him in the North Sea Regatta in the FD. Last Friday, I was the stand in for Ard, his crew for the past 12 years since I started sailing a Star. A lot of wind, muscles hurting everywhere, capsizing, a black eye and… Winning! I was totally knackered but it was nice to team up again. Already driving through Wassenaar on the road to Scheveningen I had the feeling: there is a lot of wind so we are going to win. Just like the old days. The feeling of 12 years back was immediately there. The skills were a bit rusty to say the least but Enno sailed steadily and has bought a new boat that is even faster than the one that brought us the World Championships in 1998.

It was a lot of fun and left me exhausted. Didn’t know that I was that strong in the past…

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