Please select your home edition
Edition
Barz Optics - Kids range

470 World Championship - Leaderboard shuffle

by International 470 Class Association on 8 Aug 2013
2013 470 World Championships © Christoph Breschi http://breschi-photo-video.com/
At the 470 World Championship, there were some major changes in a shuffle of the leaderboard top 10, with a tricky day of racing delivering contrasting results for teams, as the wind shifted and the pressure continually changed.

An incredibly hard to read race course, with inconsistency in results keeping the scoreline close with only a few points between teams on this first day of finals. Mat Belcher/Will Ryan (AUS) briefly lost the lead to Great Britain’s Luke Patience/Joe Glanfield after the day’s opening race. The same story for Camille Lecointre/Mathilde Geron (FRA) in the 470 women, with Jo Aleh/Polly Powrie stepping up to the front after the first race, but by the end of the day, the scoreboard ended where it started with the Australians and French on top.

The 117 teams in the 470 men fleet, are split into equal 39 boat fleet sizes of gold, silver and bronze, with the women split into two fleets of 27 and 26.

Olympic silver medallists Luke Patience/Joe Glanfield briefly knocked Australia’s Mat Belcher/Will Ryan off the top spot after claiming the race win in the day’s opening race, but not for long with the Australians bouncing back with a second place to reclaim their pole position.

The British pair followed up with a 14th in race 2 to end the first day of the final stage in fourth overall.

'It’s gone quite well. We’re in a decent position at this stage. It’s been difficult – the wind has been pretty hard and difficult to read and there have been a lot of place changes,' said Glanfield. 'We’ve just got to try and keep improving really – we’ve got to learn from the mistakes we’ve made and see if we can sail a bit better each day.'

The two have achieved major successes in former partnerships, with Patience a two-time World Champion silver medallist in 2011 and 2009, and Glanfield a three time World Champion medallist, claiming silver in 2005 and 2001, and bronze in 2004.

Despite their independent pedigrees, a new combination takes time to come together, as Glanfield explained, 'This is our first World Championships together so I don’t feel a huge amount of pressure. We’ve got an expectation of where we want to come. We’ve worked hard up until this World Championships. We don’t think about the result too much, we just keep concentrating and try to sail better than the day before, learning what we can. But we’re here to try and get the best result we can.'

New Zealand’s Paul Snow-Hansen/Daniel Willcox claimed the win in the second race of the day and moved up one leaderboard position to second overall. After nailing the start and heading to the right hand side of the track, the pair took a perfect layline to the mark and safely held the lead from the windward mark onwards.

'The wind out there was pretty hard work and a lot of top teams ended up at the back of the fleet at some stage,' said Snow-Hansen. 'The wind didn’t have an obvious trend to it and you had to take your chances. It worked for us in the second race and we were really happy to hold of the Aussies and they sailed really well. We are just concentrating on ourselves and it is still early in the regatta, so we don’t really know where the competition will come from. But there are a few teams who really struggled today more than us. After our 14th, we had to put our best foot forwards,' he concluded.

In third overall and on equal points with the Kiwis are the recently crowned 470 European Champions, Sofian Bouvet/Jeremie Mion from France. The pair made their names in the 470 Junior fleet, winning back to back victories in the Junior Worlds and Junior Europeans in both 2009 and 2010. Today a 9, 5 scoreline was enough to push them up into third.

The day was really tough with teams pushing out inconsistent results as they struggled to get a grip with the unpredictable race track. Amongst the most consistent pairs were Spain’s Onan Barreiros/Juan Curbelo who moved up 10 places to 6th on the leaderboard after a 5,3 scoreline.

'I am really, really happy,' smiled Barreiros. 'I have a new crew, Juan. Two months ago Juan had an accident with a bicycle and we virtually stopped sailing, but now I am really happy not for the results, but for Juan. The injury was a big problem for us, as we are in the selection process for funding for 2014, but now if we are in the top 8 then for the moment I am happy.'

Turkey’s 2012 Olympian, brothers Deniz and Ates Cinar lead the silver fleet, with Great Britain’s Tom Kinver/Ben Palmer in charge at the front of the bronze fleet. Both race wins in the bronze fleet went to Ridgely Balladares/Rommel Chavez from the Philippines.

