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Holland Regatta
Posted On:  26/05/2006

Holland regatta officially started today. The race site is up in the northern part of Holland, in a small town called Medemblik. We were greeted with overcast gusty breeze of about 20 knots, forecast to build to 35 plus. And it is cold. We are all on hold, at the beach presently.

Holland regatta was previously called Spa regatta. And has continued to carry its ISAF grade one ranking regatta. So all the Olympic classes are here. Which in simple terms means over 1000 competitors, sailing close to 670 different boats. The RS:X class has a provisional number of 65 men and 36 women. After the first race I will be able to give you exact numbers.

We have an interesting scenario, you might call it a shoot out between Nick Dempsey(GBR) and Casper Bouman(NED). Each of them have won two grade one events. Casper has won in Hyeres and in Melbourne. Nick took out Miami and Palma Mallorca.

Both are extremely talented sailors in the high winds. Nick with an Olympic Bronze medal to his name. Casper the younger, with a home turf advantage. A further draw card if it stays windy will be Jesper Vesterstrom who has been a succesful formula sailor often wining races in the windier conditions.

The depth of the sailors in the women's fleet will only go to make Chan wai kie(HGK) (last years winner) task in defending her crown even more difficult. With the likes of Faustine Merret (fresh off a win in the French Triathalon championships and 2004 Olympic gold medalist), Olga Maslivets the current high wind specialist in the women's group. Marina Alabau,(current ISAF number 1 ranked) Allison Shreeve(current Formula world champion).

1985 was the first time that windsurfing was introduced to Holland Regatta. The Division II windsurfer class was the choice of board, so this makes it windsurfing's 21st birthday here in Holland. Happy Birthday!

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