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#youthsailing – Fresh from his significant 15th overall a week ago at the Laser Europa Cup in Marseille, Royal Cork's Seafra Guilfoyle took a three point lead after the initial three races in today's opening rounds of the youth national championships off Howth. Guilfyole has a 3, 1, 1 putting him in pole position ahead of Kinsale's Ross O'Sullivan and Royal Cork club mate Cian Byrne, who were also competing in France.
420 dinghy locals Robert Dickson and Sean Waddilove won the first two races and finished second in the final race of the day in the double–handed class. They lead Royal Cork's Harry Whitaker & Grattan Roberts and Peter McCann & Arran Walsh.
Full results here.
#ryayouthweek – Irish 29er skiff sailors Sean Donnelly and Patrick Crosbie are through to the gold fleet of the RYA's Youth National Championships at Weymouth this week. The National Yacht Club pairing lie 17th in a fleet of 32 with gold fleet racing starting today on the 2012 Olympic waters. Results to date here.
Over 392 dinghy, catamaran and windsurf racers in the six youth classes will compete across four race course areas but only two Irish boats travelled to the RYA's premier youth event of the season. Five reigning champions will be bidding to retain their crowns.
#420 – Howth Yacht Club's Robert Dickson & Sean Waddilove continue their steady progression up the 420 European rankings, making the most of the heavy weather in Pwllheli, North Wales yesterday. After two races, the best of the seven– boat Irish youth sailing team lies a credible 16th in the 96 boat fleet.
The final two races of the championships wil be sailed this morning. Full results here.
The change in weather shook teams up around the race track today, as many of the lighter crews struggled in the strong gusts and fairly brutal wave patterns.
Championship leaders Ilaria Paternoster/Benedetta di Salle dropped to second overall after a 26th place finish in race 9, allowing France's Marie Soler/Philip Meijer to move on up and claim the lead. A race later and a slight improvement in finishing position for the Italians with a 22nd place finish pushed them back to the front, as the French struggled back in the fleet taking a 41st place finish.
From perfect racing conditions, ideally suited to the pair, today the Italians were facing a different game out on the track. "Today was a very, very difficult day because the wind was very strong for us," said di Salle. "It was not good, and there were a lot of boys before us, with only 3 or 4 girls in front of us, such as the Spanish team. Today in the first race, it was not good as we didn't have a good start, so all the fleet were ahead of us. Tomorrow, we will do the best race we can."
Bart Lambriex/Philip Meijer from the Netherlands recovered from a pretty spectacular capsize in the opening race of the day, and ended with a 13th place to sit in second on the leaderboard.
"In the first race we capsized in the reach, when we were in 20th, and we finished virtually last, which was not a good race, but it is now our discard," said Lambriex. "In the second race, there was less wind and we managed to finish in 13th so we are quite happy."
Meijer added, "Tomorrow is going to be very exciting. There will not be much wind, which is very good for us and the points will be very close. We will just do our best and we will see."
As host nation, Great Britain is looking strong with four teams in the top 10, with the British charge led by Tim Riley/Luke Burywood who are in 5th overall. At the beginning of the week, Riley said he wanted to medal and be top British boat, and so far he is right on track.
Thriving in the stronger conditions today were the Antipodean teams of Taylor Burn/Henry Gibbs (NZL) and Xavier Winston Smith/Joshua Dawson (AUS). The Kiwi pair move up ten leaderboard places to 8th overall from their 2,1 score, with the Australians up from 27th to 14th from a 6,3 scoreline. Also finding their pace in the stronger breeze were the USA's Renier Eenkema Van Dijk/Spencer McDonough who virtually halved their leaderboard position from 28th to 15th.
With the 2013 420 Junior European Championship medals to be awarded tomorrow, the leaderboard is still all open. Two races are scheduled for the gold and silver 420 fleets with the first start at 1300 hours.
