A third wonderful day of racing at the 420 World Championships
Thursday, July 8, 2021 8:18 PM
A third wonderful day of racing at the 420 Frecciarossa World Championships underway in Marina degli Aregai with the organization of the Yacht Club Sanremo; generous weather with westerly winds between 12 and 15 knots. 11 today's races for the fleets of 420's young sailors
A great day of sailing in Marina degli Aregai with the come-back of the wind, that allowed the Race Committee to make up for the lost time of the previous days and carry out eleven races for all the fleets, divided over two fields.
The wind, today's great protagonist, delayed a bit to enter stably, initially at 6 knots from 240°, it gradually increased passing first to 12 consistent and then to 15 knots for the last race, always from the west.
On the field of the Men and Mixed, an act of strength of the American couple Sitzmann-Woodworth who climb the provisional ranking thanks to the 3 first places in a day. Behind them the Spaniards Flethes-Flethes, who do not guess the 5th race – 19th - and close the day with a 1 and a 4, one point behind the Americans. The third was another US crew formed by Michels-Kriegstein. First among the Mixed, the French Combet-Bunel, very good at closing the qualifying phase in fifth position overall.
On the female side, a day of grace for the Spanish couple Ballester-Perello who discarded a 5th as the worst result of the Championship and closed the rest of the day with two first places. Behind them the French Mariani-Olive and, therefore, the American duo Lahrkamp-McNamara.
Among the U17s, confirmation of the very strong Spaniards Hayarza-Hernandez, who retain the first overall position followed by the female couple Perello-Cardona and, in the third position, the American couple formed by Freddie Parkin and Thomas Whidden. The latter with a renowned name in the sailing world and which is followed here by his very grandfather as a coach.
The 420 Frecciarossa World Championships 2021 continues tomorrow with the males who will be divided into Gold and Silver fleets while it continues normally for all the others until Saturday 10 July, the day in which the winners of the world title in the male - mixed, female along with male - mixed, female under 17 categories will be crowned.
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.