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Belgian Europe Nationals at Royal North Sea Yacht Club

by Graham Hutchings 21 Sep 2020 07:56 UTC 12-13 September 2020
Belgian Europe Nationals at Ostend © Pit de Jonge /

Another splendid weekend of sailing was offered by the Royal North Sea Yacht Club at Ostend, Belgium, for the Open Belgian Championship for the Europe class on the weekend of 12-13 September 2021.

Numbers were down on last year due to the current travel restrictions, and sadly a number of Brits who were intending to come across the channel for some quality racing were unable to visit this year. It was left to token Brit, and Brussels resident, Graham Hutchings to fly the flag for Britain this time.

Despite the number of no-shows there was still a good turnout of sixty sailors from 6 nations who were greeted on Saturday morning by a good South-Westerly force 4 with wind against tide creating a good steep swell for driving through upwind and surfing downwind. The impeccable (as ever) race team set an excellent trapezoid course with outer loop and leeward gate. The big boys of the fleet revelled in the brisk conditions and the four races held back-to-back made for exhausted sailors coming to shore in the sheltered waters inside the harbour wall at the end of the day.

Joachim D'Hondt was in first place overnight posting a 1 / 2 / 6 / 2 scoreline, but the first few places were close with all to play for going into the next day.

Sunday dawned with milder conditions and calmer seas. The force 3 increased slightly for the second race before calming down again for the final race of the day. Reigning champion Stijn Van Hoye applied his turbo option and posted 1 / 2 / 1 for the day to take first place once again (12 points) from Toon Van Caneghem in second (21 points) and Joachim D'Hondt in third (22 points).

First woman, sailing extremely quickly despite the full-on conditions, was Elien Sahin finishing in 13th (78 points). First master was Pieter Van Laer in 10th place. Special mention should also go to class coach Nicolas D'Hondt finishing in 9th place, who comes out of sailing hibernation every year for the nationals to see if he can still fit under the boom, and remains as quick as ever.

The Europe class in Belgium is as strong as ever and this year's championship showed the health of the class in continental Europe. Sixteen women sailed, the age range was from 14 to 59 years with 30 sailors aged 18 or under, and the sailors' weights varied from 50 to 80+ kg. With the ability of the hull to carry various weights, and optimised mast flexibility and sail shape to suit various sailors, the Europe remains an excellent option for youth sailors, women and small to medium sized males of all abilities. The class is looking forward to the Worlds in Sweden in 2021, the Masters and European Youth Championships in Barcelona in August, and another visit to Ostend for a weekend of sun, waves and breeze in September 2021 - come and join the fun!

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmClubR1R2R3R4R5R6R7Pts
1 BEL 978Stijn van HOYE 215UFD12112
2 BEL 984Toon van CANEGHEMvvw lokeren3614‑74321
3 BEL 9Joachim D'HONDTBRYC1262101‑1622
4 BEL 960Mattijs van HOOREWEGHE 4337113‑2731
5 ESP 726Dimitri SIMONS ‑24147525740
6 BEL 970Jari de CRAECKER 8122‑14514849
7 FRA 5674Cyril RICHARD 127811‑1412454
8 BEL 1004Karel de SMETNWV9946‑15131556
9 BEL 959Nicolas D'HONDTBRYC641312811‑4363
10 BEL 900Pieter van LAERRCNV1610123‑2261865
11 BEL 17Jorre VETSNWV1720101512‑24276
12 GER 119Simon HUELLENKREMERSTSC‑211811121616578
13 BEL 989Elien SAHINVVW I‑O181615176‑30678
14 BEL 986Graham HUTCHINGSRoyal Belgian Sailing Club13‑292016991380
15 GER 1685Sophie MENKESCC15151993‑292586
16 BEL 1001Matis DOYENBRYC1919BFD104222094
17 BEL 891Frederik BOONEOSM1011‑31242681796
18 FRA 5609Olivier LALANCECVBS7514UFD39231098
19 BEL 12Maïté COLOMBIEVVW I‑O222421813‑3312100
20 GER 1656Niklas DAHMSCD14‑28172617199102
21 BEL 1000Fanny D'HONDTVVW I‑O28‑372218181011107
22 BEL 8Bart DECOUTERESailing Venues582635‑421536125
23 BEL 944Bram van HECKEVVW GA202116133327‑46130
24 BEL 1005Charlotte POLLIEZSCBROE‑31253022232521146
25 FRA 5654Poillot CHRISTOPHER 25273525‑452019151
26 BEL 1006Caelan DEMAZIEREVVW I‑O111339UFD57726153
27 BEL 964Tanguy DANISKYCN2326251932‑4837162
28 BEL 94Kiara VERMEERSCHVVW I‑O35‑452823254014165
29 BEL 987Maxime STEELANDTADP2931182130‑4439168
30 BEL 1003Jérôme TEUGHELSWVD301724314428‑50174
31 BEL 1012Maxim BOONERBSC‑38233634203135179
32 BEL 965Sofie LASUREKLYC3235‑4228352128179
33 BEL 953Mauro DECLERCKBISC‑5132383084332183
34 BEL 1011Martijn SCHELKENSNWV26309UFD553231183
35 GER 1774Leon Maximilian PETERSYCBAYERLEV37382320‑464224184
36 BEL 981Kobe de CLERCQWWSK333445273118‑47188
37 LUX 7Axel HOLDERBEKEYacht Club Luxembourg‑42393338243829201
38 GER 1458Bennet WUCHERPFENNIGSVH272227UFD561753202
39 BEL 983Corto YERLESCVD463344292726‑52205
40 BEL 949Ward MAES 344029UFD343633206
41 BEL 977Camille JACOMETKYCN‑43423441383523213
42 BEL 973Warre van HECKENWV404143402934‑44227
43 BEL 929Mira VANROOSEVVW GA485037UFD194138233
44 BEL 1015Matisse van ACKERNWV363640335147‑57243
45 ITA 26Alice da COLSTSM54‑564946363722244
46 BEL 1009Arthur TEUGHELSWVD4546464521DNF45248
47 GER 126Erik WOHLERSSVH41524732‑544534251
48 BEL 982Louise PINTELONVVW I‑ODNF583237484930254
49 BEL 988Ellen van KETSZSCBROE‑55475136404648268
50 BEL 874Emma STOOPVVW Galgenweel444341UFD375449268
51 GER 1778Lotta DAHMSCD50‑544842495241282
52 ITA 55Alberto da COLSTSMDNFDNF5239433951289
53 BEL 1014Luana DEMAZIEREVVW I‑O5351‑5643415054292
54 BEL 1016Noah GRANDJEANVVW I‑O474857445251‑58299
55 BEL 911Simon MOYAERTVVW I‑O52495047‑585355306
56 BEL 1007Marie PINTELONVVW I‑O57575448‑595642314
57 NED 726Silke van LAETHEMNWV495355UFD475556315
59 BEL 743Alex DUJARDINZeil‑en surfclub gavermeer56555849DPIDPIDPI336
61 GER 1050Lennart BRÖKERSVH Seglervereinigung HüdeDNFDNFDNFDNFDNFDNFDNF390

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