NOT A NORMAL LAKE GARDA FOR OPENING DAY OF 420/470 JUNIOR EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS
Day one of racing at the 2017 420 and 470 Junior Europeans started, was abandoned and then got back into full swing with all fleets completing two races.
The day opened with a 12-16 knot breeze, that progressively got lighter forcing races for all fleets to be abandoned as the wind dropped to zero. A brief wait on the water and racing was soon back on for the 420 teams on course area alpha, located closest to Fraglia Vela Riva, and the 470 fleet further south on bravo course.
Conditions were anything but “Lake Garda like!” though, turning convention on its ahead as to which side of the race track would pay, as the wind flitted around the course. The day ended with a 5-7 knot shifty breeze, and boats gently crossing the finish.
Four hundred and sixty eight talented young teams from 25 nations around the world are racing across the 470 Men, 470 Women, 420 Open and 420 under-17 fleets. Supporting the natural transition from the 420 Class to the 470, the two classes have hosted the combined Junior European Championship for many years
The fifty-five team 470 Men fleet, aged 23 years and under, is contesting a 5-race qualification series to decide the boats which will advance to the 6-race gold and silver fleet racing, ahead of the Medal Race.
Two races down on opening day and defending Junior European Champions Giacomo Ferrari/Giulo Calabro (ITA) started strong in the yellow fleet, knocking out an opening pitch win, and following up with a second to lead by 1 point after day one.
“It is very important for us to win, but we will see as we are not expecting a good week of weather,” commented Ferrari. “Today’s two races were crazy wind, very light and very shifty, sometimes the left was good and then the right.”
France’s Hippolyte Machetti/Sidoine Dantes finished in 4th overall at the recent 470 Worlds, ranking as the top junior team, and proving that was no fluke the pair steamed into the lead in the opening race of the blue fleet. But their time out front was shortlived as Hungary’s Balazs Gyapjas/Zsombor Gyapjas closed in on the final leg of race one to seize the opening win.
“It was a really good feeling,” said Balazs. “We made a really good start. Although in the first upwind we went a little bit to the left and rounded the first upwind in 20th.”
They credited their remarkable comeback to fierce downwind pumping and race strategy, which pushed the brothers back through the fleet as they hunted out the shifts, and clambered back to 2nd overall by the gate. They upped their pace even more to edge into the lead, but all change in race 2.
“We expected in the second race the wind would go more to the right, but actually it didn’t happen, and it went left,” added Balazs.
The wrong choice left them crossing the finish line in 15th, to end day one in 11th overall. “We expected the normal thermal wind, but it was different, as the wind came from the left and was really shifty and gusty," continued Balazs. "Hopefully tomorrow we will get the normal wind!”
Onto race 2 and Machetti/Dantes again had the pace off the starting line, this time holding onto victory, to sit in second overall behind the Italians. Third to Maor Abu/Yoav Rooz (ISR) in the overall standings from a 3,4 scorecard.
“It was very difficult, as the conditions were very different from the other days we trained here,” explained Abu. “It wasn’t the classic Garda, with a strong southerly. For sure it wasn’t easy to get our results, but we had our eyes open and saw the changing wind.”
Three races are scheduled for the 470 Men fleet on Wednesday 9 August.
470 Men - Provisional Results after 2 Races
1. Giacomo FERRARI/Giulio CALABRÒ (ITA 757) - 4 pts
2. Hippolyte MACHETTI/Sidoine DANTÈS (FRA 79) - 5 pts
3. Maor ABU/Yoav ROOZ (ISR 10) - 7 pts
4. Kristian CHEKH/Maxim CHERENKOV (RUS 10) - 10 pts
5. Andrea TOTIS/Michele CECCHIN (ITA 18) - 10 pts
Israel’s Tsuf Zamet/Noa Lasry (ISR) lead in the 470 Women from a 1,2 scorecard, with Turkey’s Beste Kaynakci/Simay Aslan winning the second race to sit in second overall. Third to Israel’s Yahel Wallach/Shahar Tibi.
“The wind was always changing and the gusts were not consistent,” said Kaynakci. “It was a hard day but we are happy.” The pair trumped the competition in race 2, as their beady eyes spotted the small wind changes at the pin end, where they started on their own and port-tacked the entire fleet.
“The wind was really tricky, so we had to be very careful about it and always check it,” added Aslan. “Just a few minutes to the start we realized the pin end would be best, and we took the chance and didn’t let go.”
Italy’s Benedetta Di Salle/Alessandra Dubbini are defending their 2016 470 Junior European Championship title on the very waters where Dubbini started her sailing career, but their race track deliver was not up to their usual high standards, scoring 27, 11 to sit in 22nd overall on the leader board.
“We are proud to be here on Lake Garda, where I grew up,” explained Dubbini, whose hometown Torbole is just a few kilometres to the east. “We will try to defend our title, but it will be hard as there are a lot of very good teams. We will do our best, but today wasn’t very good.”
Three races for the 470 Women are scheduled on Wednesday 9 August.
470 Women - Provisional Results after 2 Races
1. Tsuf ZAMET/Noa LASRY (ISR 5) - 3 pts
2. Beste KAYNAKCI/Simay ASLAN (TUR 99) - 6 pts
3. Yahel WALLACH/Shahar TIBI (ISR 12) - 8 pts
4. Maria BOZI/Rafailina KLONARIDOU (GRE 216) - 10 pts
5. Ilaria PATERNOSTER/Bianca CARUSO (ITA 33) - 18 pts
One hundred and nine boats are racing in the 420 Open fleet, for teams aged under 19 years old, which pitches boys, girls and mixed teams up against each other. The fleet is split into yellow and blue for the six race opening series, before advancing to gold and silver fleets for the six race final series.
