No regattas for the last day of the 420 World Championship
Saturday, July 10, 2021 9:19 PM
No regattas for the last day of the 420 World Championship. The rankings confirm the victory of the American crews in the Open, Women's, and U17 Open categories. Spain receives the Francis Mouvet trophy
The World Championship of the 420 Class ended today in the waters of Arma di Taggia and was organized by the Yacht Club Sanremo with the support of the title sponsor Frecciarossa. Despite a day in which the wind was the great absence, satisfaction from the organizers and participants who returned home after 10 races (9 for the female category) and a crowded World Class which saw 422 athletes representing 20 nations. Nothing was done at sea today, with the Race Committee waiting until 3:30 pm in the hope of being able to give at least one race, but then sending the crews back to shore and thus confirming the yesterday’s rankings. These see 3 world titles out of 3 assigned to the very strong US crews who stopped what, initially, seemed a championship reserved for the Spaniards. These are the final results of the 420 Frecciarossa World Championships:
1. Tommy Sitzmann - Luke Woodworth - USA
2. Ange Delerce - Timothee Rossi - FRA
3. Alberto Morales - Miguel Bethencourt - ESP
1. Vanessa Lahrkamp - Katrin McNamara - USA
2. Neus Ballester - Andrea Perello - ESP
3. Apolline Benoit - Ambre Monnier - FRA
U 17 Open
1. Freddie Parkin - Thomas Whidden - USA
2. Maria Perello - Marta Cardona - ESP
3. Marc Mesquida - Ramòn Jaume - ESP
Spain was awarded the Francis Mouvet Trophy for the nation that obtained the three best places for each group.
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.