May 26, 2024


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Allianz Regatta to Almira as part of Dutch Water Week

Vlnr: Julius Lindenbergh, Arno van Gerven, Frank Burghout (Allianz), Ernst Jan Broer (voorzitter Watersportverbond), Harold Hofstra, Martijn van der Meulen.  Fotocredits: Yannick Schurwanz, TIG Sports

From 2022, the Allianz Regatta will sail from Almera in the southern basin of the IJsselmeer/Markermeer. Next year’s event will take place from May 27 to June 5. The world’s best sailors compete in the World Cup, part of the Hempel World Cup Series, in the ten Olympic categories including the new kite foil and wind foil. The ambition is to develop the event week into Dutch Water Week, where water sports in all its forms meet.

Since 1985, the Allianz Regatta, under various names, has been held in Medemblik. Arno van Gerven, Director of the Aquatics Federation:We are very grateful to Medemblick for the crucial role she played in the development of our sport. Regatta racing is pioneering and innovative and we want to maintain this level. We have developed a plan for this together with our regular event partner TIG Sports. A plan that requires more strong partners who want to embrace our ambition.

Both parties are pleased with the cooperation and support of Flevoland, Almere, Allianz (Main Sponsor of Watersportverbond) and World Sailing (International Sailing Federation). Harold HofstraVice Sports Flevoland: ‘We are surrounded by what The Netherlands distinguishes and connects water. Water sports are the core sport of Flevoland Sports Policy. So we are very excited about Dutch Water Week, an extensive water sports event that includes the international and national sailing summit, where new specialties are introduced and introduced, newcomers get a chance to savor all the flavors of water sports and enthusiasts indulge their passion. . We are pleased to host such an ambitious new event.

Julius Lindenberg, a member of the local sports council Elmir: ‘For us, this collaboration is recognition and affirmation. Dutch Water Week, and all the competitions accompanying it, are exactly what we are talking about in our new sporting vision, yet to be defined; The city is our sports residence. Land obviously makes sense when it comes to sports and for us, water, too. This is what you see now also parties outside Almere. Great collaboration that makes you want more.

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Dutch Water Week – more than just competitions

Allianz Regatta is the core of the action. In addition to being the world’s number one in the Olympic classes, Dutch and foreign sailors also compete in other classes of the Dutch Open on the same background.

The event takes place in the waters off Almere and Lelystad. At various places on the water, competitions are held in a number of modern sailing classes but also in the longer sailing classes that exist. Demonstrations of new urban water sports will be organized and there will be a great opportunity to practice sports on your own as a newcomer and as an enthusiast.

From Almere, a link with Floriade will be established and an XL version of the Optimist on Tour will be organized. It’s also the ambition to connect exhibitions and other events on the water and on the water (such as canoe/boat tours, motorboat events, and canoe polo competitions) with Dutch Water Week, as well as those gathered in extreme water sports. In fact, all water-related events are welcome to join the Dutch Water Week. Watersportverbond invites interested parties to register.

Of course we would also like to involve our associations in the growth and development of Dutch Water Week. After all, the event is meant to be a catalyst for water sports and therefore for our associations as well. They also play a crucial role in the organization of the event, for example in competitions on the water.

Sjoerd Laarberg, CEO of Allianz Netherlands: “We are very happy and proud to have been able to associate our name with great water sports since the beginning of this year. Events are a pillar of our partnership with Watersportverbond and TIG Sports. We are very excited about the ambition and innovation that is now being achieved with the plans for Dutch Water Week. In the coming years, this will indeed develop into an event that we, with our customers, employees and business partners, would like to attend, to celebrate the water with all water sports enthusiasts in the Netherlands.

Martijn van der Meulen, Managing Partner of TIG Sports: ‘The essence of what we are good at is the organization of major sporting events in the Netherlands in a qualitative, innovative and surprising way. Think the end of the Volvo Ocean Race in 2018, the annual KLM Open and, say, the F1 Dutch Grand Prix. With Dutch Water Week we also want to take it a step further to allow as many enthusiasts as possible to experience the many aspects of water sports in an unexpected way.