Friday, May 6, 2016

J/22s Huge at Van Uden Reco Regatta

J/22 Bigroll sailing Van Uden Reco regatta “Two-peat” by Lisanne Nijdam!
(Stellendam, The Netherlands)- With rain, hail, sun and a lot of wind, the Van Uden Reco Stellendam Regatta was a spectacular season opener for the more than 100 registered sailing race teams.

The two days of competition were spectacularly produced by OnAir Media, photographer Lawrence Morel, On-Board Reporter Klaas Wiersma and the teams themselves!

Martine Fox, president of the Holland Regatta Club is very proud of the teams that participated in the event- they ranged in age from 16 to well over 50. Martine commented, "It is a special mix of young and enthusiastic sailors, ambition and years of experience. During the day, they sail very tight, close matches and in the evening, they make up a party! I'm really proud of that!”

J/22 sailing NetherlandsThe sponsors Van Uden Reco and the Marina Group look back with pride on their first regatta in the Netherlands that attained the Sailors for the Sea Clean Regattas Certificate!

Enjoying the camaraderie both on and, especially, off the water was the largest class at the regatta- the Benelux J/22 Class.  With nineteen participants, racing battles were happening on every part of the racecourse, from the starts, to mark roundings, to the finish in every race!

The J/22s saw their first “two-peat” winner in quite some time. Lisanne Nijdam on TU DELFT/ BIG ROLL won last year by one point. This year, the BIG ROLL winning gap was much larger, winning by 10 pts!  Her record of three 1sts, a 2nd and two 3rds was significantly more consistent than her erstwhile competitors, plus she was top women skipper in the entire regatta!  Her TU DELFT/ BIG ROLL 2 colleagues led by Grundeman as skipper took the silver by just one point over van der Beek’s RSZJ.  Fourth in class was Verdoorn’s JUT & JUL and fifth was Rieckborn’s JOLLY JUMPER.   Sailing photo credits- Laurens Morel/   For more Van Uden Reco Regatta sailing information