SPANISH TEAMS SECURE TOP THREE SPOTS ACROSS ALL FLEETS ON FIRST DAY AT 420 WORLDS
The standings for all three fleets after the first day of racing at the 2018 420 World Championship on Friday 10 August have Spanish flags in the top three.
After a 1.5 hour delay ashore, teams left for an ocean course off Brenton Point in Newport, Rhode Island, USA. There was another short delay on the water as the breeze built, and all three fleets completed the first two races of the 420 World Championships. The first race of the day in very light conditions was marginal trapezing for crews in under 10 knots. By the second race, the southerly filled in with 12-13 knots.
Race day 2, Saturday 11 August if likely to be challenging, with an 80 percent chance of rain forecast and an 8-9 knot SSE breeze. Racing will continue through until Wednesday 15 August.
In the Open Fleet, the 73 teams are racing in yellow and blue fleets for the 6 race opening series, before being split into gold and silver for the 6 race final series.
Alessandro/Frederico Caldari (ITA) nailed a first and third place finish to put them in first place overall. Luis Miguel Henandez Tirado/Ignacio Blaguer Galbis (ESP) were close on their stern in both race, coming in fourth and second and sit only two points behind first place. Just one point behind are the Kiwi pair of Seb Menzies/Blake McGlashan (NZL) who finish the day in third.
Menzies/McGlashan are amongst the favourites, counting a fourth in the last Youth Worlds and fourth at the 2017 420 World Championships. Just a few spots behind, in 6th overall, are the recently crowned 420 Junior European Champions, Martin Wizner/Pedro Ameneiro from Spain. The due dominated in Portugal, off the back of winning the U17 fleet at last year’s 420 Worlds in Australia. Expect form from this pair.
420 Open - Top 10 after 2 Races
1. Alessandro CALDARI/Federico CALDARI (ITA 56159) - 4 pts
2. Luis Miguel HERNÁNDEZ TIRADO/Ignacio BALAGUER GALBIS (ESP 56580) - 6 pts
3. Seb MENZIES/Blake MCGLASHAN (NZL 56674) - 7 pts
4. Otto HENRY/Thomas LARKINGS (AUS 56447) - 7 pts
5. Ian GARRETA/Julien BUNEL (FRA 55910) - 8 pts
6. Martín WIZNER PÉREZ-LAFUENTE/Pedro Ramón AMENEIRO AMEZAGA (ESP 55163) - 8 pts
7. Dylan ASCENCIOS/William GEORGE (USA 55917) - 10 pts
8. Eleanor KEERS/Aaron CHADWICK (GBR 56339) - 10 pts
9. Tommaso CILLI/Francisco MOURÃO (ITA 56570) - 13 pts
10. Francisco MOURÃO/ (POR 55328) - 13 pts
In the Women’s Fleet, one point separates first and second place with Clara Olive/ Solenza Mariani (FRA) from Patricia Reino Cacho/Isabel Laiseca Bueno (ESP) in first and second place respectively. Both women’s teams are no stranger to 420 World Championships, with Olive/Mariani finishing 9th in the 2017 Worlds, with Reino Cacho/Laiseca Bueno securing 15th place.
Most recently Olive/Mariani claimed the women’s gold medals at the 420 Junior Europeans last month in Portugal.
The US Sailing Youth Champions, Michelle Lahrkamp/Gabriella Del Bello are the highest placed American team in the 52 boat fleet. But all eyes and expectation are on team mates Carmen Cowles/Emma Cowles, who just last month secured their second gold medal at the Youth Worlds and opened their 420 Worlds assault with scores of 16,6.
420 Women - Top 10 after 2 Races
1. Clara OLIVE/Solenza MARIANI (FRA 56376) - 5 pts
2. Patricia REINO CACHO/Isabel LAISECA BUENO (ESP 56490) - 6 pts
3. Lilou RUAT/Alice CHIAPPORI (FRA 55881) - 10 pts
4. Violette DORANGE/Camille ORION (FRA 56277) - 16 pts
5. Michelle LAHRKAMP/Gabriella DEL BELLO (USA 56079) - 16 pts
6. Lucille FRASCARI/Arianna LANZETTA (ITA 56373) - 18 pts
7. Laura AKRICH VAZQUEZ/Clara LLABRÉS RIVAL (ESP 56260) - 22 pts
8. Carmen COWLES/Emma COWLES (USA 56365) - 22 pts
9. Hannah FREEMAN/Jana LAURENDEAU (USA 56109) - 23 pts
10. María CABA HERNÁNDEZ/Pilar CABA HERNÁNDEZ (ESP 56575) - 24 pts
Spanish sailors are also in the two top positions in the U17 fleet, featuring Marina Garau Bosch/Bianca Cabor Sancho in first, and Jacobo Garcia Garcia/Antoni Ripoll Gonzalez in second place with six and eight overall points respectively.
The only American team in the top three after the first day of racing is Oliver Hurwitz/Ethan Froelich. They finished with a tenth and fifth place with fifteen points overall.
Greece’s Odysseas Spanakis/Konstantinos Mixalopoulos took the glory of the opening race win, but failed to maintain pace in race 2, where they finished 24th to end their day in 9th overall.
420 U17 - Top 10 after 2 Races
1. Marina GARAU BOSCH/Blanca CABOT SANCHO (ESP 56391) - 6 pts
2. Jacobo GARCÍA GARCÍA/Antoni RIPOLL GONZÁLEZ (ESP 56196) - 8 pts
3. Oliver HURWITZ/Ethan FROELICH (USA 56266) - 15 pts
4. Justin CALLAHAN/Mitchell CALLAHAN (USA 55620) - 15 pts
5. Melina PAPPA/Maria TSAMOPOULOU (GRE 56340) - 17 pts
6. Paula VAN WIERINGEN MASSANET/María Del Mar GIL ROIG (ESP 56417) - 17 pts
7. Patroklos MANDILARIS/Vissarion PAPPAS (GRE 55237) - 20 pts
8. Sebastián RIQUELME BECKMANN/Miquel PÉREZ CARBÓ (ESP 56385) - 21 pts
9. Odysseas SPANAKIS/Konstantinos MIXALOPOULOS (GRE 54484) - 25 pts
10. Manuel RAMOS/Martim MASTBAUM (POR 56183) - 25 pts
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About the 2018 420 World, Women’s World and U17 World Championships
The 2018 420 World, Women’s World and U17 World Championships, 7-15 August 2018, is hosted at Sail Newport, Rhode Island, USA. 336 sailors from 18 nations are competing, with 71 boats in the Open fleet, 53 in the Women and 44 in the U17. The 420 Open teams are split into two fleets for a 6 race qualification series and 6 race final series, with a single race discard coming into play after race three. Teams contesting the Women and U17 World Championships race a single series of 12 races, with a single race discard after race three.
Nations competing: Australia, Canada, Chile, France, Great Britain, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, USA and US Virgin Islands.
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