Peter Luyckx: “Plans for 2022 are being made right now, RMSR 2022 is already on our list.”

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We continue again with the rubric “Interview with a competitor after RMSR”. We return to the Doublehanded class and our next participant. I present to you the Belgian crew Yan Trouwen and Peter Luyckx and their boat JV39 Blackfish, who finished 4-th in RMSR 2021.

Belgian JV39 Blackfish is a (Judel&Vrolijk design) 39 feet semi-custom build from 2019 (hull 11.99m beam 4.05m draft 2.55m) and comes with an AXXON Carbon mast and a set of ELVSTROM sails. Blackfish is sponsored by PETZL and PACILIO and supported by many friends and sympathizers like JULBO, ELEMENTS, and VLIZ.In delivery mode, we collect water samples of the surface water. VLIZ.be examines the samples for the presence of microplastics. Results will probably be published in 2022 (Q2 or Q3).

Hello, could you tell us what your expectations were before the regatta and what happened in reality?

We sailed in 2019 from Breskens to Cowes to participate in the Morgan Cup, the Fastnet 2019 (retired because of structural damage). From Cowes to Porto/Villamoura/Tarragona where a necessary refit was carried out which was finished in June 2021. The Rolex Middle Sea Race was the first race after the refit with an acceptable result in the doublehanded class. Based on the weather forecasts, we chose to start carefully. Rounding the second mark we were quite behind the rest of the fleet, but once we found our groove we started catching up.
We had some heavy winds and big waves towards Sicily and Messina. Passing the street of Messina was difficult because of constantly shifting and little wind and the current. After exiting the street we set course to Strombolicchio. After rounding this rock we followed a course to Favignana, Pantelleria, and Lampedusa, under A2, reefed jib and reefed main, without pushing too hard. After rounding Lampedusa we expected the wind to veer in the late afternoon. So we started beating upwind. Unfortunately, the wind veered a lot earlier putting Comino straight into the wind causing us to sail some long tacks before entering the street at Comino.
We finished 4th in the doublehanded class, a satisfying result for us in these conditions.

Belgian crew:

Co-skipper: Yan Trouwen, one of a kind sailor, topnotch helmsman, lots of offshore experience, he becomes one with boat/sea /wind at the helm. Started sailing even before he could walk….

Skipper: Peter Luyckx, owner and passionate sailor, navigator, started sailing as a kid, much later on Yachts

After finishing this extreme rollercoaster we had a fantastic shore crew supporting us and giving a hand to sail into our berth.

Emotions and situations after the start and future plans for the next sailing season ….

Plans for 2022 are being made right now, RMSR 2022 is already on our list.

Thanks to Peter Luyckx for the wonderful interview. Our next article in this section will be published on November 30.

Pictures: Peter Luyckx, Yachting info ;