September 30th, 2007 - Waterkantwerpen

Maritime event in the Antwerp docks.

Tessa at Waterkantwerpen Tessa at Waterkantwerpen Tessa at Waterkantwerpen

September 8th, 2007 - Great River Race

Rowing contest on the river Thames, London.
Great River Race

Tessa on the Thames in Richmond, Great River Race Happy crew at the start of the Great River Race in Richmond Tessa nearing Tower Bridge, Great River Race London

August 25th, 2007 - Slag om Gent

Rowing contest, through the medieval center of Gent.
Slag om Gent

Tessa at the start of the race, Slag om Gent Tessa making speed, near the finish of the Slag om Gent Tessa finishing, in the historic center of Gent

August 18th, 2007 - Belgian Surfrowing Championships

Beachclub 'De Windhaan', De Haan, Belgium.

Hardcore or woodcore?

August 3rd, 2007
The hardcore traditionalist claims there is no boat like a wooden boat! And I think he's right.
Seeing a beautifully made wooden boat cut through the waves is simply breathtaking and no PPP (Plastic Production Potpourri) will ever beat that. There is only 1 problem: from the professional point of view, you have to keep up with them. That's where the new generation of epoxies, polymere glues, and other slimy stuff comes in. We can still make a beautiful wooden boat and limit the cost of solid wood, limit the production time and yes, we can even build our boat lighter. Hip-hip hurray for the woodcore boatbuilding, some say. A little explanation: a wooden core is sandwiched between layers of glass cloth and epoxy. The whole thing is vacuum bagged and thermally cured to form a strong unit. Most boatbuilders nowadays use plywood for the hull's core because it is cheap and easy to get. We don't. A Whaleboat woodcore boat is made of solid wood - larch. I believe that the plywood core system has one major drawback: when a sharp object hits the boat really hard and penetrates the glass clothing damaging the ply core, you have serious problem. The ply will soak up water between its layers of (different) veneers, and it will eventually result in failure of the glues or even worse, rotting of the inferior softwood veneers. The once so stable ply is becoming very unstable now. When using a solid wooden core, these problems simply don't exist.

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