The second day of racing of the 420 World Championship 2021
Wednesday, July 7, 2021 6:59 PM
Really difficult conditions in Marina degli Aregai for the second day of racing of the 420 World Championship. Despite an encouraging start with a light but stable wind from the east between 6 and 7 knots, which allowed the Committee to start the first and only test of the day, the conditions then became too light to be able to continue with the planned program. However, there is still tomorrow to proceed with the last phase of the qualifying regattas and the division of the gold and silver fleets.
With today's results, the rankings after 4 tests still reserve few surprises with the confirmation of the quality of the young Spanish athletes who keep the lead in all categories. Among the U17s, therefore, the duo Jaime Ayarza with Mariano Hernandez (13-2-1-2) maintains the first position of yesterday with a second-place of the day. Among the women, it is also confirmed by the Laiseca - Laiseca couple (13-1-1-3) while among the males and mixed, the overall ranking is difficult to compose since only one of the two fleets managed to complete the course; the provisional classification that sees the Spanish couple Morales-Bethencourt (1-6-4-4) at the head, with the second fleet that will have to recover the lost regatta today tomorrow.
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.