Welcome to the penultimate day of racing at 2015 470 Junior World Championships in Thessaloniki. Hosted by the Nautical Club of Thessaloniki, located in the municipality of Kalamaria, on Greece’s north-eastern coastline.
Renowned as one of the prettiest areas of Thessaloniki, Kalamaria has a long and rich history. A popular sports hub, it has numerous athletic venues and regularly hosts international sports events.
Today demanded calm and focus under the heat of the sun, as teams waited for the wind to kick in.
A crucial race day, with many teams on the cusp of qualifying to the leaderboard top 10, who would advance to tomorrow’s podium deciding medal race shoot out.
Spain’s Noguera and Terrones executed their game plan, successfully climbing from 11th to ninth place to secure their ticket to the medal race. France’s Pirouelle and Sipan again dominated the race track to secure another win, their fifth of the 10 race series so far. The French team hold a 15 point advantage over second placed Winkel and Cipra from Germany, so would need to make a major mistake to lose gold. Japan’s Isozaki and Nakagawa were the last team to qualify to the top 10, on tiebreak with the Spanish. Teams from seven nations are in the hut for medal race glory.
A fourth place for Di Salle and Dubbini in the one race for the 470 Women guaranteed them the gold medals and World Championship title with a race to spare. Holding a 27 point advantage makes the Italians unbeatable over the second placed Greek pairing of Bozi and Klonaridou. All still to play for, with silver and bronze medals up for grabs with three teams in the running. A big disappointment for Greece’s Tavoulari and Koutsoumpou who lost out on medal race qualification by one point.
Stay tuned for tomorrow’s medal race, as teams work out a strategy to capitalise on their leaderboard positions and the double points medal race, to secure podium glory.