420 Open – Top 10 Leaderboard
1. Ilaria PATERNOSTER/Benedetta DI SALLE (ITA) – Female – 68 pts
2. Bart LAMBRIEX/Philip MEIJER (NED) – 77 pts
3. Marie SOLER/Laura PEBRIER (FRA) – Female – 86 pts
4. Diogo PEREIRA/Pedro CRUZ (POR) – 88 pts
5. Tim RILEY/Luke BURYWOOD (GBR) – 93 pts
6. Silvia MAS/Nuria MIRO (ESP) – Female – 94 pts
7. Daniel WHITELEY/James CLEMETSON (GBR) – 98 pts
8. Taylor BURN/Henry GIBBS (NZL) – 101 pts
9. Annabel CATTERMOLE/Bryony BENNET-LLOYD (GBR) – Female – 106 pts
10. Scott WALLIS/Josh VOLLER (GBR) – 107 pts
#420 – Two of seven Irish teams competing in the 420 Junior European Championships in Pwllheli, North Wales have made it into the Gold fleet for this morning's finals. The six qualifying races were completed yesterday and Howth's Robert Dickson and Sean Waddilove lead the Irish entries in 24th place. New national 420 champions Harry and David Whitaker from Royal Cork are next Irish in 39th. Racing continues until Thursday. Results here.
#420 – Building on the experience of this summer's 420 Worlds in Valencia, Howth pairing Robert Dickson and Sean Waddilove feature in the top 20 of a 96-boat 420 Youth European Championships in Pwllheli, Wales this morning. The leading Irish pair, who were pipped for the Irish title in Cork Harbour last week, are counting a consitent 12,10,16 and 12 in their first four qualifiying rounds. Irish champions, brothers David and Hary Whitaker from Royal Cork are in the top half in 47th. Seven Irish boats are competing. Royal Cork club mates Peter McCann and Anna Walsh are 54th. Royal St. George pairing Adam Hyland and Bill Staunton are two places further back in 56th position. Full Results here.
Two more races for the yellow and blue fleets, who were re-seeded for today's racing based on their leaderboard positions from day 1 of racing. Different winners in each race goes to show the depth of talent in this fleet, with teams pushing all the time and pouncing on every advantage around the track. Make a mistake and you plummet down the pack and it is a tough road to regain valuable points.
The girls' teams still dominate in the top 5 of the fleet, with Poland's Ewa Romaniuk/Katarzyna Goralska continuing to hold the overall lead after another stunning pair of 2,1 scores to retain the yellow leader vests for tomorrow. The Polish 420 team all raced at the front of the yellow fleet today, with teammates Kamil Cesarski/Benjamin Waszkiewicz claiming the win in the first race of the day.
But it was a day of extremes for Cesarski/Waszkiewicz, as they went from a race win to finishing virtually at the back of the pack in 42nd, and their smooth moves in race 3 only managed to accelerate them up the leaderboard from 49th going into the day to 46th by the end. In a demonstration of strength, it was almost a Polish 1,2,3 procession across the race 3 finish line with Romaniuk/Goralska crossing in second and Tomasz Wawerek/Antoni Banas only losing their third place in the fleet after mark three.
Cesarski said, "In the first race we had a good start and went to the right side of the course and everything just went well. But in the second race we just went to the left and looked out for the shifts that had come in the first race, but it didn't happen so we were far, far away from the front. In the second upwind we went to the right and we lost out even more and we ended up so bad."
Commenting on the current success of their teammates Romaniuk/ Goralsk, he added, "I am proud of them and we are all happy to be sailing so well."
Portugal's Diogo Pereira/Pedro Cruz move up one place to second overall, as do France's Marie Soler/Laura Pebrier who move up to third, with space being made by the ISAF Youth Worlds bronze medallists Ilaria Paternoster/Benedetta di Salle of Italy who drop from 3rd to 9th.
Spain's National 420 Champions Silvia Mas/Nuria Miro sailed a solid 4, 7 to end their day in fourth overall, as they focus on making amends for what they declared a disappointing performance at the 420 Worlds last month.
"Yes, we were really tired and we don't know what happened in Valencia," explained Mas. "But now we come with another mentality and this is another Championship and it is a new world." The success of the girls is not going unnoticed here, "I think the girls this year are really, really good at sailing," Mas added.
There is evident focus on the top placed British team of Scott Wallis/Josh Voller who are aiming to finish as the first British pair and be in the mix for a top ten finish overall, particularly after they won the silver medal at the British 420 Nationals last week.
"It definitely helps a little bit," said Voller on their familiarity with the sailing area. "We know in certain wind directions it is going to be wavier or flatter, like in the morning. When we are out on the water it helps and we know which side is going to pay at the top, if there is a little headland or something. Other than that everyone is fairly even."
With a few girls teams higher up the leaderboard, Voller said, "I guess the slightly lighter air suits them, but it also suits us, so we won't complain! We want to be the first British boat and hopefully top ten overall."
