Thursday, September 27, 2018

Lautier Crowned J/22 Dutch Champs

J/22 sailing off Netherlands (Medemblik, The Netherlands)- The 2018 Delta Lloyd Open Dutch J/22 Championship took place off Medemblik, The Netherlands last weekend for a fleet of a dozen J/22s from across the country.  The fleet was blessed with great sailing conditions, with the PRO producing a stunning NINE races for the happy campers sailing on their beloved J/22s.

J/22 off NetherlandsWinning the regatta by a country mile was NED 1273, skippered by Jean-Michel Lautier with crew of Denis Neves and Giuseppe d’Aquino.  After winning the first race, getting a bit too excited in the second race (earning an OCS), the team settled down to simply smoke the fleet with five bullets and a pair of deuces to win with just 10 pts net.  Watching their colleagues sailing over the horizon, but collecting virtually all of the other top two places was Gideon Mastenbroek’s NED 1295.  His all-women crew of Anneloes Krikhaar, and two sisters (Liselotte and Rosemarijn Verdoorn) got off to a slow start with a 4-3, but then the team coalesced and focused hard on the job at hand, running the table with five deuces and two bullets, mirroring their compatriot’s scores on Lautier’s NED 1273.  As a result, Mastenbroek’s team took the silver with 15 pts net.  This pair of teams were “head and shoulders” above the rest of the fleet.  The bronze Medallist sat 13 pts back, with 28 pts net- Jesper Overbeeke’s NED 1514 crew of Christiaan Feij and Michelle Koopmans.  For more J/22 Delta Lloyd Dutch Championship sailing information Add to Flipboard Magazine.