26-7-2010 | Delta Lloyd 470 World Championships The Hague 2010
30 knot winds to near calms, brilliant sunshine to driving rain, combined with a fierce spring tide, made for one of the most challenging 470 World Championships on record for competitors when racing took place off the Hague, the Netherlands, over 12-18 July.
18-7-2010 | Delta Lloyd 470 Worlds Berkhout enters the record books with fifth World Championship win
Mother nature played ball for the last day of the Delta Lloyd 470 World Championship taking place in The Hague, with brilliant sunshine and a 12 knot southwesterly breeze for the Men's and Women's medal races, held directly off the beach at the Hague.
17-7-2010 | Press Release | 17 July Belcher and Page the 2010 World Champions
A return to World Cup fever overcame the British camp today at the Delta Lloyd 470 World Championship, when after the opening race in the Men's fleet 23 year old Skandia Team GBR crew Luke Patience and Stuart Bithell moved into the lead position with double world champions Nic Asher and Elliot Willis second.
16-7-2010 | Press Release | 16 July Local talent comes good
Finally after an unorthodox few days off the Hague, with the wind and wave states severely disrupting the race schedule, so for the first time at the Delta Lloyd 470 World Championships the organisers were able to hold three races back to back, on time, allowing crews to return to shore by mid-afternoon.
18-7-2010 | Junior World Champions Sofian Bouvet and Jeremie Mion Taking on the old guys
A considerable number of Junior sailors (ie 21 or under) have been competing at this year’s Delta Lloyd 470 World Championship. Youngest in the Men’s class is Croatian 16 year old Dylan Tidd, while set to continue the Australian Women’s 470 legacy is Carrie Smith, who is just 15.
17-7-2010 | Edge of seat competition expected for tomorrow's medal races Top 10
Medal races for the Delta Lloyd 470 World Championship are to take place tomorrow (Sunday) directly off the beach at the Hague. The warning signal for the Men’s medal races will be at 1355 local time followed an hour later by the Women.
At the Delta Lloyd 470 Worlds Championship it is easy to see who is doing better than expected as each boat has been given a bow number according to the latest ISAF ranking, issued last week. Among the Women’s Gold fleet sailors China’s Xiaoli Wang and Xufend Huang are doing especially well – ranked 91st in the world, but lying 8th overall at the end of play yesterday.
15-7-2010 | Day 4 morning report Extreme sailing in Scheveningen
“I really enjoyed myself out there”, jubilated Jorick Weijers (NED). Sand was blowing off the dunes, water off the rough seas and the race committee reported 30 knots gusting up to 40 knots. That resulted in spectacular images, unfortunate damages and no racing. At around 11 am, the race committee postponed further racing.
14-7-2010 | Press Release 14 July Wind up, but early home
For the first day so far at the 2010 Delta Lloyd 470 World Championships, the wind conditions at sea in front of The Hague allowed racing to get away on time for the three groups in the Men's division and the two in the Women's.
14-7-2010 | Why more nations will compete at future World Championships Globalising the 470
In the recent ISAF Olympic Commission report the number of nations taking part was identified as being one of the shortcomings of sailing as an Olympic sport. For example at this week’s 470 World Championships there are 39 nations represented. This is a very high number when compared to other events in sailing, but up against other Olympic sports it is small when for example you consider that 205 nations competed at the 2008 Olympic Games
13-7-2010 | Upgrading the 470 President Stanislav Kassarov describes the latest developments
With classes attempting more than ever to maintain their spot in the Olympic Games, the International 470 Class Association has introduced some new measures for the present Delta Lloyd World Championship in the Hague.
12-7-2010 | Delta Lloyd 470 Worlds Home team advantage?
Traditionally at regattas, local teams can hold the advantage with the best local knowledge, more familiarity with the race course, the typical currents and wind conditions, as well as the psychological upper hand - playing to the ‘home crowd’, in a familiar environment when it comes to food, language, culture, etc.
Hundreds of 470 sailors and coaches from all over the world enjoyed a spectacular opening ceremony of the 2010 Delta Lloyd 470 Worlds The Hague. After the official speeches, the Dutch national anthem was played in a crowded Scheveningen harbour. The Wilhelmus sounds went over in a beat on which the dancers of Dance Academy Lucia Marthas did their act. The youngsters brought the flags in and put up a fantastic show on stage, enforced by older dancers in the crowd.
24-3-2010 | Igor Marenic (CRO) It has been a long, hard road to the top......
Igor Marenic, with helmsman Sime Fantela, goes to The Hague as reigning World Champion. The Croatians sailed a superb regatta in Denmark last year, crowning an incredible 2009 season that saw them win the European Championships also.
31-5-2010 | Isabel Swan (BRA) Hunting for Olympic Gold with Torben Grael's diamond
Martine Grael has been in the limelight quite a bit during herself. The daughter of Torben Grael, the 2009 World Sailor of the Year and the winning skipper of the 2008-09 Volvo Ocean Race and five-time Olympic medalist, Martine made the news quite a bit last year
Australians Mat Belcher and Malcolm Page paired up in the 470 in 2009, but have been training together since 2001. Whether they are racing in light air or heavy air, they are either the leading the fleet or they are threatening the leaders. What makes the top ranked skippers on the 2010 ISAF World Cup tour so consistent?