Expect some change in the leaderboard tomorrow as the discard kicks in from race 5 and teams discard their worst score, and the gold and silver fleet splits for the final series are set.
420 Open – Top 10 Leaderboard
1. Ewa ROMANIUK/Katarzyna GORALSKA (POL) - Female - 7 pts
2. Diogo PEREIRA/Pedro CRUZ (POR) – 16 pts
3. Marie SOLER/Laura PEBRIER (FRA) – Female – 18 pts
4. Silvia MAS/Nuria MIRO (ESP) – Female – 29 pts
5. Scott WALLIS/Josh VOLLER (GBR) – 31 pts
6. Bart LAMBRIEX/Philip MEIJER (NED) – 35 pts
7. Renier EENKEMA VAN DIJK/Spencer MCDONOUGH (USA) – 38 pts
8. Thomas FELLERER/Marino MUELLER (AUT) – 41 pts
9. Ilaria PATERNOSTER/Benedetta DI SALLE (ITA) – Female – 43 pts
10. Pedro MARTÃNEZ/Luis BUGALLO (ESP) – 43 pts
Racing is scheduled to start at 1300 hours for the 420 and 470 fleets, and the forecast is for another glorious day of racing with a lighter breeze fluctuating between 9-13 knots.
#420– Recently crowned Irish champions Harry and David Whitaker are among an Irish team racing at the 420 and 470 Junior European Championships today in Pwllheli, Great Britain. The 420 and 470 Junior European Championships are run together to support the natural transition between the 420 and 470, although will race on two separate course areas.
The host club, Clwb Hwylio Pwllheli Sailing Club, is located in the North Wales holiday resort of Pwllheli, and one of four national sailing academy venues recognized by the Royal Yachting Association. Racing against the backdrop of Snowdon and the Welsh mountains, the racing conditions on the waters of Cardigan Bay are some of the best in the UK, with the area renowned for its weak tidal streams and stable winds.
A total of 272 sailors are competing, with ninety-six teams contesting the 420 Junior Europeans and forty teams lining up for the 470 Junior Europeans, representing a total of 20 nations. In the 420 fleet, teams must be 18 years or younger in the year of the Championship, with crews in the 470 required to be 21 years or younger, with some of the classes' most talented youth teams set to flex their muscles on Cardigan Bay.
420 Junior European Championship
For the 420 fleet, there are numerous familiar faces who raced at the SailFirst ISAF Youth Sailing World Championships and then jumped straight over to the 420 Worlds in Valencia, Spain, and are back on the race track at the 420 Junior Europeans. To ensure quality of racing, entries are limited with a strict quota of seven teams per nation, apart from the host nation who can enter 14 teams.
Amongst the pre-race favourites are Portugal's Diogo Pereira/Pedro Cruz who claimed the bronze medal at the ISAF Youths and followed up with a 6th at the 420 Worlds. But, familiarity with the conditions here is all important, and New Zealand's Taylor Burn/Henry Gibbs have a card up their sleeve after their win at the British 420 National Championships which wrapped up here two days' ago.
Also set to give the fleet a challenge on the race track are the 420 Ladies World Champions, Annabel Cattermole/Bryony Bennett-Lloyd, who took a convincing gold medal in Valencia, fresh from a 12th place at the ISAF Youth Worlds. Bennett-Lloyd then stepped in as a reserve crew at the 470 Worlds last week in La Rochelle.
Another highly experienced pair are Italy's Ilaria Paternoster/Benedetta di Salle who secured the bronze medal at this year's ISAF Youth Worlds, following on from their gold medal in 2012. Also set to be amongst the frontrunners are Spain's reigning 420 National Champions Silvia Mas/Nuria Mira.
The ninety-six boat 420 fleet sail as an open division, with mens, ladies and mixed teams competing against each other. The teams have been split into two fleets of 48 boats each for the six race qualification series which is scheduled to take place from 16-18 August, after which they will advance to gold and silver fleets for the 6 race final series from 20-22 August, with a reserve day in between. Racing is scheduled to get underway at 1400 hours on Friday 16 August 2013.
The predominant weather across the period of the Championship is forecast to be fairly breezy, but with lighter conditions of around 8-11 knots for Friday's opening day of racing. Saturday looks set to be a blower, with winds of 21-23 knots and gusts up to 34 knots forecast.
