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420 Open and Ladies Open European Championships 2011 day 1

'420 Open and Ladies Open European Championships 2011 Day 1'    © Mattias Capizzano    Click Here to view large photo

The 420 Open and Ladies Open European Championships 2011’s first day dawned with an overcast sky, the first for several weeks in Tavira, Portugal, before the usual blue sky kicked in, whilst the wind struggled to sustain itself.

With a final entry of 77 entries in the Open fleet and 62 entries in the Ladies fleet, both divisions have been split into a blue and yellow fleet. After each day's racing in the qualifying series the fleets will be re-seeded, before being allocated to gold and silver fleets for the final series which gets underway on 27 July 2011.

After race one had been completed for all fleets, it was then a waiting game as the 139 teams mingled around patiently until the wind increased and stabilized. By this time the current had changed direction and there was lots of jostling as the boats tried to keep themselves the right side of the start line, with the Race Committee resorting to the black flag rule to keep order.

420 Open and Ladies Open European Championships 2011 Day 1 -  © Mattias Capizzano?nid=86332  
In the Ladies racing action, a perfect scoreline of two race wins for France's Jennifer Poret/Louise Chevet puts them at the front of the fleet and with a clear mission now on their minds of what they can achieve.

Other race winners were Adriana Rodes/Lucia Brugman (ESP) and Tsuf Zamet/Stav Brokman (ISR), although their wins were countered by results in the teens. Francisca Barros/Filipa Barros (POR) end the day in second overall, with Paulina Rothlauf/Madlen Geisler (GER) third.

A good measure of form is how the teams who have come straight from the ISAF Youth Worlds to the 420 Europeans delivered on day one, and so far all is going well for Germany's Rothlauf/Geisler, who along with a third overall are so far the top performers from Croatia here in Tavira.

Silver medallists at the ISAF Youth Worlds, USA's Morgan Kiss/Christina Lewis, are not dwelling on their success in Croatia, but are focused on the here and now and the transition from one event to the next. Kiss commented, 'The 420 Open Europeans is definitely an adjustment we have to make, and we are most focused on keeping our performance levels high at this event.

420 Open and Ladies Open European Championships 2011 Day 1 -  © Mattias Capizzano?nid=86332  
It is hard to move off another international event, but we are excited to try to do our best here. We will take each day at a time and focus on each individual race and not try to stress about the entire event as a whole.' Lewis added, 'There is good competition and it is really important for us to keep trying.'

An unfortunate day for the Czech Republic team of Johana Koranova/Lenka Mrzilkova saw them in the protest room against the British team of Eleni Morus/Henriette Brand after an incident in race two caused damage to their boat, as Mrzilkova put it concisely, 'We have had a bad day. A boat came into our butt!' And for tomorrow, 'We will sail better and without holes.' The British team were subsequently disqualified and will be keen to get rid of this result when the discard comes into play after five races, but it also leaves them with little room for another bad score.

In the Open fleet, not quite such consistency with different teams claiming the finish gun each time. Spain's Luis Benítez-Inglot/Jorge Ramirez lead the fleet with a 4,2 posting, but only just on countback over Mike Wood/Hermione Stanley (GBR) whose 3,3 scoreline puts them in second. Spain's Xavier Antich/Ramon Lleonart finish the day in third.

420 Open and Ladies Open European Championships 2011 Day 1 -  © Mattias Capizzano?nid=86332   Click Here to view large photo

Pre-Championship favourites and 2011 ISAF Youth World Champions Jordi Xammar/Alex Clavillé (ESP) had an unlucky thirteenth finish in race one, but expertly converted their performance into a win in race two. Starting back from the fleet on the committee boat end of the line did not initially appear to be a good manoeuvre, but it enabled them to be the first boat to tack onto port and find a clear track up the right hand side of the course.

Whilst the boats choosing to take the left hand lanes appeared to have better pressure and the advantage of minimising the risk of overstanding the layline in the current, Xammar/Clavillé knew exactly what they were up to and with perfect accuracy tacked for mark one.

420 Open and Ladies Open European Championships 2011 Day 1 -  © Mattias Capizzano?nid=86332  
Xammar/Clavillé rounded a good 20 boat lengths ahead of the next boat, Luis Niza/Paulo Baptista (POR) and almost from this point it was a two-boat race for the gun between Spain and Portugal.

As they went through the downwind gate, the boats split and went back up opposite sides of the track, with the Spanish again heading right – a decision which won them the race, and gave them a sixth overall after two races.

Whilst the pressure is already on at the front of the fleet, for other teams the Europeans marks their first 420 Championships and is all about gaining experience. Cafer Cicibiyik (TUR), who is sailing with his brother Caner, reflected on their first race day. 'It was bad because our starts were very bad and it was a crowded startline.
Tomorrow I will go for a clear area and find a space for more speed' commenting on their objective Cicibiyik continued 'We have no experience so we don't expect anything, just to enjoy the racing.'

Day two of the Qualification Series continues on Sunday 24 July 2011.

Open day one results:

 No

Sailno

Name

Scores

1

2

1

ESP 53873

Luis Benítez-Inglot, Jorge Ramirez, 21 Junior

6,0

4

2

2

ESP 52781

Xavier Antich, Ramon Lleonart, 17 Junior

10,0

2

8

3

FRA 53868

Clovis Leroux, Aymeric Paruit, 26

10,0

6

4

4

GBR 53967

Tim Gratton, Ed Riley, 31 Junior

12,0

5

7

5

ESP 53835

Jordi Xammar, Alex Clavillé, 20 Junior

13,0

12

1

6

POR 54213

Gonçalo Pires, Nuno Bajanca, 1 Junior

13,0

8

5

7

GRE 51581

Alexander Kavas, George Kavas, 44 Junior

17,0

11

6

8

ITA 52905

Matia Ugrin, Mirko Juretic, 53 Junior

17,0

6

11

9

POR 52909

Gonçalo Pinho, Miguel Hipólito, 3 Junior

18,0

17

1

10

ISR 53972

Gal Cohen, Hadar Moran, 50 Junior

19,0

1

18



Women's day one results:

 No
Sailno
Name
Scores
1
2
1
FRA 53540
Jennifer Poret, Louise Chevet, 18 Junior
2,0
1
1
2
GER 54433
Paulina Rothlauf, Madlen Geisler, 38 Junior
6,0
4
2
3
ITA 54206
Cristina Celli, Silvia Morini, 49
8,0
2
6
4
POR 53150
Francisca Martins, Ana Oliveira, 5
9,0
6
3
5
ESP 52373
Aura Miquel, Marina Cano, 11
10,0
8
2
6
FRA 54198
Sabine Pebrier, Laura Pebrier, 22 Junior
12,0
9
3
7
SUI 53468
Linda Fahrni, Maja Siegenthaler, 54
12,0
5
7
8
ISR 54121
Tsuf Zamet, Stav Brokman, 43 Junior
13,0
12
1
9
FRA 54265
Clélia Bourgois, Aude Compan, 24
13,0
8
5
10
ITA 53893
Veronica Maccari, Marta Lenotti, 46 Junior
14,0
2
12



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