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25 August 2010, 02:55 pm
Israel Turns Gold To Silver At 420 Junior Europeans
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Yoav Levi and Dan Froylich (ISR) - 420 Junior European Champions

2010 420 Junior European Championship
La Rochelle, France

Yoav Levi and Dan Froylich of Israel, silver medallists in 2009, have been crowned 2010 420 Junior European Champions in La Rochelle. Roberto Caputo and Benedetta Barbiero, already World and Junior World Ladies' Champions 2010, rounded off their International 420 campaign by becoming Ladies' Junior European Champions.
Alexandros and Georgios Kavvas of Greece, who had led the Qualifying Series, were 16 points behind Levi and Froylich at the completion of the regatta, but were 20 points ahead of the following pack. Jordi Xammar and Joan Herp (ESP), the 2010 ISAF Youth World Champions finished third with Clément Ikhlef and Clément Péquin (FRA), local sailors from SR Rochelaises fourth and Mike Wood and Hugh Brayshaw (GBR) fifith.

Patrícia Costa and Filipa Barros (POR), who finished ninth at the Youth Worlds, claimed the silver medal in the girl's division after finishing 17th overall. Charlotte Stumpel and Shannen Marck (NED) were third, Olivia Crane and Ali Blumenthal (USA), putting in a final surge with a second in the last race, ended just out of the medals in fourth and Amy Seabright and Hermione Stanley (GBR) matched the British boys to finsih fifth.

With some rivalry between three Dutch teams in the Final Series, the Silver Fleet was won by Pieter Goedhart and Lars van Stekelenborg (NED), with Alexandre Massard and Antonio Maria Tinoco (SUI) second and Stan Hart and Wietse Pijlman (NED) third. The Bronze Fleet was won by Jennifer Poret and Louise Chevet (FRA), with Matthieu Van Schoote & Sébastien Devos (BEL) second and Ipeknaz Ozden & Deniz Gokmeral (TUR) third.

The Caronis Trophy for the youngest team at the Championship was awarded to Gal Cohen and Hadar Moran (ISR),

Fourteen races were achieved for the Gold Fleet, with a dozen each for the Silver and Bronze Fleets. The winds had built from 8 - 9 knots at the beginning of the day to 17 knots by the later races during the Qualifying Series. In the earlier starts of the day, the current had an impact on the line, with sailors less used to tidal conditions needing to learn fast. After the first day of the Final Series, the wind strength reduced somewhat, with a similar pattern each day, but building to 13 - 14 kn. The penultimate day dawned with winds from the South East and a short postponement made on shore before the wind began to come in from the South West. This, and lighter winds on the last two days, proved more of a challenge to Race Committee and competitors alike, with some longish periods of waiting and a frustrating final day for the Silver and Bronze Fleets. The Gold Fleet completed 14 races over the regatta, and the other two fleets each completed 12.

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