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Postcard from Valencia: 420 Worlds Day 5 - Luck of the Irish?

'Coach Shelley in full ’burkha’ - 420 World Championships, Valencia'    Rob Burn
Rob Burn reports from the fifth day of the World 420 Championships, in Valencia, Spain:


The Luck of the Irish .....or not, as the case maybe....

One hapless sailor has had a bad run here at the Worlds, first race a Black flag, the second deep, next day two top 10 results but sailed in the wrong flight ...recorded DNS, then changed shorts, long ones for short ones, not enough sun protection, 2nd degree burns to his thighs, under medical care and unable to sail anymore.....

Puts into perspective some of Team NZL's performance in an increasingly tough regatta. Today was the last two races of the Qualifying series that determines the sailors going to Gold Fleet, Silver Fleet or Bronze in the Open, Gold and Silver in the Womens.

Sam Barnett and Zac Merton didn't need luck, they were the model of consistency, recording a 5th and 3rd in Yellow Flight today. The starts on all flights were marred by several General Recalls and disappointed sailors disqualified by Black Flags (BFD). Sam and Zac had all first Starts, got away clean did a bit of dipping to chase the windshifts and ultimately reaped the rewards. They have remained at 6th Overall, well inside Gold Fleet and the Top Kiwis.

The Three other Kiwi crews were lumped together in Red Flight, the 3rd start of the day. Nearly two hours it took to get the first Red Flight start away from when the sailors got out to the course...not so great for their concentration. Taylor Burn and Henry Gibbs posted a 7th and 10th, solid enough to advance them to 26th overall and Gold Fleet. In the Fresher conditions of the last race, 17-19 knots and very short, sharp waves, they were 5th to the top mark but one mistake was all it took to drop some places.

Race Day 3, last race on Day 5 of the regatta - 420 World Championships, Valencia -  Rob Burn  
Taylor Balogh and Sam Lee were consistent with two 20's, but felt they hadn't gone to their full potential. Annabel Cave and Sam Bullock were Black Flagged in the first race and just behind Taylor and Sam in 22nd for the second race. A hard day at the office.

Over on the Women's Course it wasn't any easier. Both boats in Blue flight, Liv Mackay and Abby Goodwin had a 25th then an OCS....a heartbreaker as they finished the race in 2nd place unaware they had been over and disqualified. Redress at the time of writing had not been successful.

Eliza Wilkinson and Julia Francis had a not so great a day with a 36th and 22nd.

Team NZL placings as follows, Sam and Zac 6th, Taylor and Henry 26th, Taylor and Sam 75th, Annabel and Sam 90th in Open Fleet. The Fleet leaders are Brazil, France and Italy.

The Women's are Liv and Abby 51, Eliza and Julia 52nd. Championship leaders are Italy, Italy and Spain.

Tomorrow the hard work begins again, to get to the top of each Fleet the sailors will be assigned to.

Many thanks fo all the messages of support, texts and emails that are coming in. The sailors really appreciate it.
Likewise to all the sponsors and supporters, a big Thank you for helping get each sailor here, they can't do it without you!

As always, results by clicking here

Happy Sailing

by Rob Burn


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