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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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Kiran Badloe is here to win

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He’s trained a lot with Dorian van Rijsselberghe – but can he beat the double Olympic champion? Kiran Badloe thinks he can. After two days of racing at the Delta Lloyd Regatta the 22 year old windsurfer is second in the RS:X class, just a few points behind his teammate, Van Rijsselberghe. “We’re having fun on the water. It’s nice to sail in our own country, and the first few days are more or less training. We have to be in the top 12 on Friday in order to race in the finals on Saturday.’’ You’ve been working with Dorian…

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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. This morning she looked at another class to sail in.

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Tricky winds, postponed races and new leaders in the second day

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There were tricky winds for the sailors and the race committee. The day started with a delay, and only once the Laser Radial had set off at noon, could the racing start. Due to the shifting winds, a lot of overall results have changed since the first day. The race committees had a long day on the water, however, they still managed to finish all planned races. Although there was a lot of waiting in the morning due to the shifting wind, the races still managed to go really well. Lucky side in the Laser Radial The Laser Radial started…

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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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