With rain, sun and above all plenty of wind, the Van Uden Reco Stellendam Regatta was a spectacular season opener for the over 100+ registered sailing teams in the Benelux region (The Netherlands). All the J/111 owners agreed it was another great success! Last year was the first time the fleet had sailed in the Van Uden Reco event as a class. This year, five teams showed up for close racing all weekend long. The fleet completed six races. Paul Gladdines, class chairman of J/Benelux, responded after the event, "All owners liked it, and the Class looks forward to more one-design racing offshore, too. It's truly unique to sail with 36 ft boats as one-design class machines!" Winning the J/111 fleet was Paul van Driel’s SWEENY crew from The Netherlands. They posted a 1-1-1-4-1-2 record for 6 points net to win by a comfortable margin. Pulling in the silver medal on the podium was Sigg Joerg’s LALLEKONIG from Switzerland, with a 2-2-2-3-2-3 tally for 11 points net. Taking third on a tie-breaker at 14 points each was Sjakk Haakman’s RED HERRING team from The Netherlands; on the short end of that stick was Sebastien de Liedekerke’s DJINN from Belgium. Occupying the fifth spot was Norbert Burkert’s TOP JOB. For more Van Uden Reco Regatta information, visit http://vanudenreco.nl/.