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06 Jul 2018

It doesn't get better than the race track conditions served up to the 396 sailors from 20 nations on race day 1 at the 2018 420/70 Junior European Championships.

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2018 470 Junior European Championship

The stunning beach venue of Sesimbra delivered a perfect opening day of racing at the 2018 420/70 Junior European Championships, with a shifty breeze of 11-15 knots gusting up to 20 knots, sparkling blue sea and wall to wall sunshine.

Racing got underway around 1400 hours for the four Classes, with two races for each of 420 Open, 420 U17, 470 Men and 470 Women, in a line-up featuring rookies alongside some of the legends of junior 420/470 sailing.

Racing continues on Saturday 7 July, with a scheduled start time at 1400 hours and three races for the 470 and 2 for the 420.

The 98-boat 420 Open teams are split into two fleets, yellow and blue, for the six race qualification series, with re-seeding each day based on that day’s leaderboard. The leading 49 teams after six races will advance to gold fleet racing, and the other half of the fleet will continue in silver fleet.

Hitting the race track with an outstanding performance in the yellow fleet were Martín Wizner Pérez-Lafuente/Pedro Ameneiro Amezaga (ESP), with back to back wins to take the day 1 lead. In the blue fleet, the current British Youth Sailing Champions, Niamh Harper/Ross Thompson (GBR) had the most consistent scorecard, with a 2,2 and sit on tiebreak in second overall with Florian Buscher/Maximilian Buscher (GER), who matched their results in the yellow fleet.

The 2017 U17 Junior European Champions, Demetrio SPOSATO/Gabriele CENTRONE (ITA), are now contesting the under-19 age group in the Open fleet, but struggled in the opening race scoring 21. They swiftly escalated through the fleet in race 2 to wrap up their opening day with a 5th place and a 20th leader board position.

Men, Women and Mixed teams are all racing in the Open fleet, with separate titles awarded to Men/Mixed and Women. In 12th overall, Vita Heathcote/Milly Boyle (GBR) are the top placed women, with Greece’s Ariadni-Paraskevi Spanaki/Myrto Papadopoulou next up in 17th overall. Last year, the Greek pair finished 2nd overall in the U17 fleet to win the U17 Women’s title. Third placed women’s team are France’s Clara Olive/Solenza Mariani in 21st overall.

420 Open - Results after 2 Races
2. Niamh HARPER/Ross THOMPSON (GBR 56106) - 4pts
2. Florian BÜSCHER/Maximilian BÜSCHER (GER 56285) - 4pts
4. Enzo BALANGER/Gaultier TALLIEU GUEYDAN (FRA 56030) - 5pts
5. Matthias MENIS/Nicolas STARC (ITA 56181) - 7pts
6. Amit BILIA/Guy SASSON (ISR 56460) - 9pts
7. Tommaso CILLI/Bruno MANTERO (ITA 56570) - 11pts
8. Riccardo SEPE/Tommaso IACCHIA (ITA 56031) - 11pts
9. Micheal O'SUILLEABHAIN/Michael CARROLL (IRL 55437) - 14pts
10. Nick ZELTNER/Till SEGER (SUI 55553) - 19pts

The U17 fleet is racing a single series of 12 races. The leader board featured a more up and down day for teams, with Spain’s Jacobo García/Antoni Ripoll scoring 7,1 to lead by 1 point over the USA’s Oliver Hurwitz/Ethan Froelich. Third to Austria’s Nikolaus Clodi/Vincent Wenger Oehn.

Australia’s Ryan Littlechild/Jack Ferguson claimed victory in race 1, backing up with a 10th place in race 2, ending their opener in 4th place.

The top three women’s team are Poland’s Zofia Korsak/Karolina Cendrowska in 9th overall, followed by Spain’s Marina Garau Bosch/Blanca Cabot Sancho in 10th, and Croatia’s Antonia Kustera/Maris Basic in 19th. Kustera/Basic are the Croatia’s reigning 420 National Champions.

In a special connection between the world’s best 470 sailors and the young crop of talent in the 420 and 470 fleets, caps signed by the world’s best are being given at the daily post-race briefings run by Nikos Drougkas (GRE). The caps are being presented for race track achievements, and the aim is to connect the current stars in the 470 Class with the younger generation and establish an ongoing link-up between the experienced and younger teams.

420 U17 - Results after 2 Races
1. Jacobo GARCÍA GARCÍA/Antoni RIPOLL GONZÁLEZ (ESP 56656) - 8pts
2. Oliver HURWITZ/Ethan FROELICH (USA 56266) - 9pts
3. Nikolaus CLODI/Vincent WENGER OEHN (AUT 56456) - 10pts
4. Ryan LITTLECHILD/Jack FERGUSON (AUS 56448) - 11pts
5. Cole TAPPER/Tyler CREEVY (AUS 56615) - 11pts
6. Erin SARLAK/Umut KUTLU (TUR 55180) - 12pts
7. Odysseas SPANAKIS/Konstantinos MIXALOPOULOS (GRE 54484) - 13pts
8. Florian KRAUSS/Jakob LANZINGER (GER 56437) - 16pts
9. Zofia KORSAK/Karolina CENDROWSKA (POL 55654) - 18pts
10. Marina GARAU BOSCH/Blanca CABOT SANCHO (ESP 56391) - 23pts

The 470 Men and Women fleets are racing an 11 race series, to decide the top ten who will advance to the Medal Race.