470 Men – Provisional Top 10 Overall

1. Mat Belcher/Will Ryan (AUS) – 10 pts
2. Paul Snow-Hansen/Daniel Willcox (NZL) – 18 pts
3. Sofian Bouvet/Jeremie Mion (FRA) – 18 pts
4. Luke Patience/Joe Glanfield (GBR) – 20 pts
5. Pierre Leboucher/Nicolas Le Berre (FRA) – 23 pts
6. Onan Barreiros/Juan Curbelo (ESP) – 24 pts
7. Lucas Calabrese/Juan de la Fuente (ARG) – 30 pts
8. Nicholas Rogers/Elliot Willis (GBR) – 37 pts
9. David Bargehr/Lukas Mahr (AUT) – 38 pts
10. Anton Dahlberg/Fredrik Bergstrom (SWE) – 43 Overall Results

Jo Aleh/Polly Powrie (NZL) got themselves back into the top spot after the first race of the finals stage today, ousting Camille Lecointre/Mathilde Geron (FRA) back to second on the leaderboard.

But an awkard error after racing today forced the Race Committee to award them a five point discretionary penalty, as the team explained, 'Unfortunately for us we made the totally rookie error of not signing off in the time period at the end of the day so have had five points added to our score-line. We have no excuses for it, just simply forgot, a seriously frustrating mistake to make.' A penalty score and 18th place in the second race has dropped them to 6th overall.

After today’s two races, Lecointre/Geron remain at the top with China’s 2012 Olympic team of Xiaoli Wang/Xufeng Huang two points behind in second and Slovenia’s Tina Mrak/Veronika Macarol another two points behind in third.

From a leaderboard position of 15th at the start of the day to third at the end, was a result a bit ahead of today’s plan for Slovenia’s Tina Mrak/Veronika Macarol. 'We did two good starts and then just sailed fast,' commented Mrak. 'We were in front at the first mark, so it made the racing easier. We are very happy with today’s results.'

Mrak represented Slovenia at the Olympics, but has now paired up with new crew Macarol. The pair competed together around four years ago and finished in bronze medal position at the 2008 470 Junior Europeans.

China is proving dominant in the fleet, with two teams in the top four and just one point behind the Slovenians are Xiaomei Xu/Chunyan Yu.

The two Brazilian teams, Fernanda Oliveira/Ana Barbachan and Renata Decnop/Isabel Swan were neck and neck in ninth and 10th respectively going into the first day of finals, but all change by the end of the day as Oliveira/Barbachan push up to fifth, with Decnop/Oliveira dropping out of the top ten to 13th.

At the 2008 Olympics, Oliveira/Swan won Olympic bronze, before moving on to separate partnerships and campaigning against each other for the one Brazilian slot for the 2012 Olympics, which was awarded to Oliveira/Barbachan. Decnop comes from a match racing background and hooked up with Swan earlier this year.

Swan commented, 'This is our first World Championship together. To compete at this level requires perfection both physically and mentally, with both as important as the other.' Both of them are soldiers in the Brazilian Navy, so intense physical training is nothing new.

Evaluating the competition in the fleet, Swan continued, 'The French and New Zealanders are currently among the most successful on the 470 circuit. But I can say that our real challenge comes from ourselves, as we are still growing as a team.'

470 Women – Top 10 Overall
1. Camille Lecointre/Mathilde Geron (FRA) – 16 pts
2. Xiaoli Wang/Xufeng Huang (CHN) – 18 pts
3. Tina Mrak/Veronika Macarol (SLO) – 20 pts
4. Xiaomei Xu/Chunyan Yu (CHN) – 21 pts
5. Fernanda Oliveira/Ana Barbachan (BRA) – 28 pts
6. Jo Aleh/Polly Powrie (NZL) – 28 pts
7. Annika Bochmann/Elisabeth Panuschka (GER) – 29 pts
8. Hannah Mills/Saskia Clark (GBR) – 33 pts
9. Afrodite Kyranakou/Anneloes van Veen (NED) – 33 pts
10. Lara Vadlau/Jola Ogar (AUT) – 36 Overall Results



A busy day of racing on Thursday 8 August, with three races for each fleet and racing scheduled to start at 1300 hours. The 470 Men and Women gold fleets are on course area bravo, and all other fleets on course area alpha. The forecast is for stronger Event website

