Held in conjunction with Zuiderzeeweek, the Dutch J/22 Class held their annual Open J/22 Dutch Nationals on the beautiful Zuider Zee. The fleet enjoyed a great turnout of 13 boats, an improvement over last year’s event. Teams participated from The Netherlands and Germany. After an eight-race series with one discard (seven races counting), it was Jean-Michel Lautier’s FRAPORITA that showed her transom to the fleet for most of the races, compiling an impressive four firsts and three seconds to win the crown of 2016 Dutch National Champion. Despite the bullets generated by FRAPORITA, Gideon Mastenbroek’s JUT EN JUL took the balance of firsts and seconds to take the silver on the podium. Third was the top woman Dutch sailor, Hylke Kooistra’s BIG ROLL/ TU DELFT BROACH BEAUFORT with 20 points net. Rounding out the top five were Daan Grundman in fourth with 26 points, and taking fifth place was Tim de Weerdt with 31 points. For more Open J/22 Dutch Nationals sailing information, visit http://zzwhoorn.nl/.
February 19, 2017