Huysman Tri-Nations Cup Ostend 2010

Huysman Tri-Nations Cup Ostend 2010

The second edition was again a multiple nations event with 24 entries from 6 countries. Waves & fun were promised, and both were delivered massively.

To give competitors the opportunity to arrive and sail the first day, a practice race was added. The newbies were racing, while the last arrivals had enough time to make it to the racing area.
More sun than clouds with 14 knots increasing to 18 knots made everyone feel eager to have a go at it. So much that the committee got the black flag out after two general recalls, and this cost 3 boats maximum points in the first, and 6 in the second official race. Positions changed a lot, but Darling Associates made it clear they came to Belgium for a good result, with two bullets. The fleet was in and well moored just in time before threatening black clouds came in from the West.
We spend a very enjoyable evening at the club. Tine and her crew offered the wine on top of the cuisine of our great chef, Frey. They love a crowd like this class offers, a bunch of friendly chaps ! To emphasise this, we held a lottery for the Laserperformance prizes offered by Remco. Not only is this so much more fun, it gives some competitors the chance of finally winning that new jib, spinnaker bag or mast cover without the effort the top notch put into sailing.
On Saturday the North Sea was not a safe place to be, and very wisely, the race officer called off the sailing for the day. What doe you do then ? Drink beer and have more fun !
Some visited Ostend, others went to Bruges. There are worse venues to spend a lazy day…and night.
By Sunday morning the NW-gale had built up a huge swell that did not feel comfy with only 15 knots. Most of you will keep the memory of that rolling and rocking committee boat for a long time. First race started with a bit of a squall, that luckily was followed with a shifty 18-22 knots NW and again a lot of sunshine. It made the racing very interesting upwind and downwind…WOW ! Amazing rides, easy gybes and some top speeds off those waves, impressive. Mind you, not many broaches and no damages, just plain impressive sailing.

The top 6 were always together, still had to chose well the tacks and gybes. There were four pretty long races and Chris and his crew did a fantastic regatta. They had to sail through the fleet at times, but with 4 firsts and one second place, they did not have to take the last start. So they more than deserve to win the Cup.
Paul Gast showed again his form, as long as wind is over 8 knots, he’s at the front. Razzmataz (GER 3561) from Sebastian Dohrendorf  was helmed by his Dutch friend Carlo Vroon. They sailed very strongly every race, and this consistency gave them third place, with 1 point from Mark Littlejohn. We hope this family continues to sail more in this class.
Ben Williamson ended well with a bullet, but like Sarah Allan, my Russian friends and the rest of the fleet,we can only take our hats off for that top three.

Craning went well, and the prizegiving is becoming a drag with Brugse Zot and Leonidas chocolates and SLAM goodies. But as a true traditional yacht club top 3 gets silverwear to memorate this wonderful event. We hope you liked it and will be back next year for the Belgian Nationals which will replace the 3-Nations.
The Huysman Cup will have the names of it’s 2 winners engraved, and will be up there for the 3rd time in 2011 during Kieler Woche. It is time we have a real international regatta in Germany and the continuation of a true regatta circuit in Northern Europe.

Frank Dobbels.

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