The traditional season opener for the Dutch offshore community is the Van Uden Reco Stellendam Regatta, sailed off Stellendam, The Netherlands. The J/111 Northern Europe fleet had a great turnout of a half-dozen boats from The Netherlands, France, Switzerland and Germany. Racing was very close, and any mistakes were quite costly. After five races, there was a tie-breaker for first place. Paul van Driel’s Dutch crew on SWEENY and Sebastian de Liedekerke’s French team on DJINN both finished with 8 points each, the win going to SWEENY based on number of firsts. DJINN’s crew counted only second places. Third was nearly another tie-breaker, but Sjaak Haakman’s Dutch crew on RED HERRING was able to toss their last race OCS and finish with 10 points net. One point behind in fourth place was Jorg Sigg’s Swiss team on LALLEKONIG. For more Van Uden Reco Regatta information, visit