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22 May 2002, 10:32 am
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Spa Regatta
Medemblik

From Wednesday 22 May until Sunday 26 May 2002, the International Sailing Center in Medemblik will host the 18th SPA Regatta for Olympic classes.

During five days, Medemblik will be the 'Capital of world's best sailors'. This year's event has the largest and strongest fleet ever. Over nine-hundred teams representing 60 countries entered. The Laser class will be the biggest discipline with 162 competitors. Last year, the Yngling was introduced as an Olympic discipline. One year later, the number of entries has increased from 6 to 30.

With the assistance of new co-sponsor Armada Security a tracking and tracing system will be used in the Yngling discipline. Therewith the positions of the boats will be displayed live on television screens on shore, at the Regatta Center. It is the first time that tracing and tracking will be applied to an Olympic discipline at the SPA Regatta. Henri G C van der Aat, the SPA Regatta Event Director said: "This is a major step forward for the sport of sailing. To follow races live from the shore will bring the sport closer to the general public. It will not take long before we can identify early starters by this system."

About the SPA Regatta

Since the first SPA Regatta in 1985, this Dutch event has become one of world's best Olympic sailing regatta's with over 1200 participants from more than 60 countries. The SPA Regatta is known for its innovations, often controversial, but always trying to improve the standards of competition. The SPA Regatta is sponsored by Spadel, Volvo Cars Nederland, US Bull, Armada Security and Weerbureau HWS.

ISAF Prevention of Injuries Seminar

The ISAF Prevention of Injuries Seminar took place on the 19 and 20 May. It included an evening seminar on the 19 May, and an on the water practical session on the Ijsselmmer on the 20 May.

It was presented by Sue Crafer M.C.S.P.,S.R.P.,M.A.P.A. Sue has been working with sailing specific injuries for the last 9 years. She supported the Australian Olympic Sailing Team from 1994-98 as Head Team Physio including attending the 1996 Atlanta Games. Followed by Sports Medicine Coordinator / Head Team Physio for the Team GBR in their 2 year preparation period and the Sydney 2000 Games.

Sue now has an internationally based role with the ISAF Medical Commission as Physio Representative. She presents inter- & multi-national sailing injury lectures and workshops on behalf of ISAF and independently. For more information, visit her website, which is suecrafer.com or through the ISAF website Making Waves.

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