The yearly Flussing Blankenberge regatta is a friendly race in 2 categories. The Belgium rating (handicap) system is used to determine the final results. Roughly 35 yachts take part in this race, all gathering in the inner harbor of Vlissingen, marina “De Schelde” . Here debriefing (palaver) is helt on Saturday morning. Hereafter all yachts gather in the sea-lock for the opening on the Westerschelde.

Program

Friday

  • 17:00 Registration

Saturday

  • 08:00 Palaver
  • 10:00 Start
  • 15:00 Finish
  • 16:00 Drink on marina shore
  • 17:30 Gathering in Pub for the results

 

The regatta organization is by the Oostwatering shipyard in Veere

More information in due course : oostwatering.nl

 

Regatta 2018 report
ASCN in the 41st Vlissingen-Blankenberge Regatta on Saturday the 15th of September 2018

This year ASCN participated to the 41st Vlissingen-Blankenberge Regatta with two sailing boats out of a total of 34 boats: Flow, skippered by Ben Rademakers and Vita, skippered by Jannes de Vries; both vessels had 3 crew on board in addition to their skippers.

Saturday morning at 7:30 am a race debrief was held by the race committee: due to the forecast of light 10 to 15 kn westerly winds, the short track was assigned to the slow fleet, and the mid track to the fast fleet.

The fleet left Vlissingen for the sea locks at 8:15 to allow enough time to reach the start-line. A strong 2 knots ebb current made it tricky to avoid a false start; however, no committee boat was in sight to control, and surely enough a number of boats accidentally crossed before the start. The strong current against the westerlies made the sea rough and choppy, and the ride upwind quite bumpy. Vita made good progress from the very beginning positioning herself among the leading vessels. However, she couldn’t keep the position also due to the numerous attempts of the Zeebrugge traffic control trying to tell the fleet to stay clear of the shipping lane. It turned out that the race committee didn’t bother communicating the Belgian authorities about the race, and Vita accidentally became the only point of contact for the whole fleet, being the first boat responding to their calls while the committee boat remained surprisingly silent..

The race went on for another few hours; similar to the start, no committee boat was in sight during the arrival, likely because her crew was too busy preparing the boozy reception after having participating to the race themselves (it turned out they arrived 2nd…). Vita crossed the line at 15:06, arriving in 6th place, and finally entered the Blankenberge marina, hidden behind the impressive wall of 20 story apartment buildings.

After the last boat tied up her mooring lines, the most important part of the event took place, in line with its non official name of alcohol-race: a car with two beer kegs in its trunk was parked alongside the marina quay and connected to a generator to reward the tired sailors of their efforts. The bunch of thirsty sailors eventually moved to the well known nearby bar ‘t Kapiteintje, for an entertaining price giving ceremony and another few rounds of drinks. After a repairing Shawarma, the ASCN members gathered in Flow lounge saloon for some whiskey tasting and a goodnight chat.

Contact: Ben Rademakers