sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery

 

Sail-World.com : 420 Open and Ladies European Championships Overall

420 Open and Ladies European Championships Overall

'420 Open and Ladies Championships 2011'    © Mattias Capizzano

The 420 Open and Ladies European Championships resulted in a nervous morning for many as they tried to stay calm, not knowing if races would or would not happen as the wind repeated its disappearing act from Thursday. Fortunately, the 2011 edition was concluded with a final race 10 for all fleets as the wind kicked in this afternoon in a five-six knot breeze and slight swell.

Open: After two general recalls race 10 for the Open Gold fleet got underway in an increasing breeze. The outstanding series leaders, the Kavas brothers were nowhere to be seen after a poor start left them deep in the pack, but their significant points margin gave them little to worry about and despite a fourteenth place finish the gold medals had Greek ownership. The real battle was playing out ahead of them as the French and Italians challenged for silver and bronze.

'I feel very happy,' said Alexander, 'this is our best sailing achievement so far.' It is even sweeter for them as they lost the gold medal in the final race of last year's 470 Junior Europeans. Their next big plan is a hat trick year in 2012, with a target of wins at the 2012 ISAF Youth Worlds, an event they chose to miss this year to focus on the Europeans, as well as the 2012 420 Worlds and 2012 420 Junior Europeans – and most probably in the same seven year old boat they used to win gold here in Portugal. Longer term they have their sights on the 2016 Olympic Games.

When asked if there was something about them that people would be surprised to know, Alexander said, 'We don't have a television.' Another secret to their success perhaps?

Jacopo Cunial/Michele Inchiostri (ITA) found themselves trailing mid-fleet at the first windward mark, with Clovis Leroux/Aymeric Paruit (FRA) about 10 boats ahead and safely in sight of the silver medal. Assured sailing gave the Italians the edge upwind and they reeled in the French team to enter into a virtual match race for the medals. An exciting head to head, but ultimately the Italians just couldn't get past the French and finished in bronze medal position just two points adrift.

420 Open and Ladies Championships 2011 -  © Mattias Capizzano?nid=86592  

'I am very happy with the good result. In this ultimate race we did not start very well. In the second upwind we caught up with France 52868 (Leroux/Paruit), but could not beat them,' said Cunial. 'I am not happy to have gone from second overall to third, but we have a medal and we are happy. We thought we would be stronger if there was strong wind and we didn't know we could do so well in light winds – so this is a surprise.' Complimenting the Kavas brothers, Cunial added, 'They are very fast and very good.'

Leroux/Paruit (FRA) had the objective of just qualifying for the gold fleet prior to the Championships starting, so were in disbelief with their own silver medal performance. 'Personally I don't realize this. I can't believe it now, but maybe later. This is a dream for me,' said a still shell shocked Paruit. 'The objective was the gold fleet, never the podium, we never even thought about it.'

A surprise tenth overall outcome for the recently crowned ISAF Youth Sailing World Champions Jordi Xammar/Alex Claville (ESP) who couldn't repeat their form from Croatia. You can't underestimate the demands of top level competition and this team gave everything to the Youth Worlds and came to the 420 Open Europeans drained from that event with little time to recover before they faced the next starting line.

Open Top 10 Overall

No. Sailno - Name - Pts

1 . GRE 51581 - Alexander Kavas/George Kavas - 48,0
2 . FRA 53868 - Clovis Leroux/Aymeric Paruit - 55,0
3 . ITA 53696 - Jacopo Cunial/Michele Inchiostri - 57,0
4 . GRE 53460 - Frantzesko Bakatsias/Evangelos Christopoulos - 71,0
5 . ESP 53873 - Luis Benítez-Inglot/Jorge Ramirez - 77,0
6 . FRA 53830 - Etienne Lher/Hugo Lauras - 88,0
7 . ITA 52905 - Matia Ugrin/Mirko Juretic - 94,0
8 . POR 54404 - Luis Niza/Paulo Baptista - 95,0
9 . POR 54213 - Gonçalo Pires/Nuno Bajanca - 98,0
10 . ESP 53835 - Jordi Xammar/Alex Clavillé - 105,0

420 Open and Ladies Championships 2011 -  © Mattias Capizzano?nid=86592  

Ladies: The gold and silver medals looked fairly certain going into race 10, the only question was whether they would go to the Italian or French teams. The battle for bronze came down to 0.8 of a point between the third and fourth placed Swiss and German teams.

