(Braassermermeer, Netherlands)- Up to 18 boats were sailing the J/22 Winter Series and the past weekend’s Warming Up Series in the Netherlands. Participation and anticipation have been high amongst fleet members as some will be sailing in this year’s J/22 Worlds that will be sailed in La Crouesty, France alter this year (just a few hours drive south).
While a number of early winter series race were canceled due to frost and too much wind, the last day was perfect, 15 kts, sunny and relatively warm. The first day, the fleet managed to get in four races. It was hard fought. First place and well ahead of the field was Team Henri Lloyd. Behind it was an exciting fight to place 2, 3 and 4.
On the second day of sailing, again a persistent wind permitted four more races to be run. The J/22 field started sharp, resulting in an X-flag for subsequent starts! In the end, the two top boats, GER1513 and NED 1591 match-raced to determine who would be the winner with NED 1591 winning the battle within the fleet. It was a great finale to the Winter Series 2011/2012. Now on to a good racing season, with the highlight of course the World Cup in France. For more Netherlands J/22 Sailing information