The water around Almere and Lelystad was filled today with water sports enthusiasts. The kitesurfers and windfoilers started their first races of the Allianz Regatta at the Bataviastrand in Lelystad and around Pampus the sailors could again sail their races in challenging conditions.
The fleet of the Hempel World Cup, part of the Allianz Regatta, brings many international sailors to Almere and Lelystad. For example, there are the Italian 470 sailors Elena Berta and Jacopo Izzo who put down a good second day and are in the lead for now. “Lots of gusts and turning wind,” is Elena’s reaction to today. “The key is to read the wind on the water.” The Italian duo did this well enough today.
Wind plays big factor today
Gusty and turning winds are a factor that all sailors had to deal with today. This is also a main factor at the ILCA6, where we speak to Canadian Maura Dewey. “We are sailing over there, behind the ‘Carnival Island’ (Pampus, ed.), you have a lot of trouble with the trees here which makes the wind extra gusty. But the sailing is good here, it’s good training for me and the forecast for the rest of the week looks good.”
So on that ‘Carnival Island’ Pampus there is a good view of the sailing races, it is located right in the middle of the competition field of the Hempel World Cup.
The Dutch do well on the foils
Today on the Bataviastrand in Lelystad, the kiteboarders and windfoilers started. After an hour delay, they could also start. The Dutch Annelous Lammerts does very well on the Kitefoil, she wins all four races. In the windfoilers a Dutchman is doing well too, Max Castelein is in the lead after the first day.
The Hempel World Cup Series, part of the Allianz Regatta, will go on till June 5th.