Archive for Oktober, 2011

Winter series Part 1 – October 2011

Mittwoch, Oktober 26th, 2011

Back at the Braassemermeer after a great summer season with mostly too much or too little wind, but always a lot of fun.

So it’s almost home for our Jabbadabbadoo and in good old winter season tradition (lasting back at least one full other winter season) we went back with fresh energy, layer over layer of cloths and Glühwein.

And with a new Jabbadabbadoo team member (honorary) Bojan! Super experienced with comfortable cruisers was he willing to exchange all luxury for the bruising bum experience on a J22. In addition he came equipped with a huge amount of humour J entertaining Audrey, Stan and me.



Two races per winter series is a nice concept. So nice that we indeed directly missed our start while trying to figure out why our rig is looking so different… Well, 5 and 4 minutes already missed the one minute signal was lost in the spontaneous (and well needed) talk to come back to the starting line. Eyes shut and start… Certainly not our best start, but hey, we said nice, not easy.

But despite the desperate approach to the starting line we developed excellent upwind boat speed and could crawl on our opponents one by one already at the first upwind leg (as the wind decided to be southerly the leg was due to a lack of Braassem in that direction rather short). In the euphoria of the moment we misjudged the lay line twice and ended up training tacks and seeing with a crying eye our opponents flying by… But with 3.5 legs to spare and the secret weapon of Bojan on board we kept on fighting. Again boat by boat ending absolutely happy on a sixth place.

Sworn not to repeat the mistakes of the first race we started our lunch break, just to realise in the middle of it that our flag was up together with the Blue Peter on the starting boat. Can’t be, not again! Some days just come including the worm in them. Well, this time we got the one minute signal, but running out of time the tactic was again clear: start and catch up. At least no room for discussion.

The wind was gusty, shifty and was in addition changing the constant strength – so we needed to work the wind and concentrate on the manoeuvres (more important even than usually due to the short legs). Again one by one we tried to tackle the other boats, winning some of the fights,  loosing others,  managing to position us again on the sixth place when we crossed the finishing line.

Not completely satisfied with our performance, but happy with our boat control during the day we finished with some more or less deserved Glühwein relaxing in the stunning Dutch autumn sun…

 Dutch autumn


End of season statistics…

Mittwoch, Oktober 12th, 2011

After two years of sailing our lady it is time to reflect, look back on the ups and downs, the challenges and the great times we had so far.
Also time to put our progress in numbers!
…so here the complete math over 2 years of Jabbadabbadoo sailing normalized and broken down by Stan:


Maybe not yet good and for sure with enough room for improvement, but with an upwards trend and increasing fun!

A thank you to all our friends and competitors who helped us to be where we are and hopefully will join us on the way forward, see you at the winter season!!!


ONK Medemblik 2011

Mittwoch, Oktober 12th, 2011

Dutch open 2011The last regatta of the summer season and the last time to take our Jabbadabbadoo on the road! Medemblik where wind and waves are almost guaranteed.

The starting list reads like the who is who in J22 sailing increasing our wish to be amongst them…. We prepared, ok we had to, sailing with Audrey, Ludo, Stan and Nadine we have been 8kg overweight 4 weeks before the regatta and a month of dieting should end after the weighting on the regatta morning (followed by a huge breakfast 😉 and we managed! 4 kg under was the verdict in the end and 4 happy Jabbadabbadooers around the breakfast table.

The wind proofed to be excellent, nice strong and with some shifts, but for a change nothing we could not handle. And the season showed, we managed to keep up with the midfield and sometimes even got in touch with the first group.
The first race was a good start into the regatta with a 13 place (around where we wanted to be in this field) despite a medium well start. In the second race we were racing from a great start and managed ending 9th, showing good beating speed as well as nice positioning in the runs. However, as it is with highs, lows are often following immediately – the next start was totally screwed and we did not manage to catch up after any more.With a mixed, but overall very satisfying second day (no major hiccups, 12, 15, 11) we found our consistency on the third day with 11 and 11.
So the 12th place in this field in the end felt more like celebrating than most of our other results.

Find a video of the complete event and see the hoist of our red monster at 3:28 🙂

What a good end of our second season!!!!