Volvo 60 BOUdragon Wins Antwerp Race
Team Bolsius-Bouscholte wins the 32nd Antwerp Race
Under a dark grey cloudy sky and with strong headwinds from the southwest, the Bolsius-Bouscholte team achieved line honours in the famous Antwerp Race with the Volvo 60 BOUdragon. The Holland Ocean Race team consists of young talents (16-30 years) and are coached by sea sailor Hans Bouscholte.
The Antwerp Race is the largest sailing competition in Belgium. The race starts in two locations, Terneuzen (Zeeland) (in the Netherlands) for the small ships and Breskens (Zeeland) for the larger ships. The finish is in Antwerp (Belgium). For the large ships, that is a distance of 45 miles.
It is the 32nd time that the race was sailed, 175 ships were registered but due to bad weather, only 127 ships started. The wind was 21-26 knots from the South West, wind force 6 to 7 with gusts up to 30 knots.
The Volvo 60 from Team Bolsius-Bouscholte started sharply at 10 am for Breskens on the Westerschelde. Due to the many bends and channels on the Westerschelde, it was quite a maneuver. More than 12 sail changes had to be done by the 16 young talents to officially be the first in 3 hours and 58 minutes in Antwerp. The talents supported by the Bolsius company won the famous “Line Honours” trophy.
According to skipper Hans Bouscholte, the talents worked hard for it: “It was a difficult course. Many ships ran aground and only through good navigation, boat handling and hard work by our young talents we were the first to arrive. We changed the sails in the rhythm of the Volvo Ocean Race. Wonderful competition! ”
The old record of 3 hours and 12 minutes that is also in the name of Hans Bouscholte with an IMOCA 60 was not improved.