As a result of the Corona pandemic, we have seen regattas being canceled all over the world, true also for the Netherlands. Unfortunately one of these is the 35th Magic Marine Easter Optimist Regatta which should have been sailed on lake Braassemermeer from 10 to the 13th of April.
This large event brings together an international field of competitors who sail against each other on a high level. The event started in 1986 with 75 competitors as a way for mostly Scandinavian sailors to compete while op North ice was still preventing regattas. Soon after the start, the numbers increased to the current maximum of 270 sailors which sees selection races being sailed in the different countries just to take part.
The Optimist sailors (a boat for children up to the age of 15) were of course very disappointed that this years’ event had to be canceled. Not only does this mean there will be no racing, but it also means they will not be seeing their friends from other countries and whom they’ve known for years out on the water.
To make sure we can still sail and, at the same time, maintain contact with our sailors all over the world, the Optimist Club Nederland and the Yacht Club Braassemermeer (along with a large group of volunteers) have now made the Sunday the 12th of April we will see the first virtual Magic Marine Easter Optimist Regatta. All of the 330 competitors that have qualified have been invited. You can still enroll until the 11th of April at 5 pm CEST. At this moment in time, we see more than 100 competitors from 15 different countries who have registered to take part.
Because of the time difference with the United States (always a large group of sailors coming to the Netherlands), we will start the first race at 12 am CEST. At the end of the day will now all the winners which will be celebrated during the (virtual) prize-giving at 9 pm CEST. The only thing not virtual will be the prizes; our sponsors made sure this will be definitely worth your while!
A “spectator link” will be published Sunday at:
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