Dutch J/24 champions take to the start
Tuesday September 30th 2003, Author: Albert Kooijman, Location: none selectedOn 27-28 September the Open Dutch Championship in the J/24 class were sailed, off the coast of the Roompot Marina located at the Oosterschelde, in the southwest of the Netherlands. Team JUST 4 FUN, comprising Albert Kooijman, Fred Bulk, Robbert Baggers, Mark Brouwer and Boris Bulk won the event for the third time in a row.
The unstable weather conditions and treacherous current on the Oosterschelde made the outcome of this event uncertain until the very last race. This was mainly because of a premature start of Team JUST 4 FUN in the first race on Sunday, from which the team was not allowed to make any more mistakes to stay in the race for the title. Finally after seven races Team JUST 4 FUN took the title with one point margin from Team KASbank with Max Houtzager on the helm. In third place was the team of Ivo Kok and Dutch class president Remco van den Berg.
All in all a successful year for Team JUST 4 FUN. In may 2003 the team was runner-up at the European Championship J/24 in Italy. In August they were the best Dutch team by far and scored a respectable fourth place, behind three teams of professional sailors. "Winning the Dutch J/24 championship for the third time in a row is the best confirmation of the quality of our boat, sails, tactics and our team spirit. Since the start of our campaign in 2001 we always finished in the top four in every big event!" says Kooijman.
Officially Kooijman's three year J/24 campaign has come to an end now. This doesn’t mean they won’t sail J/24 together anymore in the future, but it is now time for a new challenge: Helmsman Albert Kooijman (NED) and Leif Tom Loose (GER), former helmsman of the successful J/24 Team Rotoman, will now sail together in the Olympic keelboat men Star class.
The start of this new campaign will be the Dutch Open Championships for Olympic classes held on 9-11 October off Medemblik.