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19 May 2018

Racing at the 470 European Championship was scheduled to kick off on Saturday 19 May at the Yacht Club Port Bourgas, Bulgaria, but fickle breeze kept teams off the race track.

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On Saturday’s opening race day, the breeze swung, gained and lost pressure – keeping the fleet postponed ashore. A wise decision saw the Race Committee abandon racing for the day, in anticipation of Sunday’s more promising forecast.

The fleet is stacked with teams who have the form to win the 470 European Championships, and plenty of young partnerships who have the talent to unseat the rock stars of the class. With no racing on the opening day, the day one jitters willl continue to Sunday, when three races are scheduled for each fleet starting at 1300 hours.

Championship title defences will be in full flow, as both Afrodite Zegers/Anneloes van Veen (NED) in the women and Carl-Fredrik Fock/Marcus Dackhammar (SWE) in the men aim for a repeat show of their 2017 performances.

The 11 race series runs from 19 May-23 May, after which the top ten teams will advance to the podium deciding medal race on Thursday 24 May 2018.

Nations competing are: Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Finland, France, Great Britain, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Korea, Malaysia, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, Sweden, Turkey, Ukraine and USA.

Racing gets underway at 1300 hours on Saturday 19 May, with an 11 race series through until Wednesday 23 May. The top ten teams will advance to the podium deciding medal race on Thursday 24 May. Lighter breeze is forecast on Saturday with gusts up to 12 knots, gearing up to stronger breeze next week – a perfect mix of race track conditions for 470 sailors.

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: 2018europeans.470.org
Facebook: www.facebook.com/470-Olympic-Sailing

Video – ICARUS Sports is the official TV production and distribution company for the Championship. Videos will be published on Facebook and YouTube

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. Register to our portal: https://portal.icarus-sports.com/ with your personal username and codes and you will immediately have access to all folders for the 2018 470 Open European Championship.

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

Social – you can follow the 470 World Championship on:
Facebook - www.facebook.com/470-Olympic-Sailing
Twitter - www.twitter.com/470Sailing
YouTube - www.youtube.com/470OlympicSailing
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For further information please contact the 470 Class: office@470.org

Writer: Luissa Smith


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