EPIC 20 KNOT RACE DAY DECIDES GOLD AND SILVER FLEET AT 420 WORLDS
Another epic day with breeze of around 20 knots across the two race tracks at the 2019 420 World Championship in Vilamoura, Portugal.
Today was the make or break day of the qualification series for the 456 sailors trying to check in and secure their advance to gold fleet racing for the upcoming 6-race final fleet series, which starts tomorrow.
Fantastic conditions for both races with consistent breeze and waves across the race tracks for the Open, Women and U17 fleets.
Final series racing is scheduled to get underway at 1400 hours on Tuesday 9 July with two races for all fleets.
Seb Menzies/Blake McGlashan continue to dominate the 420 Open fleet, but they couldn’t repeat their winning ways today, racking up scores of 11,4.
Behind, team mates Mason Mulcahy/Andre Van Dam remain in striking distance and have closed the gap to the leaders to just 4 points.
Back to back wins went to Olympian Onan Barreiros partnering with Ana Santana in the yellow fleet, with fellow Spaniards Nacho Davila/Javier Mestre doing the same in the blue fleet.
Experience counts, and back in 2003 Barreiros won the 420 World Championships at Hayling Island, Great Britain – a victory which launched him into his 470 career including two Olympic appearances.
“It was the first time we sailed together, my crew was a newcomer to the class, but with the 420 Worlds so close to home we decided to try to qualify for it,” explained Barreiros. “These are working holidays but we are having a great time here in Vilamoura with an amazing organization and great sailing conditions”
Racing in the eighty-nine boat 420 Open fleet advances to gold and silver racing from Tuesday 9 July, with the top 45 boats in gold and the remaining 44 in silver. Qualification couldn’t get closer with the boats placed 45 and 46 on a tiebreak of 107 points, and the gold fleet ticket advantage going to Alexandre Grognuz/Siméo Vollmer (SUI)
420 Open – Top 10 after 6 Races
1. Seb MENZIES/Blake MCGLASHAN (NZL 56674) - 8 pts
2. Mason MULCAHY/Andre VAN DAM (NZL 56163) - 12 pts
3. Onan BARREIROS/Ana SANTANA (ESP 56579) - 15 pts
4. Hadyn SEWELL/William HEATHCOTE (GBR 54483) - 19 pts
5. Nacho DAVILA/Javier MESTRE (ESP 55836) - 21 pts
6. Tal SADE/Noam HOMERI (ISR 54121) - 22 pts
7. Conrad KONITZER/Fernando RODRIGUEZ (ESP 56259) - 24 pts
8. Jacobo GARCIA/Antoni RIPOLL (ESP 56675) - 28 pts
9. Will MICHELS/Louis LA FONTISEE IV (USA 55175) - 28 pts
10. Luís NIZA/Paulo BAPTISTA (POR 56741) - 28 pts
A changing of the guard in the 420 Women fleet, as overnight leaders Eleanor Keers/Faye Chatterton struggled in today’s challenging conditions and plummeted out of the top 10 to find themselves with a mountain to climb sitting back in 23rd overall.
The series lead was briefly in the hands of Poland’s Gabriela Czapska/Hanna Rajchert after race 5, but all change as a win in race 6 pushed Great Britain’s Vita Heathcote/Milly Boyle into pole position.
Birthday celebrations on board the British boat, with Heathcote celebrating her 18th in style, saying, “I am just so happy, a Birthday win was amazing, the best feeling. The conditions were perfect, it couldn’t have been better conditions. Vilamoura has definitely delivered.”
A very exuberant Boyle added, “So much fun. The wind was really good for us, we really like it when it is windy. The waves as well, it was just loads and loads of fun, going fast – sending it.”
Second overall to Spain’s Marina Garau/Blanca Cabot. Italy’s Irene Calici/Petra Gregori enjoyed wins in both yellow fleet races and gear up to 3rd, a major climb of 9 places compared to their placing at the start of the day.
The top placed 37 teams now advance to gold fleet racing, with 36 in silver fleet.
420 Women – Top 10 after 6 Races
1. Vita HEATHCOTE/Milly BOYLE (GBR 55244) - 12 pts
2. Marina GARAU/Blanca CABOT (ESP 56762) - 16 pts
3. Irene CALICI/Petra GREGORI (ITA 56571) - 18 pts
4. Gabriela CZAPSKA/Hanna RAJCHERT (POL 56805) - 18 pts
5. Sophie STEINLEIN/Oda HAUSMANN (GER 56772) - 19 pts
6. Jess LAVERY/Rebecca COLES (GBR 54480) - 22 pts
7. Paula VAN WIERINGEN/Maria Del Mar GIL (ESP 56417) - 26 pts
8. Patricia REINO/Isabel LAISECA (ESP 56490) - 27 pts
9. Carlotta SCODNIK/Camilla SCODNIK (ITA 56272) - 27 pts
10. Lucille FRASCARI/Arianna LANZETTA (ITA 56373) - 28 pts
Odysseas Spanakis/Konstaninos Michalopoulos (GRE) relished today’s breeze and waves, busting their way round the track to score two more wins in the yellow fleet and hold firmly onto the lead.
The Greeks are not yetsending the competition home, and still pursuing them up the leader board are France’s Ange Delerce/Timothee Rossi, who won the second race of the day in the blue fleet, but picked up their discard in the day’s opening race to sit just 2 points behind the Greek pair. Moving up to third are Germany’s Florian Krauss/Jannis Suemmchen.
Top women’s team in 5th overall are Neus Ballester/Andrea Perello (ESP), tied on 24 points with Greece’s Elena Sotiriou/Eleni Giannouli in sixth. Next best placed women’s team are the USA’s Vanessa Lahrkamp/Katherine Mcnamara in 11th overall.
The top thirty-three teams in the U17 fleet now advance to gold fleet racing, and again a tiebreak decided who made gold or silver fleet, with two women teams placed 33rd and 34th on 70 points each. The final boat making the gold cut was the Greek team of Dimitra Vartholomaiou/Metaxia Gogou.
420 U17– Top 10 after 6 Races
1. Odysseas SPANAKIS/Konstaninos MICHALOPOULOS (GRE 56478) - 5 pts
2. Ange DELERCE/Timothee ROSSI (FRA 56650) - 7 pts
3. Florian KRAUSS/Jannis SUEMMCHEN (GER 56437) - 15 pts
4. Alberto MORALES/Miguel BETHENCOURT (ESP 56600) - 22 pts
5. Neus BALLESTER/Andrea PERELLO (ESP 56769) - 24 pts
6. Elena SOTIRIOU/Eleni GIANNOULI (GRE 56073) - 24 pts
7. Rosa DONNER/Sebastian SLIVON (AUT 56761) - 27 pts
8. Kerem ERKMEN/Berke Burhan GUNDUZ (TUR 56494) - 27 pts
9. Oscar POUSCHÈ/Luca COSLOVICH (ITA 56771) - 27 pts
10. Illy WUREIT/Ely Edward REUVENY (ISR 56782) - 28 pts
About the 2019 420 World, Women’s World and U17 World Championships
The 2019 420 World, Women’s World and U17 World Championships, 3-11 July 2019, is hosted at Vilamoura, Portugal. 456 sailors from 24 nations are competing, with 89 boats in the Open fleet, 73 in the Women and 67 in the U17. From 6-11 July, all fleets will contest a 6 race qualification series and 6 race final series, with a single race discard coming into play after race three.
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