Sunday, September 11, 2011
With Paul Jackson and Casper Steinfach both 13 minutes behind me, I only had one challenger for the 1st overall; Ryan James who managed to stay with me every day and was only 4 second behind me in the ranking after my drama under bridge during the final minutes yesterday.
Ryan is also my team mate using the same board STARBOARD Ace 14' and a nice guy too.
It was windy again strong and directly in our face.
I started fast but realized it was to windy to do it all by myself if the rest was going to work together. So they caught up and we worked together until the break, working hard against the head wind. The last 4 days I did a lot of work on the front today I wanted to play save and the top 4 equally shared the work load. It is nice to be in front to control the pace and avoid escapes but on windy days it costs a lot of energy.
After the break we were 7 racers left over and the pace went up. 4 km before the finish we got a little wake from a dingy and we all wanted to use it, so this started the sprint to the finish. I had made sure I was close to the front. We paddled hard all the way to the finish dropping one after the other. In the end it Casper was in front of me and Ryan James behind me at a save distance. For my only Ryan's position was important, playing it save and taking no risk.
Casper managed to get into 3rd position overall and making 35 second good on Paul Jackson who got 4th.
1st Bart de Zwart 24 57 min hrs STARBOARD
2nd Ryan James 10sec STARBOARD
3rd Casper Steinfach 12min Naish
1st Anne-Marie Reichman
2nd Angie Jackson
Many thanks to the fastest board company STARBOARD for my ACE14'
also Black Project for the fastest fins
DAKINE for the best waterpacks and clothing
and CONTOUR for the great action cameras
An easier day with nice weather and light winds from the back. I started very fast and got away all alone. But I knew if the rest would work together it would be hard to do the next 5 hrs by myself. So I pushed hard but not to hard. After 45 minutes Ryan caught up and 5 minutes later 4 others. We stayed together until 5 km before the finish when I pulled away with Ryan right behind me. It came to a sprint again.
1st Bart de Zwart
2nd Ryan James
3rd Casper Steinfach
This day we took it a little easier. Jacco, Casper, Ryan and I took the lead most of the day with a long train behind us. After the break we were only seven left. I took the lead the last 12 km. 4 km before the finish it got hectic. Casper took over with a lot of speed. We just stayed behind me. 500 before the finish when is as about the push for 1st again we got to a low bridge were my paddle hit the bridge and the water which stopped me dead and pulled me of the board. Afterbody passed me. I got back on the board paddling like crazy making up little by little. Ryan made mistake after I could pass him again. 10 meter before the I screwed up again and fell I don't on why. Just a big screw up. Which lost me 6 seconds
1st Casper Steinfach
2nd Jake Jensen
3rd Ryan James
I am still in 1st place overall with james 4 second behind and Paul Jackson 13 min behind us.
The race is on.
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Thursday, September 8, 2011
Another windy and rainy day.
We started in the same lake as yesterday going straight into the wind. It was another fast start again. This time there was a long line behind me drafting into the wind. We pushed really hard. Ryan pulled up right next just when we had a 3 meter gap on the rest. So I told Ryan let's go. We worked hard, sharing the lead when we crossed the lake we had a good lead. Which we kept the whole day. The last 2 hrs Paul Jackson and Casper were pushing hard to gain ground on us. So we were working hard all day right up to the finish. It came to a sprint again.
1st Bart de Zwart 5hrs 30min
2nd Ryan James (eng) 3 sec
3 rd Casper Steinfach (Danemark) 3 min
1st Angie Jackson
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Wednesday, September 7, 2011
A big storm passed by last night. At the start it was a little calmer with 20-30 knots.
I had a good start with 3 others right behind me. Ryan James, Paul Jackson and Jake Jensen. We had head wind right from the start. We worked together for a couple of hours. 2 km before or reststop in Sneek I pushed up the pace with who Ryan came along and we had minute on the other two at the stop a nice gap to start the rest of the race.
We worked hard for the next 2 hours and increased the gap. Hard work with fierce winds. And then we got to the lake 30 knots from the side and almost impossible to get to the otherwise where we wanted. Ryan start well but fell a few times. It was about 30 minutes paddle on our left side.
When we finally got to the other side, it was still Ryan and me. It came to a sprint to the finish where I narrowly beat Ryan by 3 seconds.
1st Bart de Zwart 5 hrs 28
2nd Ryan James 3 seconds
3rd Paul Jackson 8 minutes 10 seconds
In women Anne- Marie came in 1st
Tomorrow. One more day with head winds
Aloha from Holland
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
Now off to bed.
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
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Next Saturday is the last of the 3 Triple Crown SUP races from Maui to Molokai. It promises to be an exciting downwind race with lots of wind and a strong and very international racing field.
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Thursday, June 30, 2011
Also the day after my arrival in Kauai I started to realize how much publicity this crossing got, Amazing, I got so much messages and emails from all over the world. A big thank you to every body for those encouragements, congratulations and wishes.
We spend 2 days in Kauai, where I enjoyed the comfortable beds at the Marriott Kauai hotel, the food ( I lost 12 pounds) and specially being together with my wife and daughter, After this trip I really enjoyed them all to the fullest. This crossing had been the hardest thing I have ever done but it felt really rewarding.
On Tuesday we flew back to Maui where I was "really" surprised by at least 30 of my good Maui friends who all showed up at the airport for a big welcome and many leis and chocolate ( I like that combination)
A suprised and happy look on our faces at the airport
Full page in AD (Dutch) newspaper.
Today I googled a little and came up with hundreds of Newspaper around the world who pick up this story. This is good for Stand Up and good for my sponsors.
