420er-WM: Spanier dominieren

Spanien ist der große Sieger der Weltmeisterschaften 2017, die in Fremantle/ Australien am 3. Januar 2018 zu Ende gingen - Gold, Silber und Bronze in der 420er Open Fleet und Gold in der U17-Wertung. Die besten Deutschen landen auf Platz 6, Sophie Laböck und Maike Lenkmann (BYC) werden 14.

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420er OPEN

Das letzte Rennen der Open-Gruppe unterstrich die Dominanz der spanischen Mannschaft bei diesen 420er-Weltmeisterschaften, aber mit einigen Wendungen. Die bis dahin Führenden, Carlos Balaguer und Antoni Massanet, gerieten im vorletzten Rennen mit einem 13. Platz unter Druck. Ein genereller Rückruf im letzten Rennen erzwang einen Neustart mit schwarzer Flagge und mit der Angst, den Start zu gewinnen, war das Team zu früh über der Linie und disqualifiziert. Dieser Fehler war kostspielig und brachte sie auf den dritten Platz. Die Brüder Enrique und Pablo Lujan nutzten die Situation am letzten Spieltag mit einem ersten und dritten Platz, um den WM-Titel mit sieben Punkten abzusichern. Albert Torres und Francisco Mulet festigen ihren zweiten Platz, um das noch zu einem bemerkenswerten Dreifachsieg für Spanien zu machen.

Es war ein passendes Ergebnis für das Team, das bei der Regatta dominierte, die vom Fremantle Sailing Club bei „frischen“ Windbedingungen (meist über 20 Knoten!) durchgeführt wurde. Italienische und französische Teams zeigten Brillanz, jedoch nicht mit der Konstanz der Spanier. Die Australier Chris Charlwood und Josh Dawson führten die Tabelle früh an, verloren jedoch wegen Materialschadens ein Rennen. Das bedeutete, dass alle absolvierten Rennen zu ihrem Punktestand zählten - ein 27. Rang am vorletzten Tag löschte ihre Chancen auf einen WM-Titel praktisch aus.

Neben den Goldmedaillen und dem International 420 Class Challenge Cup für den Gewinn der 420er-Weltmeisterschaften haben Enrique Lujan und Pablo Lujan auch die John Merricks Trophy für das leistungsstärkste Team im Alter von 18 Jahren und darunter gewonnen. Die William Sanchez Trophy wurde den Griechen Telis Athanasopoulos Yogo und Dimitris Tassios als Top-Team im Alter von 16 Jahren und jünger überreicht. (World Sailing/Übs. cn)

420 Open - Final Top 10
1. Enrique LUJÁN/Pablo LUJÁN (ESP 56331) - 41 Punkte
2. Albert TORRES/Francisco MULET (ESP 52779) - 48 pts
3. Carlos BALAGUER/Antoni MASSANET (ESP 55947) - 50 pts
4. Enzo BALANGER/Gaultier TALLIEU (FRA 56030) - 61 pts
5. Thomas ANDRE/Justin BARADAT (FRA 55986) - 62 pts
6. Andrea SPAGNOLLI/Kevin RIO (ITA 56028) - 63 pts
7. Edoardo FERRARO/Francesco ORLANDO (ITA 56278) - 64 pts
8. Chris CHARLWOOD/Josh DAWSON (AUS 54351) - 68 pts
9. Eduard FERRER/Carlos DE MAQUA (ESP 55980) - 70 pts
10. Elias ARETZ/Pablo GARCÍA (ESP 56251) - 74 pts

51. Sophie Steinlein/Samuel Störr (BYC/LSC) – 232 P.

Alle Ergebnisse

420er - U17
If the girls were subdued, the same could not be said of the Under 17 division, where the winners were greeted by an ecstatic coach and deliberately capsized their boat a few metres after the finish line in celebration. Martin Wizner and Pedro Ameneiro started the series with some unfortunate results and appeared on the leader board after winning three successive races. With two second places on the last day the boys finished three points clear of early leaders, Italians Tommaso Cilli and Bruno Mantero. Demetrio Sposato and Gabriele Centrone were third.

Greece's Ariadni-Paraskevi Spanaki and Myrto Papadopoulou upgraded on their silver medal in the U17 420 Ladies Junior European Championship back in August 2017, to finish as the top placed girls' team in 8th overall and become 2017 420 Ladies U17 World Champions. Italy's Carlotta Scodnik/Camilla Scodnik were the 2nd best placed girls team in 11th overall, and one place behind in 12th overall were the 3rd placed girls' team Sophie Mosegaard and Samira Rast of Switzerland.

