Last weekend saw the start of J/111 one-design racing in the Benelux region at the Van Uden Reco Regatta in Stellendam in The Netherlands. The conditions on Saturday were very tricky, to say at the least. The conditions saw very tight, close racing, demanding everything from everybody on the boats; resulting in some very exhausted crews at the end of the day. But what great racing with three races and three different winners, with the top three boats (Zwijnenburg’s SWEENY, Sigg’s LALLEKONIG and Vroom’s RED HERRING) all in a three-way tie on equal points. As a result, that meant the racing on Sunday was going to be anyone’s game. The wind kicked in, beating the boats with brutal force all day long. This ended up with TOP JOB (broken jib#3.5) and LALLEKONIG (injured person on board) needing to retire before the racing actually began. Thankfully, they are both in good shape and will be ready to resume racing at the next J/111 event in two weeks. The two races sailed that day had two different winners: Zwijnenburg’s SWEENY and Vroom’s RED HERRING. The outcome again left both boats on equal points, tied for the lead. However, as ISAF-rules apply (best result in the last race is decisive), this made Vroom’s RED HERRING the winner of the first event. De Liedekerke’s DJINN showed great progress that day by catching up on the two leaders to take third overall. All owners and crews were very enthusiastic and looking forward to the next J/111 Benelux One Design event: the North Sea Regatta in Scheveningen from May 13-16. Then, all participating boats in the races in the Benelux countries will also participate in the J/111 World Championship in Cowes (UK) in early August. (Thanks for the report from Paul Gladdines). For more J/111 Benelux Van Uden Reco sailing information, visit http://vanudenreco.nl/.