Zie jij jezelf door weer en wind boeiende zeilverhalen schrijven? Deins je niet terug voor wat boegwater in je gezicht of zand tussen je tenen? Wellicht gaan we dan binnenkort samen aan de wind. Freelancepraktijk ‘Communicatie in Watersport’ verzorgt sinds vijf jaar de verslaggeving van grote zeilevenementen in binnen- en buitenland. Daarnaast behoren diverse zeilteams, watersportbladen en nautische bedrijven tot de opdrachtgevers.
Sometimes things evolve very quickly. Only 1,5 week ago Yvo Janssen called me with the question what I was doing. A few days earlier, I heard he was involved in the last-minute Volvo Ocean Race campaign of Team Delta Lloyd. So, his telephone call gave me hope instantly. And guess what…he was interested in my services. Wow, what an opportunity. It has always been a major goal of mine to work for a VOR syndicate.
“Did you enjoy the Olympic atmosphere”, has been a frequently asked question since I came home from Qingdao. Well, I certainly did. What an amazing experience. Not only the biggest sports event on earth, but also China made it a very special trip. In terms of cultural thinking it is not common to use the expression ‘strange’, so let’s put it this way…China is a ‘different’ country.
It took a while, but new images have been posted on my website. I made a selection of my work at the Caribbean Sailing Regatta, ABN AMRO North Sea regatta, Commodores’ Cup 2008 and a photo shoot with F18 Team Gea Casey/Van Joolen. Please have a look and enjoy the action and scenery.
After coming back from the South African Hobie Tiger Worlds in March, there hasn’t been a dull moment in my agenda. I went from one job into the other. Sometimes next doors and sometimes away. I also planned my own F18 regatta’s at which I crewed for Stuart Gummer. That was my most important lesson from the season of 2007, in which I lost touch with my own passion for catamaran sailing. Now I am back in the circuit and still working hard as a nautical journalist and photographer.
It took me months of asking, hoping, persuading and persistence, but I am going to Qingdao. Today, I have received the final confirmation. The NSP (Dutch Sports Press Agency) and NOC*NSF allow me a press accreditation, which means that I will be able to report on the 2008 Olympic sailing competition. How exciting is that.
Last week I picked up my telephone, as a voice said: “Don’t be startled by me, but it’s Arjen Rahusen.” What a surprise! He is one of my former bosses. It has been 5 years, since I wrote the last press release about the SPA Regatta (only Grade 1 event in the Netherlands). It was my final project as employee of Amsterdam based Trefpunt Sports & Leisure Marketing.
My 2008 season started with two wonderful events; the Caribbean Sailing Regatta and the Hobie Tiger & Dragoon Worlds in South Africa. On February 1st, I checked in with about 120 men!
I was already extremely happy with the restyling of www.diabo.nl, but my new Photo Gallery makes me even more proud.
“I like to invite you for a guest lecture at the Noordelijke Hogeschool Leeuwarden”, said Ute Vrijburg, former Executive Director of the European Hobie Cat Association. We used to work together on several Hobie Championships. Nowadays, she is employed by the Communication Department of this northern institute for higher education (Bachelor degree).
On February 27th, I will leave for South Africa again. Two years after the Hobie 16 Worlds in Port Elizabeth, I will return to this beautiful Hobie Cat minded country. We will race in the Langebaan Lagoon. Langebaan is a little seaside town on the West Coast. The conditions seem to be great with good winds of 20 to 25 knots and lots of sunshine of course. Hobie Cat France hires me and photographer Pierrick Contin (FRA) to report on the 6th Hobie Tiger & 3rd Hobie Dragoon Worlds.