Friday, May 27, 2011
(Medemblik, Netherlands)- In Medemblik, the Dutch Mecca of sailing, the Royal Yacht Club Hollandia hosted nineteen J/22s for the annual Spring Cup. The regatta was blessed with good breeze and good weather for the two days. On the first day, the fleet saw winds form the west at Force 5 to 7!! Holy smokes, that's honking, baby! On Sunday, the wind shifted to the northwest with winds still in the Force 5 to 7 scale, with enormous wind shifts to punish the fleet mercilessly! Needless to say, there were a LOT of sore muscles after this series of six races!
The team of Ronald Veraar sailed a strong series to win by only one point over the team of Eelco Blok. Ronald's scores of 2-2-1-1-4-2 were just good enough to beat Eelco's strong start of a 1-1-2-2-6-1 for 13 points. Wouter Kollman sailed consistently but had to withstand a challenge from Murt Almat to finish third. Wouter's 4-4-3-5-3-3 scoreline for 22 pts was more consistent than Murat's scores of 5-5-7-4-2-4 for 27 points who finished fourth. Fifth was Misja Adamczyk with a score of 8-6-15-6-1-6 for 47 points.
On Saturday night, the J/22 teams were treated to a wonderful evening of food, drink, and music. Perhaps more importantly, during this evening by Floris Toetenel passed the gavel of J/22 Netherlands leadership to Diana Kroo, the new "boss" of J/22s in the Netherlands (pictured here). For more J/22 Netherlands sailing information