First day of racing at the 420 World Championships underway
Tuesday, July 6, 2021 8:07 PM
First day of racing at the 420 Frecciarossa World Championships underway in Marina degli Aregai with the organization of the Yacht Club Sanremo; three great runs for all the fleets engaged on the two regatta fields. The east wind - around 10 knots - allowed the race committee to give the first starts at 10:30. During the morning the wind increased to 14 knots and then dropped slightly during the last regatta
With today's three races, the committee recovers one of the two races canceled yesterday due to lack of wind and is preparing to conclude the qualifying phases for the Men / Mixed fleets with three more races scheduled for tomorrow. In the ranking reserved for the Under 17s with 67 members, in the first position we find the Spaniards Jaime Ayarza with Mariano Hernandez (13-2-1 the partials of the day) followed by the Italians Venturino-Vulcanile (2-6-46) and the French Schemmel-Boudard ( 5-4-12).
In the ranking reserved for male and mixed crews, with 90 members divided into two fleets, the American crew composed of Will Michels and Spencer Kriegstein (2-11-1), in second position Giannoulis-Giannoulis for Greece (12-1-3) and third place for the Spaniards Riquelme-Perez (1-3-13).
In the women's fleet with 53 members, the Spanish Paula and Isabel Laiseca command the first day (13-1-1) followed by their compatriots Ballester-Perello (1-4-2) and the Americans Lahrkamp-McNamara (2-7-6 ).
For tomorrow the race committee chaired by Mario Lupinelli and Gabriella Gabrielli plans to give the first warning signal at 11 am intending to recover another of the races canceled yesterday and closing the qualification phase for the Men / Mixed fleet and thus being able to start the final stages from the day after tomorrow with fleets divided into Gold and Silver.
The forecast for tomorrow morning always gives wind from the east with an intensity of around 12 knots. Among the novelties of this edition, the 420 World Championship was also the scenario for the virtual management of the racecourse thanks to the use of the robotic MarkSetBot racing buoys. These use GPS technology to navigate to a specific position and maintain the position without anchoring until the assigned position is changed. With a user-friendly mobile interface, the repositioning possibilities make the management of the regatta simple and precise in any condition and, above all, with a great saving of means and personnel at sea.
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.