The Youth Sailing World Championships in The Hague stand for talent, top sport and fun. In a series of articles, those involved shed their light on this wonderful event on the basis of five questions. In this episode: Race officer Arie-jan Snel.
The Youth Sailing World Championships stands or falls with the efforts of volunteers. A large group of sailing enthusiasts is working towards a wonderful event, where hundreds of volunteers enthusiastically contribute to a successful tournament in all respects.
Arie-jan Snel is a member of the Royal Sailing and Rowing Association Hollandia and plays the role of Race officer on the ILCA & Nacra 15 course. He has many years of experience with similar events.
How well do you know the venue?
“We have trained quite a few times at sea near Scheveningen. The current there gives a different dimension to sailing races and also makes it more challenging to organise good races. This is a bit different from races on the IJsselmeer.”
Are you looking forward to something special?
“I’m particularly looking forward to the first start. That is always exciting. For the organisation and certainly for the participants. The course will be in good shape and the sailors will be ready to start the Youth Sailing World Championships in the Netherlands.”
What should we look out for during the Youth Sailing World Championships?
“I would definitely keep an eye on the Dutch sailors. We have a lot of quality in house and that talent is keen to perform well in front of their own audience and family. Moreover, they know the waters so they can achieve good results.”
When is the Youth Sailing World Championships successful for you?
“It may not be a very surprising answer, but it is what it is all about for me: when the sailors have had good races and are satisfied.”