Leidschendam – Elides de Ruijter and Odile van Aanholt from Leidschendam won gold in Oman during the World Championships in Olympic Class 49erFX. Dutch Bart Lambrix and Floris van de Vergen also won in the 49er.
At the start of the medal race, De Reuters and Von Anholt were already ahead of the Norwegian pair of Helen Nass-Marie Running. The Dutch sailing pair were able to maintain that lead by finishing third in the final race. Von Anhold and De Reuters also became European champions at Thessaloniki in September. Sailors make twins from time to time. Von Anholt and De Roerger travel with Emma Sewers and Willemijn Offerman, respectively, who are currently injured. For the 49er and 49erFX class sailors, the World Championship is the first international event after the Tokyo Olympics.
Elise de Ruijter (22) began sailing at Vlietland in Leidschendam when she was 8 years old. After a few years with the Vlietzeilers he was transferred to the Optimist racing team Brassemermeer and later to the famous coach for the sailing team. After a time at Optimist, he switched to 29er. In 2016, he finished 2nd at the Dutch Championships and went on to finish 6th at the ISAF Youth World Championships in New Zealand. He has reached many stage positions in international competitions. At the end of 2017 he switched to 49erFX. He currently travels full time on the high performance team at the Dutch Water Sports Association as a team on 49erFX. In recent years, he has taken the stage with his ‘steering wheel’ in various international competitions.
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