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First golden medals in 470 for Sozykin with Gribanov and Hanson in Laser

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Tonight, the first medal races have been sailed. Both 470 and Laser races were exciting to the end. In the 470, the Russian Pavel Sozykin and Denis Gribanov were unbeatable, a fair win for this duo. Elliot Hansen wins the gold in the Laser after some close racing in the medal race. Sozykin and Gribanov take a solid win In the 470 there was tension till the end. After two generals before the start, the tension really went up a level. Once the fleet could finally start, the Russian guys immediately took the lead. The race for second and third…

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Elliot Hanson takes the gold in Laser

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Elliot Hanson wins the 33rd Delta Lloyd Regatta in the Laser after a fifth place at the medal race. “It was a real close race.” For the Laser final, the wind was getting stronger. It was a clear start where Croatian Tonci Stipanovic immediately took the lead. He had a bad day so far, so really had to be aggressive in the finals. Unfortunately for him it wasn’t enough, he finishes the medal race in second place and ends up at 5th place overall. The British Elliot Hanson finished 6th in the medal race, enough to take the gold. “It…

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Pavel Sozykin and Denis Gribanov take gold in 470

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Tension in the medal race of the 470 till the end. The Russian Pavel Sozykin and Denis Gribanov managed to keep their lead during the race and win this 33rd Delta Lloyd Regatta. After two generals before the start the tension really gained to a higher level. Once the fleet could finally start, the Russian guys immediately took the lead. The race for second and third was really exciting till the end for Italian Matteo Capurro with Matteo Puppo, and Afrodite Kyranakou with Anneloes van Veen (the Netherlands). The Italians won this battle, but it wasn’t enough for the silver…

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Kyranakou prepares for the medal race 470

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Kyranakou finished in the 470 mixed fleet race  early this afternoon at the Delta Lloyd Regatta. Afrodite Kyranakou and Anneloes van Veen are now number two in the overall after eight races. With a medal race this evening, you’d expect the couple might have a rest… Not for Afrodite. In the restaurant at the Medemblik sailing centre, she took place behind the piano to play a few songs. “We have to wait several hours so we eat, get some rest and hang out waiting for the medal race,” she said about how she spends the hours until her last, important…

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Van Rijsselberghe: Do or die on Saturday

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  MEDEMBLIK – The final day of the Delta Lloyd Regatta on Saturday is going to produce a lot of drama, anything can happen. The RS:X class will race with a new format: the top 12 after the fleet races will start in the quarter-final, six of them will go through to the semi-final and finally four windsurfers will battle for the podium places. Double Olympic champion Dorian van Rijsselberghe thinks it will be exciting on Saturday to follow the races in the RS:X. “A lot of things can happen on the last day. It’s do or die. It will…

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Megan Pascoe leaves the Olympic disappointment behind her

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She’s the world champion in the 2.4mR, but missed the Paralympics in Rio. Megan Pascoe admits that it was a huge disappointment to miss out. Just like in 2012 (London Olympics), she lost the qualification battle to Helena Lucas. “It was a huge disappointment for me, especially because the IPC (International Paralympic Committee) have decided to drop sailing off the Paralympic program at Tokyo 2020. My biggest goal was qualifying for the Paralympics.” Pascoe explains, at the Delta Lloyd Regatta in Medemblik. Pascoe (30) is a regular guest in Medemblik, mentioning: “The first time I completed here was in 2002…

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On tour with Sara Wennekes

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Sara Wennekes (RS:X Women) isn’t racing the Delta Lloyd Regatta this week. The RS:X Women have a very tied schedule with a lot of regattas, Medemblik just didn’t fit in for everyone. But Sara is in Medemblik this week, this morning she went to take a look at Scipio Houtman (49er) morning routine. Video in Dutch    

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Badloe takes over the lead from van Rijsselberghe at third day

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Another day with light wind conditions at the Delta Lloyd Regatta. It’s the warmest regatta in years and sailors have sailed every planned race, so the vibe is really good. Due to the light conditions today, there were some delays. The 49erFX sailors had time to relax in the sun, awaiting their first race. “The delay wasn’t that bad with the sun out”, said Hannah Mills from Britain. The competition in the 49erFX class is really exciting, the top 3 changes every day. For the Mills it’s a good learning curve. “I just transferred to the 49er after my Olympic…

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Olympic champion, Bouwmeester, still has work to do

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  MEDEMBLIK – Her biggest moment took place last year in Rio de Janeiro. After years of heavy training, Marit Bouwmeester became Olympic champion in the Laser Radial.Her preparation to this season has not been as good as normal. She’s working hard to get in good shape at the Delta Lloyd Regatta.   Three days of racing at the IJsselmeer leaves Bouwmeester in ninth place overall.“I had some physical problems when I started the season at the end April in Hyères – I couldn’t finish that event. The first day at Medemblik was good, the second day not so good….

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Things will be different at the Enoshima Yacht Harbor for the 2020 Olympics

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MEDEMBLIK – There was a lot of criticism about the organisation at the Olympic sailing venue in Rio last year. In around three year’s time, at the 2020 Olympic Games in Japan, it will be different. The sailing event will take place at the Enoshima Yacht Harbor, in the coastal city of Fujisawa.   The Japanese sailor, Yuichiro Kitamura, lives in Fujisawa, near the Olympic venue. He has high expectations of the Olympic Games. “It’s a beautiful venue. In the summer, it can be really hot, between 30 to 35 degrees Celsius. There’s also usually enough wind for good racing.”…

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