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25/03/2016
French Open Skiff

    The Easter weekend saw the 14th French Open Skiff, hosted at Lac du Der in Chapamgne.

    48 boats from 7 countries competed, including 10 RS500s and 10 RS800s - a great start to the 2016 race season. Great enthusiasm despite a very early Easter and a poor forecast.   Congratulations to Anneke Kikhert & Floris Stapel who came in first of the RS500s, at 6th overall.

    Largest artificial lake in Europe, Lac du Der is perfect for this event and despite the general meteo alert we was able to sail great with various conditions. As usual the infrastructures offered an « all inclusive » event and allow us to focus on the sport and the conviviality.

    During 3 days before the event, a coatching was assured by Gilles PEETERS (RS800).

    The regata starts saturday with tree good races under the sun and 8-10 knots. The race committee choose to use average time lap races to reduce waiting time between more or less fast boats.

    Sunday was windy with more than 20 knots. At this game the best trained Musto and RS800 are in the top positions of the 2 races. With the wind and the water temperature a part of the fleet will not finish but they was welcomed ashore with hot-wine or chocolate.

    After the meal, pancakes and beers are available during a big singing contest beetwen countries.

    Monday, the meteo forecasts is confirmed: too much wind for the races. A good occasion to try the surprising RS Aero with it's 5m² sail (thanks RS France).

    Next year as proposed by Ben Schooling- the winner- everybody should come with another friend in their boat!

     

    Full report to follow.

    Full results HERE