OPEN BELGIAN CHAMPIONSHIPS 17-18 AUGUST 2019

The active fleet members in Belgium together with the Dutch SB20 Association came up with promoting the SB20 Belgium National Championship this year. Having 7 boats in the fleet the Belgium sailors are keen to welcome more international teams to appreciate the fantastic sailing conditions of their home. The SB20 Belgian Championship will be running on 17th and 18th of August.

The SB20 Class in Belgium has been launched in 2010, under the supervision of the Royal North Sea Yacht Club in Ostend. The RNSYC has an international reputation for hosting high class events over the last decades for the Dragon, IRC, Laser & Europe fleet, including Euopean and World Championships. Also, the RNSYC is without any doubt one of the busiest yacht clubs at the Belgian coast hosting an average of 20 events per year. The SB20 Belgian Nationals will run together with the Discovery Race, the details for which you can find here.

The charming coastal town of Ostend is only 15 min by train from no less cute Bruges, where you can spend some time on your trip to Belgium. If you’re bringing family, the kids can get enough waffles and chocolate for the rest of the year! It’s about 1 hour drive from Calais is you’re coming from the UK through the tunnel or by ferry to Dunkirk. From those flying in, there is the Oostende-Brugge International Airport about 10 min drive from the Yacht Club.

The locals promise some challenging conditions in front of Ostend whith tactical sailing regarding the current. Moreover, excellent facilities for dingies and sportsboats, an experienced race comittee, professional shore team at the exclusive clubhouse make the perfect setting for hosting SB20 regattas!

The Dutch fleet has already announced their presence, who are quite active on the international stage, including for example Buitenhuis Advies of Dutch SB20 Class president Martijn Buitenhuis and team 3J’s of Jeroen van der Velden. These two teams always go side by side having finished 9th and 10th in Golden fleet at Worlds in the UK and also sailed closely in Dun Laoghaire with Buitenhuis Advies winning the Corinthian Award. Marco van Driel, current Dutch National Champion is no stranger to the class and won’t let you win easily, so a high level of competition is guaranteed!

On the Belgium side there is the Belgium SB20 Class president Bart Tytgart and his team “Go With The Flow”, who participated in the European and World Championships, including Dublin and Cascais. Gert Lerno and his “biting shark”, already a regular in Cascais, where he sailed all season with his sons and some invited crew, have polished their skills in the ocean waves for the season back at home.

Mid-August is ideal timing on the calendar for those teams who are travelling further to Hyères. Free trailer parking before and after the event can been provided. Traditionally the Belgian fleet is there to help as much as possible to organise your stay, including accomodation, local sailing tips and tricks, helping you to choose the right Belgium beers etc 🙂

For more information, please contact team “Go with the flow” and Bart Tytgat by email: bart@tytgat.biz

Here we come Belgium!

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