The first Olympic sailing regatta in Medemblik took place in 1985, and through the years became one of world's best Olympic sailing regattas with over 1,100 participants from more than 50 countries regularly attending. Initially known as the SPA Regatta, the event became the Delta Lloyd Regatta in 2008. The regatta is well-known for various introduced innovations examples of which are: separate classes for women (470 and Mistral); prize money; shorter courses that resulted in more races; and coloured spots to identify leading competitors.
In 2011, the Delta Lloyd Regatta is the fifth of seven regattas in the third edition of the ISAF Sailing World Cup.
The racing at the Delta Lloyd Regatta is hosted by the city of Medemblik and takes place on the IJsselmeer lake.
Medemblik is the smallest, prettiest and oldest city of West-Friesland along the former Zuiderzee (IJsselmeer), approximately 40 km north of Amsterdam. It received town privileges in 1289. Nowadays, the city counts about 8,000 inhabitants. Medemblik prides itself in renovating the old centre. Due to its rich history, Medemblik is an interesting place to visit. The picturesque town city reminds you of the old days. In addition there are many tourist attractions, such as harbours, castle Radboud, a typical Dutch flourmill "de Herder", many museums and establishments.
Regatta Centre Medemblik
Already in the old days, Medemblik was the Dutch regatta centre. It is the home base for many international sailing events, such as the Delta Lloyd Regatta, European and World Championships in several classes, and of yachting events like the 24-hours race. This reputation and position is due to the sheltered location at the windward shore of the IJsselmeer, to the attraction of the historical city of Medemblik, and to the effort of various organizing committees of sailing events.
To enforce the position of the Netherlands as an international sailing nation, a sailing center with modern facilities - preferably in Medemblik - was required. In April 1999 the doors of the new and modern international sailing centre opened.
International Sailing Center Medemblik (ISCM)
The International Sailing Center Medemblik is situated at the northern part of the venue close to the harbour entrance.
During the Holland Regatta, the ISCM will be the regatta office including the protest rooms. The racing area is non-tidal and has fresh water. In addition to a harbour and a sailing center, the venue offers a restaurant and a water sports store.
The first ISAF Sailing World Cup was launched at the end of 2008 bringing a new annual series of sailing to the international sports calendar. The third edition of the World Cup began in Melbourne in December 2010. The World Cup is open to the sailing events chosen for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Sailing Competitions.
Incorporating existing major events, the 2010-2011 series kicked off with Sail Melbourne, Australia in December, followed by the Rolex Miami OCR, USA; the Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia MAPFRE Palma, Spain; Semaine Olympique Francaise, Hyeres, France; the Delta Lloyd Regatta, Medemblik, the Netherlands; Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta, Weymouth, Great Britain; and Kieler Woche, Germany.
Media contacts for the ISAF Sailing World Cup series and the individual World Cup events can be found below.