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2017 in Argentina

Sunday, 15 January 2017 19:02

Main regattas in Argentina

(Photo courtesy of Matias Capizzano)

  • February 25-27 - GPN1 Zona Sud Atlantica - Laguna Sauce Grande
  • April 29-May 1 - GPN2 CORDOBA - Cordoba
  • May 27-28 - GPN3 SAN NICOLAS - San Nicolas
  • July 15-16 - GPN4 - NOA
  • October 7-9 - GPN5 - EP SBA YCA - Buenos Aires
  • October 28-29 GPN6 - Rosario
  • November 18-19 - GPN 7 - Santa Fe
  • November 24-27 - Argentinian Nationals - Santa Fe

... and other regattas ...

2017 in UK

Saturday, 14 January 2017 21:29

Main regattas in the United Kingdom:

  • 22-23 April - Broadstairs Sailing Club - Broadstairs Open
  • 17-18 June - Stone Sailing Club - Stone Open
  • 8-9 July - Blackwater Sailing Club - South Eastern Championships
  • 12-14 August - Kirkwall, Orkney - UK Nationals
  • TBC - Budworth Sailing Club - North Western Champs / Budworth Open

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14 Questions to ... Yannick Laumans

Thursday, 12 January 2017 19:12

Yannick Laumans from Antwerp, Belgium

(Photo courtesy of Matias Capizzano)

- 1) Your first time on a sailing boat?

My father got in to Snipe sailing around the time I was born. After that it took me about 4 years to have my first laps around the lake, in a Snipe. After two years of gym and spinach shakes I started sailing myself in the Optimist when I was 6 years old.

- 2) Your first time on a Snipe?

Isn't this question a little bit too personal?
However, as mentioned before, my first step in boat was in a Snipe. So, was it really inevitable that I became a Snipe sailor?
I remember I didn't like that the boat was heeling. Already at a young age I knew a boat hat to be sailed flat in order to go fast. (Fear was definitely not involved.)

- 3) The most bizarre thing that happened in a regatta?

One bizarre event that will stick to me was during the Europe Worlds in Vilamoura (Portugal), 2001.
From a smooth 16 kn thermal breeze all of a sudden the wind changed into complete disorder. From wind gaps to +30 kn and back, from South to North and back. In the meantime the air changed color from sky blue to muggy orange and the sense from ocean fresh to dry, warm and sultry. The circumstances got kind of apocalyptic. Impossible to complete fair racing, so the race was cancelled and we were send back in. Once ashore we got informed that, in a way of speaking, the whole country was on fire. It appeared to be biggest forest fire up to that time. Now, when I hear Smoke on the water by Deep Purple, I can somehow imagine what it looks like.