A spectacle on the water and in the harbor!
A spectacle on the water and in the harbour.
The Bontekoerace! There are people celebrating Halloween on the last weekend of October, but we are celebrating the end of the sailing season 2021 and that with YOU!
Every year the Bontekoerace is a fun regatta with which the beginning of winter is ushered in. Our team is combined of professionals and newcomers, sailors and friends of the Ortolan. We get together in a friendly atmosphere on Friday evening and move into our cabins. When the crew is complete, Roman will explain the “rules of the game” and explain the first indicators of the weather situation and tactics. Together we toast to the regatta and let the evening end in ease. The deck schedule is announced at breakfast, there are a total of 3 teams: front deck, middle deck and aft deck, each crew member is assigned a fixed position so that we work like clockwork during the race. Since you sail in a team, you don’t need any previous knowledge. All that is necessary is to be up for it and to wear rain gear, because, as I said, it can get really wet and happy. To us it is not about winning this weekend, but we’ll get everything up our sleeves to have race to a good position, so the extra sails are laid out and sharp maneuvers are sailed. It’s crazy how during the regatta, adrenaline and serotonin shake hands, and action and calm alternate. We give EVERYTHING and when we are crossing the finish line it feels like we have just started. A lot of conviviality awaits us in the harbor, in addition to chanty choirs and market stalls, the organizers always have a creative task for which we also could win prize. After we have had dinner together, we go to the next highlight of the day: the festival. With the water taxi, we ride to the party location. There the intermediate results are announced. We laughed, chat and dance to live music and just have a great time together. On Sunday one or the other will probably have difficulties getting out of bed, but after a good and solid breakfast it’s back to the Markermeer. Once on deck, the little sleep is quickly forgotten, the wind blows around your nose and naturally sharpens your concentration. And then it’s the second time on the Olympic track. The final results are announced on Sunday evening after the 2nd regatta day. If the weather permits, we will take off the sails together and make the Ortolan ready for the winter stabling. Our adventure and the Bontekoerace weekend ends here. It is certainly a very special experience that will stay in your memory for a long time.
Embark: On Friday, 29.10.2021 from 20.00
Disembark: on Sunday the 31.03.2021 ca 16-17.00
Friday night snack buffet, Saturday 3 Main meals, 2 Snacks throughout the day, Sunday brunch buffet, crew, energy and environmental costs, port, bridge and lock fees, tourist tax, fuel costs, port traffic, duvets and towels
Coffee, water and tea included in price, other drinks on post-calculation, payings required on bord after the tour