Worlds and Junior Europeans
420 Championship season kicked off with the 420 Worlds in Vilamoura, Portugal before heading north to Vilagarcia in Spain for the 420 Junior Europeans. In between, teams battled it out at the multi-class Youth Worlds in Poland.
Featuring 456 sailors from 24 nations, the 420 Worlds was a showcase of superb talent, as the elite of 420 Class racing gathered from around the world. Spain, Great Britain and Greece claimed the gold medals in the Open, Girls and U17 categories and congratulations to our new 420 Class World Champions, Martin Wizner/Pedro Ameneiro (ESP) in the Open, Vita Heathcote/Milly Boyle (GBR) in the Women, Odysseas Spanakis/Konstaninos Michalopoulos (GRE) in the U17 Open and Neus Ballester/Andrea Perello (ESP) in the U17 Women.
At the World Sailing Youth Worlds, New Zealand's Menzies/McGlashan signed off the week with a win in the Boy's 420 having sealed victory with a day to spare. In the girls', the USA's Madeline Hawkins/Yumi Yoshiyasu took the title, making it three in a row for the USA, as the pair followed in the footsteps of Emma and Carmen Cowles who won in 2017 and 2018.
The Junior Europeans wrapped up on Tuesday 30 July, with Spain's Conrad Konitzer/Fernando Rodriguez safely winning gold in the U19 Open fleet. An impressive win in the final race of the final day gave the U19 Women win to Poland's Zofia Korsak/Karolina Cendrowska. France’s Ange Delerce/Timothee Rossi claimed the U17 Open Gold, with the USA’s Vanessa Lahrkamp/Katherine Mcnamara adding the U17 Women’s gold to their U17 420 Women’s Worlds silver medal.