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2023 Belgian Flying Fifteen Championship at Sports Nautiques de l'Eau d'Heure

by Belgian Flying Fifteen Association 16 Oct 2023 17:25 BST 7-8 October 2023
2019 Belgian Flying Fifteen Open Championship © Michel Dangmann

Thirteen Flying Fifteens came together on 7th & 8th October for the 2023 Belgian Championship. In addition to the six crews from the organising club, three crews came from RYCM Liège and one from RCNV Visé. This was the first time that every Belgian Flying Fifteen club had been represented.

France was also well represented, with crews from the Paris region, one from the YCIF and two from the YCPFO. Organisers were very pleased to see more visitors after a difficult post-covid period.

Regarding the weather, the continuing summer allowed participants to sail in temperatures of over 20 degrees under generous sunshine.

The race committee decided to run as many races as possible on Saturday, in order to secure the championship following the lack of wind forecast for Sunday.

So five races were sailed in winds varying between 10 and 15 knots. The wind direction made it possible to take advantage of the lake's long axis and run races of around 40 minutes back to back.

Four crews quickly showed their podium ambitions, with BEL3915 (Ezékiel Desantoine and Aurélie Chantrenne) and BEL3596 (Michel Vincent and Kévin Vincent) breaking away from the rest of the fleet early on to open up an often substantial gap, and FRA3438 (Lionel Kerdrain and Clovis Kerdrain) and BEL2805 (Didier Trine and Bernard Vandersteen) alternating between 3rd and 4th places.

At the end of the first day, BEL3915, (Ezékiel Desantoine and Aurélie Chantrenne) the current title holders, established a comfortable lead with five victories, but the rest of the standings were more difficult to predict.

After returning to shore, participants discussed the day's racing over Belgian beers and an excellent meal organised by SNEH.

Wind conditions were forecast to be very light on Sunday and indeed, by morning, not many people thought it would be possible to race.

However, the RO sent everyone out onto the water and after a slight delay managed to run four races on a reduced course.

In these lighter conditions, BEL3742 (Alain Kinard and Geneviève Gennart) performed well and disrupted the ranking of the podium contenders.

In the end, BEL3915 (Ezékiel Desantoine and Aurélie Chantrenne) retained their title, adding four victories to those of the previous day. The battle for second place was tighter, with BEL3596 (Michel Vincent and Kévin Vincent) followed by FRA3438 (Lionel Kerdrain and Clovis Kerdrain) equal on points.

The prize-giving ceremony saw the crews rewarded with numerous local beers, and two special prizes were also awarded.

The Equinox Trophy this year went to the most represented visiting club (RYCM). A prize was also awarded to the youngest team member (7 years old), who received a complete set of sportswear.

We look forward to seeing you at the 2024 Championship on October 5 and 6, 2024 at Lac de la Plate Taille.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoTeamClubR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8R9Pts
1BEL 3915Ezekiel DESANTOINE & Aurelie CHANTRENNESNEH‑1‑111111117
2BEL 3596Michel VINCENT & Kevin VINCENTSNEH2222‑63‑64318
3FRA 3438Lionel KERDRAIN Clovis KERDRAINYCIDF‑44332222‑518
4BEL 2805Didier TRINE & Bernard VANDERSTEENSNEH33‑443‑743424
5BEL 3742Alain KINARD Genevieve GENNARTSNEH‑55‑655435229
6BEL 3929Christian PATERNOSTET & Yves DEMARNIXSNEH66567‑8‑116743
7BEL 2785Yves de MARNIXSNEH77774‑13‑139950
8BEL 3191Sandrine GASC & Jean‑Louis SCHMETZRYCM10888115‑12‑121161
10BEL 3391Pierre OLIVIER & Luca MUSSORYCM9‑109910‑111071064
11BEL 1806Christophe KOPETZH & Isabelle van CALSTERRYCM‑11910109‑12911866
12FRA 1272Herve FROT & Isadelle PIOTYCPFO‑12(DNC11111210881272

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