Thirty Olympic medallists are preparing for battle at the Delta Lloyd Regatta 2010 in Medemblik.
This fifth event in the ISAF Sailing World Cup series has attracted a very talented field with numerous world champions. The 2010 edition has set record high pre-entries in all classes including the 2.4m with a total of 707 boats from 53 countries. As usual, the largest fleets are the Laser, RS:X Men and 470 Women. Racing will start on Wednesday 26 May and will conclude with the medal races on Sunday 30 May.
"We have two years to go until the 2012 Olympic Games. All campaigns are at full strength, which makes it an interesting and strong competition. We look forward to welcoming the top international sailors to Medemblik",
says Arjen Rahusen, Chairman of the Delta Lloyd Regatta.
The Dutch team will be present in all classes with many opportunities to take medals. Dorian Van rijsselberge
(RS:X) and Thierry Schmitter
(2.4m) will defend their titles at home. Marit Bouwmeester
who is leading the standings after a victory in Melbourne will try to add another SWC title. She will face 2009 winner Tatiana Drozdovskaya
(BLR) and 2010 Palma winner Tina Mihelic
(CRO), among a talented field in the Laser Radial.
2009 Champions will be back to defend their title in ten out of the eleven Olympic and Paralympic classes competing in the Delta Lloyd Regatta, with the exception of the Star class.
Blanca Manchon (ESP) in the RS:X and Ed Wright in the Finns will also aim to retain their 2009 World Cup titles.
Paul Goodison (GBR) will start the event as hot favourite in the Laser class. The 2008 Gold medallist and world number one has just claimed victory in the Semaine Olympique Française in Hyères.
Pierre Leboucher and Vincent Garros won the third ISAF Sailing World Cup regatta in Palma de Mallorca during the Trofeo Princesa Sofia Mapfre and will be keen to prove themselves again in a strong 470 fleet. In the women's division, world number two Ai Kondo and Wakako Tabata (JPN) are back to fight for their title. Main opponents include last year's runner up Emmanuelle Rol and Hélène Defrance. The French pair claimed victory in Hyères and lead the ISAF Sailing World Cup standings.
In the 49er, double world champion, Australia's Nathan Outteridge and crew Iain Jensen are making their come back to the European circuit at the Delta Lloyd Regatta. They are aiming to defend their title. The brothers, Pietro Sibello and Gianfranco Sibello (ITA), in good shape after their recent win in Garda, also want to prove why they are one of the leaders in the world rankings.
The British trio of Lucy Macgregor, Annie Lush and Ally Martin will face 23 teams in the Womens Match Racing division sailed for the first time in Medemblik in the new Elliott 6 boats.
The only champions absent among last year's winners will be Brazilians Robert Scheidt and Bruno Prada in the Star class. After winning both the Rolex Miami OCR and the Semaine Olympique Française in Hyères, the Norwegians Eivind Melleby and Petter Moer are the favourites for the Delta Lloyd Regatta title as well as the 2010 Sailing World Cup.
The Delta Lloyd Regatta will mark the come back to international competition this year for Pieter-Jan Postma (NED) in the Finn class, Polish duo Mateusz Kusznierewicz (2 Olympic medals) and Dominic Zycki in the Star and double world Laser champion, Tom Slingsby of Australia.
After claiming a Finn bronze medal in Atlanta in 1996, Roy Heiner (NED) had turned to match racing, Soling and ocean racing. A recent and successful comeback to the Finn scene during the Dutch Open championship last September has motivated Heiner for more! He will participate in this year Delta Lloyd Regatta in the Finns, fourteen years after his medal and retirement from the Finn scene!
As of Friday May 28, the Dutch company Mylaps will take care of the live 3D online tracing & tracking of the 470 competition and the medal races. The medal races will also be broadcasted live from various camera angles. All the coverage will be shown on www.deltalloydregatta.org
For the latest news, photos and videos, as well as Standings, event details and more, visit the ISAF Sailing World Cup website at www.sailing.org/worldcup