Article courtesy of Anke Haadsma on behalf of Medemblik Regatta.
Australian sailors are making a big effort to come to Medemblik this year. For Olympic and America's Cup competitor Jake Lilley, it’s not the first time he’s competing at this regatta. For Jacinta Ainsworth, her career is just starting, although she already has an impressive track record.
Ainsworth is back and ready for racing
In 2015 the Laser Radial sailor was Australia's number one Youth Sailor. She competed at several youth regattas and the World Cup in Melbourne. She stepped out of the boat for 18 months to focus on her studies. Since the Australian summer she has returned to sailing and is ready for some competition. This year she competed at Sail Sydney, placing 2nd, and finished top 5 female in both Sail Melbourne and the Nationals.
“Right now I am working hard on fitness, strength and technical aspects of sailing again which I’m thoroughly enjoying," Ainsworth said. "I plan to compete in the French Nationals, Europeans, World Cup in Hyères and the Medemblik Regatta. After all this I'm heading back to Australia to complete my final preparation phase for the World Championships in Aarhus.”
Perfect training event for Lilley
Lilley is also preparing for Aarhus and will use the Medemblik Regatta as a training event. He didn’t make it to the regatta last year, since the Finn class wasn’t included in the event. Around that time of year he was also busy working with Artemis Racing in the America’s Cup. Now he is back sailing in the Finn and looking forward to his fourth time at the Medemblik Regatta.
“I hope that this year Medemblik can be a big regatta," Lilley said. "It's perfect training and warm-up for the World Championships in Denmark. I'm expecting some great racing and fantastic sailing, as always.”
About the Medemblik Regatta
The Medemblik Regatta, formerly known as the Delta Lloyd Regatta, will be held from Tuesday 22nd to Saturday 26th of May 2018. It’s the 34th edition of this international sailing event for all Olympic Sailing Classes. Sailors from over the whole world will be in the Netherlands to join this, by the international sailing federation (World Sailing) licensed event.
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