Annemiek Bekkering: “You make friends for life”

The Allianz Youth Sailing World Championships in The Hague symbolizes talent, top sport and fun. In a series of articles, those involved shed light on this wonderful event answering five questions. In this episode, co-tournament director and recently retired top-elite sailor Annemiek Bekkering speaks.

 

What are your best memories of the YSWC?
“My first YSWC was in Canada and I still remember how special it was to travel there with the team. We all received beautiful Dutch team outfits and it felt special to represent the Netherlands. What I liked most about the YSWC itself was that everything was perfectly arranged. The boats were ready, volunteers steered everything in the right direction, competitions were tightly organized and all sailors performed at a high level. It felt special to be a part of that.”

Are you looking forward to something special?
“I look forward to the passion and especially the pleasure that you see the sailors have. To the mutual struggle between the athletes but at the same time also the connection between them. I made lifelong friends at the YSWC and I wish that for everyone who participates.”

What should we pay particular attention to the week of the competition?
“Find a nice spot on the beach, from where you have the best view of the matches. It is wonderful to enjoy in Scheveningen. There are plenty of beach bars to eat or drink, or you can bring your own picnic.”

How well do you know the location?
“I myself have trained a lot in Scheveningen in recent years and I think it is one of the best places to sail. The waves make it challenging and often there is a good wind. In addition, there is also quite a bit of current, which makes the matches interesting. The sailors will have to think carefully about how to deal with this. If you do it right, you can gain a lot with it. But you can also lose a lot because of it.”

When are the world championships considered to be a success in your opinion?
“If we can look back on the YSWC with well-organized competitions; fair competitions in which everyone gave his or her best for a result. Of course, we also need good weather and wind, but also a strong organization and enthusiastic sailors. If the athletes, the volunteers, and the entire organization can look back on this great event with a positive feeling, then the YSWC have been a success!”

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