The J/22 Class in the Netherlands is warming up for the J/22 World Championship that is starting on May 30 in Scheveningen. They hosted their annual ‘Spring Warming Up’ Regatta series in the Dutch Roelofarendveen. The Brassermermeer had sunshine, a blue sky and light breeze from the northeast. Twenty boats participated, with most of the crews from The Netherlands, plus there were four top crews from Germany’s J/22 Class and two top French teams. After a total of nine races, it was quickly clear who would be at the forefront: Nic Bol (NL), the 2010 J/22 World Champion, won the Warming Up with 37 points lead, counting four firsts and two seconds in his scoreline. Nic’s crew consisted of Chris Bol, Niels de Vries and Tim de Weerdt. The fight for the last two positions on the podium was tight between a Dutch and French crew: Lisanne Nidjam’s NED 1365 and Reiner Brockerhoff’s FRA 1444. Both teams started off their first five races slowly, however both went into much higher gears. Nijdam’s crew closed with a 3-2-4-2, while Brockerhoff’s team closed with a 4-ocs-3-1. In the end, it was Nijdam’s crew (Tomas te Velde, Derk Hillege, Iris van Gerrevink) that finished with 56 points to take the silver. Three points in arrears was Brockerhoff’s crew (Christophe Deckecp & Charles Mic), settling for the bronze with 59 points. The balance of the top five included Jean-Michel Lautier’s NED 1273 with 65 points in fourth place, and fifth was Hylke Kooistra’s NED 1455. For more Netherlands J/22 Class information, visit http://www.j22kv.de/.
April 29, 2017