Wouter Back in an Open 60 with an Irish twist
I t has been a long time coming, but in the end the return to the Open 60 sailing was ineviably. Says Wouter: “Racing the Open 60s again after a few years of sailing everything from a 40 foot Kerr to a 40 meter J-Class
Wouter and the Leu crew second in the German Open championships
With the ORCi Worlds looming over the horizon in August, the Open German ORCi Championship in many ways was the dress rehersal. As such, this year saw a record number of entries, and a highly competitive fleet. Especially in the 40 foot class II the field is close with seconds separating first and tenth.
Wouter wins Fastnet Race in IRC class 1
With more entries than ever before, this year's Fastnet Race clearly shaped up to be a very competitive one. In IRC class 1, a strong contingent of four Ker 40s as well as the Ker 46 Tonnere and the French Inis Mor, all had their eyes firmly on the trophy. Wouter was sailing with the Ker 40 Magnum III team that he worked with throughout the season, and no stone was left unturned in the preparation.
Wouter and the Leu crew are the 2013 German Offshore Champions after tedious light winds in the Bornholm Rund offshore race
The owner and crew of the Leu have a known passion for offshore sailing and so one of the main events this year for the team was the Offshore German Championship run from the Baltic sailing venue in Warnemunde.
“There is no doubt that this exciting custom Judel-Vrolijk 45 design is geared towards offshore sailing. Over the last years, we competed in several of the main offshore events in Germany and the Baltic, and have sharpened our knives with a good offshore organisation and preparation and offshore orientated sail inventory. It was great to see it all come together at the main event for us this year.”
Wouter to sail TP52 Worlds with Gaastra Pro Team
Next week will see some of the top international racing teams do battle in the extremely competitive TP52 Class. As part of the TP52 SuperSeries, the fleet has already been sailing in Key West in January, and now the boats have gathered in Miami for the Gaastra World Championships. The famous South Beach will provide both a spectacular backdrop as well as an excellent opportunity for the public to see the racing from up close.
Leu wins the German “Von Pots” season price
Sailing with the German “Leu” team for the third consecutive year as tactician, Wouter has been able to help the team with his leadership and tactician skills to win the prestigious “von Pots” price for season overall winner. A series of races spanning from May to September has seen the team in a fierce battle with the other German big boat teams in both the North Sea and the Baltic. With a solid performance in the Flensburger Woche in September, the leu crew left no doubt who deserved the prize.
January 2012 K H-V
In the having achieved line honours, new records, class wins or overall wins in most of the Ocean Racing Classics like the Fastnet, Bermuda Race, Sydney to Hobart, Middle Sea Race, Transatlantic, Cape Town to Rio and the newer Caribbean 600, there is one event that this still missing on Wouter's list; a win in the Transpac. So Wouter is excited to be part of the 70 foot Holua crew for this year's race.
Standing room only as Wouter speaks at HISWA
April 2012 K H-V
An invitation to share his passion for ocean racing at the HISWA Amsterdam boat show was readily accepted by Wouter.
In a fully packed auditorium, with just standing room left for the last audience, Wouter spoke of Hollands long history in ocean racing, and even though there currently are no Dutch sailors involved with the Volvo Ocean Race, there is still large following of it in Holland. The Netherlands are holding the fourth spot in number of followers on the Volvo Ocean Race website. The Volvo Ocean Race game also has a strong following in the lowlands amongst it's 270.000 users.
Wouter is awarded the 2011 Connie van Rietschoten Trophy for Offshore sailing!
March 2012 - KHV
Winning the Whitbread race twice in a row in the early eighties, Dutch sailor Connie van Rietschoten stepped up the level of ocean racing in an unrivalled way. Key to his success was thorough preparation, focus on team work, immense determination and solid leadership. His legacy lives on in the form of Hollands most prestigious sailing award “The Connie van Rietschoten Trophy”.
Wouter is awarded the Magic Machine prize for best shorthanded sailor.
November 2011 KHV
The annual Magic Machine prize is awarded by the Dutch North Sea Club for the best short-handed achievement 2011.
North Sea Club President, Henk Sol on awarding Wouter the prize:
"It is with great pleasure that I award this trophy to Wouter Verbraak. This year he has culminated his 10 years of professional sailing with yet another incredible achievement in the Barcelona World Race. There is no end to the list of his wins and podium places in international regatta's like the Admiral's Cup, Tour de France, Audi Med Cup, Fastnet, Sydney to Hobart, Trans-Atlantic race, America's Cup etc. and this year he has all impressed us with his performance, determination and persistence in the Barcelona World Race. I am very happy to hand him the trophy here tonight and I am looking forward to following him in his next races."