Belgian Dragon Association
Welcome to the website of the Belgian Dragon Association!
On this website you can find all the information about the BDA, its activities and the latest news.
24 Mar 2013
The BDA has, during yesterdays general meeting, elected a new committee:
Chairman: Steven Vermeire
Honorary Secretary: Anne Vanneste
Honorary Treasurer: Benoit Quatannens
Fleet Captain: Steven Boeynaems
The new committee wants to thank the previous team for all their efforts in making the dragon class the most dynamic sailing class in Belgium!
24 Mar 2013
Yes Yes - here we are again ....
The 5 Nations Cup 2013 (Best Team) - after already 3 races:
1: BEL78 (2):86pts
2: BEL82 (2):57pts
3: BEL80 (1):51pts
Next races are the 3 races in Aalsmeer (Paashazen/Halfweg/Finale), thus it's now to the teams fighting in Aalsmeer to make up some ground and then we have the GP Guyader :-)
12 Nov 2012
Several races have been taken place. The Belgian Dragons were active in The Open Dutch Medemblik (BEL78&79), RR in Cannes (BEL69&78), Torbole (BEL80), Cazaux (BEL78&83)& Armistice Cup (BEL80 - 3th place) in Cannes. Some superb sailing by the BDA teams!!
The results of the 5 Nations Cup have been update on this site.
Our facebook page has been updated every week and everyday during races, lot's of photo's have been added.
The winter season is slowly starting and the BEL78&83 are already in Cascais. The BEL78 will start the prep for the European Championships next friday, with the winterseries II in Cascais.
Several meeting have been taken place to discuss the program of next year and looks great. Nieuwpoort in June & Oostende in August. The program on this site will be updated one of these day's.
17 Aug 2012
The Belgian Championships have been sailed, Sat&Sun gave us good sailing conditions: sun and a bit of wind, on Mon&Tue there, simply was not enough wind to beat the Nord Sea current.
The BDA will prepare several short stories based on the interviews during the OBC with the BEL80/BEL79/BEL83 Rookies team and Race Officer Fred Imhoff. We will present them to you via FB, our website and e-mails in the coming weeks.
Thus 4 races were sailed and this resulted in the following TOP5:
1st BEL80 – Ben his Dream Team won the well deserved gold
2nd GBR744 –Tim (last years OB Champion) & the Wiltons with support of Tigger
3th BEL79 – Alex, Floris & Willy got the bronze medal
06 Aug 2012
The final results of The Brugse Zot Race (3 races - no discards):
1. BEL78 (2-1-1): 4pt
2. BEL82 (1-2-3): 6pt
3. BEL69 (3-3-2): 8pt
4. BEL83 (DNC-4-4): 13pt
The BDA would like to express it's gratetude toward the sponsor and all those helping hands (Thierry Q. / Rookies 2012 / Race Committee) for making this event possible in these difficult shifty conditions!!!
Maybe a proposal for next time.... add the liason race (Nieuwpoort-Oostend)? Read more
31 Jul 2012
The Finale Results of The Denk! Race (6 races - 1 discard):
1. BEL78 (1-4-1/1-1-3)= 7pt
2. BEL79 (2-2-2/OCS-2-4): 12pt
3. BEL69 (4-1-3/4-6-1):13pt
4. BEL82 (3-3-4/2-3-2):13pt
5. BEL83 (6-7-5/5-4-5): 25pt
6. BEL48 (5-5-6/3-DNS-DNS): 27pt
7. BEL41 (7-6-7/6-5-6): 30pt
The BDA would like to express it's gratetude toward the sponsor and all those helping hands (VVW Nieuwpoort/Rookies 2012/Race Committee/...) for making this event TOP CLASS both on water as on land!!! Also we enjoyed all those sailors participating in this event! Read more
15 Jul 2012
At the end of this month the Belgian part of the BDA's 5 Nations Cup will start and consist of 3 consecutive weekends of racing.
- Denk! Race in Nieuwpoort: 28-29/07 - click here to register
- Brugze Zot in Nieuwpoort: 4-5/08 - click here to register
- Open Belgian Championships in Ostend: 11-14/08 - organized by RNSYC (click here to register)
28 May 2012
Final Result Deauville - 14 Dragons:
6: BEL 69 - Team Michel Powered by Lu :-)
Situation 5 Nations Cup Best Belgian Team 9/18 races:
BEL80: 219 pt! / BEL69: 122pt / BEL78: 104 pt / BEL79: 99 pt / BEL75: 23 pt
26 May 2012
Belgian 5 Nations Cup regattas registering is OPEN
The Belgian part exists of:
- Denk! Race in Nieuwpoort: 28-29/07 - click here to register
- Brugse Zot in Nieuwpoort: 4-5/08 - click here register
- Open Belgian Championships in Ostend: 11-14/08 - organized by RNSYC - click here to register
22 May 2012
2 x Muiden (Springtijd & Halfweg):
During the Springtijd (16 Dragons) weekend only BEL78 was sailing. Saturday: 4-5 bft cold but sunny. Sunday terras weather as there was no wind. Luckily the Royal ship " De Groene Draeck" moored a few meters away from the terras went for a tour with their owners. Final Result of the BEL78: 7th
The Halfweg weekend (17 Dragons) gave the BEL69 & BEL78 different conditions. Saturday: sunny & light wind; Sunday from rain & 4 bft to sunny and almost no wind when entering the habour). Final result of the BEL69: 13th - BEL78: 6th
10 May 2012
08 May 2012
Een schitterende voordekker met gewicht, en schrijven kan hij ook.
