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18 Jul 2009

470 Junior Worlds Titles Go To France and Spain

Image: Tara Pacheco and Berta Betanzos (ESP) © Organizing Committee

470 Class Junior World Championships Men/Mixed and Women
10-18 July 2009, Thessaloniki, Greece

The 470 Class Junior World Championships have been concluded today with the final medal races in the men’s and women’s event. Sofian BOUVET and Jeremie MION (FRA) are the new Junior World Champions in the men’s 470, and Tara PACHECO and Berta BETANZOS (ESP) in the womens.

Women’s 470
The elite top 10 women were the first to line up for the final medal race in sunny conditions and moderate sea breeze in front of the Nautical Club of Thessaloniki.

The medal race ended with a gold medal for Tara PACHECO and Berta BETANZOS (ESP), and a drama for German ladies Victoria JURCZOK and Josephine BACH (GER).

The German ladies, who were praised many times for their excellent performance during the whole event, took a major lead in the medal race and rounded the downwind mark at the wrong side, and lost their silver medal position.

“We really don’t know what happened and why, but it just happened in a moment of excitement,” a disappointed Josephine BACH commented.

Gil COHEN and Dana MAMRIEV (ISR) finished in third place, enough for a silver medal, and a 14 points lead on bronze medalists Annika BOCHMAN and Anika LORENZ (GER), who took advantage of the drama of JURCZOK and BACH. The silver medalists from Israel had a nerve racking moment shortly before the start of the medal race when their forestay broke while preparing on the boat park. Fortunately for them they were able to make the repair in time.

Tara PACHECO and Berta BETANZOS are becoming quite experienced competing in medal races. Although they have won one major event so far, Skandia Sail for Gold 2008, today they experienced their first 470 World Championship title. “Our strategy was to stay focused on Victoria Jurczok and Josephine Bach (GER) and Gil Cohen and Dana Mamreiv (ISR). After the start Israel went to the left and Germany to the right, so we could play our own game. We rounded the first mark in fifth position I think, and finally crossed the finish in fourth.” the Spanish winners commented.

“Of course I am happy but we are too busy now to pack our boat for transport to be happy and celebrate. Tonight the feeling will come and we’ll have a party. I just called my father. He had tears in his eyes because he was so extremely happy.” Tara PACHECO said.

Men’s 470
The men’s 470 medal race started immediately after the women’s. The 470 World Championship title had already been secured yesterday by Sofian BOUVET and Jeremie MION (FRA), who sealed their victory to start the medal race with a lead of 39 points on the number two, a higher number than the maximum number of 20 points one can get in a medal race.

Ferdinand GERZ and Tobias BOLDUAN (GER) had ups and downs during the event, but in yesterday’s races they score an eighth and third position which compensated their losses, to start the medal race in second position. In today’s race they make no mistakes, finished fourth, and climbed the podium for a silver medal.

Image: Men’s/Mixed Medalists © NCTH

Efforts had to be doubled byLuca DUBBİNİ and Roberto DUBBİNİ (ITA) to pick up a medal, after their far under average scores in yesterday’s races. By following Ben SAXTON and David KOHLER (GBR) over the finish line in second position, they succeeded and won the bronze medal. For the men from Great Britain, their bullet in the medal race was not sufficient for medals.

Ferdinand GERZ and Tobias BOLDUAN set a new milestone in their sailing career with Olympic aspirations. Their best result until today was a fourth position at the 420 Europeans of 2007. “After one year in 470’s it feels great to win a silver medal in a 470 Championship. We are really satisfied.“ Tobias BOLDUAN said.

“It wasn’t easy to secure our second overall position. We had two boats who could attack on us. One started too early and had to go back. Luca Dubbini and Roberto Dubbini (ITA) tacked to the other side of the course which made it hard for us to control them.“ Ferdinand GERZ added.

Whilst the German crew, friends and family celebrated their silver medal, their Yacht Club, the Deutscher Touring Yacht Club (DTYC) received the good news with cheers, as the DTYC is currently celebrating it’s 100th Anniversary.

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