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Sailors excited about 33rd edition Delta Lloyd Regatta

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MEDEMBLIK – The 33rd edition of the Delta Lloyd Regatta has been a great success. The top sailors in Medemblik were all very excited about the international event. ,,The organisation was perfect”, Yannick Lefebvre said after the decisive race in the 49er. The Belgian sailor finished in fourth place with Tom Pelsmaekers. ,,The communication to the sailors was very good. There’s always a lot of respect from the organizers to the sailors. It’s my eighth time in Medemblik. And I still love it.” Megan Pascoe, who won the 2.4mR with ten victories on a row, is a regular guest at…

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Medal races preview

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Today it’s medal race time. 49er at 10.00 hour The 49ers have a 10:00 start, and they’ll race three short races. Single points are awarded and added to the total result list. German Tim Fischer and Fabian Graf are leading the fleet into the medal races by 8 points. Portuguese Jorge Lima and Jose Luis Costa are in second place, and Belgium Yannick Lefebvre and Tom Pelsmaekers come in third, with a gap of 26 points from the number one. The race for the first place will be between the German and Portuguese guys. The Belgium team will battle with…

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Sara Wennekes on tour

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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, so she’s got the time to try other classes to sail in.

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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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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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Sil Hoekstra left his school desk to race in Medemblik

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  He was in a hurry on Monday; the day before the start of the Delta Lloyd Regatta, Sil Hoekstra, finished his Biology exams at school, and he thinks he did well, mentioning: “I think I passed the exams. My next exam will be lifestyle-coaching, but first I want to perform in Medemblik, and later this year at the World Championships in Tokyo.” He arrived in Medemblik on Tuesday morning, where the 18 year old windsurfer will compete in the RS:X-class. Before the start of the first race day, he said: “It’s a big change from school to racing on…

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Olympic champion, Van Rijsselberghe, keeps his future secret

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Everybody wants to know what the Olympic champion, Dorian van Rijsselberghe, has planned. Will he continue? Will he defend his Rio de Janeiro Olympic title, in three years’ time, out in Tokyo? “That’s the big question,” Van Rijsselberghe responded, at a news conference the day before the start of the 33rd edition of the Delta Lloyd Regatta, the biggest sailing event in the Netherlands. Van Rijsselberghe took a rest period after his gold medal-winning race in Rio. Earlier in May, he returned to racing at the open European Championship in Marseille, France. However, he left the championship before the last…

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Nicholas Heiner: ‘The most important reason is to keep challenging myself’

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You recently transferred from Laser to the Finn. “The most important reason is to keep challenging myself. I want to become a more complete sailor. So far the transition to the Finn is going well with top ten results and a podium at the World Cup. Material development is happening every day on the Finn, and I’m really getting to know myself physically.” The Finn is not sailing at the Delta Lloyd Regatta “It’s sad we’re not competing this week, but our race schedule is really busy. There are international events every five days, so a lot of sailors decided…

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