Research in Olympic Sailing

Research in Olympic Sailing: Validity and reliability of the 49er simulator

Sailing Innovation Centre in collaboration with the National Sailing Federation strive on a daily basis to investigate the world of high performance sailing. In part of this long-term project every year highly motivated students interested in elite sports and innovation are asked to participate and collaborate towards this goal. At this point we are looking for a master student of the Human Movement science department to investigate a topic related to exercise physiology, training prescription and testing, for Olympic class sailors.

The goal of this study will be to investigate the validity and reliability of the sail specific ‘49er simulator’ in order to optimize on-land training possibilities of the Olympic Class sailors. This must contribute to the improvement of sail specific training and helps to enhance the sailors performance.


  • Highly motivated & proactive students that want to participate in the development of one of the most successful Olympic programs in the Netherlands supported by NOC*NSF
  • Full time dedication on the project with a minimal physical attendance of 4 days in Scheveningen Olympic Sailing headquarters.
  • High level of knowledge and affinity with exercise physiology
  • Students will have to prepare an efficient timetable including testing moments throughout their entire research project to avoid any inconvenience.

During their research project, students will be supported by the Human Movement Scientists and Strength & Conditioning Coaches of the Sailing Innovation Centre and the National Sailing Federation.

Inge de Zeeuw, MSc
Sailing Innovation Centre             

Lars Kemperman, MSc 
S&C Coach Watersportverbond                                                                 


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