Dutch Youth Regatta ready for registration dayAnke Haadsma
The Dutch Youth Regatta will be held during the ascension weekend from Thursday the 21th of May to Sunday the 24th of May 2020. The future top sailors worldwide will come to the Netherlands to battle for the Dutch titles. Only the best youth sailors will represent their country. Registration for the Dutch Youth Regatta opens Friday, January 31th for a total of 9 classes.
Besides the 9 classes, there are different age categories. There’s the regular Optimist class, but also the Optimist Benjamin for sailors aged below 12 years. Laser Radial, Laser Standard and Nacra 15 are divided in age for sailors younger than 21 and under 25. In the 29er the age differences are below 19 and under 25. Each one of these categories has its own ranking and price at the end of the event. The sailors in the different categories will race for the Open Dutch Championship, Eurocup Series and Class event.
Eurocup and European Super Series
The Dutch Youth Regatta is part of the Eurocup Series for the 29er U25. These Series are held over 9 events throughout Europe, the Dutch event is the third series after France and Spain. The final event takes place in Italy from 24 to 27 October 2020. Winners of these Series last year where the Norwegian Mathias Berthet and Alexander Franks Penty, they’ve also won the Dutch Youth Regatta.
The Dutch Youth Regatta is also part of the RS Feva Eurocup Series. The Nacra 15 sailors have the European Super Series, a series of six events through Europe.
Racing for the Dutch title
Most classes will battle for the Open Dutch Championships, a title for both Dutch and international sailors. Only for the sailors in the classes Laser Radial, Laser Standard and Nacra 15 aged between 21 and 25 years, and the RS Feva sailors don’t race for the Dutch title. There Dutch Championship takes place later in the season at another Dutch sailing event.
Be ready for the opening of the registration for the Dutch Youth Regatta 2020 on Friday 31th of January. Last year the first registrant was noticed only minutes after opening, and within a few hours a lot of Optimist sailors had already secured a place in the registration list. For the Nacra 15 it was necessary to widen the entries from 30 to 60 due to a long waiting list. With the World Championship this year in Medemblik, the Netherlands, the organisation again expects a lot of Nacra 15 sailors to come racing in Workum.
An overview of the different classes and their championships during the Dutch Youth Regatta:
|29er U19||Open Dutch Championship|
|29er U25||Eurocup Series|
|Cadet||Open Dutch Championship|
|Laser 4.7 U18||Open Dutch Championship|
|Laser Radial U21||Open Dutch Championship|
|Laser Radial U25||Class event|
|Laser Standard U21||Open Dutch Championship|
|Laser Standard U25||Class event|
|Nacra 15 U21||Open Dutch Championship|
|Nacra 15 U25||Class event & European Super Series|
|Optimist||Open Dutch Championship|
|Optimist Benjamin U12||Open Dutch Championship|
|Splash Blue||Open Dutch Championship|
|RS Feva U18||Eurocup Series|
|RS Feva||Class event|
Photo credits: Klaas Wiersma