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09 Jul 2017

The 2017 470 World Championships is taking place from 7-15 July 2017 at the Nautical Club of Thessaloniki, Greece.

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A huge influx of young and new teams will take to the starting line and face off against the more experienced campaigners and big names in the fleet. As the first World Championships of the four-year lead up to Tokyo 2020, the event will be a benchmark for teams seeking performance indicators as they come together in an international line-up.

One hundred and thirty-three teams have entered, with sixty teams in the 470 Women and seventy-three in the 470 Men.

Ahead of the 470 Worlds, the 470 Class Development Programme has been in full swing, with teams from Ecuador, Hong Kong, India, Philippines, South Africa and Thailand joining a coaching clinic. Four-time 470 World Champion Sofia Bekatorou (GRE) has been busy transferring her knowledge and expertise.

“It has been really inspiring starting this new project with the 470 Class and supporting developing nations is something I have wanted to do for a long time,” said Bekatorou. “Having this opportunity is great. It is really nice to see the dreams in their eyes of participating in the Olympics. Putting the fundamentals in place and understanding the amount of work they need to put in to become really good sailors and perform has been part of this week’s programme.”

The Opening Ceremony tonight at the Naval Command of Northern Greece will formally kick off the Championships, ahead of racing scheduled to start tomorrow at 1200 hours. Racing takes place on the Thermaikos Gulf with three races scheduled for the first day.

The weather forecast indicates an increase in temperature on Monday and Tuesday, with the sea breeze filling in later in the day, around 1500 hours at the earliest. Later in the week, as temperatures ease a bit, conditions will change. But whatever is served up, Thessaloniki is renowned for delivering a complicated and tricky race track, which will definitely test teams’ all-round game.

The 2017 470 World Championships is organized by Nautical Club of Thessaloniki in co-operation with the International 470 Class Association. Racing starts on Monday 10 July, with a 5 race qualification series and 6 race final series scheduled for the 470 Men and 470 Women fleets, before the top 10 teams advance to the final Medal Race on Saturday 15 July 2017.

All six continents are represented in the 32 nations competing at the 2017 470 World Championships: Australia, Austria, Chile, China, Ecuador, France, Great Britain, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Philippines, Poland, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, Sweden, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, USA.

Races will take place over two race courses, for each of the men’s and women’s fleets. Fleets will be seeded for the five race Qualification Series into yellow and blue fleets, before being split into gold and silver for the six race Final Series. The top ten teams in the men’s and women’s fleets will advance to the Medal Races on Saturday 15 July 2017.

7-9 July 2017 - Measurement/Registration
9 July 2017 - Opening Ceremony
10-11 July 2017 - Qualification Series (5 races)
12-14 July 2017 - Final Series (6 races)
15 July 2017 - Medal Races, Closing Ceremony/Prize Giving

Championship Website - 2017worlds.470.org
Entry Lists - 2017worlds.470.org/en/default/races/race-inscriptions
Official Noticeboard - 2017worlds.470.org/en/default/toa/race
Results - 2017worlds.470.org/en/default/races/race-resultsall

Photo Service – Nikos Alevromytis will provide daily photo galleries in high and low resolution and provided on a daily basis free of rights for editorial use only. Team photo requests for editorial use should be made to: alen@alen.gr

All images used should include the official photograph credit as per the photo. You can find photos at the following links:

Championship Website: 2017worlds.470.org
Facebook: www.facebook.com/470-Olympic-Sailing
High Resolution Images on PhotoShelter: worldsailing.photoshelter.com/gallery-collection/OLYMPIC-CLASSES/C0000d3Vvt0BmDMQ - then use password: WSimages

Video – ICARUS Sports is the official TV production and distribution company for the Championship. Videos will be published at: www.youtube.com/470OlympicSailing

ICARUS will produce daily highlights videos for social media and websites. A selection of raw footage, sailor interviews for TV and Olympic teams may be available on request, subject to priority and time commitments. Please send requests to jason@icarus-sports.com and manager@470.org

Videos will be available to download from the following server options:

Link: http://icarussailingmedia.cloudapp.net
Username: events
Password: news2017
Folder: EVENTS 2017/470 World Championship 2017

Host: icarussailingmedia.cloudapp.net
Username: events
Password: news2017
Folder: EVENTS 2017/470 World Championship 2017

Press Releases – daily press releases will be published on the Championship website and distributed.

Social – you can follow the 470 World Championship on:
Championship website - 2017worlds.470.org
Facebook - www.facebook.com/470-Olympic-Sailing
Twitter - www.twitter.com/470Sailing
YouTube - www.youtube.com/470OlympicSailing

Get social using #470Worlds #470Class

For further information please contact the 470 Class Manager, Luissa Smith, on manager@470.org

Greek Media Enquires should be sent to Konstantinos Toutsidis: toutsidisk@gmail.com

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