News from Great Britain, Ireland, Italy, Spain
Great to see the London, UK based Scaramouche Project again head south to the I420 Training Academy at Vilamoura Sailing in Portugal and introduce another group of inner-city youngsters to sailing.
Held over two weekends in February, Nacho Davila/Javier Mestre (ESP) triumphed at the MedSailing and Catalonia 420 Championships in Spain.
Ireland's southern coastline hosted a gathering of Irish and British 420s who fended off cold weather and even colder water to contest the 2019 Irish Munster Championship. Preceded by four days of training, racing unfolded in an exciting breeze with Morgan Lyttle/Patrick Whyte delivering a standout performance in the 15-boat fleet.
A phenomenal line-up of 126 teams from Austria, Croatia, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Poland, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland and Turkey contested 9 races over four days at the Carnival Race in San Remo, Italy. Mixed conditions brought the best all round 420 sailors out on top, with light winds and flat water through to breeze and a big swell. Ange Delerce/Timothee Rossi (FRA) won in the open fleet, with Greece's Melina Pappa/Maria Tsamopoulou claiming the women's title.
The following weekend, Coppa Italia 1 welcomed a record 84-boat line-up, of which 39 teams were U17. Elisabetta Fedele/Beatrice Martini (ITA) started out in strong form, winning the first race to lay down their ultimate claim on the title.
Event #2 of the EUROSAF 420 Race Circuit unfolded in Vilamoura, Portugal with 66 teams from across Europe joined by faces from the USA for the 2019 Vilamoura Carnival Regatta. Germany's Johathan Steidle/Leonard Honold opened their account with some mixed results, but soon settled down to take out a series of top 10 scores and secure victory ahead of the final race.
Lots of 420 Class showcases at boat shows around the world, and thanks to the British 420 Class Association for flying the flag and generating plenty of interest at the RYA DInghy Show.