The 420 and 470 Junior European Championships were formally opened on Thursday evening with the Opening Ceremony celebrations to the resounding accompaniment of a traditional Welsh Brass Band. Speeches were made by Bob Lowe on behalf of the host venue Pwllheli Sailing Club and Nino Shmueli on behalf of the International 420 and 470 Class Associations. The 2013 420 Ladies World Champions, Annabel Cattermole/Bryony Bennett-Lloyd from Great Britain, made the Sailors' Oath on behalf of all competing teams.
#420 – Two races sailed outside Roches Point in light winds saw a conclusion after nine races and one discard to the 2013 420 dinghy National Championships at Royal Cork Yacht Club this evening. Results available to download below.
The wind died completely at the end of the last race as brothers Harry and David Whitaker (RCYC) took first place overall, with Robert Dickson and Sean Waddilove (HYC and SSC) second and Ewan McMahon and Colin O'Sullivan (HYC / MYC) third. 16 boats competed.
Dickson and Waddilove, ISAF Youth Worlds reps in Cyprus, put up the main challenge and had more first places than the Whitakers but had to settle for second overall to the ever consistent brothers.
Lizzy and Cara McDowell (MYC) were first girls in 6th place overall. Second girls were Cliodhna no Shuilleabhain and Jil McGinley (KYC /RCYC) with Kate and Alanna Lyttle (RSGYC) in third place
For many of the leading sailors this event set them up nicely for their next challenge as no sooner were the boats back in the dinghy park on Sunday than they were being loaded onto a big trailer and off to Pwllheli in North Wales for the 420 Junior Europeans which start later this week.
#420– Royal Cork Yacht Club hosts the 2013 Volvo 420 National Championships from the 9th to the 11th of August with three races being planned on each day off Roches Point, Cork Harbour. The nationals follows some intense international activity in Valencia, Spain where Howth pair Robert Dickson and Sean Waddilove were top Irish, and third U16 crew.
Preceding the Cork Harbour championships, former Olympic 470 crew man and 420 coach Ross Killian from the National Yacht Club will take a coaching session on 7th and 8th August with a total of three coaches on the water. The cost for the session is €100 per boat with food being provided on the Wednesday night.
Last year, the nationals were won in impressive style by the young Royal Cork YC pairing of Patrick Crosbie and Grattan Roberts who took the gun in five of the 9 races and never placed lower than 3rd.
#420 – Ireland will have to be satisfied with a top half result at the 2013 420 World and Ladies World Championships in Valencia, Spain which ended yesterday. Best of the five boat Irish crews in the 110–boat fleet were Howth's Robert Dickson and Sean Waddilove in 55th, just not high enough to make the gold fleet but also the third placed U16 crew. Harry and David Whittaker were 76th (and took second overall in the bronze fleet; Adam Hyland and Bill Staunton 85th, Jack lee and Ciaran Jordan 109th and Ewan McMahon and Colm O'Sullivan 110th.
The highlight yesterday was the Whitaker brothers third place.
Irish team skills are honed now for the 420 Junior European championships in a fortnight's time, on home waters, on the Irish Sea at Pwllheli in North Wales.
There was a thrilling final day of racing at the championships in Valenica where strong thermals produced a magic event.
Spain's Xavier Antich/Pedro Terrones winning the 420 World Championship title and Great Britain's Annabel Cattermole/Bryony Bennett-Lloyd sealing victory in the 420 Ladies World Championship in Valencia, Spain.
The day was intense and exciting as teams' patience and nerves were tested waiting for the breeze to fill in. Postponed ashore racing eventually got underway at 1500 hours, with the building breeze reaching around 12 knots.
The surprise of the day was undoubtedly the victory in the 420 Open fleet by Xavier Antich/Pedro Terrones, who managed to close the gap separating them from the first placed team going into the day and recent ISAF Youth World Champions Tiago Britto/Kneipp Andrei from Brazil.
The Spanish pair literally snatched victory from Brito/Kneipp who had led the series until race 11, by sailing the race of their lives, with the Brazilians back in 28th.
Britto/Kneipp have excelled here in Valencia, heading up the 420 Open fleet after each day's racing, and seemed certain to seal gold. But the World Championship crown slipped away from them after two days of mixed results gave them no margin to put another foot wrong in today's two races. And that they did, scoring a 12, 28, compared to the 15,5 scoreline of the Spanish.
A delighted Antich said, "We are very proud to be champions of the world because we have spent many years working to get it. The consistency has helped us to be ahead always."
