A parade of nations through the narrow cobbled streets of Riva del Garda brought the 468 sailors from 25 nations together in a welcome celebration ahead of racing getting underway at the 2017 420 and 470 Junior European Championships.
The 2017 420 and 420 Class Junior European Championships has descended on the sailing mecca of Lake Garda, Italy.
The International 470 Class Association launched its four-year development programme with a clinic prior to the 2017 470 World Championships, led by the iconic 470 sailor, Olympic medallists and four-time World Champion, Sofia Bekatorou.
The International 470 Class Association and Organizing Committee are keen to encourage participation by as many teams as possible at the 2017 470 Junior Worlds, so have extended the earlybird entry deadline to 31 July 2017.
A nail biting conclusion to the preceding five days of racing came down to the medal races at the 2017 470 World Championship in Thessaloniki, Greece.
Leaderboard shuffles in a packed 3-race day for the gold fleet saw teams make the top–ten cut to the Medal Race, only to lose it in the next race, as the men’s and women’s fleets featured significant changes in finishing order.
When the thermal breeze kicks in, it usually does so with certainty, but all change today as when the wind filled in the window for racing was shorter than usual, forcing the Race Committee to abandon race 9 for the men and women gold fleets.
The final series for the 470 Men and Women got underway today off Thessaloniki, Greece with two races for each of the gold and silver fleets.
Five qualification races is what it takes to advance to gold fleet and retain a shot at claiming a place in the top 10 Medal Race come Saturday.
The 2017 General Assembly Meeting of the International 470 Class Association took place on Saturday 8 July 2017 at the Nautical Club of Thessaloniki, after the second day of measurement and registration.