The youngest Belgian participants in the championships are Lucas Demuysere (20 years old) and Aleksey Vanputte (19 years old), both members of the youth club "De Krab." Both of them compete in a land yachting class for which they don't yet have much competition experience. The challenge is significant... Read more
On Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 September 2023, the Royal Sand Yacht Club will organise the annual international landyacht race Potjesregatta.
This race for classes 2, 3, 5, P and Standart is the last race in De Panne before the EURO23 DE PANNE European Championship (30/9 - 6/10/2023).
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The experience of driving a sand yacht along the beach is fantastic enough for many. It is a separate outing. That you have to go to the coast for it is part of it.
Once with several sailors on the beach, it becomes extra fun to catch up with the others. It's in many of us... .
So it... Read more
Faster than the wind.
Like most modern sailing craft, a sand yacht is not pushed forward by the wind.
It is the gliding of the wind along the sail that makes the force that makes a sand yacht move forward. It is like an aircraft that stays... Read more
Tom grew up in Koksijde and was a member of youth-landsailingclub De Krab. He was a Standart pilot and participated in the World Championship in 2018 in Sankt Peter-Ording (Germany).
A love of images is what drives and motivates Tom, so he pursued the visual arts. If he cannot... Read more
The participating pilots turn this eco-friendly sport into an artform. Our Belgian champions Egon Plovier, Ivan Ameele, Henri Demuysere, Thierry Kaisin and Yann Demuysere will take on the European landsailing elite. Races will be held for classes 2, 3, 5 and Standart.Want to experience landsailing yourself?
Landsailing is the fastest type of sailing. Landyachts are faster than the wind. It’s pretty impressive to see a fleet of landyachts racing on the beach. The races will be visible from the high water line and from the dyke.
Landsailing : older than De Panne
De Panne, in the westernmost corner of the Belgian coast, has a peculiar history. Our first king, Leopold I, made landfall here in 1831. During the first World War, it became the home base of the royal family. Later, De Panne grew from a community of fishermen into the bustling seaside town it is today.
Albert Dumont, architect and urbanist, was a key figure in the expansion of the town. He created the ‘Dumont quarter’. His children discovered that you can sail on the beach and have a lot of fun with it, and built the first landyacht in De Panne.