French and Polish Teams win 420 Junior European and 420 Ladies Junior European Championships
From very little wind to gusts of up to 28 knots, mixed up with rain storms and thunder challenged the 390 teams on the final day of racing here in Gdynia, Poland.
Having led the Championship all week, Hippolyte Machetti/Sidoine Dantes (FRA) lost out to Switzerland’s Kilian Wagen/Gregoire Siegwart on the penultimate day of racing as they slipped to 2nd on the leaderboard.
Things were not looking good for the French after their 16th place finish in the penultimate race 11 positioned them 7 points behind the Swiss. Their target was to put 7 boats between themselves and the Swiss in the final race to get back into gold medal position.
A close-run win for the French, as Machetti explained, “After Sunday, we were a bit disappointed but today we were ready to do better and just do our best. After the race 11 it was difficult, as the Swiss were still ahead, but luckily we won the final race.”
With Wagen/Gregoire Siegwart finishing back in 14th – it was a gold to France, silver to Switzerland.
A phenomenal summer of 420 results for Machetti/ Dantes; fourth at the ISAF Youth Worlds, silver medallists at the 420 Worlds combined with the 420 Junior World crown as the top placed team aged 18 and under, and to top off their season gold at the 420 Junior Europeans.
“It was our objective to achieve this,” said Dantes, “It has been a really good summer for us.”
Last year the pair won the silver fleet at the 420 Worlds in Valencia, so a massive rise up the leaderboard. They were also EUROSAF Youth Sailing Champions in the 420 Class.
Their next challenge, sees Machetti/Dantes step up to the 470 Class in September this year and the 2015 470 Junior Worlds and 470 Junior European Championships are next year’s targets.
A massive leap up the leaderboard by Alexandre Demange/Maxime Roux (FRA) who changed gear to score a 1,2 in what was their best day of racing so far and secured the bronze medal, up from 6th on the leaderboard at the start of the day.
The home team of Ewa Romaniuk/Katarzyna Goralska (POL) finished 4th overall and as the top placed ladies team won the 2104 420 Ladies Junior European Championship title. Ladies Junior European Championship Silver medals to Paula Barcelo/Margarita Alba (ESP) who finished in 8th overall and bronze medals to Great Britian’s Sarah Norbury/Mari Davies in 12th overall.
Silver Fleet victory went to Ireland’s Robert Dickson/Sean Waddilove, second to Salome Rouiller/Louise Thilo (SUI) and third to Maxime Bachelin/Philippe Pittet (SUI).
A team tally of 108 boats representing 20 nations competed at the 2014 420 Junior European Championships, with teams from the Hong Kong, New Zealand and USA joining the European line-up.
420 - Top 10 Overall
1. Hippolyte Machetti/Sidoine Dantes (FRA-55096) - 86 pts
2. Kilian Wagen/Gregoire Siegwart (SUI-52967) – 92 pts
3. Max Clapp/Joseph Burns (GBR-55242) – 110 pts
4. Ewa Romaniuk/Katarzyna Goralska (POL-55326) - 128 pts
5. Russell Clarida/Henry Fernberger (USA-54068) – 131 pts
6. Max Clapp/Joseph Burns (GBR-55242) - 140 pts
7. Thomas Ponthieu/Quentin Paturle (FRA-55095) – 151 pts
8. Paula Barcelo/Margarita Alba (ESP-53162) - 157 pts
9. Nitai Hasson/Yoav Shpilman (ISR-54144) - 160 pts
10. Jan Borbet/Lea Borbet (GER-55233) - 170 pts
About the 420 and 470 Junior European Championships
In the 420 fleet, teams must be 18 years or younger in the year of the Championship, with crews in the 470 eligible to compete if they are 21 years or younger.
The 420 and 470 Junior European Championships took place from 11-18 August 2014, hosted by Gdynia Marina, in partnership with the Polish Yachting Association, 420 and 470 National Class Associations and International 420 and 470 Class Associations.