FOUR TEAMS ARE TIED AT THE TOP OF THE 470 RANKINGS AFTER DAY ONE10 Feb 2023
Four teams are tied at the top of the 470 rankings after day one of the Lanzarote International Regatta in the Canary Islands.
Four-way 470 Tie
Things are super tight at the top of the 470 leaderboard with four teams sharing 6 points. However, this is counting only two of the three races and discarding the worst score, so it’s not really representative of how things will shake out in the coming days. The reigning European Champions, Anton Dahlberg & Lovisa Karlsson (SWE), hold top spot with ever-improving scores of (7), 5, 1. That 7th place could prove useful to the Swedes later in the week even if they’re not counting it right now.
Dahlberg was rightly happy with their performance. “A special day, one for the books. Most of the time we were in the right place at the right time, we pushed the boat well, and we went into the day with an open mindset. I think we got the big picture correct, and that helped a lot. There was a wind oscillation and some pressure differences, and a big shift in the first race which was costly for us. It was quite technical, some swell coming in, so you had a lot to think about, but we like it when it’s like that.”
Sitting on equal points with the leading Swedes but less consistent across the day are teams from Switzerland, Spain and the reigning World Champions from Germany, Luise Wanser & Philipp Autenrieth (GER).
The forecast for Saturday and the coming days is looking very good. Racing starts at 0945 hours on Saturday morning for the 470 Mixed on Alpha course and the 49erFX women on Bravo.
Only in its third year, Lanzarote International Regatta is rapidly establishing itself as one of the ‘must go’ events on the Olympic sailing circuit, with 367 sailors from 39 nations attending this week. Following swiftly on from the recent Lanzarote iQFOil Games, the Lanzarote International Regatta has brought together a world-class group of race officials to run the event for six Olympic disciplines: 49er, 49erFX, 470 Mixed, iQFOil Women and Men and Nacra 17 catamaran.
The regatta is divided into two halves. 470 Mixed, 49er and 49erFX fleets complete their racing on 13 February. Then the iQFOil and Nacra 17 fleet will race from 14 to 17 February.
This international event, organised by Marina Rubicón with the support of the Royal Canarian Sailing Federation is possible thanks to the institutional sponsorship of Promotur Turismo de Canarias with the financing of the REACTEU Fund and Tourism of the Cabildo de Lanzarote through the sports product European Sports Destination (managed by SPEL-Turismo Lanzarote), as well as the public collaboration of the Yaiza City Council and the private entities Dinghycoach, Naviera Armas & Cabrera Medina (Cicar).
Andy Rice, event reporter