In the 470 Men, Israel’s Nitai Hasson/Tal Harari did the double, winning both races convincingly, with team mates Maor Abu/Yoav Rooz in second overall. Hungary’s brothers Balázs Gyapjas/Zsombor Gyapjas stake out third place.

Last year, Antoni Massanet won the 420 Junior Europeans as helm, and this year returns to the Championship in the 470 as crew for his friend, Albert Torres. Both hugely experienced in the 420, they only stepped into the 470 together three days ago, after Massanet received a call from Torres inviting him.

“Today in the first race, it was so difficult for us,” explained Massanet. “The 470 is a very different boat, as you have to be stronger and faster, and everything goes quicker. We enjoyed a lot the races and we can do our best over the next days.”

470 Men - Results after 2 Races
1. Nitai HASSON/Tal HARARI (ISR 15) - 2 pts
2. Maor ABU/Yoav ROOZ (ISR 10) - 5 pts
3. Balázs GYAPJAS/Zsombor GYAPJAS (HUN 1) - 9 pts
4. Alexandre DEMANGE/Aurélien BARTHELEMY (FRA 85) - 12 pts
5. Tjorben STUDT/Max SCHUBERTH (GER 10) - 14 pts
6. Jules DUCELIER/Clement MICHEL (FRA 81) - 14 pts
7. Arran HOLMAN/Marcus TRESSLER (GBR 878) - 15 pts
8. Hjalte STUDT/Silas OETTINGHAUS (GER 27) - 20 pts
9. Maciej SAPIEJKA/Dominik JANOWCZYK (POL 32) - 20 pts
10. Enric NOGUERA/Fernando DÁVILA PONCE DE LEÓN (ESP 73) - 20 pts 

Theresa Löffler/Lena Stückl won the 470 Women opening race, then a 3rd to lead the women’s fleet overall. They sit on 3 points over Paola Amar/Marine Riou (FRA), with German sisters Luise Wanser/Helena Wanser in third.

“It is really nice here on the beach,” commented Theresa about the venue. “Outside on the race track though it is completely shifty and difficult. I like it but I think it is going to be really tricky.


“We are very happy with our results, and we didn’t expect that actually,” added Stuckl. “It felt easy to take the win , as we had a quite good feeling today, and we felt the shifts and the gusts quite good.

“It is very, very shifty and I think everyone thought it only worked on the right side, but sometimes you also gained over on the left side. Yeh, you have to go quite extreme sometimes and be quite brave, and it is not one system.”

There is plenty of talent in the 470 fleet, and as new conditions unfold tomorrow, we can expect other faces finding their stride out on the race track.

470 Women - Results after 2 Races
1. Theresa LÖFFLER/Lena STÜCKL (GER 50) - 4pts
2. Paola AMAR/Marine RIOU (FRA 19) - 7pts
3. Luise WANSER/Helena WANSER (GER 69) - 8pts
4. Francesca RUSSO CIRILLO/Alice LINUSSI (ITA 25) - 10pts
5. Yahel WALLACH/Omer BILIA (ISR 12) - 13pts
6. Linoy KORN/Shahar TIBI (ISR 3) - 15pts
7. Elisa Yukie YOKOYAMA/Cheryl TEO (SGP 12) - 16pts
8. Theres DAHNKE/Birte WINKEL (GER 20) - 17pts
9. Maria Vittoria MARCHESINI/Cecilia FEDEL (ITA 54) - 18pts
10. Jara Pi Ranja SEIDE/Johanna Wilhelmine HENSCHEL (GER 32) - 19pts

Racing continues on Saturday 7 July, with a scheduled start time at 1400 hours.

Follow the 420 and 470 Junior European Championships via our daily reports, photos, video and 420 Class Championship APP.

Championship Website: 2018junioreuropeans.420sailing.org

Results - http://2018junioreuropeans.420sailing.org/en/default/races/race-resultsall

Photo Service – Daily photo galleries in high and low resolution and provided on a daily basis free of rights for editorial use only. Team photo requests for editorial use should be made to: manager@470.org

All images used should include the official photograph credit as per the photo.

Championship APP - the 420 Class is running a a Championship APP for the 2018 420 Junior European Championships so you can keep up to date with all the racing action from your favourite sailors wherever you are

Video Images – daily videos will be produced for social media and websites, which will be available on the Championship website and 420 and 470 Class social media.

Social – you can follow the 420 and 470 Junior European Championships on:

Championship website - 2018junioreuropeans.420sailing.org
420 on Facebook - www.facebook.com/International420ClassAssociation
420 on Twitter - twitter.com/420class
420 on YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/Int420Dinghy
Get social using #420JuniorEuros #420Class

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Writer: Luissa Smith

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