The North Sea Regatta is the biggest offshore race in the Netherlands. It all started with the Vuurschepenrace in 1946. This was the application race for the RORC North Sea Race from Harwich, the UK, to the Netherlands. This offshore race was first sailed from Hoek van Holland, the Netherlands, to Harwich. From the early 1970s the application race started in Breskens and after 1984 Scheveningen was the starting point.