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Bekkering and Duetz split up after Rio

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First time back in the boat since Rio, and happy to get out on the water again, is Dutchie Annette Duetz: “It’s really great to be back. I’m looking forward to starting a new Olympic campaign for Tokyo 2020, but I first have to finish my studies.” Duetz was in Rio with Annemiek Bekkering, however, this event we see her with Dewi Couvert. Bekkering is testing other crew to sail with. This week she is sailing with Jeske Kisters, following the split with Duetz after the Olympics. Bekkering explained: “I’m sailing with Jeske now, our goal is to be in…

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Tough day for the Laser Radial

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Allison Young: “Today I didn’t have a good day, it’s really tricky on the water with a lot of wind shifts. Yesterday looked really simple on the score sheet, but again, it was tricky on the water. This regatta is really useful to learn more about the venue before the World Championships this summer, which I’m also looking forward to later in the year. The competition in the Laser Radial class is tough. There are a lot of good sailors out here so it’s always tight racing.”  

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Ocean sailor, Bouwe Bekking, loves Olympic sailing in Medemblik

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(Photo: Ricardo Pinto) Bouwe Bekking became famous in the Netherlands from his adventures in the Volvo Ocean Race. He has competed seven times in the Ocean Race, three times as a skipper. Bouwe Bekking visited the Delta Lloyd Regatta, the biggest sailing event in the Netherlands with Olympic boats. He’s also a big fan of Olympic sailing. We asked the skipper, who’s still on the ocean regularly, a few questions. How big’s the step from ocean sailing to the Olympic regatta on the IJsselmeer waters? “First of all, it’s sailing. The Delta Lloyd Regatta is the biggest event in Olympic sailing in…

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Swedish duo about combined 470 field

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This week, 470 men and women sail in a combined class. This is really exciting, especially for the women. The Swedish duo, Olivia Bergström and Lovisa Karlsson, just started racing in the 470 women. Last year they sailed the regatta in the Laser Radial. “The men are more aggressive sailors at the start, and at pumping. In the strong winds, like today, it’s good for us to see how the guys are doing it and learn from it.”  

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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 Niels Broekhuizens (Laser) morning routine. Video in Dutch  

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Day 1: Great conditions and close competition at the first day

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Tuesday, May 23rd – The 33rd edition of the Delta Lloyd Regatta started with great competition across seven classes. Many Olympic sailors raced their first event since Rio. There were also a number of sailors, training here in Medemblik, aiming for Tokyo 2020. The conditions on the water were great, with a nice breeze and plenty of sun. It’s like what Australian Laser sailor, Matthew Wearn, said: “Days like today with a good wind and the sun out, are going to be enjoyable.” The Lasers have the biggest fleet this week, with 98 boats at the start. Wearn, won the…

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Australian, Matthew Wearn, is back here to win

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The Lasers have the biggest fleet this week, with 98 boats at the start. The Australian, Matthew Wearn, won the Delta Lloyd Regatta two years ago, and is now back to take the gold medal again. “It’s always good to race here. It’s one of the better regattas we have windwise, and it’s good to be back in some big fleet racing – it will be enjoyable. It’s going to be tricky as well, you have to set a good result every race. At the end the best sailors always come out on top.” The Australian sailor is here to…

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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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Formats, classes and more

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May 3rd we have met the deadline for participating classes. After 5 months of registration we have reached over 300 entries in different Olympic classes and 2.4mR. We are satisfied we have a competitive field for our 2017 edition, which is also a qualifying event for the World Cup Sailing 2018. New formats for RS:X, 49er and 49erFX classes During the Delta Lloyd Regatta new formats will be used in the 470, RS:X and 49-er(FX) classes. Please read the new Notice of Race to find all necessary details. Nacra17, Finn and RS:X woman cancelled Unfortunately the number of participants have…

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