Hier het verhaal van de “Blackout “ BEL 80 in Douarnenez, door Thibaud.
Dromen doen we allemaal. “Als we een reeks 1 zeilen mag je m’n haar afscheren …….” zei Ben al lachend in de auto op weg naar Douarnenez.
Super gemotiveerd begonnen we dan ook aan die eerste reeks. Vanaf de start zagen we al dat de snelheid goed lag. Een goede 2 Beaufort en zevende aan de eerste boei. More....
06 May 2012
The GP Guyader of 2012 was a special one - only 3 races have been sailed and the regatta started with an absolute cracker: the BEL 80 winning the first race! Second Race on the last day: 2!!!!! / third race: Black Flag :-(. Final result 19 on 73 dragons. Thus another top 20 in GP in 2012 for the Blackout team.
The BEL-79 had a great prep race (coupe du bretagne) but the GP was a bit less (51/38/DNF): 63 on 73 dragons. But still a superb result and one to be proud off
17 Apr 2012
Dear BDA fans,
During the Petticrows Clinic in Aalsmeer, given by Tim Tavinor (Petticrows) and Pedro Andrade, 2 of our BDA teams tried the 2012 Petticrows and they all gave their thumbs up for the enhancement work Petticrows did.
At the end of the day we had the honours to congratulated Xavier & Ann with their new dragon ;-) !!! We all will be able to see their brand new dragon during the Belgian races of the 5 Nations Cup.
During the past weekend 4 Belgian teams – YES 4!! were battling the Aalsmeer “Finale” once again in different weather conditions (2<->4/5 bft and very shifty winds).
As predicted the battle between the NL-402 “Bakkers” & the BEL80 took place for the overall standings of the GP of Aalsmeer (3 weekends).
Other battles were seen between André (with his Petticrows 2011 & regular team) and Tim with his Petticrows 2012 & “Cazaux” crew (Nicola & Thomas Wilton).
11 Apr 2012
Hello BDA followers,
The Easter weekend in Aalsmeer (NL) had to be sailed in different weather conditions (from 2<->4/5 bft; N-ZW; sun/rain) but it stayed rather cold instead of last years 25°C.
The BEL 78 had their kick-off of their season with a new team (Thomas, Frank & Steven), the other members of the Belgian Dragon Armada were the BEL 69 (with 4 supporters!) & BEL 80.
The BEL 79 apparently had crew problems (Please notice that the BDA has a service – “Crewlist” to help you when this happens) and didn’t sail but they will be back for next weekend Finale in Aalsmeer.
As predicted the battle between the NL-402 “Bakkers” & the BEL80&69 took place :-) – some even ending on the jury table after a new Dutch interpretation of “taking a gate” but even so the Dutch sailors remained in the lead.
With 18 dragons on the Westeinderplassen the final result was:
2nd place for BEL 80 team with an old Cadet sailor Bart Janssens
Yet another 6th place for the BEL 69 & a 8th place for the BEL 78.
Next sailing actions will be the Petticrows clinic followed by the “Finale” in Aalsmeer.
27 Mar 2012
Hello Dragon Enthusiasts,
Last week a lot of sailing action took place.
The BEL 75 was racing in Sanremo, Open Italian Championship, and finished 34 on 47 dragons not a bad result as they had all kind of weather conditions and waves.
In Holland (Aalsmeer) the BEL 69/79/80 kicked off the Dutch racing season with Sneeuwruimen – well no snow at all but a nice sunshine and what great results for the Belgian teams.
Another win for the BEL 80 – 6th place for BEL 69 & a 7th place for the BEL 79. 19 dragons entered the competition.
Next sailing action will take place during the Eastern weekend in Aalsmeer. Where the BEL 78 will kick-of their season and be added the Belgian Dragon Armada (BEL69/79/80)!!
04 Mar 2012
The results after the first of the 18 Regattas:
2 belgian dragons have sailed in Cannes. The first day started super with BEL-80 in the TOP-10. On the second day no races were sailed due to not enough wind. The 3 day wasn't a very goodday for the Belgian team with BEL-80 finishing outside the TOP 20 & 4 day the conditions were splendid: Sun - Wind.... and our teams did manage to regain some places.
17 Feb 2012
· Tonight is the night... @21h Launch of the BDA's Dragon 5 Nations Cup
We'll have a great Launch - surprise "snacks/fingerfood" - Brugse Zot & Champagne :-) and lot's of good sailors, supportors,... - although some people will be missed :-( - Yesterday the TV channel VTM came to our booth to run an program about Royality / blue blood & Dragons Sailing.....
06 Feb 2012
The BDA has been preparing lots of different communication channels (Facebook - Twitter - Website ) these past couple of months. During the Nocture of the Belgian Boat show in Ghent - Friday 17/02 @ 21h, we will launch the Dragon 5 Nations Cup and tell you more about the Rookie of the year contest and the 2012 activities. More news will follow!!!!
Our Facebook page is updated regularly, so don't forget to have a look.