Thursday, August 16, 2007

420 & 470 Jr European Championships

470 Girls Winners by Thom Touw.

470 Boys Winners by Thom Touw.

420 Girls Winners by Thom Touw.

420 Boys Winners by Thom Touw.
The Junior European Championships 420/470, sponsored by Valk Welding, ended quite windy on the IJsselmeer off Medemblik (NED). The west wind quickly picked up from about 15 to 30 knots in gusts. That caused many capsizes, especially on the 420 course. As a result of the strong conditions, the race committee decided to send the sailors ashore. The 470 Medal Race followed later in the afternoon. Although Justin Liu and Sherman Cheng (SIN) won the gold fleet, runners up Tom Gillard and Sam Breary (GBR) became the International 420 Class Men Junior European Champions 2007.

Tina Lutz and Susann Beucke from Germany are the new International 420 Class Ladies Junior Champions. Last year's winner Hannah Mills and her new crew Katrina Hughes (GBR) were now victorious in the 470. They became the 470 Class Women's Junior European Champions 2007. Despite their capsize in the Medal Race, the Russians Artem Basalkin and Maxim Sheremetyev remained on top of the 470 leader board. They are the new 470 Class Junior European Champion.