(machine translated in 2023)

Day trip to Oesterdam Racing
In the beginning nice weather but no wind, later wind but also a lot of rain.
For various reasons, some wanted to go to the Oesterdam, since it is not a bad spot at all, I went along, wind direction was well predicted. The disadvantage of the Oesterdam is walking in and out of the water when the tide is high.

Because it was not windy, first chatting on the side for a while, Martijn and Jeroen were busy with Smartphones looking for a website that predicted wind. Wind was predicted everywhere, but from about 12 to 2 o'clock. Eventually, hans started rigging his 8.0. But that seemed too much for Jeroen and went back to beating Hans. Hans was going to set up 6.0, which I didn't like. I ended up rigging: Warp 7.0 with iSonic 101.

When I walked towards the water's edge, Hans just went out on the water, bobbed a bit and bobbed back. When I walked into the water, Hans just planned. Oops not much wind, but hans had a 6.0.
I could get into plane quite easily, we were warned of shallows near the sandbank, between the oyster dam and the measuring pole. So a little downwind as soon as possible.
Wind was gentle, and sometimes completely gone, all in all it was occasional planing and a lot of bobbing.
Every time I floated to the shore to stop for a moment, another flurry came and I stayed on the water again.

After finally stopping for a sandwich, the wind seemed to increase. So let's get back on the water. Now the wind was good, sometimes even strong. So could plan nicely. Because it was now heading towards high tide, the sandbar was flooded and it became very choppy.
Together with Hans did a few raks, but he was already on his Freestyle wave and therefore a little short of speed. Only been practicing a lot in the chop and with gybjes around a tree close to the side. Later a few more long rakes with Bennie sailed, which is fast. Really had to try very hard to keep up with those. But passing him by was hardly. He stood with a 7.3 and weighs over 95 kg, so not bad that I could keep up with him. Last rake back the wind picked up considerably, Bennie and I both with soul open to the side. Standing there chatting and consulting, but this was too much and was also quite tired. So with my set out of the water, always nice, high tide on the Oesterdam and then out of the water: Fortunately without damage. On the side quickly decided to stop altogether, it had been nice. Everyone except Martijn stopped, but yes, he had only been sailing for half an hour.

Yes, the Oesterdam can be a nice spot, especially if the water is low and you can easily get in and out of the water. The wind wasn't easy, but it was nice to sail, nice gybes in the chop.


Present: Hans (Hansie), Jeroen (DonLimas), Martijn (Volvosurfer)

12:15 3.75 hour Wind: S 10/26 kts
Board: Starboard iSonic 101 - Select S07 35cm
Sail: North Warp F2009 7.0 - North Platinum(09) 460cm - Neil Pryde X9 180-230
  (machine translated in 2023) In the beginning too little wind so the S07 35cm was just too small, when I was later well powered and the sandbank was underwater the S07 was either too big, gave too much pressure or not soft enough. I'd like to try a venom.
The Warp sailed well, but gybes clearly went less than with the RAM 7.3. With some practice, they did get better, but not so well.