For the respective Champions at the 2010 470 Masters' Cup on Lake Biscarosse on the west coast of France, it was a low scoring regatta which some remarkable scorelines.
Taking place from 25-30 July, the 10 race series was held over 4 days and preceded by the Open 470 French Nationals.
With three categories of masters being contested, 56 entries and 9 competing nations, this year's Cup was certainly a hotly anticipated event. Masters' Cup categories are:
- Grandmasters: the helm is at least 50 years old, with total crew age greater than 100
- Masters: the helm is at least 35 years old, with total crew age greater than 70
- Apprentice Masters: the helm is at least 30 years old, with the total crew age greater than 60
Attracting 8 entries of male, female and mixed crews, it was ultimately the all female team of Inga Runge and Sabrina Jöckel (GER) who took victory with an impressive scoreline of mainly top 5 positions, aside from one non-discardable result. Finishing a mere 2 points behind to take silver were Morgan Guillou and Mathieu Therouanne (FRA), with Frank Neuroth and Jung (GER) in third.
For the top two teams in the Masters' fleet, the gold and silver medals went all the way down to the last race. Defending Champions, Bernard Boime and Gilles Espinasse (FRA) against the 2009 bronze medallists Jörg Saeger and Andreas Gluschke (GER) fought a tough battle, and between the two claimed 8 of the 10 race wins. As most often in sailing, it was not the race wins that awarded victory, but consistency, which went to Bomie and Espinasse whose race scoreline, exluding the discard, was all top four places . Finishing two points behind were Saeger and Gluschke who despite winning more races also clocked up a non-discardable sixth place to finish two points behind and claim silver. Rounding out the top three were Krisof Doffing and Jan Kaminski (GER) on 30 points.
The 20-boat grand-masters fleet saw a domination by the defending Champions, Gilles Chapelin and Frank Barthe, who claimed an outstanding 7 race victories in the 10 race series. Add to this a second and a third place as their scoreline and the pair were untouchable by the rest of the fleet to take a fantastic gold medal victory. A very successful defence from this pair. A slightly closer battle took place between silver and bronze, but as with the other fleets it was again a French – German battle for the top places, although with only 2 points in it. Silver went to Robert Maurel and Gerard Daugey (FRA) with Karlo Schmiedel and Stefan Oetken (GER) taking the bronze.
Top Image: Apprentice Masters' Gold medallists Inga Runge and Sabrina Jöckel (GER)