Action in the protest room meant the final podium places were not confirmed until about three hours after racing and whilst the protests did not actually change the final outcome of the top three, they gave tense moments all around.

Italy's Cristina Celli/Siliva Morini were disqualified from race 10 after a pre-start incident, but this had no impact on their final gold medal winning position on the leaderboard as the DSQ was discarded. A career best for Celli/Morini (ITA), who up until today ranked their bronze medal at the 2010 420 Worlds as their best performance.

'It was a very exciting race, but very difficult,' commented Morini, before explaining, 'We were all the time neck and neck with the French. We are very happy.' Significantly for this pair the Europeans marks their penultimate event partnership, as once they have competed in the Italian Nationals they will go their separate ways. Morini is heading to University to study medicine, whilst Celli will be transferring her skills to the 470 with a new crew. A wonderful 420 career ending high for this team.

They made a wonderful sight at the Medal Ceremony singing their hearts out to the Italian national anthem with massive smiles on their faces, and Morini's very proud parents watching.

A solid twelfth place finish delivered Jennifer Poret/Louise Chevet (FRA) the silver medal. 'We knew that we could do something, but not this result. We are very happy now. This is our best result,' said Chevet.

The next battle was for bronze, with both contending teams, Linda Fahrni/Maja Siegenthaler (SUI) and Paulina Rothaluf/Madlen Geisler (GER) recording their worst results of the series in race 10, as they covered each other throughout the race – which ended advantage Switzerland.

A sweet end to the 420 career of Fahrni/Siegenthaler who will be selling their 420 'Dorri' and moving to their new 470 called 'Lily'. Their Swiss teammates have also bought a 470 which they have named 'James', the boats' namesakes being Harry Potter's parents!

'I am so happy we could sail today, as it was the last time for us as a 420 team, and it turned out great,' an excited Siegenthaler exclaimed. The pair won the 2010 ISAF Youth Worlds and clearly have a great career ahead of them, but with no immediate plans to head straight to the international circuit but rather hone their skills at national events first.

Camille Rossi/Aurelie Vilette (FRA) won the Ladies Silver Fleet.

Ladies Top 10 Overall

No. Sailno - Name - Pts

1 . ITA 54206 - Cristina Celli/Silvia Morini - 33,0
2 . FRA 53540 - Jennifer Poret/Louise Chevet - 36,0
3 . SUI 53468 - Linda Fahrni/Maja Siegenthaler - 46,0
4 . GER 54433 - Paulina Rothlauf/Madlen Geisler - 46,8
5 . ITA 54372 - Alessandra Moretto/Marcella Mamusa - 70,0
6 . ITA 54077 - Ilaria Paternoster/Benedetta Di Salle - 73,0
7 . ESP 52373 - Aura Miquel/Marina Cano - 86,0
8 . GBR 54194 - Jessica Lavery/Georgie Mothersele - 91,0
9 . FRA 54265 - Clélia Bourgois/Aude Compan - 91,0
10 . GRE 53168 - Aikaterini Kaitatzidou/Sofia Kaitatzidou - 92,0

There have been stunning performances out on the race course, not just at the front of the fleet but across all levels as teams achieved the goals they set themselves and more. Teams to mention are the Israelis who achieved matching results in the Open and Ladies fleets with twelfth place finishes achieved by Gal Cohen/Hadar Moran and Tsuf Zamet/Stav Brokman respectively. Turkey's Ipeknaz Ozden/Deniz Gokmeral finished eleventh overall in the Ladies Gold fleet, outside the top 10 by just one point. This most probably marks a best ever result in recent times for Turkey's 420 sailors. Cafer and Caner Cicibiyik (TUR) claimed victory in the Open Silver fleet, with wins in two races across the final series.

