The first day of racing of the 420 Frecciarossa World Championships
Monday, July 5, 2021 6:49 PM
First day of adjustment for the 420 fleets at the World Championship, with the waters of Marina degli Aregai lacking in wind for the first day of racing
At 17:00 the Race Committee sent home the large 420 fleet with nothing done for the first day of racing of the 420 Frecciarossa World Championships. The wind remained too weak and unstable throughout the day, forcing the committee to send the boats back to shore after several attempts to position the racing fields.
211 crews representing 20 nations with a substantial presence of home athletes who, as a host country, can field 14 crews. More stable air between 6 and 7 knots is expected for tomorrow to begin the first phase of qualifying regattas with the start of the first race of the day scheduled for 10:30.
The nations represented
Argentina, Austria, Brazil, Croatia, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, England, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, and the USA.
The 420 was designed by Christian Maury, in response to a specification drawn up by Aristide Lehoerrff and Pierre Latxague, sailing instructors at the Socoa sailing school in Saint Jean de Luz - Ciboure in southwestern France. The project aimed to meet the need for a high-performance training boat. Originally designed for experienced sailors looking to improve their racing skills, it was soon realized that this boat suited a wide variety of crew weights and abilities well. The Class developed rapidly in France, being adopted nationally as a propaedeutic hull for the Olympic 470 class, launched in 1964. Its international status has been recognized by the International Yacht Racing Union, then ISAF, and now World Sailing. The 420 was the boat chosen for the very first ISAF World Youth Championships, held in Angelholm, Sweden, in 1971.
50 years ago exactly from the 2021 Frecciarossa Sanremo World Championships.