STAGE SET FOR NAIL BITING FINAL AT 420 WORLDS
Patience earlier in the week turned to raw energy out on the race track on Championship day 5 in Sanremo as the breeze kicked in. A forerunner to what looks likely to be epic "big breeze" conditions tomorrow.
The breeze has tested the patience of the 524 sailors from 24 nations over the preceding 4 days of racing at the 2016 420 Worlds. Light conditions put a focus on winning the starts to get clean air and stay ahead, but today the race strategy and game plans changed as the breeze hit 12-15 knots, and boat speed came to the fore.
Three races for each of the 420 Ladies and U17 fleets, and two for the 420 Open delivered some leaderboard shuffles. But no podium places are certain. With just one day left to settle the scoreboard, Saturday looks set to be an epic finale.
Who will sail the race track of a Champion? The wind is stepping up, and the final 2 races for the 420 Open and Ladies and 3 races for the U17 fleet will be a battle of physical and mental resilience to decide the podium order.
As well as the medals and Championship trophies – also up for grabs is the overall nation trophy, the Francis Mouvet Trophy. Japan are current holders of the Trophy, from their dominant performance at the 2015 Worlds, with the new leading nation to be confirmed tomorrow. Spain holds the advantage right now, with Italy and France chasing close.
Despite their worst day of racing, a 12,52 scorecard for series leaders Theo Carayon/Erwan Lucas (FRA), this team stay on top. They discarded their 52nd place finish in race 10, and earlier consistency holds them with a 10 point advantage at the top.
Portugal’s Diogo Costa/Pedro Costa leap to 2nd overall, with Spain’s Marc Lladó/Antoni Massanet in third, on equal points with fourth placed Fausto Cruz Peralta/Martin Arroyo Verdi (ARG).
Teams representing eight nations in the top 10 heading into the final day of racing, and just 31 points separating them, is testament to the quality of this worldwide fleet.
Unable to match the pace set by their rivals today, Jim Vincent/Victor Mas, series leaders earlier in the Championshp have plummeted to 9th overall, from a disaster of a day, scoring 42,33 finishes. Their points deficit is certainly not impossible to reverse, but whether they can revitalize their performance is the question.
420 Open - Top 10 after 10 Races
1. Theo Carayon/Erwan Lucas (FRA 54834) - 71 pts
2. Diogo Costa/Pedro Costa (POR 55289) - 81 pts
3. Marc Lladó/Antoni Massanet (ESP 55249) - 89 pts
4. Fausto Cruz Peralta/Martin Arroyo Verdi (ARG 54842) - 89 pts
5. Luis Hernández/Luis Bugallo (ESP 56103) - 92 pts
6. Wiley Rogers/Jack Parkin (USA 55162) - 98 pts
7. Vasilios Gourgiotis/Orestis Batsis (GRE 54484) - 98 pts
8. Andrea Abbruzzese/Fabio Boldrini (ITA 56080) - 98 pts
9. Jim Vincent/Victor Mas (FRA 55096) - 101 pts
10. Kotaro Matsuo/Takumi Miura (JPN 55824) - 102 pts
The battle for victory is set to go right down to the wire in Saturday’s two races. María Bover Guerrero/Clara Llabrés (ESP) hold a 9 point advantage over Italy’s Francesca Russo Cirillo/Alice Linussi, with third placed Maria Vittoria Marchesini/Cecilia Fedel (ITA) another 9 points behind – but anything can still happen.
Great Britain’s Isabel Davies/Gemma Keers claimed their first win of the series, in race 1, helping them to shift up to 11th overall.
420 Ladies - Top 10 after 10 Races
1. María Bover Guerrero/Clara Llabrés (ESP 54697) - 27 pts
2. Francesca Russo Cirillo/Alice Linussi (ITA 55476) - 36 pts
3. Maria Vittoria Marchesini/Cecilia Fedel (ITA 55641) - 45 pts
4. Maria Caba/Pilar Caba (ESP 55687) - 48 pts
5. Julia Szmit/Hanna Dzik (POL 56008) - 61 pts
6. Souzana Bakatsia/Nikoletta Papageorgiou (GRE 55002) - 72 pts
7. Sofie Schöne/Line Johanna Thielemann (GER 56064) - 77 pts
8. Lala Akrich/Catalina Homar (ESP 53848) - 78 pts
9. Sofia Giondi/Giulia Gatta (ITA 55914) - 94 pts
10. Hatty Morsley/Pippa Cropley (GBR 56009) - 101 pts
With 15 points separating series leaders Telis Athanasopoulos Yogo/Dimitris Tassios (GRE) and Spain’s Eduard Ferrer/Carlos De Maqua, there is still plenty of room to manoeuvre, with nothing yet decided.
France’s Violette Dorange/Camille Orion remain the top placed girls team in fourth overall, but will have their work cut-out to convert their 32 point deficit to third placed Enzo Balanger/Gaultier Tallieu (FRA).
A jump in form from Thomas Andre/Justin Baradat (FRA), claiming a win in race 8, promotes them to 11th overall.
Three races on Saturday guarantee this World title is still wide open.
420 U17 - Top 10 after 9 Races
1. Telis Athanasopoulos Yogo/Dimitris Tassios (GRE 56071) - 24 pts
2. Eduard Ferrer/Carlos De Maqua (ESP 55980) - 39 pts
3. Enzo Balanger/Gaultier Tallieu (FRA 56030) - 42 pts
4. Violette Dorange/Camille Orion (FRA 55959) - 74 pts
5. Nick Zeltner/Till Seger (SUI 55553) - 81 pts
6. Luis Doreste/Julio Alonso (ESP 55539) - 94 pts
7. Tommaso Cilli/Bruno Mantero (ITA 56076) - 107 pts
8. Lucas Parés/Teo Parés (ESP 53559) - 114 pts
9. Giorgos Drosos/Nikolaos Giotopoulos (GRE 53456) - 116 pts
10. Iris Arvaniti/Maria Eleni Andreou (GRE 53168) - 122 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.
About the International 420 Class Association
The 420 is an established worldwide performance two-person trapeze and spinnaker racing dinghy which holds status as an International Class and Learn-to-Sail boat.
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.
The 420 Class has trained many of the world’s best sailors and is a proven transition class, whatever your next step in sailing ... dinghy or multihull ... keelboat or skiff ...