Delft Challenge has been participating in the Sailing Arabia The Tour (SATT). Last year we changed the challenge to the Tour Voile! A group of students from Delft University of technology is working hard all year to be in the best shape in July to go for gold. Tour Voile is a prestigious sailing event that will take us along the whole coast of France. Leading this campaign solely with a few students while spending as much time on the water is a big but exciting challenge.
Every year, a group of students tries to run the challenging campaign of a young sailing team owning a boat, practice as much as possible, be in good physical shape and compete in regattas nationally and internationally. This all, in combination with a study at Delft University of technology. Team work is the keyword within Delft Challenge, on and off the water. To function as a team on the water, you need to function as a team on shore to make sure all our plans can be realized.
Creativity is another keyword a real DC’er needs. Every year, new challenges must be dealt with and since money is always scarce, creative solutions are the drive forward. Last year, Delft Challenge decided that she needed an own boat for the first time again in five years. A Diam24, the same as will be raced with during the Tour Voile was what we wanted. With a few students and a lot of perseverance we managed to purchase a boat and sail the Tour Voile again in 2018. This shows the determination of team Delft Challenge and this year we determined to race in the Tour Voile 2019 and do even better!
Making it to the the starting line in France in perfect shape is one thing, battling for the podium another. The Tour is a challenging regatta with races in 7 different places spread out over two and a half weeks. Tour Voile offers many challenges in different circumstances. Sailors from around the world travel to France to compete in this regatta and take home the gold. With its ever-growing fleet, it is one of the biggest sailing events in France. The event is a truly great way for sailors around the world to continue being active in the world’s most fantastic sport and fits perfectly with the ambitious and adventurous mentality of team Delft Challenge.