The organizers of the 2010 Delta Lloyd Regatta are aiming to make the Dutch stop of the ISAF Sailing World Cup series bigger and better than ever.
The stated aim of the Delta Lloyd Regatta organizers is to boost the quality of the event across the board; including both the sailing competition on the IJsselmeer lake at Medemblik, as well as the reporting about it.
Josje Hofland (NED), Jury Member for the 33rd America's Cup Match and at three Olympic Games, has composed a skilled jury, and the race committees are highly focussed on their job after a tour of the involved clubs. A professional media team will shine the spotlight on the world's top Olympic sailors as they battle on Dutch waters, including live web coverage of the Medal Races.
"In the last 25 years, we have been well-known for our progressive ideas and their implementation. Now, we think it is time to work on the improvement of quality in general", says Delta Lloyd Regatta organizer Arjen Rahusen (NED) from Amsterdam based Trefpunt Sports & Entertainment. As an example, Rahusen pointed to the post-2009 evaluation, which showed that the pressure on the International Jury was too high. "That is why we asked Josje Hofland to solve that issue. She put together a new jury, in consultation with the ISAF," Rahusen explained.
The Jury for 2010 features many experienced ISAF Race Officials, with CVs featuring events such as the Volvo Ocean Race, America's Cup and Olympic Games. They represent nine nationalities, under the leadership of Chairman Jan Stage (DEN).
Live Online Broadcasting
The Medal Races in the 10 Olympic classes will take place close to the shore and now for sailing fans all over the world it will be possible to have an equally close up view of the action with live web broadcasts.
Rahusen explains, "We will broadcast them live on the internet. We are using cameras on top of the Radboud Castle, a cradle elevator, in a RIB with reporter, in a helium balloon above a buoy and in a mini helicopter. The TV truck for editing work will be parked next to the course and the images will be directly beamed to the shore. Of course there is a small time difference, so there will be a little delay in broadcast."
The organization will also add tracking to the live video reporting. "We set ourselves high goals. That is our contribution to the enforcement of sailing as Olympic sport," Rahusen added.
About the Delta Lloyd Regatta
The Delta Lloyd Regatta 2010 commences on Wednesday May 26 and finishes on Sunday May 30. The event is the fifth of seven in the 2009-2010 ISAF Sailing World Cup series for Olympic and Paralympic classes. The first two Medal Races are scheduled on Saturday May 29 and the following eight on the day after.
For more information, visit www.deltalloydregatta.org and www.sailing.org/worldcup.