sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery
Sail-World.com : 470 European Championship day 6 - Gold to Croatian duo
470 European Championship day 6 - Gold to Croatian duo

'470 Womens fleet action - 470 European Championship day 6'    © Marc Turner
The 2012 470 European Championship title has been won by Croatia’s Sime Fantela and Igor Marenic after a win in race 12 today.

With a 22 point advantage over the second placed team at the end of today, even if they finish last in the double-points Medal Race, they are in an unassailable position.

Today was a tense penultimate day and the last opportunity to make the cut to be amongst the top 10 teams going through to Wednesday’s Medal Race, which will decide the podium finishers at the 2012 470 European Championship,
With some teams still hoping a strong performance would give them the break required to make the top 10 threshold, for the teams at the top of the leaderboard, and already assured of being in the Medal Race, today it was about putting in a couple more solid race results to consolidate their overall score.

After a postponement ashore, the teams were sent out to the race course in a day that was to test the focus of the most experienced athletes.

470 Men
A general recall to the start of race 11, before Sime Fantela/Igor Marenic (CRO) showed their superiority to lead the fleet to the windward mark, chased hard by David Bargehr/Lukas Mahr (AUT).

Sime Fantela and Igor Marenic (CRO) - 470 European Championship day 6 -  © Marc Turner  

The pursuing Austrians kept the pressure on with two of the Olympic teams, Russia’s Sheremetyev brothers and Switzerland’s Yannick Brauchli/Romuald Hausser, adding to the weight of force challenging the Croatians.

However it was touch and go for the Croatians to successfully defend their 2011 470 European Championship and wrap up the gold medal today, after a penalty just before the turning mark for the finish. A quick spinnaker drop and 720 degree turns, saw the Croatians drop back and cross the line in fifth.

Fantela said, 'We were second all the time fighting with the Austrians to be first. In the last downwind just before the finish the jury penalised us and there were three boats behind us and not enough room to do the penalty turns and stay ahead, so we lost three points. We thought they would be crucial but with the last race result it was enough. We can now go into the Medal Race tomorrow secure.'

Seizing the opportunity of the Croatian demise, it was an easier race 11 victory to David Bargehr/Lukas Mahr (AUT). The win didn’t make a massive impact on their leaderboard position, moving the Austrians from 18th to 17th, it was the Russian’s second place that was more critical.

Intent on closing the points gap to the Croatian defending European Champions, world ranked 23 Mikhail Sheremetyev/Maxim Sheremetyev sailed a perfect race. They stayed at the front of the fleet to finish second and covered behind, with the added bonus of the Croatian penalty helping to reduce the margin to leaders to only 6 points after race 11.

But with Fantela/Marenic steaming to a win in race 12, and the Russians posting a 21st, their worst result of the series, all hope of a shot at the Championship title vanished.

The Croatians were not aware of their victory until they came ashore and saw the overall results, as Fantela said, 'We thought it would be closer, but the Russians had a bad last race and it created the gap.'

'This is really nice. It is our third European gold. We are happy, we work hard, we train hard and all our life is about sailing. We want to congratulate our coach, father and manager Edo - my father - and thank all of our families and friends who have supported us all these years,' said Fantela.

Going into the Medal Race, the Russians have dropped into third with a three point deficit to the second placed Ben Saxton/Richard Mason (GBR), and the Greek Olympic team of Panagiotis Kampouridis/Efstathios Papadopoulos are in fourth. It is these three teams who will now do battle for the silver and bronze medals.

470 Men – Top 10 Overall after 12 Races/Medal Race Competitors
1. Sime FANTELA/Igor MARENIC (CRO) - 44 pts
2. Ben SAXTON/Richard MASON (GBR) – 66 pts
3. Mikhail SHEREMETYEV/Maxim SHEREMETYEV (RUS) - 69 pts
4. Panagiotis KAMPOURIDIS/Efstathios PAPADOPOULOS (GRE) - 80 pts
5. Philip SPARKS/David KOHLER (GBR) – 92 pts
6. Luke RAMSAY/Mike LEIGH (CAN) - 94 pts
7. Antonis TSIMPOUKELIS/Pavlos KAGIALIS (GRE) – 94 pts
8. Yannick BRAUCHLI/Romuald HAUSSER (SUI) – 97 pts
9. Vianney GUILBAUD/Mathieu FOUNTAINE (FRA) - 104 pts
10. Vladimir CHAUS/Denis GRIBANOV (RUS) – 111 pts




470 Women
Another tricky day out on the race track, with pressure varying all over the course. Making the right decision was critical in teams’ fortunes as they jostled for race finishes.