25-6-2010 | Holland Moves The Netherlands as Sports Nation
The Kingdom of the Netherlands is internationally also known as Holland. In the past ‘Holland' referred to part of our country, but today both names are in full swing. Holland is a compact country with great diversity
4-5-2010 | Sven Coster (NED) we are aiming for gold, not for bronze
The Coster brothers have been dominating the Dutch 470 men's fleet for years. They teamed up in 1999 and finished sixth at their Olympic debut in Athens. In 2007, Sven and Kalle Coster won silver at the 470 Worlds and the year after they dramatically missed out on a medal in Qingdao.
19-5-2010 | Delta Lloyd 470 Worlds The Hague gets ready
From 9-18 July, the Delta Lloyd 470 World Championships for men and women will take place on the waters in front of The Hague. Sime Fantela and Igor Marenic (CRO) will defend their men's 470 World title, whilst The Hague citizen Lisa Westerhof and Beijing 2008 Two Person Dinghy silver medalist Lobke Berkhout will defend their women's.
24-3-2010 | Gideon Kliger (ISR) Every team must find a way to split the decisions during a race
Although he’s been racing 470s for 13 years, 2010 feels like a fresh start for the experienced helmsman from Israel. He has teamed up with a new crew, Eran Sela, bringing to an end a long and successful partnership with Udi Gal.
25-3-2010 | Lobke Berkhout (NED) Succes is not usual
They are not new to the Olympic 470 class as individuals, but as a duo they are. Lisa Westerhof and Lobke Berkhout from the Netherlands made an impressive debut in 2009, by winning 2 World Cups and the World title in a row.
22-5-2010 | Henriette Koch (DEN) there's no reason why we can't do well in Holland
The approach certainly doesn't seem to be hurting Koch and Sommer, who had a great World Cup season in 2009, including victories at Miami and Hyeres. However the Worlds on home waters in Denmark proved a disappointment.
24-3-2010 | Stuart Bithell (GBR) Boats taking off upwind, maybe? I'd love it
More than anything, Bithell is loving being part of a full-time Olympic campaign. Having spent many years on the edge of the British squad, he was on the verge of looking for a ‘proper job’ before the opportunity to sail with Patience came along. Last year’s silver medal suggests that this is the start of great things for this new team.
Next weekend the Men's and Women's 470 classes converge on the Hague, the Netherlands, for the start of their 2010 World Championship, sponsored by Delta Lloyd.
Taking place over 12-18 July, this year's 470 World Championships feature 123 provisional entries in the Men's division, and 65 in the Women's. Demonstrating once again the global popularity of the 470 as an Olympic class, 40 nations will be represented.
The line-up racing off The Hague features all the top contenders in the 470 class, including past World Champions and Olympic medallists. Australian Malcolm Page, Gold medallist in Beijing, returns with his new crew Matt Belcher having finished fifth at the World Championships in Denmark last year. Currently second in the world rankings the duo arrive at the Worlds on a high having most recently won the 470 Men's class at Kieler Woche. In fact Page is not the only 470 Men's Beijing Olympic medallist now with a new crew - bronze medallist, France's Nicolas Charbonnier now sails with Baptiste Meyer Dieu. They are currently eighth in the ISAF rankings having won this year's Semaine Olympique Francaise in Hyeres.
Looking to defend their World Championship title will be Sime Fantela and Igor Marenic. Currently no6 in the ISAF rankings, these Croatian sailors have had a good season so far, podiuming in four of the six regattas they have competed in.
'This year we have had great results," agrees Fantela. 'We were fighting for the medal in Palma, we did bronze in Kiel and also in Medemblik. We had good preparations and training and we feel really good. Maybe 10 boats can win the Championship. So we'll go there and sail our own race and see what happens."
Also expected to be at the top of the Men's 470 will be two of the longest standing members of the class. Israel's Gideon Kliger is currently no3 in the world and in the past has come third in three World Championships in 2008, 2007 and 2006. Since the beginning of this season Kliger has been racing with a new crew in Eran Sela, but despite this they have never finished out of the top eight so far this year.
Like Kliger, the Dutch brothers Sven and Calle Coster have been in the Men's 470 for more than a decade and they have been no1 in the world rankings almost continuously since the Beijing Games, but have dropped to fifth in the latest ISF rankings. This is to due to the Costers having had a slow start to their season: Sven Coster has had an infection of the L3-L4 vertebrae and is in the middle of a 9-10 month recovery period. In addition, at the Princess Sofia Regatta in Palma he suffered a throat injection so bad that he had to return to Holland for surgery.
'We didn't sail much in the first five months of this year. The results haven't been great this year, but everything is focussed on the Worlds - it all feels good," assures Sven Coster.
Also on top form are two time World Champions in 2008 and 2006 Nick Asher and Elliot Willis (GBR). They won the Delta Lloyd Regatta in the Netherlands this year - so perhaps Dutch waters could be lucky for the British duo again?
