Congratulations to the new 420 Open World Champions Jose Manuel Ruiz and Fernando Davila (ESP) and Carlotta Omari and Francesca Russo Cirillo (ITA) who are the 420 Ladies World Champions.
It was a waiting game ashore on the final day of racing at the 2014 420 World and Ladies World Championships as teams waited anxiously under postponement for the call to the race track and completion of the final two races. But the forecast from early in the week delivered, with an early morning thunderstorm and torrential rain, followed by virtually no wind giving no hope of racing on today's final race day, calling of racing for the day at 14.00.
Ten races in total for the 2014 420 Worlds, six in the qualification and four in the finals, delivered a rounded Championship, with a range of weather conditions testing all 390 sailors. The talent pool was simply incredible, with different winners in virtually every race. This year's Championship reflected the ongoing growth in the 420 class with 27 nations from all six continents competing across the 111-boat 420 Open and 84-boat 420 Ladies Fleets.
As an overall picture, fourteen of the 21 nations in the 420 Ladies World Championship were represented in gold fleet racing and of the twenty-six nations in the 420 Open, 22 were represented in gold fleet.
Malaysia fielded one team in each of the open and ladies fleets, including the ISAF Youth Worlds 420 boys silver medallists, Muhamad Faizal Norizan and Ahmad Syuki Abdul Aziz (MAS). Both teams finished well inside the top ten. Greece achieved two teams in the 420 Ladies top ten including bronze medallists Aikaterini Tavoulari and Fotini Koutsoumpou.
Angola made their debut appearance at the 2013 420 Worlds in Spain and were back this year with two new teams. Top result was a 4th place in race 2 for Francisco António Kilomb and Francisco Kapusso Artur who finished 57th overall in the gold fleet.
Host nation Germany fielded a team of 56 sailors, with 14 teams in each of the 420 Open and 240 Ladies fleets, with three teams finishing inside the top 20. The Huck Scott Memorial Trophy was awarded to Germany's Nils Sternbeck and Finn Kenter as the youngest competing crew in the Championship, with both aged just 13 years old, they finished 37th overall.
Ruiz and Davila who dominated the Championship from day 3 and took gold on the 420 Open Fleet.
"Now it is real,"
said Davila. "I feel really good really happy."
"It is different,"
added Ruiz. "It is unbelievable. It is a long Championship and long days with difficult conditions."
Reflecting on their win, the pair admitted it almost all went horribly wrong in race 8 when they finished right at the back of the fleet in 45th and slipped to second overall. "It was very bad for us, but we worked really hard in the next races and we felt really good after that. It was good work from our minds to come back with two good results,"
"I think that Fernanda and me we are a good team, because we just have perfect communication. This is our best ever result,"
smiled Ruiz. "Our goal was this Championship and we will now see what next, perhaps the 470."
They both moved to the 420 Class from Optimist, with Ruiz a former three-time Spanish National Champion who represented Spain at two Optimist World Championships.
The John Merricks Trophy was presented to Hippolyte Macheti and Sidoine Dantes (FRA) as the highest placed 420 Open team aged 18 and under in the year of the Championship.Last year the pair finished top of the silver fleet, so a massive improvement in just 12 months. They faced the added demand of racing at the 420 Worlds straight off the back of the ISAF Youth Worlds, where they finished 4th overall, missing out on the bronze medal on tiebreak."We were quite stressed waiting, but we wanted to race today to try and win overall. But we are second and we are very happy,"
On being the best junior team, Macheti said, "It is great to be the best junior team. It was a particularly difficult Championship as the conditions on the water were complicated and there were a lot of boats in the fleet so it was easy to have a bad race. I think to win this Championship sailors need to be really concentrated."
The William Sanchez Trophies was awarded to Ido Bilik and Ofek Shalgi (ISR) as the highest placed 420 Open team aged 16 and under in the year of the Championship.
