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Thrilling races during tropical 33rd Delta Lloyd Regatta

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The 33rd edition of the Delta Lloyd Regatta was a great success. All kinds of wind conditions for the sailors, sunny days and exciting final races. Medemblik welcomed a lot of talent, including those preparing for World Championships and World Cups, and some starting new Olympic campaigns. There were also many Olympic Rio sailors who’ve just started their season again. The organisation behind the Delta Lloyd Regatta was testing some new formats for the 49er, 49erFX and the RS:X. It was a great success, and made the finals really exciting to watch. After a week of racing in tropical temperatures,…

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The new format in the RS:X made the finals really exciting

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The winner takes all, and maybe it’s not a big surprise that it’s Dorian van Rijsselberghe (NED) who’s winning: “The new format is maybe a bit unfortunate for the top 3 of this week, but ended up okay for me. We had tricky conditions, anything could have happened. But it was a really nice week with all sorts of conditions. I’m happy!” The quarterfinals started out with really close racing. In the semifinals it was close racing again for numbers 2 to 6, with van Rijsselberghe leading the fleet. His training partner, Kiran Badloe, didn’t finish in the top 6…

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Doi wins Laser Radial “I was really nervous and made a lot of mistakes”

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The Japanese Manami Doi had to finish in 9th place to secure the gold medal. The tension was on when she was racing in the back of the fleet while her biggest opponent Marit Bouwmeester was leading the fleet. Luckily she took over the 9th place from Barwinska before the finish line. She secured her gold medal: “Very happy, was really nervous and made a lot of mistakes. But it’s enough for the gold, so I’m happy.” Second place is for Bouwmeester. She began the week not completely fit, but made a great comeback in the last two days. She…

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49er-FX “If you made one little mistake you could lose everything”

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At the beginning of the day the top 5 was really close. After the first two races, the gap is getting bigger. The Croatian Nincevic and Cupac are going into the final race seven points ahead of Bekkering and Kisters. At this race they manage to take the lead once again and secure their gold medal at this Delta Lloyd Regatta. Nincevic: “It was really close racing. If you made one little mistake you could lose everything. It was a hard course as well, great for spectators but difficult for us with many tacks.” Dutchies Bekkering and Kisters’ only job…

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What a thrilling final in the 49er class!

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The day began with a podium formed of Germany, Portugal and Belgium. The Portuguese were battling for first place, coming second in both the first and second races. In the third race they only needed to finish two places before the Germans, but unfortunately for them Fischer and Graf were still in it to win the gold medal. “In the first two races we had some trouble with two mistakes. The Portuguese are really experienced, they had a good medal race, but we are really happy to win here. It’s our first medal at an international cup.” Lima: “The first…

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Dutchies missed the Laser medal race

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Last year we saw Rutger van Schaardenburg in front of the fleet at the Delta Lloyd Regatta, ready for the Olympic Games in Rio. After Rio, van Schaardenburg retired from Laser sailing. Nicholas Heiner switched to the Finn class. Laser talents Niels Broekhuizen and Duko Bos are currently the best Laser sailors in the Netherlands, but we didn’t see them in the medal race yesterday. Video in Dutch “We still need to make a lot of progression,” explains Bos. “At the startline I had a good position, but I have to practice making the right choices with the wind. We can…

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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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