124 crews from 31 nations are on the entry list to contest the Championship with sailors from Argentina, Australia, Brazil, China, Myanmar, Pakistan and the USA joining the European teams. Unsurprisingly Poland has the largest number of athletes in the Championship with 21 crews entered, although not amongst those names is Poland's Olympic representatives, Thomasz STANCZYK and Tomasz JAKUBIAK.
The Polish challenge in the 470 men fleet will be lead by Patryck PIASECKI with crew Jacek PRZYBYLAK, who recently won the ISAF Grade 3 Polish Yachting Association Trophy held in Puck. Katarzyna TYLINSKA and Zuzanna GLADYSZ won in the women's fleet in Puck and have also had top ten finishes in the ISAF Grade 1 Semaine Olympique Française in Hyères and the ISAF Grade 2 470 Spring Cup in Toulon, France, both held in April. TYLINSKA has steadily climbed the ISAF World Sailing Rankings and in the last release of 1 June, hit a performance best by entering the top world's 20. She has a terrific record sailing in Gdynia, having won three ISAF Graded events here already.
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After winning in Medemblik, Mathew BELCHER and Nick BEHRENS (AUS), will enter the Championship brimming with confidence. The Australians also won the ISAF Grade 1 Sail Melbourne Regatta, at the beginning of the year, although they have yet to finish inside the top ten of a European or World Championship.
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They will all have a tough challenge facing them in ISAF World Sailing Rankings' leaders, Ingrid PETITJEAN and Nadège DOUROUX (FRA). The French pair have been on top of their game in the last few months with dominating victories in both Hyères and Medemblik. 2004 Olympic bronze medallists, Therese TORGERSSON and Vendela ZACHRISSON (SWE) have only competed in one ISAF Graded event since their third place in Athens and will be looking to outdo PETITJEAN and DOUROUX and make an instant return to the limelight in Gdynia.
The lack of current 470 Olympic champions is tempered by the presence of 2004 Olympic gold medallist in the Europe, Siren SUNDBY (NOR). After switching to the 470 with crew Karianne MELLEBY (NOR), the young Norwegian has seen a steady improvement in her results with tenth place in Medemblik her most impressive performance to date. Teja CERNE (SLO) is another convert from the Europe and the Slovenian Olympian, with her sister, Alja CERNE as crew, will be another competitor in Gdynia.