Greeks Antonios TSIMPOUKELIS and George KARONIS took the men's title with New Zealanders Alessandra MALONEY and Bianca BARBARICH-BACHER taking the women's as the 420 World Championships came to a conclusion on Lake Garda, Italy.
Antonios TSIMPOUKELIS and George KARONIS (GRE) followed in the footsteps of 2008 champions and fellow Greeks Mileos Michalis and Mitakis Evangelos-Vasileio to win the 2009 with a race to spare on Lake Garda. Francisco LARDIES and Finn DRUMMOND (NZL) finished second, with Ben PALMER and Konrad WEAVER
(GBR) completing the podium in third. Phil SPARKS
and Ben GRATTON
(GBR), gold medallists in the 420 at last month's Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship
in Buzios, Brazil, came in fifth overall.
In the women's fleet, Alexandra MALONEY
and Bianca BARBARICH-BACHER
(NZL) took the title, clearly enjoying the breezy conditions typical of Garda. The Kiwi pair narrowly missed the medals at the Youth Worlds in Buzios and so will be particularly delighted to leave Italy with the top prize. Italians Camilla MARINO
and Claudia SORICELLI
repeated their silver medal showing at Buzios by taking silver again, with the USA's Sydney BULGER and Caitlin BEAVERS
coming in third. Youth Worlds winner Martine GRAEL
and new crew for this event Daniela ADLER
(BRA) fought back strongly after getting disqualified from the second race of the series, but just missed the podium, finishing fourth, one point behind the Americans.
Wednesday marked the conclusion of the 2009 420 World Championship: the last of three back-to-back international events held in Riva within the space of only one month (it was preceded by the 49er then 29er World Championships) - an impressive effort on the part of the entire Fraglia Vela Riva's organizational machine.
Sailors love coming to Riva and Lake Garda for the spectacular setting but most of all the famous Garda winds. Usually northerly in the morning and southerly in the afternoon, and at full-strength, they're always intense, but not always predictable. That's where last-minute intuition comes into play; for the sailors, the ability to turn on a dime; and for the Organizers; the challenging work behind the scenes.
The Green team of TSIMPOUKELIS and KARONIS rose to the challenge this year with a strong of race wins and top-five finishes giving them victory with a race to spare. Amongst the hotly contested, high-scoring women's fleet, MALONEY and BABARICH-BACHER came out on top. Whilst Italy may have missed the podium in the men's fleet, there was still plenty of good news with a total of six Italian crews in the top 20.
Men's Results - click here
Women's Results - click here