Two races down and Dylan Ascencios/Nick Chisari (USA) lead, ahead of 420 European Champions Telis Athanasopoulos Yogo/Dimitris Tassios (GRE) in second, with Poland’s Sweeryn Wysokinski/Mateusz Jankowski (POL) in third.
For Ascencios/Chisari, their 1,2 finishes all came down to starting technique. “It’s pretty hard to get off the line,” reflected Ascencios, “but once you get off the line, work to the sides and get to the right with a clear lane, it is pretty easy when you are at the front of the fleet.
“After I got a clear start I really looked around the course for the puffs and that really helped me get to the pressure, which was why we were successful today.
“It’s really awesome sailing here. The weather is amazing and the lake is beautiful.”
The pair finished 14th at last month’s 420 Open Europeans in Greece, and are eyeing an upgrade to a top ten finish in Italy.
There is no easy racing here on Lake Garda, as demonstrated by Germany’s Daniel Gottlich/Linus Klasen who scored an impressive 2nd place in race 1, following up with a disappointing 48th in race 2 in the yellow fleet.
“We started in the middle of the line and played the fleet, and that was it,” explained a concise Gottlich on their opening success, before commenting on their race two shocker. “Our start wasn’t actually the best and we had difficulties crossing the line because of the current and low wind, and were behind the fleet. The right side of the upwind was favoured in the first race and we tried to get there in the second one, but this time the left was better, and so we struggled on the right behind the fleet and had no chance to comeback. We can’t afford to have another race like that, and we just aim to start conservatively tomorrow.”
Top girls team are Arianna Passamonti/Giulia Fava in 8th overall.
Two races are scheduled for the 420 Open fleet on 9 August.
420 Open - Provisional Results after 2 Races
1. Dylan ASCENCIOS/Nick CHISARI (USA 55917) - 3 pts
2. Telis ATHANASOPOULOS YOGO/Dimitris TASSIOS (GRE 56371) - 5 pts
3. Seweryn WYSOKINSKI/Mateusz JANKOWSKI (POL 56146) - 7 pts
4. Edoardo FERRARO/Francesco ORLANDO (ITA 56278) - 8 pts
5. Carlos BALAGUER/Antoni MASSANET (ESP 55947) - 9 pts
420 UNDER 17
Portugal’s Pedro Coelho/Diogo Sampaio led from start to finish in race 1 of the under 17 fleet, following up with an 11th place, to end their day in 3rd overall.
Consistent form of 4,2 from Tommaso Salvetta/Giovanni Sandrini (ITA) puts them into the lead. Greece’s Ariadni-Papaskevi Spanaki/Myrto Papadopoulou were the top girls team in the under-17 fleet at the 420 Open Europeans last month, and again look to be targeting a repeat, as they sit in third and top girls team.
While experienced teams are battling it out at the front, newbies are finding their feet and gaining experience of big fleet racing. Racing his first ever 420 Championship is Ireland’s Morgan Lyttle, who is partnered up with Patrick Whyte. Lyttle is on a steep learning curve having stepped into the 420 from the Optimist in September last year, whilst Whyte had some knowledge of what to expect after his appearance at last year’s 420 Worlds.
“It is exciting and terrifying at the same time,” admitted Lyttle. “The starts were very packed and congested and it was hard to get off the line, but we fought for our gap, tacked early and then had to be aggressive to get our lane.”
“We came to experience, learn and improve,” added Whyte.
Two races are scheduled for the 420 U17 fleet on 9 August.
420 U17 - Provisional Results after 2 Races
1. Tommaso SALVETTA/Giovanni SANDRINI (ITA 55951) - 6 pts
2. Ariadni-Papaskevi SPANAKI/Myrto PAPADOPOULOU (GRE 54484) - 10 pts
3. Pedro COELHO/Diogo SAMPAIO (POR 56184) - 12 pts
4. Carlotta SCODNIK/Camilla SCODNIK (ITA 56272) - 12 pts
5. Nikolaus CLODI/Vincent WENGER-OEHN (AUT 52773) - 17 pts
ABOUT THE 2017 420 AND 470 JUNIOR EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS
The 2017 420 and 470 Junior European Championships is organized by Fraglia Vela Riva at the sailing playground of Lake Garda, Italy, in co-operation with the International 420 and 470 Class Associations and Italian Sailing Federation from 6-13 August 2017.
In the 420 Open and 470 Men fleets will be seeded for the six race Qualification Series into yellow and blue fleets, before being split into gold and silver for the six race Final Series. The 470 Ladies and 420 U17 fleets will sail a single series of 12 races. Races will take place over two race courses.
Five continents are represented amongst the 25 nations competing at the 2017 420 and 470 Junior European Championships: Argentina, Austria, Brazil, Canada, Croatia, France, Great Britain, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, Uruguay, USA.
The schedule is:
6-7 August 2017 - Measurement/Registration
7 August 2017 – Practice Race, Opening Ceremony
8-10 August 2017 - Qualification Series (470 Men and 420 Open) and Single Series (Ladies and 420 U17) - 6 races
11-13 August 2017 - Final Series (470 Men and 420 Open) and Single Series (470 Ladies and 420 U17) - 6 races, Closing Ceremony/Prize Giving
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