Team Mistral’s Junior Prospect James van Drunen Upsets the Veterans to Claim the Dutch National Titles, Book Ticket to Denmark

 
James van Drunen

Team Mistral’s James van Drunen en route to victory in the beach race at the Dutch National Championships on the weekend (photo credit: Mayola Dijksman)

In brief: James van Drunen and Emma Reijmerink have taken out the 2017 “Battle of the Coast” in the Netherlands–aka the Dutch National Championship event that serves as the qualifier for the ISA Worlds in Denmark later this year.

With strong winds in the coastal town of Zandvoort helping the event live up to its name, James, the rising junior prospect from Team Mistral, took out both the beach race and downwinder ahead of seasoned veterans Martijn van Deth and Bart de Zwart (who finished runner-up in the downwinder less than a week after setting a new 24 hour world record), while Emma made it a clean sweep ahead of Petronella van Malsen.

Kjell de Bruyn was another to impress, finishing second overall after taking out the sprints and finishing runner-up in the beach race.

The Dutch team hasn’t been officially announced just yet, but Battle of the Coast was the primary qualifier for Denmark 2017 so I assume James, Kjell, Emma and Petronella have earned an invite to Copenhagen.

Interestingly, this is the second national qualifier James has competed in recently, with the youngster eligible to represent the Netherlands, Spain (where he raced last month) and the UK thanks to his multi-passport parents.

We can expect to see James and his Mistral team mate Petronella hit the podium again at this week’s mammoth Vuelta Ibiza stage race in the Mediterranean.

Until then, there’s more coverage from the Battle of the Coast (including plenty of photos from wind-swept Zandvoort) over on the official Facebook.

Battle of the Coast

There was plenty of wind for the 2017 Battle of the Coast (photo credit: Mayola Dijksman)

 


 

Battle of the Coast: OVERALL MEN’S CHAMPIONS
1st: James van Drunen
2nd: Kjell de Bruyn
3rd: Martijn van Deth

Battle of the Coast: OVERALL WOMEN’S CHAMPIONS
1st: Emma Reijmerink
2nd: Petronella van Malsen
3rd:Ella Oesterholt

Battle of the Coast: Men’s Beach Race
1st: James van Drunen (0:36:26)
2nd: Kjell de Bruyn (0:37:23)
3rd: Martijn van deth (0:37:47)

Battle of the Coast: Women’s Beach Race
1st: Emma Reijmerink (0:45:16)
2nd: Petronella van Malsen (0:52:25)
3rd: Ella Oesterholt (1:00:48)

Battle of the Coast: Men’s Downwinder
1st: James van Drunen
2nd: Bart de Zwart
3rd: Martijn van Deth

Battle of the Coast: Women’s Downwinder
1st: Emma Reijmerink
2nd: Petronella van Malsen
3rd: Ella Oesterholt

Battle of the Coast: Men’s Sprints
1st: Kjell de Bruyn
2nd: Martijn van Deth
3rd: Bart de Zwart

Battle of the Coast: Women’s Sprints
1st: Emma Reijmerink
2nd: Petronella van Malsen
3rd: Ella Oesterholt