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Delta Lloyd North Sea Regatta: The Hague Festivals 2012
The annual Delta Lloyd North Sea Regatta will take place from 15 to 28 May in and around Scheveningen Harbour, as part of The Hague Festivals.
The Delta Lloyd North Sea Regatta is The Hague’s annual sailing festival. Each year during Whitsun weekend (25 to 28 May), Scheveningen is transformed into the epicentre of Dutch competitive sailing. There will be all kinds of boats, with a total of around 1,500 boats heading for the coast of The Hague.
On Tuesday, 15 May the start gun fires for the 110-mile Vuurschepenrace from Scheveningen to Harwich, on the coast of England. Dozens of yachts will be battling the elements on the open sea. The traditional Vuurschepenrace is the first race of the Delta Lloyd North Sea Regatta.
After a lay day in Harwich, the North Sea Race organised by the Royal Ocean Racing Club will take sailors back from Harwich to Scheveningen on Friday, 18 May.
There are also four days of offshore races in the North Sea by the Scheveningen coast from 25 to 28 May. A group of around 500 open boats, catamarans, Olympic and one-design classes, sharp yachts and classic boats will be racing around the buoys.
If you'd like to stake out a super spot to watch the races, why not get up and close on a powerboat from RIB Actie? Back on shore you can browse around the Nautical Market in Scheveningen with everything from herring snacks to jenever tastings.
In addition to the tough competition in exciting regattas, the regatta village at the Scheveningen marina offers a meeting place with daily prize giving, children’s activities, happy hours, live music and excellent food.
The Delta Lloyd North Sea Regatta traditionally opens with a major act on Friday evening with a popular band giving a private concert to regatta participants.
For more information about the Delta Lloyd North Sea Regatta, visit: www.nsr.nl.
The Hague Festivals
The North Sea Regatta is just one of the many events being organised as part of The Hague Festivals, more than two months packed with cultural, musical and entertainment events for both young and old from 29 April to 7 July. Check the website www.thehaguefestivals.com for more information.
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