T Clewring One DesignHamilton Island LuxurySafety at Sea - Baltic - 3

Related Articles

My Road to Rio – Part 5 – Maria Erdi
Erdi booked her spot for Rio 2016 in the Laser Radial at the final opportunity, the European qualification event Erdi booked her spot for Rio 2016 in the Laser Radial at the final opportunity, the European qualification event in Palma de Mallorca, Spain. Following nervously back in Balatonfured, Hungary was father Gabor, mother Gabriella and siblings Julia, Anna, Gabriella and Janos.
Posted today at 4:36 pm
Optimist Worlds - Images and results from Day 2
Racing is into its second day at the Optimist Worlds in Vilamoura, Portugal Racing is into its second day at the Optimist Worlds in Vilamoura, Portugal. There are 251 sailors competing from 56 nations.
Posted on 27 Jun
My Best Olympic Race – Vasilij Zbogar
Memorable moments won’t always be the golden ones. They can be hitting a personal best, breaking a national record Speak to any athlete and ask them about a moment that defines their career. Whether it happened five days, five months, five years or even fifty years ago the chances are the memory of that moment is clearly engraved in their minds.
Posted on 27 Jun
Fiji Fizz 18ft Skiffs - Images from Day 1 of the Mark Foy Trophy
Images from Day 1 of the Mark Foy Trophy being sailed as part of the Fiji Fizz regatta at Denerau, Fiji Images from Day 1 of the Mark Foy Trophy being sailed as part of the Fiji Fizz regatta at Denerau, Fiji
Posted on 27 Jun
Fiji Fizz 18ft skiffs - Battles resume on Day 1 of the Mark Foy Worlds
Day 2 of the Mark Foy World Championship started off as a happy one for the Triple M and Alcatel teams Day 2 of the Mark Foy World Championship started off as a happy one for the Triple M and Alcatel teams as their container arrived after being delayed at sea. With little over an hour till the start to unpack their boats and get onto the course it was a close call for two teams.
Posted on 27 Jun
Catching up with Simon Morgan, the founder of Wildwind Holidays
It was an absolute pleasure to catch up recently with Simon Morgan, founder of Wildwind Holidays. It was an absolute pleasure to catch up recently with Simon Morgan, founder of Wildwind Holidays. As many of you will know the Jardine / Morgan relationship goes back generations with Simon's father Tony racing with Keith Musto against my father and uncle, Stuart and Adrian back in the early 60's, mainly in the Flying Dutchman fleet.
Posted on 26 Jun
18ft Skiffs - Images from Practice Day of the Fiji Fizz, Denerau
Scotty Sinton, Auckland Skiff League was on the water off Denerau, Fiji today and filed these images Scotty Sinton of the Auckland Skiff League was on the water off Denerau, Fiji today and filed these images from the Practice Races of the Fiji Fizz Regatta
Posted on 26 Jun
18ft Skiff Mark Foy Worlds - Kiwis tread in Mander's Fijian footprints
The inaugural 18ft Skiff Mark Foy World Championship will commence on the crystal clear waters in Fiji The inaugural 18ft Skiff Mark Foy World Championship will commence on the crystal clear waters in Fiji in just a few short days. Known to be amongst the fastest mono-hull yachts in the world, the three and four man boats always produce spectacular rides and equally spectacular crashes.
Posted on 24 Jun
32 females and 54 males crews sailing to gain 470 Junior Worlds’ title
The event officially started yesterday evening with a opening ceremony in Kiel-Schilksee with wonderful weather. Already with the parade of the nations, which was accompanied by the thrilling beats of the samba school Kiel when walking from the sponsors’ area to the Audi stage, it was obvious, that the big part of the junior sailors have had a long travel
Posted on 22 Jun
Kiel Week reaches the traditional transition phase
Olympic fleets have several top international sailors seeking a final competition at this last major all classes event. The 470 Junior World Championships start Wednesday and have attracted 85 crews racing in Men’s and Women’s fleets. The Men’s field sees France’s Guillaume Pirouelle and Valentin Sipan out to defend their title as Italy’s Benedetta di Salle and Alessandra Dubini seek to do also in the Women’s championship.
Posted on 21 Jun