AUSTRALIA AND AUSTRIA CLAIM WINS AT 470 NORTH AMERICAN CHAMPIONSHIP20 Jan 2015
Australia and Austria claim overall wins at 470 North American Championship, with Canada and the USA winning the 470 North American Championship titles in the 470 Men and 470 Women respectively.
Reigning 470 World Champions Mat Belcher/Will Ryan (AUS) and Lara Vadlau/Jola Ogar (AUT) won their fleets at the 470 North Americans in Miami yesterday, Monday 19 January 2015.
Racing is open to teams outside of North America, with the North American titles only awarded to teams from within the continent. The USA’s Annie Haegar/Briana Provancha (USA) defended their 470 Women North American Championship crown finishing as the top placed team from the continent in 9th overall, and brothers Jacob Chaplin Saunders/Graeme Chaplin Saunders from Canada wrapped up the 470 Men North American Championship title finishing 16th overall.
The eight race series was run as a single race series, with no medal race. By their standards, a tenth place in each of races 1 and 2 was not the best start for Mat Belcher/Will Ryan on day one. They were soon back on form, ending the opening day with a third place, and going on to claim two race wins from the three races on day 2. Monday’s light wind day gave them a third places in race 7, easing the pressure so a front of fleet result was not needed to wrap up the overall win in the final race, and their 13th place finish was more than enough. Finishing 8 points behind were Great Britain’s Luke Patience/Elliot Willis who showed really consistent form with five 5th places finishes. Finishing 4 points behind in third overall, were Japan’s Tetsuya Matsunaga/Yugo Yoshida whose string of four race finishes in the top three, were offset by some high scoring double digit results including a black flag penalty score in race 1.
In the 470 Women, World Champions Lara Vadlau/Jola Ogar took control of the fleet from the outset with a 3,1,1 scoreline. Consistency is key and with an all top five finishes from the 7 races, including a win in the final race gave no room for any other team to challenge. 2012 Olympic silver medallists, Hannah Mills/Saskia Clark (GBR) were second with Japan’s Ai Kondo Yoshida/Miho Yoshioka in 3rd.
470 teams from Austria, Australia, Brazil, Chile, Finland, France, Great Britain, Greece, Germany, Israel, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Russia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United States and the US Virgin Islands competed.
Hosted by Coconut Grove Sailing Club, the Championships took place from 17-19 January 2015. Next up on the programme is ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami, the second event of the 2014/2015 World Cup Racing series. The 470 Men and Women fleets will have five days of fleet racing from 26-30 January, with the Medal Race for the top 10 teams wrapping up the event on Saturday 31 January 2015.