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28 Jan 2012

Tight at the top after day 1 at 2012 470 Junior Worlds

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2012 470 Junior World Championships
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Racing is underway at the 2012 470 Junior World Championship, hosted at Takapuna Boating Club in Auckland, New Zealand. Two races were sailed on Saturday’s first day of racing, with the men/mixed and women’s teams sailing as one fleet, but scored separately. Things are very tight at the top, especially in the men/mixed fleet, with only 2 points separating the top 5 teams on the leaderboard.

Day 1 Action in New Zealand

Crawford brothers © Christine Hansen

Alex Gough/Scott Cotton (AUS) © International 470 Class

Flat water allowed the fleet to fly around the course in a very shifty and patchy south westerly offshore breeze. The breeze peaked at around 18 knots, but generally sailors raced in 12-16 knots after leaving the shore in very light winds.

Commented 2011 470 Junior Women's World Champion helm Annika Bochmann (GER), who is seeking to defend her title with crew Elisabeth Panuschka, "Conditions are very shifty and gusty and it will be a challenge for us to handle these conditions, it's like a lake."

470 Men/Mixed
In the men/mixed fleet, Australian brothers Matthew and Robert Crawford sailed the most consistently to come out on top with a slim margin of one point, which also separates second placed local sailors James Turner/Finn Drummond from Simon Sivitz/Jas Farneti of Italy, who got the gun in race two.

Race two was abandoned due to a drifting mark, and after a restart, Magnus Masilge/Moritz Klingenberger of Germany won the race and are fourth, on count back from Dirk Bennen/Roger Weijers of the Netherlands.

Top 10 Overall

Pos Nat   R1 R2 Pts
1 AUS CRAWFORD Matthew/CRAWFORD Robert 5 3 8
2 NZL TURNER James/DRUMMOND Finn 7 2 9
3 ITA SIVITZ KOSUTA Simon/FARNETI Jas 9 1 10
4 GER MASILGE Magnus/KLINGENBERGER Moritz 1 9 10
5 NED BENNEN Dirk/WEIJERS Rogier 3 7 10
6 AUS FRANKLIN Josh/HANNAH Tim 10 4 14
7 DEN TOBIASON Balder/JUNG JOHANNSON Magnus 2 13 15
8 NZL STEVENSON Luke/BULLOCK Sam 11 5 16
9 GRE KAVVAS Alexandros/KAVVAS Georgia 4 15 19
10 NZL MOORE Gareth/GOODWIN Ben 13 6 19

470 Women

Afrodite Kyranakou/Jeske Kisters (NED)

Netherland sailors also feature well in the women's fleet - Afrodite Kyranakou/Jeske Kisters lead the way after very respectable results within the overall fleet and two first placings in the women's fleet. The Netherland duo have a two point margin over Great Britain's Anna Burnet/Flora Stewart, with Annika Bochmann/Elisabeth Panuschka third.

 

An international fleet of 33 boats from 13 nations are racing and if Auckland's Waitemata Harbour keeps serving up fickle offshore conditions, consistency will be what is needed to remain at the top of the leader board.

Top 10 Overall

Pos Nat   R1 R2 Pts
1 NED KYRANAKOU Afrodite/KISTERS Jeske 1 1 2
2 GBR BURNET Anna/STEWART Flora 3 2 5
3 GER BOCHMANN Annika/PANUSCHKA Elisabeth 5 3 8
4 NZL DAWSON Erica/FRANCIS Vicky 4 7 11
5 JPN HATAE Chika/HATAYAMA Eri 8 4 12
6 AUS RYAN Sasha/RYAN Jamie 7 5 12
7 NZL BERRY Sarah/BERRY Emma 2 11 DNF 13
8 IRE KISSANE Diana/TIDEY Saskia 6 8 14
9 JPN HADACHI Yuka/MUTA Ayami 9 6 15
10 NZL BARBARICH-BACHER Bianca/FRANCIS Julia 10 9 19

More Information:
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Full Results
470 Junior Worlds News
470 Event Microsite

Media Contacts:
Will Calver, Official Photographer
Ocean Photography
Email: will@oceanphotography.co.nz
Web: www.oceanphotography.co.nz
Tel: +64 93570881
Mob: +64 211147204

Christine Hansen, Media Liaison
New Zealand 470 Class Association
Email: snowhansen@gmail.com

Source: Christine Hansen

Image: Racing on day 1 © International 470 Class