Thursday, May 8, 2014

J/111 XCENTRIC RIPPER Topples Van Uden Reco/ Stellendam Regatta

J/111 Xcentric Ripper sailing off Netherlands (Stellendam, Netherlands)- Considered to be the principal opening regatta of the Netherlands/ Benelux sailing season, the Van Uden Reco Stellendam Regatta opened the first day of sailing with a spectacular day. It was a windy day, very shifty and gusty and in the afternoon the sun broke through and it made ​​for a great start to the season.

J/111 cheerleaders for Xcentric Ripper"It was high time that we once again enjoyed sailing competition after such a long, nasty winter,” says a satisfied IRC 1 sailor on the side while enjoying a ham sandwich. “This weekend was almost perfect.”
Strong winds on Sunday

On Sunday, a stiff breeze provide for yet another spectacular day on the water. Breezes were strong enough to cause a few torn sails, broken egos and sail-handling issues in the corners of the course.  Nevertheless, most crews came away with a big smile as they came ashore after another amazing day of sailing.

The RC worked over-time to provide double-scoring for both IRC and ORC for all the 115 boats sailing in the various handicap classes.

J/22 sailing Netherlands van uden reco regattaLeading the way home in ORC 1 scoring was John Van der Starre’s famous J/111 XCENTRIC RIPPER, scoring a 2-1-2-3-1 for 9 net pts to win by a substantial margin of 5 pts in just five races scored.  Under the IRC 1 class scoring, the “RIPPER” took second.

In the one-design world, the largest class at the entire regatta were the J/22s with eleven boats participating.  With six 1sts in eight races, Mr Verdoom’s NED 1295 walked off with the regatta.  Taking second was Ms Nijdam’s BIG ROLL- TU DELFT BEAUFORT with 18 pts.  Third was Mr Rieckborn’s JAG’D with 37 pts.  The leader in the J/80 class scoring was Mr van Veen’s NJOY with straight bullets for just six pts.  Sailing photo credits- Anton van de Koppel   For more Van Uden Reco sailing information