420 Open - Top 10 Overall after 10 Races
1. Jose Manuel Ruiz/Fernando Davila (ESP) - 69 pts
2. Hippolyte Macheti/Sidoine Dantes (FRA) - 72 pts
3. Ido Bilik/Ofek Shalgi (ISR) - 73 pts
4. Robin Folin/Tao Manni (FRA) - 79.7 pts
5. Muhamad Faizal Norizan/Ahmad Syuki Abdul Aziz (MAS) - 82 pts
6. Adrian Dominguez/Calixto Abalo (ESP) - 85 pts
7. Jia Yi Loh/Jonathan Yeo (SIN) - 90 pts
8. Nital Hasson/Yoav Shpliman (ISR) - 99 pts
9. Santiago Mas/Luis Mas (ESP) - 122 pts
10. Swann Hayewski/Alexis Thomas (FRA) - 126 pts
The gold medal and 420 Ladies World Championship title went to Omari and Cirillo of Italy.
"I am so very happy,"
said Omari, whose 420 Ladies World Champion crown is secure on attempt three. In 2012, the pair finished 7th and a devastating final day at the 2013 420 Worlds saw a podium finish fall out of their hands. "This year was difficult, but we were more prepared than last year,"
explained Omari. "Psychologically and physically we are better and we trained a lot."
The pair was in third overall going into what turned out to be the final day of racing on Saturday, and it almost was a repeat of 2012 after a 29th in the opening race 8 of the day.
"It was difficult as we had a bad opening race yesterday",
said Omari. "But we found the strength to keep going. And we won the Championship from our last two races yesterday. Last year we just lost concentration on the final day."
The John Merricks Trophy was presented to Kimberly Lim and Savannah Siew (SIN) as the highest placed 420 Open team aged 18 and under in the year of the Championship."We came here with the aim of a podium and with a silver from last year, the pressure was on us,"
said Lim. "This performance was quite good and we sailed the event pretty well, although the last day was a bit messy, it went as well as it could."
Next stop for the pair is the 2014 Asian Games held in late September 2014 in Incheon, Korea where they will compete in the 420 Class. Lim is no stranger to the pressure of what is Asia's biggest sporting event after the Olympics, having secured the silver medal in the Optimist Class at the 2010 Asian Games.
"When we get back to Singapore, we have a month of catching up on school and then training for the Asian Games,"
said Lim. "We will get to Korea pretty early to get used to the venue and train. For us the event is a big deal as in Asia the Asian Games is really important and there is quite a lot of expectation on us."
The bronze medal went to Aikaterini Tavoulari and Fotini Koutsoumpou from Greece.
The William Sanchez Trophies was awarded to Paulina Fauroux and Ariel Ponthieu (FRA) as the highest placed 420 Open team aged 16 and under in the year of the Championship.
Ladies - Top 10 Overall after 10 Races
1. Carlotta Omari/Francesca Russo Cirillo (ITA) - 40 pts
2. Kimberly Lim/Savannah Siew (SIN) - 45 pts
3. Aikaterini Tavoulari/Fotini Koutsoumpou (GRE) - 47 pts
4. Elena Picotti/Maria Coluzzi (ITA) - 59 pts
5. Souzana Bakatsia/Nikoletta Papageorgiou (GRE) - 61 pts
6. Nuraisyah Jamil/Umi Nurwahida Sallehuddin (MAS) - 66 pts
7. Paula Barcelo/Margarita Alba (ESP) - 70 pts
8. Silvia Mas/Marta Davila (ESP) - 74 pts
9. Carmen Davila/Julia Davila (ESP) - 75 pts
10. Clara Addari/Arianna Perini (ITA) - 83 pts
The Francis Mouvet Trophy was awarded to Spain for the thir successive year, as the nationa with the highest placed three boats in the World Championship. Spain had an outstanding line up of six teams in the top ten across the two fleets.
The Huck Scott Memorial Trophy is awarded to the youngest competing crew in either the Open or the Ladies fleets. Congratulations to Nils Sternbeck and Finn Kenter from Germany who will receive this Trophy. Sternbeck is 13 years and 10 months and Kenterwill be 14 years old during August this year
Participating nations in the 420 World and Ladies World Championships are:
Angola, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, Chile, France, Great Britain, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, USA.