Reply To: Medemblik
Tony has given you a clear summary of what you need to look out for. Now from a guy who was 40th to his 5th some salutory lessons.
Medemblik tends to be cold, over cast, rainy and windy with a bloody awful short chop as the Ijsselmeer is so shallow (having turned turtle there this year much to the humour of the fleet i can vouch for the shallowness given the mud that came up on the mast). Normally this would be enough to put even the most hardened soul off. It is also not cheap to get there unless you share BUT you have to go!!! As Tony and I discussed – aged Merlin sailors buy a boat to go to Salcombe week we would keep an OK just to go to Medemblik.
At the back I had my own races against a handful of Danes, Dutch and Germans (there should have been more Brits but I fear I was GBR tail end Charlie). It is a unique event – be better if they called it the Summer nations cup and held it in June but hey……
The Brakboer is an experience – last year they had a bee gees tribute band playing – wont go into the detail but what a lot of fun. I have only been twice. I added up the cost this year and although not cheap reckoned it was value for money.
From a travel perspective we used eurotunnel – £130 return. Drive to Medemblik from Calais took 5 hours with detailed google maps instructions (I am old school and refused to let the co- pilot Andy Rushworth – use a sat nav). At 30mpg with a double trailer and at pace I got through about £150 of diesel.
To summarise, Medemblik isn’t Brits on tour and is better for it. Yes we tend to stick together in the bar afterwards, but in the dinghy park before and after the races you will be trading comments and insults with our european friends. It is great fun and I will be there next year. Never mind the worlds or the europeans – Medemblik is 3 days of international competition that goes right to the back of the fleet.