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420 World Championship - Two more races to determine the winners

by International 420 Class Association on 30 Jul 2013
Tiago Brito/Andrei Kneipp (BRA420) © Jose Jordan
The second day of final races at the 420 World Championship brought some up and down results for most of the top teams, a testament to how tough racing has become in the gold fleet battle.

Two more races today have positioned the leaderboard into some close points scenarios, with just two more races tomorrow to determine the ultimate World Champions.

Teams had to wait a little for the wind to fill in, as it veered from southeast to east and increased in intensity throughout the day. Racing got underway in about seven to eight knots of breeze, up to 13-14 knots for the second race.

420 open

Disaster in the opening race, with a broken halyard forcing the series leaders Tiago Brito and Andrei Kneipp from Brazil out of the race. They followed up with a 12th, for what has been their worst day of racing so far. As the points margin now closes, France’s Sebastian Simon and Pierre Rhimbault claw their way closer to the top, just 6 points behind the Brazilians.

Rhimbault is delighted with progress so far, saying, 'For us it is a very good World Championships. We're back 420 racing just for this Worlds, and want to make a good performance. I think we can win tomorrow, because there is only a difference of six points and will try to win a few points over them, I think it is possible.'


Spain’s Jose Manuel Ruiz and Fernando Davila and Xavier Antich and Pedro Terrones are in third and fourth respectively after results at opposite ends of the fleet.

The brothers Santiago and David Mas, who were one of the title favourites, put on a performance for which they are renowned with a clear win in race nine, but too little to late for this pair who whilst they have every chance of making it through to the final top 10, will be hard pushed to get near the medals.

In the Silver fleet, Americans Eenkema Reiner van Dijk and Spencer McDonough lead the way, with Taylor Balogh and Samuel Lee Taylor heading up the bronze fleet.

420 Open – Leaderboard Top 10
1. Tiago Brito/Andrei Kneipp (BRA) – 46 pts
2. Sebastien Simon/Pierre Rhimbault (FRA) – 52 pts
3. José María Ruiz/Fernando Davila (ESP) – 58 pts
4. Xavier Antich/Pedro Terrones (ESP) – 63 pts
5. Swann Hayewski/Alexis Thomas (FRA) – 68 pts
6. Matteo Pilati/Michele Cecchin (ITA) – 68
7. Wade Waddel/Henry Fernberger (USA) – 75 pts
8. Diogo Pereira/Pedro Cruz (POR) – 80 pts
9. Keiju Okada/Yuta Miyaguchi (JPN) – 82 pts
10. Frantzeskos Mpakatsias/Evaggelos Christopoulos-Timogiann (GRE) – 85 pts

420 Ladies

The overall lead is still occupied by the British team of Annabel Cattermole and Bryony Bennett-Lloyd, who managed to offset their lacklustre result of 27th in the first race of the day with a race win in the second, to keep them at the front.


Relief for the Italians Sara Scotto di Vittoria Vettimo and Barbiero, who retain second place in the overall standings, with team mates and Championship leaders until yesterday, Carlota Omari and Francesca Russo who are back up in the podium places with a 37,6 scoreline.

Singapore’s 420 teams demonstrated their power, with first and second place in the first race of the day going to Kimberly Lim and Savannah Siew and Elisa Yukie Yokoyama and Jazlene Ong. Singapore took the gold and bronze medals in the 2012 420 Ladies Worlds, and this year the Lim/Siew partnership are hoping to build up from last year’s under-16 best placed team title and fourth overall. They are on track and with only four points separating them from the bronze medal, have every chance of standing on the podium tomorrow.

Chile’s Nadja Horwitz, who sealed silver at the 2012 420 Ladies Worlds, has put in another solid day of racing with new crew Malsh and goes into the final day in fourth.

'The fleet is a bit uneven, so the truth is that anything can happen tomorrow,' said Horwitz. 'Nothing is decided, so tomorrow we have to go out like our first day. We've had good days and not so good, but we are trying to do our best and trying to learn from mistakes. We are tired because we came from the ISAF Youths and it has taken a while to find our pace. Anything can happen tomorrow. There are many good teams all fighting ... so nothing is done.'

Like her brothers, acceptance of defeat is what the reigning Spanish 420 National Champion, Silvia Mas with crew Nuria Miró, has had to come to terms with. They launched themselves into the 420 Worlds as one of the hot favourites, but are struggling in 40th on the leaderboard. Despite leading the silver fleet, it is not where they want to be. Mas said, 'I prefer windier conditions, we feel more comfortable in them. Yesterday was a really good day, although we were not in the gold fleet, but in reality these two days of finals have been very good. We are happy to be here. You have to give everything and especially because next we will compete at the 420 Junior Europeans. At many International events we have been in the top three, and the 420 Worlds was do be our most important event.'

420 Ladies – Leaderboard Top 10
1. Annabel Cattermole/ Bryony Bennett -Lloyd (GBR) – 40 pts
2. Sara Scotto Di Vettimo/Vittoria Barbiero (ITA) – 52 pts
3. Carlotta Omari/Francesca Russo Cirillo (ITA) – 58 pts
4. Nadja Horwitz/Carmina Malsch (CHI) – 58 pts
5. Kimberly Lim/Savannah Siew (SIN) – 62 pts
6. Paula Barceló/Margarita Alba (ESP) – 69 pts
7. Ilaria Paternnoster/Di Salle Benedetta (ITA) – 78 pts
8. Katerina Tavolauri/Foteini Koutsoumpou (GRE) – 87 pts
9. Zeynep Yentur/Deniz Gokmeral (TUR) – 92 pts
10. Sonia Araña/María Jesús Davila (ESP) – 98 pts

Racing is scheduled to get underway at 1300 hours on Tuesday 30 July Event websitee

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