2021: a new challenge
The raids of 2019 and 2020 were extremely relaxed. Nothing wrong with that but this year we hope to get your adrenalin levels up again.
Hopefully we can step out of the shadows of Covid and have a proper challenge on 4 Sept 2021.
The format will be a little different with a mandatory lunch stop at 'Mai Tai' island in the Oude Robbengat. Further, all tokens can now be collected from the water, so that all boats (even shiny new catamarans) can join.
We are already looking forward to it. Are you?
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It is race day. It is still dark but you are awake in your tent. You hear other people getting ready for the race.
Quickly you slip into your clothes and walk to Omaho beach to prepare your boat by the light of your headlamp.
Once you are ready you stop at the Omaho Beach clubhouse for some breakfast.
You grab your sailing gear and join the others at the flagpole to count down to the start.
Then you are off to the water at sunrise.
During the following hours you sail and row to collect as many tokens as you can.
1130 hours: a little later than planned you land at 'Mai Tai' island to eat your lunch. You discuss progress with some of the other sailors. The erwtensoep is hot and salty. Then it is time to go again. You hurry to collect more tokens while looking around how others fare.
Can you still get that last token in?
1700 hours: you made it in time with minutes to spare. Did you get all tokens? It doesn't matter anymore. You are tired but you made it.
It has been a wonderful day.
Open for all types of craft. Sail canoes, SUPs, catamarans, sail and oar boats, no engines allowed. Shallow draft boats are at an advantage. Be ready to make the course on muscle and wind power. Be ready to row upwind through small creeks. Be ready for waves and wind. Would it not be interesting, to see how all these boats fare?
The start and finish of the Raid Extreme 'Omaho Beach', the catamaran club at the entrance of Jachthaven Lauwersmeer in Oostmahorn. The club house at Omaho Beach will be the base camp during the event.
On race day, you have just over 10 hours to collect as many tokens until you return before 1700 hours. This map shows the token locations of 2018.
Did you ever wonder about the location of 'Mai Tai island' or the 'Gin and Tonic' island? They are both situated at 'Oude Robbengat' which is roughly at the center of the Lauwersmeer estuary.
SAFETY / COVID
The Lauwersmeer can be a dangerous place. In big winds, big waves can build up at the lee shore. The central location of Oostmahorn means that you are never far from a safe haven. If you are not sure about safety, your equipment or necessary precautions, please ask.
Hopefully we will all be vaccinated by early September but we expect that Covid will still be around. We will follow government guidelines to make the Raid possible if we can and adjust our plans if necessary.
We want to keep the Raid Extreme as light and informal as possible. Do not expect fancy prizes, rescue boats, racing committee, catering, prizegiving dinners, or child care facilities.
We have a list of useful contacts in the Race Pack so that you make your own arrangements for your stay. After that it is very much bring your own boat, food and drink and be surprised how quickly you become friends with your fellow competitors.
So what are the costs of the event itself? Basically what you can spare to help us out with our expenses.
The Raid Extreme is lucky to have friends. Many of our past competitors became friends.
We are glad with our loyal friends at the Omaho sailing club, who let us use their clubhouse and beach at the Raid Extreme events.
The 2020 Raid
In 2020 we decided to do a Raid-not-very-extreme. We hoped to welcome sailors from Germany, the UK, France and even Spain, but sadly the Corona virus put a stop to this.
Eventually we had a relaxed weekend with 8 boats on the water in fresh conditions.
Hope to see you all next year.
Read more about the 2020 edition in our report.