Event organizers stated that 15 classic boats competed in this year’s Race of the Classics. Students from the Netherlands form teams and participate in a sailing race that heads to the North Sea. The race commences in Rotterdam and ends approximately one week later in Amsterdam. The event was founded in 1989.
About Veerhaven Rotterdam Since 1990 the port at Veerhaven has served as both a mooring for pleasure craft and home to historic sailing ships. Located on the north side of the Nieuwe Maas (river), and a short walk from the Erasmus Bridge, the waterway cuts through one of the most densely populated areas of the Netherlands.
The venue serves as a prime turnaround spot for many large cruiseliners. In the summer of 2006 this location hosted the finish point for the Volvo Ocean Race, and since 2001 it has been the starting point for the Race of the Classics. This Rotterdam port is the largest of its kind in Europe. www.wereldhavendagen.nl
It’s one thing to layer up in sailing skivvies on a cold rainy day for a racing on a boat; it’s another thing to layer for photographing a line start—from shore. On Monday, April 4, I anticipated a glorious stacking of 15 bows with urban Holland skyscrapers in the background at the start of the Race of the Classics. I instead found one ship, then the next, slowly moving down the Nieuwe Maase.
The fleet initiated its departure from the ferry terminal/Veerhaven at Rotterdam venue at noon. Using my NIKKOR 28-300mm, it was fun to scan the decks looking for antics as the ships drifted to leg number one of their six day competition.
Admittedly I think the images of closer-to-me ship workers have more flavor.