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Check your diary!
1-3 Sept 2023

This year was the most international Raid Extreme ever with boats from the UK, France, Germany and The Netherlands. There was great camaraderie despite (or thanks to) the low key attitude of non-organizers Koos and Hubert.
The 'comparative cruise' on Saturday proved challenging but there were many exhausted but happy faces at the prize giving and the 'BYO' barbecue afterwards.

We hope to see you next year, it was a pleasure once again.  
Traditionally, the next challenge will be on the first Saturday in September 2023.
So write 1-3 September 2023 in your diary: arrive on Friday, sail your guts out on Saturday, relax on Sunday.    

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The 2022 Edition:
Windy but fun

With Covid finally out of the way, twenty-three boats from France, Germany, UK and the Netherlands made it to the 2022 Raid Extreme.

Emmanuel Conrath's Silmaril XL 'Vita Brevis' and Julian's Jewelbox Jr made their maiden trips at the event - and survived. 
The start was very windy with Omaho Beach at the lee shore. Many boats struggled to get away.
There were some breakages, including last year's winner Bert Schilder. 
During the afternoon the conditions eased up a bit and everybody made it safely back by 1700 hours. After the prize giving the barbecues were fired up and smiles lit up our exhausted faces.

 

Read more about the 2022 edition in our report.

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RACE DAY

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 Omaho Beach to count down to the start.
Then you are off to the water at sunrise.

During the following hours you sail and row to reach as many checkpoints as you can.

1130 hours: a little later than planned you land at Gin and Tonic' 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 reach more checkpoints while looking around how others fare.
Can you still get that to last checkpoint?
1700 hours: you made it in time with minutes to spare. Did you get all checkpoints? It doesn't matter anymore. You are tired but you made it. It has been a wonderful day.

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BOATS

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?

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PLACES

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 complete as many checkpoints as you like as long as you return at Omaho Beach before 1700 hours.

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.

COSTS

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.

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Our Friends

The Raid Extreme is lucky to have friends. Many of our past competitors became friends.

Ingo and Eckhard of EM2 even created their own Raid Extreme Germany event to be held on 14 August 2021 - more info at their website.

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.

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