Welcomed by firm winds a delegation of World Sailing held a site visit last week at the new venue of the Allianz Regatta 2022. “We are excited to welcome back the Allianz Regatta as part of the Hempel World Cup Series for the second year in a row at this new and exciting location near Amsterdam.”
The Allianz Regatta, previously held in Medemblik, will for the first time be held on the southern part of the IJsselmeer from May 31 – June 5 at two locations, Almere/Marina Muiderzand and Lelystad. Some of the world’s best sailors will compete here in the ten Olympic classes including the new kite sailing and windfoiling classes.
It is the ambition of the Royal Dutch Watersports Association together with promotor TIG Sports for this event to grow into one of the biggest watersports events in Europe where water sports come together in its full pluriformity. This event is called the Dutch Water Week. Besides the Allianz Regatta, all sorts of watersport events are invited to become part of the Dutch Water Week where fans can watch , take part an enjoy their passion: water.
With only a few months to go until the first edition of the Allianz Regatta in the waters of Almere and Lelystad, Scott Over, commercial director of World Sailing, visited the main venue and was informed by the organizing committee about the current state of affairs.
Over was not only impressed with the preparations so far, but also with the chosen format of the Allianz Regatta as part of the broader watersports event the Dutch Water Week.
“World Sailing is really excited to welcome back the Allianz Regatta as part of the Hempel World Cup Series for the second year. We are looking forward to hosting the world’s best sailors, fans and sponsors at this new location near Amsterdam in the setting of the Dutch Water Week. It is something all watersports lovers in the broadest sense can look forward to.”
According to Arno van Gerven, director of the Royal Dutch Watersports Association, the Netherlands are more than ready to welcome the global watersports community.
“The possibilities at this new location are surprising and exciting. Not least thanks to the enthusiasm of the cities and stakeholders involved. That makes us even more inspired to achieve our goal with this event: to let as many people as possible experience the fun of many facets of water sports.”
A special moment during the site visit was the short stay at Pampus off the banks of Muiden and Amsterdam, part of UNESCO World Heritage. The fortress island, built on almost 4000 piles at the end of the 19th century as a defense line for the city of Amsterdam, also plays a role in the Dutch Water Week.
Scott Over: “The location of Pampus Island will provide an amazing vantage point for fans to be close to the action. Also Marina Muiderzand offers world class facilities for sailors to feel at home.”
Also part of the Allianz Regatta is the Open Dutch Sailing Championships, which take place from May 27 – 29 and entails non-Olympic classes.