The forecast for this year’s Breskens Sailing Weekend was not far off the mark. The three days were characterized by generally light winds in the 5-8 kts range, with two of the days starting off postponed, waiting for the wind to build into a race-able breeze for the fleets sailing on the two course- A & B.
On the final day, Course A PRO Walther de Block was forced to shorten the first race. “I hoisted the S-flag. It took more than an hour before the sailors arrived at the first buoy and that is too long. The second race was better and we managed to run the maximum number of seven races this weekend. A great achievement given the tough circumstances!” Course B sailors were also able to get in seven races over the weekend.
All in all, it was a nice weekend, for the one-design fleet of J/111s as well as the IRC classes. Winning the J/111’s was Hans Zwijnenburg’s SWEENY, fresh off their win in the J/CUP held a fortnight ago in Torquay, United Kingdom. Certainly, they are on a roll, having won most of the races. Taking 2nd was Jorg Sigg’s LALLEKONING and in 3rd position was Sebastien de Liedekerke’s DJINN.
In the IRC Two-handed class, taking the silver for the weekend was Tom De Jonghe’s J/105 DJ.
There were several J/crews sailing in IRC 3 Class. In the end, it was tough battle against light-air flyers. Finishing 4th was Rene van Quekelberghe’s J/97 JAI HO, 6th was Bart Wauters J/92 JOLO, and 7th was Dimitri Vanvyve’s J/105 JUGGERNAUT.