08 May 2019
470 EUROPEANS IN MARINA DEGLI AREGAI, ITALY: READY TO ROLL
After two days dedicated to registration and measurements, everything is ready for intense action to begin at the 470 European Championship in Marina degli Aregai, on Italy’s Ligurian Riviera.
On Tuesday evening, sailors, coaches, organisers, judges and authorities gathered in the Marina degli Area for the opening ceremony and an informal dinner. Following the usual formalities that are over, the 111 men and women teams are now focusing on racing, that will debut tomorrow. The first gun is scheduled for 12:00 for a maximum of three races for the day. Men’s fleet will be split in two groups while women will race a single fleet. The weather forecast is for a westerly of around 15 knots, possibly reaching 20 knots later in the afternoon with a sunny to partly cloudy sky. Ideal conditions for this fast and technical Olympic one-design class.
All the best athletes from the class will be on the water, leaders of the World ranking list, several European and World champions and Olympic medalists, including top ranked Mathew Belcher and Will Ryan from Australia, reigning European champions Anton Dahlberg and Fredrik Bergström from Sweden, Takis Mantis and Pavlos Kagialis bronze Rio Medalists from Greece, Spain’s Jordi Xammar Hernandez and Nicolás Rodríguez García-Paz and local heroes Giacomo Ferrari and Giulio Calabrò, currently in tenth position of the world ranking.
“Sanremo is nice, a lot of teams have come here for training in the past, and a lot of championships have been held here. For us it’s a new venue, we like it, it’s beautiful. The conditions are great for sailing, the accommodation is excellent, and the competition is strong. It’s the perfect recipe. Looking forward to it…” Declared the seven times world champion and double Olympic medalist Mathew Belcher from Australia.
Slovenians Tina Mrak and Veronika Macarol, will fight to defend their continental title, fending off the attacks from Silvia Mas Depares and Patricia Cantero Reina from Spain, UK’s Olympic Gold medalist Hannah Mills with Eilidh McIntyre and Benedetta Di Salle and Alessandra Dubbini from Italy, fresh from a bronze at the World Series in Genoa.
The 470 Europeans consist of a series of fleet races and a final medal race, if more than five qualifying races have been completed, for the top 10 teams in each fleet. The racing will be windward/leeward or trapezoid courses.The championship is open to non-Europeans crews, who can use it as a qualifying event for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, but cannot compete for the title.
The 470 European Championship is supported by Marina degli Aregai and Marina degli Aregai hotel & resort from the Cozzi Parodi Group, together with the Ligurian region and by the long-established partners of Yacht Club Sanremo.
For further details and entries:
Yacht Club Sanremo
Corso Nazario Sauro 32 - Molo Nord - 18038 Sanremo (IM) - Italy
Phone: +39 0184 503760
Mobile: +39 347 4632757
Yacht Club Sanremo’s sailing and social activities are supported by its main sponsors: the City of Sanremo, Abate Gioielli, Gruppo Cozzi Parodi, Portosole Sanremo and Hotel Royal.