Oceanraces Academy

In 2014 Hans Bouscholte, former Volvo Ocean Race skipper, started the Oceanraces Academy, a program for young adults with the ambition to sail big boats. The ultimate aim is to prepare them for ocean races like the Volvo Ocean Race. 

As Hans describes it: "there was no specific training for this kind of competition in the Netherlands (Benelux). With my Oceanraces Academy I want to create a small army of big boat sailors, to promote ocean racing at the highest level and to put the Netherlands back on track again in ocean racing.
With around 25 talents we are constantly training to get the best out of them. The aim is to participate with a full Dutch team in the next Volvo Ocean Race 2019/2020.
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About the Academy

The home port for the training program is Scheveningen (The Hague, the Netherlands). The program covers all aspects of ocean racing, including theoretical knowledge and boat maintenance. The most important part however remains the sailing, making miles, dealing with the forces and size of the boat and of course the teambuilding. In Hans Bouscholtes words: "the big boat experience"!

Name ship: BOUDRAGON
Type ship: Volvo 60
Year: 1997 (total refit in 2015)
Design: Bruce Farr
Edition Volvo Ocean Race / Whitbread round the world:  1997-1998 as Silk Cut
Overall place: 3rd
North sea record
 
Length over all: 60 ft (18,28 meter)
Max. draft: 11 ft (3,75 meter)
Rig hight: 82 ft (28 meter)
Number of sails: 20
Biggest sail area: 
320 square meter (Code 0, Gennaker, spinnaker):
Theoretical bootspeed: 14 knots
Top speed: 35,7 knots
Displacement: 14 ton
Home port: Scheveningen (moared next to Zuiderstrandtheater)
Courrent owner: Hans Bouscholte

Aims Oceanraces Academy


Hans Bouscholte emphasises that the training is open for everybody. As a result in the future we should have more big boat qualified yachtsmen trained to excellence.

This season the 'talents', as the sailors of the Oceanraces Academy are called, will sail along as crew during training experiences, deliveries and (Volvo) Ocean Race legs on the VO60. That's the best ocean racing training they can get!

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