Race 11 in the 470 Women saw the overnight lead was swapped, with Great Britain’s Sophie Weguelin/Sophie Ainsworth giving way to Germany’s Annika Bochmann/Elisabeth Panuschka, after an unlucky 13th gave them their worse score of the series.

'It was tricky today with a persistent shift on the top left hand side, but you could take what was good numbers out to the right and constantly be lifting whilst the boats inside you had more pressure and were lifting more. We didn’t have a great first race, then we tried to come back and have a good second as we knew we had a fairly reasonable discard but we couldn’t afford to have a bad second,' said Ainsworth.

Another race later, and the shoe was on the other foot, with the Germans scoring their worst result of the series, a 12th, and the lead was again exchanged, as Ainsworth explained, 'We hung on, did the best we could and it turned out we have a two point gap now on the boat behind us, which will make tomorrow fairly interesting as we are all fairly close. There are four of us that could medal, it will probably be between the top three of us who have a bit of a margin, but anything could happen, especially if the racing is anything like today.'

A push to the end from Croatia’s Enia Nincevic/Romana Zupan who went into today in fourth overall and needing to pull some inspired form from their bag to close the gap on the top three teams. Third around the first windward mark of race 11, they geared up to second overall on the downwind leg from where they pushed hard to take the lead from Maelen Lemaitre/Aloise Retornaz (FRA) and cross the line first. A stunning performance, which reduced their deficit to the third place Slovenian team of Tina Mrak/Teja Cerne and put them back in the medal hunt.

'Anything can happen and that’s why I love sailing,' smiled Zupan, adding, 'It was a good race. We knew from the beginning what we wanted to do and that is what we did. We had a really good downwind,were third and gained some places to finish first.'

Frustrated at the mountain they put in front of themselves, particularly after race day 4, their results from the past two days have more than proved the ability of the team. 'It was so bad I know. But then again it is sailing and you can come first and you can come last and there are some good teams here,' said Zupan.

'We finally put everything in order, the head, the boat and we just sailed very well and were very happy about that. We had some bad days and now we are back on the horse.'

Zupan smiled when asked whether they had another win up their sleeve for the Medal race, saying, 'We will just sail the best we can. Possibly we will win, we know we can do it now.'

A win in race 12 for Amy Seabright/Eilidh McIntyre (GBR) keeps them safely in the Medal Race players. McIntyre commented, 'We had a really good start, we thought we might have been over. But it was a good trigger and we were pretty rapid. We took out everybody above us and carried it out left. The wind was steady and we said it’s a race for pressure so let’s head for the pressure and we won.'

So game on for the medal race, with the top four teams all in the hunt for the 2012 470 European Championship medals.

Annika Bochmann and Elisabeth Panuschka (GER) - 470 European Championship day 6 -  © Marc Turner  


470 Women – Top 10 Overall after 12 Races/Medal Race Competitors
1. Sophie WEGUELIN/Sophie AINSWORTH (GBR) - 32 pts
2. Annika BOCHMANN/Elisabeth PANUSCHKA (GER) - 34 pts
3. Tina MRAK/Teja CERNE (SLO) - 36 pts
4. Enia NINCEVIC/Romana ZUPAN (CRO) - 49 pts
5. Joanna FREEMAN/Katie TOMSETT (GBR) - 58 pts
6. Anna BURNETT/Flora STEWART (GBR) - 78 pts
7. Fiona TESTUZ/Anne-Sophie THILO (SUI) - 88 pts
8. Alisa KIRILYUK/Lyudmila DMITRIEVA (RUS) - 88 pts
9. Amy SEABRIGHT/Eilidh MCINTYRE (GBR) - 90pts
10. Maelenn LEMAÎTRE/Aloise RETORNAZ (FRA) - 93 pts

The racing programme for the final day of racing on Wednesday will see a final race for the teams not in the Medal Race, and then the Medal Race. All fleets will sail a windward/leeward course format, with the final races scheduled to get underway at 1100 hours for the 470 Men followed by the 470 Women.

The top 10 Medal Race teams will sail a shorter windward/leeward course with the 470 Women taking to the track for a scheduled warning signal of 1230 hours and the 470 Men scheduled for 1315 hours.

All racing will take place in the channel between Largs Sailing Club and the Isle of Cumbrae, providing a great opportunity for spectators.

