Live TV from Delta Lloyd Regatta

Plus a host of other new measures to up the game with Holland's Olympic classes regatta this year

Thursday March 18th 2010, Author: Diana Bogaards, Location: Netherlands

In 2010, the organisers of the Delta Lloyd Regatta, part of the ISAF World Cup Series, are aiming to boost its quality. This will focus on both the sailing competition on the IJsselmeer at Medemblik, as well as the reporting about it.

is part of the skilled jury and the race committees are highly focussed on their job following a tour along the involved clubs. A professional media team will cover the Dutch Olympic classes events, including live web coverage of the Medal Races.

"In the last 25 years, we were well-known for our progressive ideas and the implementation of them," says organiser Arjen Rahusen of the  Amsterdam-based Trefpunt Sports & Entertainment. "Now, we think it is time to work on the improvement of quality in general." 

An evaluation carried out showed that the pressure on the international jury was too high, as Rahusen explains: "That is why we asked Josje Hofland to solve that issue. She put together a new jury, in consultation with the ISAF." The list includes skilful Josje Hofland, a jury member for the 32nd America's Cup, and others who have gained experience through events such as the Volvo Ocean Race, America's Cup and Olympic Games. They represent nine nationalities, under the leadership of their Danish Chairman Jan Stage.

Live online broadcasting

Traditionally, the Medal Races in the ten Olympic classes will take place close to the shore, but now it will be possible to have an even closer eye on it. Rahusen: "We will broadcast them live on the internet. We are using cameras on top of the Radboud Castle, a cradle elevator, in a RIB with reporter, in a helium balloon above a buoy and in a mini helicopter. The TV truck for editing work will be parked next to the course and the images will be directly beamed to the shore. Of course there is a small time difference, so there will be a little delay in broadcast."

The organisation will also add tracking to the live video reporting. Rahusen: "We have set ourselves high goals. That is our contribution to the enforcement of sailing as Olympic sport."

About the Delta Lloyd Regatta

The Delta Lloyd Regatta 2010 starts on Wednesday 26 May and finishes on Sunday 30 May. The event belongs to the international ISAF World Cup series for Olympic and Paralympic classes. The first two Medal Races are scheduled on Saturday 29 May 29 with the following eight on the day after.

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