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LASER 4.7 ATHLETES

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LAILA VAN DER MEER
Age 16, student/athlete
Ranked: #2  & #1 girl
From: Grou, The Netherlands
About: Laila was one of the best female Dutch Optimist sailors in recent years and has made the switch to Laser 4.7 in the winter of 2015. In only 6 months she was able to race among the top-10 Laser4.7 Girls in the world.

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TEUN IN DER MAUR
Age 15, student/athlete
Ranked: #4
From: Zeist, The Netherlands
About: Teun has just made the transition from Optimist to Laser4.7 after only 2 months in the boat he is already able to compete with the best Dutch Laser4.7 sailors.

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WILLEM WIERSEMA
Age 15, student/athlete
Ranked: #16
From: Eastermar, The Netherlands
About: Willem has just made the transition from Optimist to Laser4.7 after only a few weeks in the boat he is already competing with the best Dutch Laser4.7 sailors.

LASER RADIAL ATHLETES

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EMMA SAVELON
Age 17, student/athlete
Ranked: #10 & #2 girl
About: Emma has been sailing Lasers since 2014 and she has progressively improved the past year. She has started working with Dinghycoach late 2015 and has peaked in the Laser4.7 by becoming the 2016 Laser4.7 WORLD CHAMPION!
She now transitioned into the Laser Radial aiming to become one of the best!

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PIET HEIN KRAAN
Age 16, student/athlete
Ranked: #5
About: Piet Hein was one of the top Laser 4.7 sailing in the Netherlands and has now made the transition into Laser Radial. After only 1 month with his new rig he is able to race in the top-10 in the Radial fleet in the Netherlands. He also has a growing business in smartphone accessories and Dinghycoach helps him to balance studying, work and life as an athlete.

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OLIN HOUTMAN
Age 16, student/athlete
Ranked: #3
About: Olin has steadily progressed the past year in Radials and now wants to focus on balancing studying with the athletic lifestyle. His dedication to school and being an athlete are admirable.

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MARNIX BOS
Age 16, student/athlete
Ranked: #4
About: Marnix and his sister Sarah have started sailing in Switzerland and moved to the Netherlands in 2013. He has been steadily improving throughout his sailing career and wants to take the next step by putting all of his time into his sport.

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SARAH BOS
Age 16, student/athlete
Ranked: #15 & #4 girl
About: Sarah and her brother Marnix have started sailing in Switzerland and moved to the Netherlands in 2013. She is happy to be in the top-5 girls in the Netherlands and keen to improve the upcoming season!

PROGRAM COACHES

Pim Stumpel  Owner Dinghycoach

PIM STUMPEL
Program Head Coach
Age 28
About: Pim is responsible for the overall programs, the development of the athletes and setting their goals. He coaches the sailors on and off the water and makes sure they follow their pathway as it was set out for them.

Floris van de Werken Dinghycoach

FLORIS VAN DE WERKEN
Performance & Physical Coach
Age 21
About: Floris has a wealth of experience in high performance sailing. He has sailed competitively in the 49er and 49erFX youth as well as the foiling GC32 catamaran.
Floris is also the physical training and nutrition expert for our Athlete Performance Program.

Ben Koppelaar Head Coach Dinghycoach

BEN KOPPELAAR
Technical Expert
Ben has over 15 years experience in the Lasers as a sailors as well as a coach. He is also experienced in coaching at the highest level, the Olympics!
The Athlete Performance Program gives him the opportunity to use his expertise to the fullest and let sailors benefit from his laser specific knowledge.