2012 470 European Champions - 470 European Championship day 6 -  © Marc Turner  

Championship website


by Luissa Smith

  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=99280

1:39 AM Wed 4 Jul 2012GMT


Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.

Click for further information on


Related News Stories:

04 Jul 2012  US Laser Radial sailor Paige Railey + Video
03 Jul 2012  2012 470 European Championship day 5 - Hunting the wind + Video
01 Jul 2012  470 European Championships - Pole position to Great Britain + Video
30 Jun 2012  470 European Championships - Changes plentiful on day 2 + Video
29 Jun 2012  London 2012 Olympics - Interview with Denmark's Jonas Hogh Christensen
29 Jun 2012  470 European Championships day 1 - Hard, wet day in the office + Video
28 Jun 2012  ISAF Women’s Match Racing World Championships - Through to next stage
28 Jun 2012  Olympic Sailing Competition – Sydney 2000
27 Jun 2012  London 2012 Olympics - Australian sailors meet HRH Prince of Wales
27 Jun 2012  ISAF Women’s Match Racing World Championship - Off to a good start
MORE STORIES ...






News - USA and the World

Volvo Ocean Race: Team Vestas Wind recovered from reef by Sail-World.com/nz and Volvo OR Media
The Volvo65, Team Vestas Wind has been recovered from a reef off St Brandon, on the Cargados Carajos Shoals, 200nm from Mauritius. the yacht has been hoisted aboard a Maersk shipping line vessel, after being dragged over the reef and into the lagoon on the Cargados Carajos Shoals, 200nm from Mauritius. ... [more]  

Andrea Francolini was on the water with the US supermaxi, RIO 100 during offshore training session before the Boxing Day Rolex Sydney to Hobart race, and provided this gallery of images. ... [more]  

Moth Worlds – Looping the loop *Feature by John Curnow
It is one of the other lines from the theme song of our little time with Terry Thomas and the gang. However, the real thing is that not only are the Moths quick, over the time since they began to get up on foils, the fleet has compacted up. Another crucial element to add, is that all craft also get a result, even if they do not complete all the laps. The latter is a lot better than a DNF. ... [more]  

The 'super-bacteria' are usually found in hospital waste and produce an enzyme, KPC, resistant to antibiotics. Researchers found the bacteria in samples taken from Flamengo beach. Nearly 70% of sewage in Rio - a city of some 10 million people - is spilled raw into the waters of Guanabara Bay. The bacteria were found in samples taken from several locations along the Carioca river. ... [more]  

‘We don’t expect children to ride adult bikes when they can’t touch the ground, so why do we expect them to sail adult boats when they can’t control as they should. We didn’t want this for our children so set about trying to develop a boat that addresses this problem. ... [more]  

The eventful sailing summer will carry on into 2015. In addition to the established annual regatta events, we will see 2015 the J/80 World Championships a week after Kieler Woche, to be followed by the F18 Worlds. Die Notices of Race for YES, Kieler Woche, the J/80 Worlds and F18 Worlds are now accessible online. ... [more]  

RORC Transatlantic 2014 Race Lanzarote-Grenada: An international fleet of yachts took part, with crew from at least 12 different countries racing magnificent Maxis, crewed by top professional sailors, as well as production yachts crewed by friends and family. For all the yachts, the adventure started long before the start line. ... [more]  

Team Vestas Wind has been recovered from a reef off the Cargados Carajos Shoals, 200nm from Mauritius. Shane Smart was sent to cover the recovery operation and filed these images ... [more]  

Jeremy Pilkington's Baltic 78, Lupa of London was announced as the first winner of the RORC Transatlantic Race Trophy with the best elapsed time under IRC. Class winners received an engraved crystal decanter and all competitors present received a special edition bottle of Westerhall Plantation Rum, with the insignia of the RORC Transatlantic Race. ... [more]  

Qingdao, venue of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Sailing Competition, will host some of the world’s finest sailors for the third consecutive year from 14-20 September 2015 with the 2016 dates to be confirmed. Spots for the 2015 ISAF Sailing World Cup Final, which will be held in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates from 27 October to 1 November 2015, will be at stake as well as World Cup bragging rights. ... [more]  

2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - A bashing, crashing and punishing first night at sea could well decide the outcome in the race for line honours in this year’s Rolex Sydney Hobart race. ... [more]  

