The Netherlands will be represented in seven events at the London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition with medals on the agenda.
The Dutch sailors nominated for the Olympics 2012 are:
Dutch Olympic Sailing Team:
470 Women: Lisa Westerhof and Lobke Berkhout
Finn: Pieter-Jan Postma
Laser Radial: Marit Bouwmeester
Laser: Rutger van Schaardenburg
RS:X Windsurfing: Dorian van Rijsselberge
470 Men: Sven and Kalle Coster
Elliott 6m: Renée Groeneveld, Annemieke Bes and Marcelien Bos- de Koning
In preparation for the Olympic Games 2012, most of the Olympic Sailing Team will be staying at the Dutch Olympic training-location in Weymouth; just as in 2010 and 2011. From here, each individual team will focus on its own strategies but will also draw upon the other teams.
Lisa Westerhof and Lobke Berkhout - Women's 470
In 2011, Westerhof and Berkhout were the only Dutch Women's 470 duo with an Olympic nomination. The duo continued to show great form at the ISAF Sailing World Cup in Hyères (FRA) with an impressive victory.
At the 2012 470 World Championships in Barcelona, Westerhof and Berkhout ended up on the podium with a bronze medal. They were in contention for gold right up to the finish line. Following this, at the end of May, Lobke Berkhout suffered from a broken thumb, which led to the successful duo's elimination from the Sail for Gold 2012. They are now fully back on track and on their way to London 2012.
Pieter-Jan Postma - Finn
On 17 May 2012 the 2011 ISAF Worlds silver medallist in the Finn continued to demonstrate great form at the 2012 Finn World Championship in Falmouth, Great Britain. He needed to finish amongst the top 12 countries and top 18 participants. Postma easily made it, finishing ninth. In general, Postma performs well in the waters off Weymouth. Last year he was third at the 2011 Olympic Test Event and won a bronze medal at 2012 Sail for Gold.
Marit Bouwmeester - Laser Radial
Marit Bouwmeester will represent the Netherlands in the Laser Radial. In 2011, Bouwmeester received several Olympic nominations from the NOC*NSF. The national selections also found in her favor. She defeated Claire Blom, who then became her training-partner on the road to London. The 2011 World Champion received her Olympic qualification in April 2012, placing third at the ISAF Sailing Word Cup in Palma de Mallorca. Bouwmeester finished fifth at the Laser World Championship in Boltenhagen, Germany.
Rutger van Schaardenburg - Laser
Rutger van Schaardenburg and Roelof Bouwmeester both received a full Olympic nomination in 2011. This meant that in 2012 the training partners had to compete with each other for Olympic qualification in this highly competitive discipline. In the meantime they decided to keep on training together; learning from each other.
The sailor with the best overall results at the Laser World Championship in Boltenhagen, Germany and the Delta Lloyd Regatta qualified for an Olympic spot.
At the Laser World Championship 2012 in Boltenhagen, van Schaardenburg finished seventh, with Bouwmeester 29th. With this result Van Schaardenburg scored 14 points (out of a maximum 20) and Bouwmeester received none.
On the penultimate day of the Delta Lloyd Regatta in Medemblik (NL) at the end of May, Rutger van Schaardenburg safeguarded his ticket to the Olympics by finishing first.
Dorian van Rijsselberge - Men's RS:X
Having won gold at the 2011 ISAF Worlds in the Men's RS:X, Dorian van Rijsselberge was obviously nominated for the London 2012 Olympic Games.
In addition, with his fourth place at the 2012 RS:X World Windsurfing Championships in Cadiz, Spain Van Rijsselberge continued his form into 2012. In June, Van Rijsselberge won Sail for Gold in Weymouth, the last event before the Olympics.
Sven and Kalle Coster - Men's 470
The brothers are not part of the Delta Lloyd Dutch Olympic Sailing Team, but will participate as an independent Dutch Team. At the Delta Lloyd Regatta 2011, they achieved a half -nomination for the Olympic Games 2012. At the Sailing World Cup in Hyères (FRA), the Costers finished third and obtained a full nomination; their ticket to the Olympic Games in London 2012.
Renée Groeneveld, Annemieke Bes and Marcelien Bos- de Koning - Women's Match Racing
On 2 March 2012 the NOC*NSF announced that both Dutch Match Race sailing teams had demonstrated continued performance. In other words, this meant that both teams were nominated for the Olympics, however only one team can participate. The Dutch Sailing Federation therefore decided to organize a sail-off from 5-6 June to determine which team would qualify for the Olympics.
Renée Groeneveld, Annemieke Bes and Marcelien Bos- de Koning faced Mandy Mulder, Merel Witteveen and Annemiek Bekkering in a first to nine, winner takes all match race.
Groeneveld, Bes and Bos- de Koning won the trials 9-3 and secured their ticket to London 2012.