Thursday, June 23, 2016

SNEEK Wins Netherlands J/70 League III

J/70 sailing Netherlands Sailing League (Groningen, Netherlands)- On the final Sunday of the Netherlands J/70 Sailing League (, the regatta PRO Alex Hoeve had to cancel racing for the regatta after nearly twelve hours of waiting for the breeze settle in on the pretty Gieseplas Gelderland lake in the rolling countryside of the Netherlands.  Eighteen clubs were participating and 21 races in total were sailed on the water.

In the even, each team sailed seven races and the dominant crew this time around was Koninklijke Watersportvereniging Sneek- a.k.a. SNEEK; they managed four 1sts and two 2nds in their overall series of 7 starts.  Second was Jachtclub Scheveningen with 14 pts and third was the Roermond Rowing and Sailing Club.

Women sailing Netherlands J/70 Sailing LeagueIt was striking that the teams in the second round regatta were that much more aggressive and were racing that much closer together all around the race track.  The differences are much smaller between the teams, there were more position changes, and the jury had to regularly take action on penalties. Also, the advance of Scheveningen Yacht Club and WV Breskens were also notable to mention in this context.

Because of the weekend’s results, there is a new leader in the overall Dutch Eredivisie Sailing League in J/70s.  In the first round, it was WV Almere Central that sailed an almost perfect series.  This time, that same team finished fourth.  That means SNEEK is counting a series 2-1 to lead overall followed by WV Almere Central in second with a 1-4, Roermond in third with a 3-3, Jachtclub Scheveningen in fourth with a 6-2 and WV Brassermermeer in fifth with a 4-11.

The skipper of SNEEK- Eric-Jan Westerhof- said:  "It's really cool to win, last time we were second. Here we are very happy. High fives after every race we won. Our secret was to keep a cool head, good communication on board, and good starts!”   For more Netherlands J/70 Sailing League information