2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - The 117 yachts in the Rolex Sydney Hobart will face an early test this year, with the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) forecasting a sharp 20 to 25 knot southerly change on Boxing Day afternoon not long after the start. ... [more]  

2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - Just a few days out from Boxing Day and the buzz around the docks of the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia is that Ray Roberts is looking like a very good bet to win this year’s Rolex Sydney Hobart. ... [more]  

2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - There’s no doubt the returned soldiers aboard Spirit of Mateship and Southern Excellence II are the kind of blokes you want around if things went horribly wrong – and for that matter, you want them for the good stuff too – because they are top blokes. ... [more]  

Mount Gay Round Barbados Race Series: This event, which kick starts the Caribbean race season, is proving to be a huge attraction for overseas entries with over 20 already signed and more than 50 boats expected overall. One of the biggest draws is the Mount Gay Round Barbados Race (21 January), a 60 nautical mile ocean race round the island. There are currently 14 established records in this race. ... [more]  

Barcelona World Race: The challenges of racing as a duo, not just seeking to perform at the highest level over a period of 90 to 100 days but actually co-habiting in a small, confined space whilst also experiencing extremes of discomfort – wet, damp, tired, hot, cold, emotional and physical. Here Ken Way gives an insight into how he helps the relationship between the two skippers work. ... [more]  

Comanche’s owner, Jim Clark concedes that a Rolex Sydney Hobart isn’t the ideal first race for such a big, complex machine, but: 'I am married to an Australian, and I’ve seen the start of the Rolex Sydney Hobart a number of times. ... [more]  

St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands. Organizers of the St. Thomas International Regatta are proud to announce that Cruzan Rum and Presidente beer, distributed by Glazer’s Premier Distributors, LLC, will provide major sponsorship in support for the 2015 regatta. ... [more]  

2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - Warwick Sherman never really wanted to do the Rolex Sydney Hobart, he’d done plenty of ocean racing, but bashing his way across Bass Strait to get to Tasmania just didn't grab him. Perversely, all that changed when he was diagnosed with cancer. ... [more]  

The second stage of the Soto 40 South American Tour is coming up next and will be held in Algarrobo, Chile from 24 - 31 January. More than eight yachts are expected to take part in the Chille Sailing Week, a competition noted for its level of competition and close racing, where success is characterized by consistency, precision and teamwork. ... [more]  

The Flying Dutchman, regarded as one of the finest and fastest one-design dinghy classes ever designed, will return to Sydney Harbour en masse when the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron conducts the Australian and World championships, starting next week. ... [more]  

The International Moth Class isn't exactly a new sailing class, yet the learning curve would have to be one of the steepest out there. Moths have been on foils for almost 10 years, yet besides talking to fellow moth sailors, there isn't a lot of information out there to help you master the skills and techniques needed to fly ... [more]  

America's Cup: Full CAS report finds both ISAF and de Ridder at fault *Feature by Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com/nz
The Decision of the Court for Arbitration of Sport over the suspension of Dutch sailor Dirk de Ridder has been circulated. The report, which was earlier reported in summary form as to the decision, confirms a 18month suspension on de Ridder, one of the Netherlands' top sailors ... [more]  

2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - Australia’s premier ocean race has always had an international flavour; Captain Illingworth, who started the whole Sydney Hobart thing was, after all, an Englishman. ... [more]  

An initiative by the SuperYacht Racing Association (SYRA) led to collaboration with the Offshore Racing Congress (ORC) and ultimately the creation of a new superyacht handicapping rule - the ORC SuperYacht Rule (ORCsy). ... [more]  

2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - Ocean sailors are daft; why else would you think it a good idea to take a modern ocean racing yacht around the world on her own bottom to compete in lots and lots of races, some thousands of miles long? ... [more]  

2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - The island is off the NSW south coast, 155 nautical miles south of Sydney’s South Head and about 6 nm south-east of Narooma. Its lighthouse, built of granite quarried on the island, began operating in 1881. The island is a protected nature reserve. ... [more]  

2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - Hundreds of Australian sailors spend their lives trying to win the Tattersall’s Cup; year after year they declare in Hobart that this was their last Rolex Sydney Hobart - definitely - for sure. But 12 months later you spot them again at the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, tinkering with their pride and joy and nervously eying off Boxing Day ... [more]  

America's Cup: Lawsuit against Oracle Racing lodged in San Francisco *Feature by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz
In further legal fallout from the 34th America's Cup one of the New Zealand sailors named in an action bought by the International Sailing Federation has in turn lodged a lawsuit in a California Court against his former racing team, Oracle Racing Inc over boat fixing in America's Cup World Series ... [more]  

