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19 August 2014, 09:40 am
420 And 470 Junior European Champions Crowned
Anna Kyselova and Anastasiya Krasko (UKR)
Anna Kyselova and Anastasiya Krasko (UKR)

2014 420 & 470 Junior European Championships

It was a celebratory end to the 2014 420 and 470 Junior European Championships in Poland as teams from eight nations stand on the podium.
Conditions ranging from very little wind to gusts of up to 28 knots, mixed up with rain storms and thunder challenged the 390 teams on the final day of racing in Gdynia, Poland.

470 Men

Junior World Champions, Jordi Xammar and Joan Herp (ESP) won the 470 Junior European Championship title with a day to spare on Sunday, so the final day was all about who would get silver and bronze from the double-points Medal Race.

But Xammar and Herp were never going to let the Medal Race go without making their mark on the fleet, and a cheeky and bold move saw them start at the pin end and cross the entire fleet on port. Impressive maybe, but that move positioned them on the right-hand side of the track, where there was less pressure and ultimately they could never recover to the front of the pack. No worries for them though as the gold was already safe.

All the teams placed second through to fifth were in contention for silver, and even the sixth placed team had a long shot at bronze, so an intense battle unfolded. Germany's Malte Winkel and Matti Cipra knew they were the hunted team, as in silver medal position they could only fall off the leaderboard, so covering the fleet was critical for them. Perfect execution with a third place finish rewarded them with the silver medal.

Sitting in fourth on the leaderboard and just six points off third, twin brothers David and Alex Charles of Spain had all to gain and worked their way through the fleet to claim bronze on tiebreak advantage over Giacomo Ferrari and Giulio Calabro (ITA). Disappointment for the Italian pair, who had the bronze medal in their hands for most of the race, just letting it slip to the Spanish in the final downwind leg

470 Men - Final Results
1. Jordi Xammar and Joan Herp (ESP) - 34 pts
2. Malte Winkel and Matti Cipra (GER) - 52 pts
3. David Charles Vila and Alex Charles Vila (ESP) - 68 pts
4. Giacomo Ferrari and Giulio Calabro (ITA) - 68 pts
5. Matthes Waack and Matthias Rummel (GER) - 84 pts
6. Fabrice Rigot and Guillaume Rigot (SUI) - 89 pts
7. Simon Diesch/Patrick Aggeler (GER) - 98 pts
8. Kristian Check and Maxim Cherenkov (RUS) - 109 pts
9. Francesco Rebaudi and Matteo Puppo (ITA) - 112 pts
10. Filip florek and Dominik Janowczyk (POL) - 114 pts

470 Women

Defending Champions Anna Kyselova and Anastasiya Krasko (UKR) won gold with a day to spare but their preformance around the track was all about winning the Medal Race as well. An OCS for Tsuf Zamet and Saar Tamir who crossed the finish line first, put the Medal Race to the Ukrainian pair to round off a stylish domination of the fleet.

A swap in positions behind as Israel's Noya Bar-Am and Rimon Shoshan managed to upgrade their third overall going into the final day to a silver medal after finishing just a metre behind Kyselova and Krasko in the Medal Race. Germany's Frederike Loewe and Anna Markfort made their debut appearance in a Medal Race and kept their cool to finish the race in seventh and win the bronze medal.

470 Women - Final Results
1. Anna Kyselova and Anastasiya Krasko (UKR) - 23 pts
2. Noya Bar-Am and Rimon Shoshan (ISR) - 49 pts
3. Frederike Loewe and Anna Markfort (GER) - 56 pts
4. Jess Lavery and Megan Brickwood (GBR) - 64 pts
5. Cecilia Zorzi and Bianca Caruso (ITA) - 68 pts
6. Jeanine Speelman and Marchien Speelman (NED) - 74 pts
7. Fabienne Oster and Alexandra Lauber (GER) - 77 pts
8. Benedetta Di Salle and Alessandra Dubbini (ITA) - 96 pts
9. Eva Peternelj and Valentina Baruca (SLO) - 106 pts
10. Tsuf Zamet and Saar Tamir (ISR) - 112 pts

420 Open
Having led the Championship all week, Hippolyte Machetti and Sidoine Dantes (FRA) lost out to Switzerland's Kilian Wagen and Gregoire Siegwart on the penultimate day. Things were not looking good for the French after their 16th place finish in Race 11 positioned them seven points behind the Swiss. They had to put seven boats between themselves and the Swiss in the final race to get back into gold medal position. Machetti and Dantes went onto win, whilst the Swiss finished back in 14th - so gold to France, silver to Switzerland.

A massive leap up the leaderboard by Alexandre Demange and Maxime Roux (FRA) who changed gear to score a 1,2 in what was their best day of racing so far and secured the bronze medal, up from sixth on the leaderboard at the start of the day.

The home team of Ewa Romaniuk and Katarzyna Goralska (POL) finished fourth overall and as the top placed ladies team won the 2104 420 Ladies Junior European Championship title. Ladies Junior European Championship Silver medals to Paula Barcelo and Margarita Alba (ESP) who finished in eighth overall and bronze medals to Great Britian's Sarah Norbury and Mari Davies in twelfth overall.

Silver Fleet victory went to Ireland's Robert Dickson and Sean Waddilove.

420 - Final Results
1. Hippolyte Machetti and Sidoine Dantes (FRA) - 86 pts
2. Kilian Wagen and Gregoire Siegward (SUI) - 92 pts
3. Alexandre Demange and Maxime Roux (FRA) - 110 pts
4. Ewa Romaniuk and Katarzyna Goralska (POL) - 128 pts
5. Russell Clarida/Henry Fernberger (USA) - 131 pts
6. Max Clapp and Joseph Burns (GBR) - 140 pts
7. Thomas Ponthieu and Quentin Paturle (FRA) - 151 pts
8. Paula Barcelo and Margarita Alba (ESP) - 157 pts
9. Nitai Hasson and Yoav Shpilman (ISR) - 160 pts
10. Jan Borbet and Lea Borbet (GER) - 170 pts

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