Cyprus’s laser class Olympic medallist, Pavlos Kontides, is taking part in the Delta Lloyd Regatta in Medemblik, Netherlands on May 23-27.
Fresh from his victory in this year’s second World Cup event in Hyeres and overcoming a slight injury Contides is one of 300 athletes taking part in the seven Olympic categories in the regatta which adds 100 points on to the sailors’ world rankings.
“It’s been a few years since I competed at Medemblik. It’s an important competition – not so much for the 100 points – there are regattas that award 200 points – but for preparations for the Olympics,” said Kontides.
He said that the conditions in Medemblik are the same as those of Aarhurst in Denmark which will host the World Championships in 2018 and in which athletes will qualify for the Tokyo Olympic Games in 2020.
The laser class race is also the most popular discipline in the regatta, drawing 100 of the 300 competitors.
Medemblik is also important to the laser class athletes as it is the first time they will be using a carbon-fibre mast which as opposed to the traditional aluminium one.
Kontides will be up against the big names in sailing like Rio Olympic silver medallist Tonci Stipanovic from Croatia and Frenchman Jean Baptiste Barnaz who on this year’s first World Cup race.
The Cypriot champion’s main aim though is the World Cup finals to be held in Santander, Spain on June 4-11.