Dorian van Rijsselberghe: ‘Curious about seeing new talents’

The Allianz Youth Sailing World Championships in The Hague stands for talent, top level 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 Dorian van Rijsselberghe.

 

What are your best memories of a Youth World Cup?

‘What applied to me, and I think to many participants in this tournament, was that at the Youth World Championships you were introduced to the best sailors from other countries for the first time. You are naturally very curious about how good your peers from other countries are. To be able to sail against them and to see who is really the best, that is what I really liked.

Are you looking forward to something special?

‘I am very curious who the super talents of this new generation are. In other words, who is the new Peter Burling or which sailor might be waiting for such a great career as Marit Bouwmeester?’

What should we pay particular attention to the week of the competition?

‘For both the participants and the spectators: enjoy it! This is a wonderful experience with lasting memories. But if I have to highlight something: it is fascinating to see what happens on the beach and in the harbor before the future champions join the battle on the water.’

How well do you know the location?

‘The Hague, Scheveningen is a beautiful place where our Dutch Olympic team trains very often. This is really one of the best places where you can develop into a really good sailor. I have also experienced that myself. The facilities are great and the water is beautiful. In addition, it also offers a beautiful sight, with the pier as an icon.’

When is the world championship successful for you?

‘When everyone goes home full of excitement. The tournament is a success for me if the kids gain new and unforgettable experiences, make friends and will proudly tell those stories for a long time to come.’

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