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NZL Sailing Team- New Zealand wins 2013 World Womens 470 Championship

by Jodie Bakewell-White on 11 Aug 2013
Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie win the Championnat du Monde 2013 de 470 a La Rochelle 470 Internationale © http://www.470.org

Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie have been crowned 470 Women’s World Champions for the first time, the title coming exactly one year to the day since they won Olympic Gold. Paul Snow-Hansen and Dan Willcox have finished seventh in the Men’s Championship.

Demonstrating the classy, relaxed composure we saw in last year’s Olympic medal race Aleh (27 years old) and Powrie (25 years old) also won today’s medal race, sailed at 3:30pm in La Rochelle, France after a light wind postponement, to take out the 2013 470 World Championships.

They are delighted; 'Finally our first world title in the 470! We won the medal race to finish in style. One year ago today it was Olympic Gold, now the world title.'

Aleh says; 'We were pretty relaxed going into today. It wasn’t all over, but we were pretty relaxed and that helped. We sailed a great race.'

While the pair has amassed plenty of World Championship and ISAF World Cup medals the closest they’ve come to the world championship title is silver in 2010 and bronze in 2011.

Aleh and Powrie (Takapuna Boating Club/Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron) announced their campaign towards Rio 2016 in December last year and since getting back in the boat early in 2013 have taken out Oceanbridge Sail Auckland, EUROSAF Champions Sailing Cup in Garda and Delta Lloyd Regatta now adding the 2013 World title topping off an excellent year.

Lara Vadlau and Jolanta Ogar from Austria won the silver medal with a third in the medal race, while China’s Xiaoli Wang and Xufeng Huang pipped local girls Camille Lecointre and Mathilde Geron for the bronze. The French had to settle for fourth.


Men’s representatives Paul Snow-Hansen and Dan Willcox have secured a seventh place in the hard fought Men’s 470 World Championship after placing third in today’s medal race.

Lying second overall earlier in the series the pair suffered from one poor day on the water, but showed plenty of grit and determination to make the best of it recovering for a top seven finish in what is a world class fleet.

'The regatta has had its ups and downs, but we finished with a third in the medal race moving us up one place overall. Cheers to everyone who has followed our progress and wished us luck,' says Snow-Hansen and Willcox.

Their coach, Hamish Willcox, a three time World champion in the 470 class himself, believes there is plenty of potential for this new combination; 'Huge learnings for us and the boys are getting battle hardened with each additional regatta. They are up against teams with over 15 years experience - France, Australia, Argentina, Britain, Greece and USA all have at least one member of their crew with more than 15 years experience on the 470 circuit.'

'Looking at the gains our boys have made in the last 100 days sailing those teams had better watch out! Paul and Dan are already the most successful and dominant team in zero to 11 or 12 knots.'

22 year-old Paul Snow-Hansen (Wakatere Boating Club) and 23 year-old Dan Willcox (Murrays Bay Sailing Club) joined forces in the Men’s 470 for a tilt at the Rio Olympics subsequent to the 2012 London Olympics where helm Snow-Hansen represented New Zealand with distinction placing fifth overall sailing with Jason Saunders.

This year Snow-Hansen and Willcox have produced encouraging results including eighth at the recent 470 European Championships, a silver medal at Delta Lloyd Regatta and bronze at International 470 Spring Cup.

Both New Zealand crews are packing up immediately after racing ready to depart La Rochelle tomorrow morning. A week from now both Aleh and Powrie, and Snow-Hansen and Willcox will be in Rio, Brazil for a training camp at the 2016 Olympic venue.

The other two New Zealand crews racing in the Men’s fleet were Francisco Lardies and Luke Stevenson who have placed 49th while Richard Power and John Power have ended the regatta in 100th.

New Zealanders have previously won the Mens World 470 Championship five times in 1981, 1983 and 1984 (David Barnes and Hamish Willcox and 2002 (Simon Cooke and Peter Nicholas) and also Peter Newlands in 1988 sailing a GBR registered boat

2013 Women’s 470 World Championship (52 boats)

Top three…
1stJo Aleh and Polly Powrie (NZL)
2nd Lara Vadlau and Jolanta Ogar (AUT)

3rd Camille Lecointre and Mathilde Geron (FRA)

2013 Men’s 470 World Championship (114 boats)

New Zealand’s final results…
7thPaul Snow-Hansen and Dan Willcox (NZL)
49th Francisco Lardies and Luke Stevenson
100th Richard Power and John Power

Coaches: Nathan Handley and Hamish Willcox

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