Spain and United States claimed Gold at the 2022 Youth Sailing World Championships
The 2022 Youth Sailing World Championships concluded today in The Hague, Netherlands, after 5 days of competition.
Spain in 420 Women and United States in 420 Men/Mixed were the World champions.
Spain has also won the Nations Trophy out of the 67 participating nations for having obtained the best results among the 11 youth sailing competitions.
Blue skies and winds of 5 to 8 knots rounded off five days of world-class competition in Scheveningen, near The Hague in the Netherlands.
Strong currents and predominantly light winds made for tactically very challenging racing, with a high premium on good starting.
Female Two Person Dinghy 420 - Gold to Spain
Camilla Michellini / Margherita Bonifaccio ITA went into the final race with the tightest of leads. There was nothing to choose between the top four boats and any of the top eight could have won gold, so close were the points. Noela Petesic / Petra Gambiraza CRO sailed a great race to cross the finish line in first place, which was enough to get them within a point of silver and bronze, although they missed the podium despite today’s stunning performance.
The Italians had finished in the top 10 all regatta but today’s 13th place saw them drop from gold to bronze, and the disappointment on their faces was clear to see. Amelie Wehrle / Amelie Rinn GER had sailed a great week but a third place in the final race was sufficient to give gold to the smiling Spanish team, Maria Perello Mora / Marta Cardona Alcantara ESP.
"I think we are the happiest girls here," grinned Perello Mora. "We’ve trained a lot for this, and today shows we have done a good job. There’s a lot of people watching us at home, friends and family. This really means a lot to us."
- Gold: Maria Perello Mora / Marta Cardona Alcantara ESP
- Silver: Amelie Wehrle / Amelie Rinn GER
- Bronze: Camilla Michellini / Margherita Bonifaccio ITA
Men/Mixed Two Person Dinghy 420 - Gold to USA
Last year’s bronze medal winners from Israel, Roi Levy / Ariel Gal ISR, started the day in the yellow bibs with a reasonable lead over the fleet. However the Israelis suffered a fall from typical form and found themselves at the back of the fleet. Meanwhile Freddie Parkin / Asher Beck USA saved the best for last, winning a match race at the front of the fleet with Ema Samarzija / Leon Scheidl CRO. Having entered the final day in fourth place overall and never in the top three, the Americans rose to the top of the podium just when it mattered. Charlie Parkin matched the achievement of his elder brother Jack who won 420 gold six years ago as a crew.
"Today showed that you’ve got to keep pushing, keep chipping away because you never know what can happen," said Beck. Parkin added: "I enjoy the pressure, just keeping on doing what you’ve got to do. This has been a really fun event, super nice people from all over the world, and top class racing against the very best."
- Gold: Freddie Parkin / Asher Beck USA
- Silver: Roi Levy / Ariel Gal ISR
- Bronze: Ema Samarzija / Leon Scheidl CRO
Report published by Agustín Argüelles | Source: Andy Rice - World Sailing