"It was a pretty tough race but we worked all the way and now we get the result," added Terrones.
Sebastien Simon/Pierre Rhimbault were also in the battle for gold, but a bit of a shocker for the pair gave them their worst two races of the series to finish in third and be awarded bronze medals.
Italy's Matteo Pilati/Michele Cecchin won the William Sanchez Trophy for the best under-16 crew after their 8th overall on the leaderboard.
The Huck Scott Memorial Trophy, awarded to the youngest crew at the 420 Worlds, was presented to the Austrian team of George Steinhaler/Patrick Christa.
Having had to wait for the breeze to fill in, the time limit cut-off meant it was not possible to hold the final race 12 for the silver and bronze fleets. At the Closing Ceremony, the top finishers in each fleet, Hippolite Macheti/Sidoine Dantes (FRA) and Taylor Balogh/Samuel Lee (NZL) respectively, were presented with trophies.
420 Open – Leaderboard Top 10
1. Xavier Antich/Pedro Terrones (ESP) – 83 pts
2. Tiago Brito/Andrei Kneipp (BRA) – 86 pts
3. Sebastien Simon/Pierre Rhimbault (FRA) – 92 pts
4. Swann Hayewski/Alexis Thomas (FRA) – 93 pts
5. José María Ruiz/Fernando Davila (ESP) – 94 pts
6. Diogo Pereira/Pedro Cruz (POR) – 97 pts
7. Manuel Cunha/Joao Cunha (POR) – 98 pts
8. Matteo Pilati/Michele Cecchin (ITA) – 105 pts
9. Wade Waddel/Henry Fernberger (USA) – 107 pts
10. Keiju Okada/Yuta Miyaguchi (JPN) – 110 pts
Great Britain's Annabel Cattermole/Bryony Bennett-Lloyd exceeded their expectations and secured gold. It was only after the qualifying stage of the Championship that the pair became realistic contenders, as their consistent scoreline stood out, with only two finishes outside the top 10.
"It feels incredible, I don't think it has quite sunk in yet but I think it will get there eventually – it just doesn't feel quite real that we have actually won and are World Champions," expressed Cattermole.
"Going into the final race of the regatta we knew we needed a top ten to win and a top 20 to finish on the podium, so we entered the race like we have done all the other races, try to sail like we have been doing and do what we have been doing. We got a clear start which was good and had a good run up the first beat with lots of clean air with options to do what we wanted and to sail as quick as we wanted," explained Cattermole.
The British pair also won the John Merricks Trophy for the best under-18 crew.
Singapore's Kimberly Lim/Savannah Siew secured the silver medal and rounded out their Championship bid in style by winning the final race. A great outcome for this pair, who finished in fourth at last year's Ladies Worlds.
Bronze goes to Italy's Sara Scotto di Vettimo/Vittoria Barbiero, who sailed a very consistent series with 5 top three results.
The William Sanchez Trophy for the best under-16 crew was presented to Spain's Manuela Huidobro/Lucia Bustrillo. Silvia Mas/Nuria Miró, Spain's reigning National 420 Champions, won the 420 Ladies silver fleet.
420 Ladies – Leaderboard Top 10
1. Annabel Cattermole/ Bryony Bennett -Lloyd (GBR) – 52 pts
2. Kimberly Lim/Savannah Siew (SIN) – 69 pts
3. Sara Scotto Di Vettimo/Vittoria Barbiero (ITA) – 74 pts
4. Nadja Horwitz/Carmina Malsch (CHI) – 76 pts
5. Carlotta Omari/Francesca Russo Cirillo (ITA) – 79 pts
6. Ilaria Paternnoster/Di Salle Benedetta (ITA) – 89 pts
7. Paula Barceló/Margarita Alba (ESP) – 101 pts
8. Alkaterina Tavolauri/Foteini Koutsoumpou (GRE) – 111 pts
9. Zeynep Yentur/Deniz Gokmeral (TUR) – 121 pts
10. Carmen Davila/Julia Davila (ESP) – 123 pts
#420Worlds – Two more races today will decide if four Irish boats racing at the 2013 420 World and Ladies World Championships will advance to the gold, silver and bronze fleets. Robert Dickson and Sean Waddilove, the recent ISAF youth representatives in Cyprus, are faring the best of four Irish boats after day two but to secure gold fleet participation the pair will need to have a strong final qualification round today. They are currently placed 69th out of 110 in Valencia, Spain.