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470 Europeans - New leaders as finals get underway

470 Europeans – New leaders as finals get underway

The 470 European Championships are slowly slipping away from the Team GBR competitors. Luke Patience and Elliot Willis (10, 6) gained one place to fifth overall and 19 points off the leaders in the men, while Sophie Weguelin and Eilidh McIntyre (9, 14) remain in 12th place in the women, five points off a medal race place.

New leaders for both fleets on the first day of Gold fleet racing. Ferdinand Gerz and Oliver Symanski (GER) and Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie (NZL) are sitting pretty at the front of their events. Another unpredictable and challenging race track with the breeze nudging 7 knots at best, in conditions that benefited the light wind specialists. Two races were completed for all fleets.

A win in the opening race of gold fleet racing pushed the German pair to second overall, and their 5th place in the next race secured their position at the front. The pair also have a card to play, as their discard race is an 11th, whereas every other team in the top 10 is already discarding a double-digit score and counting a double-digit score. So whilst the Germans will not be looking to make any mistakes, they know they hold a useful safety net.

Stuart McNay and David Hughes (USA) drop to 2nd overall, with Pavel Sozykin and Denis Gribanov (RUS) in 3rd.

The all conquering Aussies, Mat Belcher and Will Ryan’s domination of the 470 is taking a knock at this event with a 24th in the first race Wednesday and a couple of other double digit finishes. The race is their discard, and they advance into the leaderboard top 10, along with Antonio Rosa/Joao Rosa (POR) and Sofian Bouvet/Jeremie Mion (FRA), whose overall positions also improved.470 Europeans - New leaders as finals get underway

In the women super consistent racing from World #1 pairing Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie rewards them with first overall from a 4, 5 score Wednesday. Things weren’t so bright for overnight leaders Gil Cohen/Danielle Maman (ISR) who struggled to find their groove in the change of conditions, posting a 22, 22, to career down the standings and sit on a 34 point deficit behind the Kiwis, in 14th overall.

Moving up to second overall are Camille Lecointre and Helene Defrance (FRA) from a 1, 12. Japan’s Akiyo Yamaguchi and Eri Hatayama continue to boost their international profile as they hold firm in the top three and are looking like serious contenders to hunt down Rio 2016 selection for Japan.

470 Men – Europen Championships after 7 races
1st GER-10 Ferdinand Gerz / Oliver Szymanski 5 1 -11 5 7 1 5 24 pts
2nd USA-1713 Stuart Mcnay / David Hughes 2 2 2 -31 3 5 22 36 pts
3rd RUS-5 Pavel Sozykin / Denis Gribanov 1 14 1 2 7 12 -16 37 pts
4th JPN-12 Tetsuya Matsunaga / Yugo Yoshida 11 4 2 8 2 -23 11 38 pts
5th GBR-868 Luke Patience / Elliot Willis 7 6 1 10 6 13 -17 43 pts
6th GRE-1 Panagiotis Mantis / Pavlos Kagialis 6 8 6 8 1 -27 14 43 pts
7th ARG-7 Lucas Calabrese / Juan De La Fuente 5 14 5 13 4 2 -26 43 pts
8th POR-7 António Rosa / João Rosa 8 7 -15 12 1 15 4 47 pts
9th FRA-27 Sofian Bouvet / Jérémie Mion 11 15 4 -18 9 9 1 49 pts
10th AUS-11 Mathew Belcher / Will Ryan 4 20 12 3 2 -24 9 50 pts

470 Women – Europen Championships after 7 races
1st NZL-75 Jo Aleh / Polly Powrie 1 1 2 1 4 4 -5 13 pts
2nd FRA-9 Camille Lecointre / Helene Defrance 3 8 5 2 6 1 -12 25 pts
3rd JPN-3 Akiyo Yamaguchi / Eri Hatayama 7 9 2 2 2 5 -13 27 pts
4th GER-24 Nadine Boehm / Ann-Christin Goliass 4 -18 6 9 2 6 1 28 pts
5th SLO-64 Tina Mrak / Veronika Macarol 5 4 4 8 6 3 -25 30 pts
6th GER-72 Annika Bochmann / Marlene Steinherr 6 5 4 8 5 -20 6 34 pts
7th ESP-33 Marina Gallego / Fatima Reyes -20 6 5 5 3 13 3 35 pts
8th FRA-39 Maëlenn Lemaître / Aloïse Retornaz 14 11 -15 5 5 2 2 39 pts
9th USA-1712 Anne Haeger / Briana Provancha 5 14 6 3 1 11 -16 40 pts
10th POL-11 Agnieszka Skrzypulec / Irmina Gliszczynska 2 10 9 3 8 -18 8 40 pts
11th USA-88 Sydney Bolger / Carly Shevitz 6 9 1 6 13 7 -18 42 pts
12th GBR-321 Sophie Weguelin / Eilidh McIntyre 3 2 3 -17 14 9 14 45 pts

by sailweb.co.uk

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