BOAT SPEED, CLEAR AIR AND SPOTTING PRESSURE SET THE 420 WORLDS LEADERBOARD ON DAY 2
Following on from yesterday’s "no-race" day due to lack of wind, today started out with the same forecast and a mirror-like race track. An early decision from the Race Committee to postpone racing until mid-afternoon was appreciated by teams who could relax and catchup with friends around the boat park.
After a four hour delay, the Race Committee was concerned any racing would kick off, but the breeze played ball and served up three races for each of the 420 Open, Ladies and U17 fleets.
A light 6-7 knots for race 1, built to around 8-9 knots, before easing back to 6 knots by the end of race three. After a morning under postponement, sitting and waiting, impressive control by the fleets with only a smattering of black flag penalties for being over the start line early. The race tracks were fairly even, with the leaders coming to the front through their skills in boat speed, clear air and spotting the pressure.
Even the locals were struggling to know what was going on with the breeze, as the old adage "It is never normally like this here," resounded around the boat park!
Three races for all fleets are planned on race day 3, Wednesday 20 July 2016, with a scheduled start of 1300 hours. The 420 Open and 420 Ladies are scheduled to complete qualification series racing today, after which the fleets will be split into gold and silver for the 6 race final series.
Featuring 110 teams from 23 nations, the 420 Open fleet is a hotbed of the world’s 420 class talent.
A solid start from France’s Theo Carayon/Erwan Lucas hands them the lead from a 1,6,4 scorecard. Second to the home nation’s Riccardo Sepe/Filippo Iacchia and third to Argentina’s Fausto Cruz Peralta/Martin Arroyo Verdi.
Complimenting the line-up of top placed teams from last year’s 420 Worlds making a repeat appearance this year, are both the silver and bronze medallists from the 2015 ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship, Leonardo Lombi/Rodrigo Luz (BRA) and Douglas Elmes/Colin O’Sullivan, who currently hold 5th and 11th respectively.
420 Open - Top 10 after 3 races
1. Theo Carayon/Erwan Lucas (FRA 54834) - 11 pts
2. Riccardo Sepe/Filippo Iacchia (ITA 55293) - 14 pts
3. Fausto Cruz Peralta/Martin Arroyo Verdi (ARG 54842) - 20 pts
4. Jim Vincent/Victor Mas (FRA 55096) - 21 pts
5. Leonardo Lombardi/Rodrigo Grippi Lacerda Ribeiro Da Luz (BRA 52852) - 21 pts
6. Wiley Rogers/Jack Parkin (USA 55162) - 27 pts
7. Andrea Abbruzzese/Fabio Boldrini (ITA 56080) - 27 pts
8. Vasilios Gourgiotis/Orestis Batsis (GRE 54484) - 31 pts
9. Josh Berry/Henry Haslett (NZL 55168) - 34 pts
Poland’s Julia Szmit/Hanna Dzik have set the early running, in a perfect mix of youth and experience. The pair sandwiched a 5th place between two race wins in the blue fleet, to sit out front and claim the yellow leader bibs going into race day 3.
No surprise to see this partnership taking an early lead, as just six months ago they won the ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship in Malaysia. They face their then podium rivals again here at the 420 Worlds, with silver medallist Nia Jerwood and new crew Monique de Vries, and bronze medal helm Maria Caba, now sailing with Pilar Caba, ready to hunt them down.
In the yellow fleet, Jessie Kampman/Lea Sibertin-Blanc got their hands on 2 of the race wins, but it is Sofia Giondi/Giulia Gatta whose consistency put them ahead on performance in that fleet. Overall, the Italians are in second place, 3 points behind the Polish, with Francesca Russo Cirillo/Alice Linussi (ITA) in third.
Five Italian teams pack out the top 10 leaderboard - no doubt their familiarity with the waters here will also have set them in good stead.
The 84 team 420 Ladies fleet have been seeded into yellow and blue for the opening series, and will be re-seeded for tomorrow based on today’s results.
420 Ladies - Top 10 after 3 races
1. Julia Szmit/Hanna Dzik (POL 56008) - 7 pts
2. Sofia Giondi/Giulia Gatta (ITA 55914) - 10 pts
3. Francesca Russo Cirillo/Alice Linussi (ITA 55476) - 11 pts
4. Jessie Kampman/Léa Sibertin-Blanc (FRA 55896) - 12 pts
5. Maria Vittoria Marchesini/Cecilia Fedel (ITA 55641) - 13 pts
6. Demi Rio/Maria Coluzzi (ITA 55176) - 15 pts
7. Gemma McDowell/Cara McDowell (IRL 54847) - 17 pts
8. Maria Caba/Pilar Caba (ESP 55687) - 21 pts
9. María Bover Guerrero/Clara Llabrés (ESP 54697) - 21 pts
10. Carlotta Omari/Matilda Di Stefano (ITA 54800) - 22 pts
Racing in a single fleet, as predicted in yesterday’s report the 68 boat Under-17 fleet was led around the track in race 1 by Violette Dorange/Camille Orion of France. Greece’s Telis Athanasopoulos Yogo/Dimitris Tassios accelarted their performance to win race 2, with sisters Carlotta Scodnik/Camilla Scodnik of Italy taking the race 3 win.
Dorange/Orion continued their opening race form, to follow up with a 3,4 and claim the leader bibs, counting a handy 9 point advantage. Second to Telis Athanasopoulos Yogo/Dimitris Tassios (GRE), with Enzo Balanger/Gaultier Tallieu (FRA) in third.
420 U17 - Top 10 after 3 races
1. Violette Dorange/Camille Orion (FRA 55959) - 8 pts
2. Telis Athanasopoulos Yogo/Dimitris Tassios (GRE 56071) - 17 pts
3. Enzo Balanger/Gaultier Tallieu (FRA 56030) - 17 pts
4. Nick Zeltner/Till Seger (SUI 55553) - 19 pts
5. Luis Doreste/Julio Alonso (ESP 55539) - 21 pts
6. Aina Colom/Victoria Sisk (ESP 55987) - 22 pts
7. Carlotta Scodnik/Camilla Scodnik (ITA 55287) - 24 pts
8. Alessandro Venini/Alessandro Bernardo (ITA 56046) - 35 pts
9. Stefania Padoan/Petra Gregori (ITA 56015) - 39 pts
10. Inga-Marie Hofmann/Henrike Leonie Leitl (GER 54859) - 46 pts
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About the 2016 420 World, Ladies World and U17 World Championships
The 2016 420 World, Ladies World and U17 World Championships, 15-23 July 2016, is being held at Marina degli Aregia, Sanremo, Italy and organized by the Italian Sailing Federation, in partnership with the Yacht Club Sanremo, International 420 Class Association and Italian 420 Class Association. 524 sailors from 24 nations are competing, with 110 boats in the 420 Open fleet, 84 in the 420 Ladies and 68 in the U17. The 420 Open and 420 Ladies teams contest a 12 race series, with 6 races in the qualification series and 6 in the final, with a single race discard coming into play after race five. The 420 Open and 420 Ladies are each split into fleets for the qualification series with reseeding after each day’s racing. For the 6 race final series, teams will advance to gold and silver fleets, based on their leaderboard position from the qualification series. Teams contesting the U17 World Championships race a single series of 12 races.
The twenty-five nations competing are: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Brazil, Chile, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, Uruguay, USA.
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A performance two-person spinnaker racing dinghy for youth, the 420 has been selected as the youth development class in over 45 nations around the world. The 420 is an important choice to develop sailing and sailors’ skills in strategy, tactics, boat handling, tuning and technique and is very accessible, demanding skills easily obtained by sailors in developing nations.
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