Dear Marblehead Sailors,
It is with great pleasure that we can announce that the worlds championship Marblehead will take place at the 'Roei en Zeil Vereniging Gouda' (R&Z) at Reeuwijk Netherlands.
This will be done in cooperation with the Dutch Class Organisation Marblehead (KOM).
Over 10 years now, we are hosted by R&Z and Geert Geelkerken and his team for the yearly Dutch Open, now 3 days of sailing end of September including our famous Sailors Dinner (I have been told).
With this experience and some courage from us we discussed having a world championship at one time, Geert offered his help and the club agreed. So here we are.
Also without help of our main sponsor and sub sponsors this would not be possible. So thanks for that.
In the history of radio sailing in the Netherlands there has happened a lot.
At the time, before 1981, Marbleheads sailed under the flag of the Dutch member of Naviga.
In 1981 the M class sailors were interested to sail under the rules of ISAF and erected their own class organisation, NEMOZO, (Dutch Radio sailing Association), now RZN.
RZN is the associated member (AM) of the Netherlands and holds now two class organisations the IOM and the M class, DIOMCA and KOM.
This gave the sailors more possibilities to sail internationally , so trips to England, Germany and France were possible to get the quality of sailing better.
This resulted in the European Championship in 's-Hertogenbosch in 1987, with an American winner.
Since then we had our yearly Benelux championship and Dutch Open, and for some years now the 3 Countries cup with Germany and Belgium added, initiated by Friedhelm Scholte and Christiaan Helder.
These events are still a live and visited by many sailors every year which keeps the quality of sailing high without forgetting the fact that it is foremost a hobby.
A hobby were just sailing for one person is important and winning for the other, without forgetting that it is a social meeting of friends with the same interest.
The combination of racing and meeting people from all over the world makes it worthwhile for me in any case.
So that is what it is all about, meeting people. People with the same interest, designing new boats, improving technics, new materials, new challenges.
I cannot think of a better promotion of this sport.
Hopefully we will see you at the waterfront in Reeuwijk, were we will meet on the water racing and of the water during 'Happy hour' after racing.