In the Women's 470, the class act this year has been the 2009 European Champions Guilia Conti and Giovanna Micol from Italy, no2 in the ISAF rankings. To date in 2010 they have won both the Princess Sofia Regatta in Palma and Delta Lloyd and have not been out of the top four in the other events they have contested. However hot on their heels are the present World no1s, Ingrid Petitjean and Nadège Douroux from France, who have not been out of the top eight at the six regattas they have competed in this season and have podiumed no less than four times.
They will face strong competition in Lisa Westerhof and Lobke Berkhout (NED), who aside from being the local favourites are also the defending World Champions. In Denmark last year they demolished the opposition to win by 26 points, despite having only sailed together for three months previous. Currently ranked sixth in the world, both Westerhof and Berkhout are highly experienced 470 sailors: Westerhof represented the Netherlands at the Games in Athens while Berkhout and her then helm Marcelien de Koning returned from Beijing with the silver medal.
Despite being unbeatable in 2009, winning not only the Worlds but Skandia Sail For Gold and Keiler Woche, Westerhof and Berkhout had a disappointing start to their 2010 season and have only recently redeemed themselves scoring a silver at the Delta Lloyd Regatta in Medemblik.
'We knew from last year that we still had a lot to do," admits Berkhout. 'We won all the events we sailed last year, but we still had to go through different things, like communication together, etc and we still had to grow as a team. We took the spring for that and it has been a good learning curve and at the Delta Lloyd Regatta we proved we are still one of the best teams. We will certainly have the possibility to be in the top three at the Worlds."
However as young British duo Luke Patience and Stuart Bithell proved when they finished second at the 470 Worlds last year, predicting form in the 470 is always hard and this year there is a particularly strong influx of Juniors.
In the Hague next week will be both the 2009 and 2008 women's two person dinghy gold medallists from the Youth Worlds, albeit with new crew - Britain's 2008 champion Frances Peters is now with Eilidh Mcintyre, while Brazil's Martine Soffiatti Grael, who won last year, is racing with Isabel Swan, the 2008 Olympic bronze medallist. The 2009 boy's gold medallist Philip Sparks is competing too, also with a new crew in Chris Grube.
Sparks, aged 17 and from Christchurch on the south coast of the UK, paired up with Grube last September. The duo have been competing at all the events they can including Kieler Woche, Delta Lloyd, Hyeres and Rolex Miami OCR this year, but he admits: 'We have been quite inconsistent because we haven't had enough time yet to put a consistent series together across the wind range, so it is hard to predict how you think you will do." This will be Sparks' first time at a 470 World Championship. 'I am looking forward to it - a proper event that counts for something and involves a bit of pressure it would be good," he says.
Reigning World Championship Sime Fantela and Igor Marenic who Junior 470 World Champions in 2007 advise that of those who have just left the Juniors, France's Sofian Bouvet and Jeremie Mion should be watched. So far this year have finished inside the top 10 at all the regattas they have competed in and in 2009 were both the 470 Junior World Champions and 470 Junior European Champions.
The Delta Lloyd 470 World Championship starts with a practice race on Sunday 11 July, followed by a qualification series over 12-14 July, the final series over 15-18 July, culminating in the medal races. Tracking - for both classes and all races - can be followed through the Delta Lloyd 470 World Championship website http://470worlds2010.com/.
About the International 470 Class The International 470 Class is the class of boat used for both the men's two person and women's two person dinghy events at the Olympic Games. Used as Olympic equipment since 1976, where the class was sailed as an open event before the introduction of separate events for men and women in 1988, the 470 is sailed in more than 60 nations around the world.
A strict one design class, the 470 has proved its pedigree as an Olympic class, being a high performance sailing dinghy suitable for body weights from all continents and to performing across a wide range of weather conditions. Across the 9 Olympic Games in which the 470 Class has been raced, more than 18 different nations have secured Olympic medals in the men's and women's events, demonstrating the depth of participation and talent.
The International 470 Class is responsible for the organization and administration of the 470 Class around the world and is committed to ensuring the interests of 470 sailing are represented and to encouraging, promoting and developing the 470 Class throughout the world.
Ambitious The Hague The Hague, the international city by the sea, considers the sailing sport of paramount importance. The Hague is aiming to become the heartbeat of the Dutch coastal yachting and especially of the Delta Lloyd Olympic Sailing Team of the Netherlands. In May 2009, the International Top Sailing Centre The Hague opened its doors. Hosting the Delta Lloyd 470 World Championships 2010 is a major step in the ambition to become a leading national and international yachting venue.
About Delta Lloyd Delta Lloyd Insurance sponsors sailing and water sports. In addition, Delta Lloyd is the official partner of the Dutch Water Sports Association and the title sponsor of the Delta Lloyd Olympic Squad: the elite sailors preparing for the Olympic Games. They sponsor the Delta Lloyd 24-hour Sailing Race, the Delta Lloyd North Sea Regatta, the World Cup Delta Lloyd Regatta, the Delta Lloyd Sailing Proficiency Centre, the HISWA in-water boat show and the Delta Lloyd Open Dutch Championships, Olympic Classes. The company also competed in the Volvo Ocean Race 2008-09 under the name of Team Delta Lloyd.