We chose to organise our championship again on an inland waterway in 2021. The aim is to get as many starters on the line as possible. Last year 19 Belgian participants in Kinrooi. This year we had 15 Belgians at the start and Chris Frijdal from the Netherlands, on the Spuikom in Ostend, who after a brilliant victory in the Benelux Championship was keen to repeat this feat in our Belgian Championship.
Is it the poster that deterred the 6 absentees, the weather, who knows. In any case, we could announce Sebbe Godefroid and Filip Willems as participants. The weather on Saturday up to 20kn. On Sunday we risked a cancellation due to lack of wind. In any case, the absentees were wrong.
Fun, pleasure, friendship, that was the core. Let’s just say that everyone understood the game. The positions are constantly changing. A lot of swearing on the water. Alain Denys, who has been keeping his Finn in coronas for a year, wins 2 series. On day 1, even though he was ‘unprepared’, we noticed Sebbe’s ingrained talent and skills in that oh-so-nice Finn! Sigurd, who was better prepared, with new mast and sail among other things, did not make it easy for Sebbe. The two soon felt that the title would be won by one of them. The result was that they sought each other out on the water and, with the sailing rules in hand, began to quarrel with each other. Nice spectacle, thank you gentlemen!
On day 2, the committee did a great job to lay out a nice course in the shifty conditions. We sometimes had to be patient, but we could finish our 10 promised sequences.
In the end, Sigurd pulled the sheet to himself and became the Belgian champion.
We will have to wait another year to have this honor again!
Congratulations Sigurd !