The Huck Scott Memorial Trophy was presented to the girls team of Chihiro Aoyama and Ruka Tahara representing Japan, who aged 14 years and 13 years respectively were the youngest team competing across all the fleets at the 420 World Championship.

420 - U17 - Final Top 10
1. Martín WIZNER/Pedro AMENEIRO (ESP 55163) - 47 pts
2. Tommaso CILLI/Bruno MANTERO (ITA 56076) - 50 pts
3. Demetrio SPOSATO/Gabriele CENTRONE (ITA 56563) - 51 pts
4. Pol MARSANS/Alex MARSANS (ESP 55846) - 60 pts
5. Jack LEWIS/Charlie BACON (GBR 56091) - 65 pts
6. Florian BÜSCHER/Maximilian BÜSCHER (DSCU) - 69 Punkte
7. Tommaso SALVETTA/Giovanni SANDRINI (ITA 55951) - 69 pts
8. Ariadni-Paraskevi SPANAKI/Myrto PAPADOPOULOU (GRE 54484) - 83 pts
9. Rhys LEWIS/Drew WRIGHT (GBR 56342) - 105 pts
10. Konstantinos VARDALIS/Panagiotis Giorgos MATSADES (GRE 54264) - 112 pts

14. Sophie Laböck/Maike Lenkmann (BYC) – 161 Punkte

20. Theresa Steinlein/Lina Plettner (BYC) - 203 P.

420 LADIES
Australia's top two crews in the Ladies division were separated by a mere three points prior to the last day. Leaders Nia Jerwood and Monique de Vries scored a win in the first race of the last day, but Victorians Laura Harding and Ellie Grimshaw were second, keeping the pressure on. The leaders started poorly in the final race and found themselves battling for a top ten spot while the Victorians were third in the middle stages of the race. Victorians Sophie Jackson and Laura Thomson bolted away from the field to score their first win of the series. The Brazilian crew put in their best performance with a second place and Harding and Grimshaw were fourth. All eyes were now on Jerwood and de Vries, who were dicing with Spain's Maria and Pilar Caba for seventh place. In a spirited charge for the line the Australians defended their position well to score a seventh place, which earned them a tie with the Victorians and victory on a countback. The subdued return of boats to shore was a good indication of the uncertainty that surrounded their final position.

Monique expressed her thanks to WAIS coach Belinda Stowell-Brett, giving her credit for their preparation for the regatta. "It was a pretty tough regatta actually," she admitted afterwards. "The girls who finished second sailed really well all week and really put it to us in the last race."

Nia chipped in, "The thing we had to work on was our speed. We're used to sailing the 470 which is pretty quick upwind, but we think we've improved our downwind a lot, especially during the week."

As 2017 420 Ladies World Champions Nia Jerwood/Monique Devries were awarded gold medals and the International 420 Class Ladies World Championship Challenge Cup. Silver medallists, Australia's Laura Harding/Eleanor Grimshaw were also presented with the John Merricks Trophy as the top performing team aged 18 and under. The William Sanchez Trophy for the top placed team aged 16 and under went to Italy's Arianna Forelli and Jana Germani.

420 Ladies - Final Top 10
1. Nia JERWOOD/Monique DE VRIES (AUS 54798) - 25 pts
2. Laura HARDING/Eleanor GRIMSHAW (AUS 55158) - 25 pts
3. Arianna PASSAMONTI/Giulia FAVA (ITA 56047) - 69 pts
4. Sophie MCINTOSH/Orla MULHOLLAND-PATTERSON (AUS 53663) - 71 pts
5. Isabel DAVIES/Gemma KEERS (GBR 55517) - 73 pts
6. Sophie JACKSON/Laura THOMSON (AUS 55166) - 78 pts
7. María CABA/Pilar CABA (ESP 56246) - 87 pts
8. Solène MARIANI/Maude SCHMID (SUI 56274) - 93 pts
9. Clara OLIVE/Solenza MARIANI (FRA 56376) - 95 pts
10. Olívia BELDA/Elisa VON FRITSCH (BRA 54642) - 100 pts

The Francis Mouvet Trophy for the top performing nation was presented to Spain for their remarkable domination at the 2017 420 World Championship.

Thanks to all the teams of on and off water volunteers and staff at the Fremantle Sailing Club for hosting the 2017 420 World Championship. (World Sailing)