450 enlist in 25th Race of the Classics
ROTTERDAM – The Race of the Classics is Europe’s largest sailing event for students. Its 25th edition (April 1-7, 2013) has attracted 450 participants who will sail on 19 classic vessels from Rotterdam to Ipswich to Bruges and from there to the finish line at IJmuiden, the North Sea port west of Amsterdam
Participants are students from the universities of Amsterdam (3 teams), Rotterdam and Leiden (2 teams each) and 1 team each from Utrecht, Groningen, Leeuwarden, Maastricht, Eindhoven, Nijmegen, Driebergen, Nyenrode en Wageningen. The race has been held since 1989. It began as a “small” sailing trip _ from Amsterdam to Ramsgate and back. Over the years it has ballooned into something big and spectacular. Luc van Laarhoven, one of the race’s founders, remains a loyal spectator. “I just hope the event remains loyal to its original purpose: a not-for-profit race by students, for students,” he says.
Every year, the race is held in 20 or so classic vessels of 30 to 50 meter in length: barks, schooners, clippers and other types of old-timers that require much muscle under sail. The overall winner is selected based on a rating formula. Additionally, the ship to arrive in Britain first _ regardless of size _ gets The Golden Compass award.