Ostend hosts an awesome Belgian nationals

image‘One of the best SB20 events ever’ said Paul Jonckheere, Chairman of the SB20 class in Belgium of the recent Belgian nationals in Ostend.

Sunny skies, a south-westerly wind between 8 and 15 knots, competitors from three countries, and a packed schedule of nine races completed in three days made the 2014 Belgian National Championships a big success.

Marco Van Driel’s ‘Team MXTC’ were crowned as Belgian SB20 champions. ‘Team MXTC’ set the pace on the first day with three wins in a row, leaving the other teams all within just one point’s difference on Day 1. There was time to reflect on the day at Friday evening’s BBQ, which saw a live band playing into the early hours of Saturday morning.

Day 2 was a game of cat and mouse where the first victory in Race 4 emphatically went to the Belgian boat ‘Go with the flow’ helmed by Bart Tytgat. ‘Team Selden’ almost managed to do the same in Race 5 but a well executed gybe-turning by ‘MXTC’ on the last downwind mark spoiled the party, and ‘MXTC’ went on to win by less than 2 boat lengths.

Day 3 started well but as Race 7 set off the wind dropped dramatically, creating difficult tactical decisions on what course to follow, especially downwind. Bart Tytgat scored again in Race 8, securing his second place overall and first Belgian team. ‘Team Selden’ dropped one place in favour of the German ‘Team Stine’ (third overall) and Marco Van Driel’s ‘Team MXTC’ took the overall title of Open Belgian SB20 Champion.

During the prizegiving ceremony Marco explained, “It was quit hard to keep ‘in the flow’ of Bart Tytgat’s –‘Go with the flow’ but in the end they managed to pull it off by keeping to their strategy and take the right moves.” He also thanked the RNSYC for their superb organisation both on and off the water and will certainly defend his title next year.

Finally Luc Maes, the commodore of the RNSYC, thanked everyone for joining this SB20 event and hoped to see all teams again in August 2015.

Overall Results at http://www.sb20class.be/images/news/2014/OBK2014/2014-sb20-results.pdf