Antigua Sailing Week 2015 by Antigua Sailing Week
If you haven't been to Antigua Sailing Week for some years Antigua Sailing Week have a quick overview for you of what has changed and what makes it worth the journey along with information on bareboat and race charters, multihulls and challenges for 2015. ... [more]  

RORC Transatlantic Race: The three-man team on Sérénade was the final yacht to complete the inaugural race. Having spent over 18 days at sea, the crew were understandably tired but Denis Villotte, Alain Houchard and Pit Porta were smiling from ear to ear in Camper & Nicholsons Port Louis Marina. A large welcoming party had gathered to greet them. ... [more]  

2017 J/80 World Championships: The Royal Southern Yacht Club (RSrnYC) has an active J/80 fleet and attracts many more of the class to its summer series of regattas run annually from May through to September, in addition to match racing J/80s in the annual Grade 2 Match Cup. ... [more]  

Spectacular fire on Sydney Harbour captured on video *Feature by Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com/nz
Sydney sailing sports photographer, Beth Morley was on Sydney Harbour, capturing images of the Friday night racing, when a luxury launch caught fire nearby. I was out photographing the Ransa Sailing yacht race this evening when I saw smoke coming from the back of a large cruise boat around the back of Sow and Pigs (reef) area towards Middle Head. ... [more]  

Clipper Race skipper to receive prestigious US award
OK Dinghy Worlds - Preview 2: Overindulgence in sailing fun
America's Cup: Full CAS report finds both ISAF and de Ridder at fault
Sydney Hobart Race - Crew prepares for a game of 'Snakes and Ladders'
WPA Race Season - Hanohano Huki Ocean Challenge preview
Comanche in the Solas Big Boat Challenge - Images by Andrea Francolini
Sunbrella Fabrics supports US Olympic and Paralympic Sailors
Volvo Ocean Race: Images from Mauritius as Vestas Wind salvage begins
Volvo Ocean Race: Martinez leaves Mapfre for Leg 3 to China
Volvo Ocean Race: Nicholson back on the atoll to retrieve Vestas Wind
America's Cup: Iain Murray appointed as Regatta Director again
Rolex Sydney Hobart Race - Clipper Race to enter 12-strong fleet
Adventures of a Sailor Girl: News and interviews from December 16 show
Pogo 40, Bingo completes RORC Transatlantic Race 2014
Volvo Ocean Race: Chris Nicholson Interview - Part 3 - On the Atoll *Feature
Bell's Beer Bayview Mackinac Race - Safety Requirements published
Int'l 14 World Championships - Defending champion expects tight racing
WWA Wake Park World Series - Daniel Grant and Aaron Gunn make history
US Sailing’s Rolex Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the Year Awards
Sailing World Cup Melbourne: Highlights video from Port Philip
Bart’s Bash raises huge total for international sailing charity   
Optim'X (FRA) completes RORC Transatlantic Race 2014   
Perpetual Loyal unveils 1120 square metre A2 for Rolex Sydney Hobart   
ISAF SWC Melbourne – Girls’ Day Out *Feature   
Website for the 2015 Finn Gold Cup in Takapuna is launched   
Great signed Limited Edition sailing books by Bob Fisher for Christmas   
Clipper Race - Sir Robin Knox-Johnston to mentor young South African   
IFDS Worlds 2014 New Video Memories - Halifax is just a click away!   
McDougall + McConaghy Moth Worlds 2015 - Must see, seriously fun event   
Volvo Ocean Race: Chris Nicholson Interview - Part 2 - On the Rocks *Feature   
Successful St. Maarten Regatta Beach Clean-Up at Kim Sha Beach   
US Sailing releases Rio 2016 Olympic Trials System   
Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - Oldies return   
Volvo Ocean Race sets up independent inquiry into Vestas Wind disaster   
Volvo Ocean Race: Team Brunel: sweet victory   
RORC Transatlantic Race - Apollo 7 touch down   
2014 OK Dinghy Worlds Preview one - Last but not least   
Melges 24 Christmas Sprint Series - Christmas comes early for Red Mist   
Extreme Sailing Series 2014 Act 8 - Superb podium finish for Realteam   
Volvo Ocean Race: Chris Nicholson on the Team Vestas Wind disaster - 1 *Feature   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
XLXL NEW US
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT