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Race of the Classics, Rotterdam

Apr 20th, 2009 | Filed Under:Analysis, EWP Blog | posted by: Harro Riedstra



On the 14th of April, the Race of the Classics started in Rotterdam. This yearly race between teams from different educational organisations (universities, colleges, etc.) involves classical vessels and takes the groups of students across the North Sea from Rotterdam to the Royal Temple Yacht Club in Ramsgate and back to Amsterdam for the finish.

The Race started in 1989 in a bar in Amsterdam, like any proper student event should of course. Over the years it developed from an event to promote social relations between students of different universities to the largest race with classical vessels in the world. During this time the objective of the race extended to enhance contact with the companies that help to realise ‘The Race’. Moreover, Fun and Competition play an important role.

The EWP supported one of the teams, from Wageningen University, sailing the OBAN, an old fishing vessel, now touring the Northsea and Baltic. With the team, the EWP organised a symposium at Wageningen University to raise awareness on the water challenges and solutions among students.

Part of the EWP team took part in the start of the Race and sailed with the OBAN from Rotterdam to Maassluis. From there the team sailed on to Vlaardingen where the official start took place on Tuesday morning. Unfortunately the conditions weren’t perfect and not favouring the OBAN, which needs a strong wind. Yesterday, the OBAN however still finished 5th overall in Amsterdam and second in their class. Congratulations!

More information on the Race of the Classics at

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