Chris Schram, schipper van de Rebellion, heeft een uitstekend verslag van de wedstrijd geschreven en op de site van het team gepubliceerd:
“It was early summer in Holland, but cold and grey with a full gale racing up the South England and Dutch coasts. After an unsettled night in the IJmuiden Marina with 40 knot winds shrieking through the rigging and boats heeled in the harbor under bare masts the 500 Mijl Race Committee wisely postponed the start until the winds fell below 30 kts. Crews and committee hold periodic update meetings on the pier where the race entries are berthed, and by Saturday early afternoon there are some discussions of a shortened course. The 22 original entries begin to shrink due to the weather and schedule conflicts.
Early Saturday evening the heart of the storm has passed and the winds begin dropping into the 20 knot range. Still hefty winds, but after a day of 30s and 40s it seems comparatively light. The seas outside the harbor still raged after 48 hours of high winds and the pilot boats suspended operations, stranding incoming tankers and freighters along the coast until the sea state improved…….”