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1 August 2006, 11:31 am
LEVINE And YAM New Champions
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470 Junior World Championship 2006
Luebeck, Germany

Eyal LEVINE and Amir YAM (ISR) are the new 470 Junior World Champions. The Israeli pair won out when, after eight qualifying races, the top ten out of a fleet of 121 teams from 28 countries appeared on the starting line last Sunday for the final Medal Race in Travemuende, Germany.
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The Medal Race got underway at 1400 local time in very light winds close to the shore of Travemuende, giving the spectators an excellent view on the race that would decide which team and country would become proudly in possession of the Junior World title.

Croatia's Sime FANTELA and Igor MARENIC were the sailors with best cards, as they managed to gain a three points lead on LEVINE and YAM in the last qualifying race.

The Medal Race

Russia's Anton BASALKIN and Egor IGNATENKO made a perfect windward start, putting them into the an invincible lead. However, points gained during the qualifiers were still taken into account and although they finally won the race, their efforts came too late to add up to a place on the podium.

The right side of the course seemed to be most favourable and LEVINE and YAM and the Danish girls Henriette KOCH and Lene SOMMER took full advantage.

During the progress of the race that lasted for 23 minutes, the new Junior World title holders managed to hold a second place in the hope that at least one boat would remain between them and their rivals from Croatia. This would ensure they won on equal points, but by the advantage of best results in the qualifiers.

And they did. FANTELA and MARENIC could not put Israel's Aviv BEN HORIN and Eran SELA behind them, which made the second Junior team from Israel the perfect defenders for their country.

LEVINE Delighted

'We have spent the whole winter training and participated in all major events directly after, so this season has been very demanding so far. The fact that we won the Junior World title now feels like a great appraisal for our efforts and gives us new strength to focus on the Junior Europeans in Portugal,' said LEVINE.

The medal for the best 470 Junior Women team went to KOCH and SOMMER, the only female team to reach the Medal race.

Also Germany can be proud of its Junior sailors. Two teams reached the finals, with a promising fifth overall position for Christopher LORENZ and Friedrich GEBERT (GER) and a tenth for Max DZEMBRITZKI and Fabian BAUMGARTEN (GER).

Further racing in the silver, bronze and emerald fleets was not possible due to a lack of wind which leaves results after race eight unchanged.

The 470 Juniors may now already look out for a new challenge and some for revenge in the short term. In less than two weeks the combined 420 and 470 Junior Europeans will take place in Tavira, Portugal from the 11-19 August.

Top Ten Results

Pos Nation Helm Crew R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R 7 R 8 M Pts
1 ISR Eyal LEVINE Amir YAM 1 2 1 2 6 1 1 (11) 3 17
2 CRO Sime FANTELA Igor MARENIC 2 3 2 1 1 1 1 (10) 6 17
3 GBR Luke PATIENCE Twiggy GRUBE 1 3 1 3 6 2 1 (13) 15 32
4 GRE Georgios VASILAS Evangelos MITAKIS 5 6 2 3 4 1 6 (12) 10.5 37.5
5 GER Christopher LORENZ Friedrich GEBERT 6 (9) 9 7 1 3 2 1 9 38
6 RUS Anton BASALKIN Egor IGNATENKO 8 1 3 2 (22) 12 4 7 1.5 38.5
7 ISR Aviv BEN HORIN, Eran SELA 1 4 11 (17) 8 3 3 5 4.5 39.5
8 FRA Bertrand NUN Nicolas ANDRIEU 11 2 (21) 3 1 2 6 5 12 42
9 DEN Henriette KOCH Lene SOMMER 2 3 (25) 1 11 2 17 1 7.5 44.5
10 GER Max DZEMBRITZKI Fabian BAUMGARTEN (21) 5 5 11 2 5 2 3 13.5 46.5
Yalcin GURKAN (As Amended By ISAF). Image, Junior World Champions Eyal LEVINE and Amir YAM:© Nils BERGMANN
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