Irishwoman Annalize Murphy finds herself in a rerun of Rio from five years ago this week when she takes on her 2016 podium teammates Marit Bouwmeester (NED) and Anne-Marie Rindom (DEN) as the series of the 2021 Hempel World Cup kicks off at the Allianz Regatta in Medemblik, The Netherlands today.
Murphy and Rindom will test each other in ILCA 6 against Bouwmeester as they aim to improve on their silver and bronze medals from five years ago at Tokyo 2020.
Aoife Hopkins and Eve McMahon, both of the Howth Yacht Club, also compete in ILCA 6 Ireland.
As regular Afloat readers know, the battle is well underway for National Yacht Club’s Murphy to improve her consistency as she finished 46th in April at the Vilamoura International Regatta, an event Rindom won so far. convincing.
There are no Irish competing in the ILCA 7 class in Holland, just over a month after the disappointment of not qualifying for Tokyo at Vilamoura.
The Dutch regatta will run until June 13 with eight Olympic classes and world-class talent on the water.
A total of 350 sailors from 47 countries will compete in eight Olympic classes, in what will be the first Hempel World Cup Series event since the outbreak of the global COVID-19 pandemic.
For many sailors, the Hempel World Cup Series – Allianz Regatta will be the last big competition before the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.
The Hempel World Cup Series – Allianz Regatta have a rich history, building on the legacy of Spa, Holland and Delta Lloyd Regatta. Since 1985 he has been the leader in the list of European Olympic sailing events and is renowned among Olympic sailors for providing a tough test on a competitive racetrack.
The Hempel World Cup Series – Allianz Regatta will take place over two weeks, in order to leave enough time and space for sailors to compete while respecting the coronavirus restrictions on social distancing.
From Wednesday 2 to Sunday 6 June, the ILCA 6, ILCA 7, RS: X Men and Women and Nacra 17 fleets will all be in the water. The 49er, 49erFX and Finn will follow from Wednesday 9 to Sunday 13 June. The 470 men and women were canceled due to insufficient numbers but large fleets are expected in all other classes.
Dutch hopes for the Hempel World Cup Series – Allianz Regatta will be pinned on home favorite Marit Bouwmeester (NED) in ILCA 6. The Dutch rider, gold medalist at Rio 2016, suffered injury setbacks throughout along the Tokyo quadrennium, but focuses on returning to winning ways.
2018 world champion Emma Plasschaert (BEL) joins the fleet of 69 boats alongside Olympic medal hopefuls Paige Railey (USA), Tuula Tenkanen (FIN), Josefin Olsson (SWE) and Maria Erdi (HUN).
The ILCA 7 will feature 80 world-class riders aiming to brag before Tokyo 2020. The fleet will be led by Rio 2016 silver medalist Tonci Stipanovic (CRO) and London 2012 silver medalist Pavlos Kontides ( CYP). Other candidates include Juan Ignacio Maegli (GUA), Charlie Buckingham (USA) and Hermann Tomasgaard (NOR).
Dutch windsurfers Kiran Badloe and Lilian de Geus have dominated the RS: X men and women in recent years and will be the favorites of their respective fleets.
Badloe will race in a fleet of 21 boats which includes Tokyo 2020 rivals Tom Squires (GBR), Piotr Myszka (POL) and Thomas Goyard (FRA). A small but competitive fleet of 8 boats will compete in the women’s RS: X.
In the Nacra 17, Nacra 15 gold medalists at the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games, Dante Cittadini and Teresa Romairone (ARG) will make their debut at the Nacra 17 senior. They will compete in a fleet of 13 boats made up of five strong French teams.
40 boats will compete in the 49er fleet with a strong presence of Danish, Dutch, French and German teams. Meanwhile, in the 49erFX, 28 boats will line up.
The Finn fleet of 12 boats will include ten Dutch sailors, including Nicholas Heiner (NED) bound for Tokyo 2020. Foreign competitors include Facundo Olezza (ARG) and Vasilii Kravachenko (RUS).
The races will take place in two race zones starting at 11:00 am every day. The Medal Races will follow one another on both Sundays to conclude the competition.