Delta Lloyd back disabled sailing
Delta Lloyd is to sponsor the International Foundation for Disabled Sailing Worlds 2010 to be held in Medemblik, over 6–14 July 2010. The Worlds are qualifiers for the 2012 Paralympics.
Races will be sailed in the 2.4.mR, Skud 18 and Sonar - all boats are adapted to the disability of their crews to ensure fair competition on the water.
The IFDS has found an enthusiastic organising body in the Royal Netherlands Yacht Club where the Race Management Committee and the Housing Committee are busy planning races, accommodation and catering. On the water as well ashore they are being supported by a team of 90 volunteers, as more than 130 sailors from all over the world are expected to participate. Together with coaches, this means providing facilities for some 300 people.
Meanwhile IFDS has received entries from amongst others Malaysia, USA, Canada, Croatia, Austria, Germany, UK, Greece, Israel, Italy, Ireland, Norway, Australia....and of course the Netherlands. The Dutch sailors and have already been successful in Southern France, Hyeres, in April during this year's ISAF World Cup Sailing.
Last week many 2.4mR sailors have participated in the Delta Lloyd regatta, sub-division of the ISAF World Cup for Olympic and Paralympics classes, just as to get used to the water, in order to be well prepared for IFDS Worlds 2010. IFDS proudly presents Delta Lloyd as name giving sponsor. Delta Lloyd, leading sponsor of many sailing events, will guarantee an all-out sportive event, accompanied by festivities ashore.