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. On Sunday, a stiff breeze provided for a 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 an amazing day of sailing. In the one-design world, the largest class at the entire regatta were the J/22s with 11 boats participating. With six firsts 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 points. Third was Mr. Rieckborn’s JAG’D with 37 points. For more regatta information, visit

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