Monday, June 27, 2011
He slept great. His feet are looking very very bad, sore, swollen, infected blisters. 5 days and nights in salt water took its toll. There is no way he can wear shoes or slippers right now. He is very very skinny. We have to feed him very good today. His hands are swollen, but not as bad as his feet. Now he needs a great breakfast.
Sunday, June 26, 2011
...and closer. His arrival time will be around 5pm, if he can hold the amazing speed he has right now. Chris Jensen, from "hawaiistream.com" will cover the TV part of the arrival for Hawaii News Now, Dennis Fujimoto covers for "The Garden Island" newspaper. Soleil and I are soooooo excited. I am jumping out of my skin. I talked this morning already to Marleny Cotrim from the DA LIFE store here in Lihue at Kalapaki Beach. I was in tears again, when I explained her what he is doing and that he is coming in this afternoon. Oh, I am getting so emotional writing already that coverage now. Marleny will get a crowd together for his reception. We have leis ready, Soleil even got him a teddy bear, she founds so amazingly cute. She needed to get it. So we are all set up for his big arrival.
Saturday, June 25, 2011
Bart is in the Ka'ie'ie Waho Channel and now on his way to Kauai. We all hope he has a fast and safe passage. He hopes for only one more night out there and to be entering Kalapaki Beach before sunset tomorrow. If this will happen, we can estimate when he will be coming into Kalapaki Beach. This morning Soleil and I flew over the channel. Scary to think he's out there all alone. The channel is huge...72 miles. I know he can do it, to be out there myself would be a nightmare for me. No land to see, I remember that when we sailed around the world. But, that was completely different, back then we'd been on a 44ft sailing yacht and not on a 14ft starboard SUP. Waiting for his next beacon signal now.
Friday, June 24, 2011
Good Morning everybody. Bart is past Kalaupapa on Molokai and will cross the Kaiwi Channel today. Rough wind conditions are to be expected. I hope the wind direction will work a lot in his favor, as it looks right now.
Thursday, June 23, 2011
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
We are all thinking of you. Hugs and kisses, Dagmar and Soleil and all your family and friends. Thanks for all the support we got from all of you. It's very much appreciated. :)
Sunday, June 19, 2011
A lot of people asked me about what gear I take on (the ) board. So here is a small explanation.
Since 5 Months I have been preparing for this trip. Not only physically, I paddle every morning and often in the afternoon to prepare for the races. But mostly I had to figure out all gear I had to take with me on an adventure like this, most of all safety gear but also food, water, sleeping gear, clothing and with which board I could carry all the gear and water I wanted and still have a decent speed. Fortunately Starboard makes a lot of different boards so I could find the right one.
STARBOARD 14’0” x 28” Open Ocean, with some modifications to fit all the gear on the board and a 'Directional device'. Mark Raaphorst from SIC designed and installed a small device in the front of the board to keep me from drifting when I have side winds. Thanks Mark!
I have an Eprib, a personal locator beacon with GPS position, this device has two purposes, one; in case of a life threatening situation (only then) it will sent a signal via Satellite to a rescue coordination center, second with this particular device I can send a limited amount of messages to friends and family on shore to let them know my GPS position.
2 GPS’s and maps to make sure where I am.
Navigation lights on a little mast (only at night)
2 Compasses, charts/ maps
Hand Water maker, with which I can make drink water from saltwater
Back up paddle and extra shaft
Warm clothing in dry and wet circumstances. (1 mil short wetsuit and a 5 mil full wetsuit)
My water-bed, a inflatable mattress with high walls for the nights, which I strap on my board. This will make it possible to get dry for a couple of hours and get ready for the next day. Also only during the night I use small outriggers to get a little more stability and keep the board from rocking to much.
After the trip I will edit the footage in to a small film.
A mixture of dryfreezed food, nuts, dry fruits, granola bars, chocolate, perpetuem (liquid sports food) and recoverite (liquid recover drink) and electrolyte drinking powder.
Friday, June 17, 2011
The plan is to Stand up paddle from the Big Island to Kauai, about 300 miles and a little less then 500 KM. I will be using my STARBOARD Open Ocean 14'0" x 28". This crossing will be solo, non stop and unsupported. This means eating, sleeping, living and most of all paddling on the board for approximately 5 days and nights. Right now the planned start is coming Wednesday.
Now, I had quite a few people, among which Svein Rasmussen, my wife Dagmar, my mom, and a couple of other very good friends, asking me the same thing; why on earth do you want to do that?The answer is simple.I think, sometimes it is good to do something difficult and hard in order to appreciate life, people, food and all the things around you we often take for granted. And I love to challenge myself and I love the adventure, being very close to the ocean for 5 days is an experience everybody should have once in their life. Maybe not necessarily on a 14 foot SUP this way though.
And, it is in the Hawaiian culture. Hawaiians have been using their outrigger canoes since thousand of years to reach all corners of the pacific. They used simple canoes and the sun and the stars for navigation, amazing the distance they travelled. To really understand, you have to experience yourself.
The planned route along the North ( windward ) side of all the islands. 2 years ago I paddled around Maui. A beautiful trip where I saw, everything Maui has to offer, the great sights of the coast and Haleakala, whales, sharks, dolphins and so much more. After that I knew, I wanted to do another trip like that.This time I came up with the idea when I was going to paddle in Zambia, last November, with Connor Baxter and Margareta Engstrom. So after coming back from Africa I started preparing. Looking at the route, buying safety gear, thinking about which board and planning when would be a good time. Because of the necessary trade winds and my racing schedule, June looked like a good month.
One of the training sessions with gear and water on board.
The next post I will explain a little more about the gear I am taking.