420 Sailing website




by 420 Sailing

  

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

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=86592

8:26 PM Sat 30 Jul 2011 GMT






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:

10 Dec 2013  Abersoch Dinghy Week 2014 - Title sponsors announced
09 Dec 2013  OK Dinghy World Rankings for December 2013
16 Jun 2013  PWA Catalunya World Cup - Celebrating 15 years of Costa Brava action
16 Jun 2013  Route des Princes - Edmond de Rothschild victorious in Lisbon
16 Jun 2013  Contender World Championship - 174 entries and still counting
16 Jun 2013  Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge – Day 2 in Porto Santo Stefano
16 Jun 2013  NYYC Annual Regatta – J sailing talent to take part
25 Apr 2013  Jorgen Svendsen retains OK Dinghy World 2013 number one ranking
07 Mar 2013  Finn Class partners Dinghy Academy to train next Olympians
03 Mar 2013  RYA Dinghy Show - Glanfield and Patience launch Rio 2016 campaign
MORE STORIES ...

News - USA and the World



America's Cup: Alameda makes overtures on Venue hosting for San Fran *Feature by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz,


























2014 Pacific Cup - Scarlet Runner wins by Vanessa Yates, Hawaii






































Plastic Classic takes place at Mariposa Hunters Point YC
Six Metre European Championship - No champion declared for 2014
J/Teams sail tough Chicago Mackinac Race
Anna Tunnicliffe wins first event of Reebok Cross Fit Games + Video
2014 Pacific Cup - Skill and luck required for victory
Six Metre European Championship - Action resumes on day 4
BIC Techno 293 Worlds 2014 - Day 4
PWA Fuerteventura Grand Slam on the horizon
Rolex Big Boat Series - Golden Jubilee to take place this September
DH Pacific Cup - Running with the pack + Video
Women's Match Race Golfe du Morbihan - Testing day in Vannes
Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup - Ireland establishes solid lead
International Moth Worlds: Outteridge charges into the lead + Video
Marina Rubicón Round Canary Islands Race - First blood to Team Brunel
ISAF Youth Match Racing Worlds - Competition heats up on day 2
Laser Radial World Championships - Competition aplenty on day 3 +Video
Extreme Sailing Series - Penultimate Act to take place in Nice
Leukemia Cup - Images by Leighton O'Connor
Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup - Meeting of the grand designs
29er North American Championship - Final series kicks off
29er World Championship 2014 set to start in Kingston, Ontario   
Barcelona and Parnu chosen for 2015 ORC championship events   
2014 Race for Rady Yacht Race - Benefiting Rady Children’s hospital   
CMRC Summer Invitational Series - Doubleheader events start tomorrow   
BIC Techno 293 Worlds 2014 - Day 3   
Sailing through STEM Night at California YC   
Six Metre European Championship - High temps and little wind on day 3   
Women’s Match Race Golfe du Morbihan - Light wind opener in Vannes   
International Moth Worlds: Rashley ahead as Aussies close in   
Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup - Unsatisfactory conditions on day 4   
ISAF Youth Match Racing Worlds - American unbeatable on day 1   
RS Feva World Championships - All set at Yacht Club de Carnac   
ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards - Nominations now open   
BIC Techno 293 Worlds - Steady winds on day 2 + Video   
29er North American Open Championship - Qualifying series wraps up   
Opening ceremony O'pen Bic World Cup, Travemunde Week, Germany   
Six Metre Europeans - Wind fails to make an appearance on day 2   
Edgartown Race Weekend - Let the sailing (and good times) begin   
ISAF Youth Match Racing World Championship - Action commences July 23   
International Moth Worlds - Mothballed on day 4 + Video   


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