With rain, sun and above all plenty of wind, the Van Uden Reco Stellendam Regatta was a spectacular season opener for the over 100+ registered sailing teams in the Benelux region (The Netherlands). The J/22 was the largest fleet in the regatta with no less than 23 participants this year. Lisanne Nijdam’s TU DELFT crew on NED 1365 won last year with a one point difference, but this year it was a much different story. A significant development in the Dutch J/22 Class was that nine of the skippers were women in this year’s regatta. After an eight-race series, it was Nic Bol’s QUANTUM HOLLAND that took the series with a very strong performance—accumulating four firsts and three seconds to win with 10 points net. Second was Hans Deutz’s BIERTJE with 19 points net, including a first and three seconds in his tally. Third was Reiner Brockerhoff’s French/German crew on JAZZY with 24 points net, also a double-race winner. After starting with a first in the first race, Lisanne Nijdam’s TU DELFT crew managed thirds, taking four of them in her scoreline to finish fourth overall (she was also top woman skipper). Finally, in fifth place was Thom van der Starre’s TU DELFT NED 1514 crew with 38 points net. For more Van Uden Reco Regatta information, visit http://vanudenreco.nl/.
June 28, 2017