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15 May 2019

France and Sweden shine at the 470 Europeans

  Two medal races, sailed in perfect Mediterranean conditions, wrapped up the 470 Europeans, organised by local Yacht Club Sanremo and Marina degli Aregai, in co-operation with the national and international 470 class. At the eve of the grand finale, both the men’s and the women’s top ten standings were so close to give everyone a chance to grab a medal, adding expectation to the mix. Despite some hours’ waiting, shortly before 2 p.m. the wind set and enabled the Race Committee two launch the medal races on windward/leeward course, that were concluded in less than half an hour.   Ladies kicked-off first, in a nice westerly, with an intense start. France’s Camille Lecointre and Aloise Retornaz took the lead, carefully covering their closest rivals Afrodite Zegers/Lobke Berkhout from the Netherlands and Poland’s Agnieszka Skrzypulec and Jolanta Ogar, with British Hannah Mills and Eilidh McIntyre trying to get free from […]
13 May 2019

470 Europeans, testing conditions on Day 4

  Tough conditions on Day 4 of the on Day 3 of the 470 Europeans, organised by local Yacht Club Sanremo and Marina degli Aregai, in co-operation with the national and international 470 class.   The men’s Gold and Silver fleets and the women had their first race of the day in the late morning in some 15 knots of wind that kept increasing and exceeded 25 knots, putting the crews to the test and causing several capsizes, including the one by the Swedish Dahlberg/Bergstrom, who were forced to abandon the race. Given the conditions, the Race Committee called a stop and the crews went back to the marina. After some waiting they headed out at for a 17:00 start. The fifteen/twenty knots of the beginning soon turned into over thirty knots, making it for a challenging race for everyone and causing some equipment failures, including a broken mast for […]
12 May 2019

470 Europeans, patience rewarded

Perseverance was needed, but patience was rewarded with exciting racing on Day 3 of the 470 Europeans, organised by local Yacht Club Sanremo and Marina degli Aregai, in co-operation with the national and international 470 class. Several hours of waiting ashore for organisers and sailors , but then breeze picked up and at around 18:10 the Race Committee was able to launch the first and only race of the day for both the men/mixed and women fleets. In a warm late afternoon light, with an easterly of 10 knots that progressively reached 15 knots the first group to start was the yellow, shortly followed by the blue and finally by the women. All in all racing was over in around 40 minutes. Today’s race contributed to better shape the provisional standing, wrapping up the men’s /mixed teams’ qualification. All the crews proceed to the finals and have been divided into […]
11 May 2019

470 Europeans, no wind for the second day, racing cancelled

After a remarkable opening day at the opening day of the 470 Europeans, organised by local Yacht Club Sanremo and Marina degli Aregai, in co-operation with the national and international 470 class, wind was not on the organisers’ and sailors’ side on Day 2. Despite a long wait, onshore and offshore, a decent breeze did not materialise and therefore the Race Committee decided to abandon racing for the day.   Ohran Tuker, class course representative, gives an explanation of what happened today in this video.   The scoreboard remains unchanged: in the women’s fleet the top spot is occupied by UK’s Hannah Mills and Eilidh McIntyre, Israel’s Gil Cohen and Non Lasry in second and Camille Lecointre and Aloise Retornaz from France in third. Australian 470 stars Mathew Belcher and Will Ryan lead the Open men, with Austria’s David Bargher and Lukas Mahr in second, Spaniards Jordi Xammar and Nicolas […]
10 May 2019

470 Europeans, Sanremo at its best

  The gulf of Sanremo has lived up to its fame, delivering perfect conditions for the opening day of the 470 Europeans, organised by local Yacht Club Sanremo and Marina degli Aregai, in co-operation with the national and international 470 class. Blue skies, a warm sun and an easterly exceeding 15 knots have welcomed the participating teams in a sailing location that confirms to be among the world’s best.   The crews, 70 men split in two groups and 40 women, reached the race area on time for a noon start, but were forced to wait a bit longer offshore for the wind to set in direction and intensity. After nearly two hours, the international Race Committee was able to fire the Europeans’ first signal for the women’s fleet, shortly followed by the two men’s groups. The first start was given under black flag for everyone, and unfortunately several crews […]
3 May 2019

An exceptional line-up for the 470 Europeans in Marina degli Aregai, Italy

The 470 Europeans are just a few days away. From 6 to 14 May the race area just off Marina degli Aregai,in Santo Stefano al Mare on Italy’s Ligurian Riviera, will gather the very best of the world’s 470 sailors. Organised by Yacht Club Sanremo in co-operation with Yacht Club degli Aregai, the Italian and International 470 class, the championship can boast a truly world class line-up. Several teams are in fact coming from countries outside of Europe, some as far away as China, Japan, New Zealand, Australia, the USA, Argentina or Brazil for as many as 29 countries, and some true newcomers like the team from Malesia and India The championship is open to non-Europeans crews, who can use it as a qualifying event for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, but cannot compete for the title. Fleets will be split in two groups: one for women and one for men […]
19 March 2019

Russian Bunker Prince team grabs Paul & Shark Trophy 

  It was clear that the fight to take the Paul & Shark Trophy, International Dragon Cup, would be tough and decided down to the very last race for the teams aiming at the podium. Going into the last racing day the Russian crew of Bunker Prince, skippered by 470 gold medallist Yevgeni Braslavets and flying the flag of local Yacht Club Sanremo, looked almost unbeatable with their solid margin of 9 points, but the tricky conditions of the Ligurian Riviera reshuffled the cards. The final two races were raced with a light and shifty westerly that never exceeded 6 knots, putting to the test the dragonists’ ability and tactical skills. Race 6 went to Blue Haze helmed by Ivan Bradbury, with Anatoly Loginov’s Annapurna in second, whilst Bunker Prince only managed to get a twelfth, their word result in the whole series. In the second race the win went […]
17 March 2019

Paul & Shark Trophy: tough fight for the podium 

  Similarly to what happened on Day 2, on Day 3, a good dose of patience was needed to get the racing started at the Paul & Shark Trophy – International Dragon Cup organised by Italy’s Yacht Club Sanremo. The Race Committee and the competitors had to wait for the wind to settle but the decision was rewarded by two good, hard-contested races. The first one was sailed in a choppy sea and with a 13/15 knots strong easterly air that progressively decreased to some ten knots, the second race was shortened because of the shifty and dropping wind. No matter the conditions, the sun shone once again on Bunker Prince, the team led by Olympic 470 champion Yevgenii Braslavets and flying the colours of local Yacht Club Sanremo, scoring a double bullet that further consolidated its position at the top of the scoreboard. But behind the battle between Ivan […]