25+ knots

Conditions perform a complete about turn on day four of the 470 Europeans on Lake Transee

Thursday June 11th 2009, Author: James Boyd, Location: United Kingdom
On its fourth day, the 470 Europeans finally completed its qualifiers for the men's event. In total contrast compared to the days before, there was a wait for the wind to arrive, but when it did, it came with a vengeance building to over 25 knots with strong gusts and violent shifts, providing an opportunity for all-rounders and heavy air specialists to show their skills.

Men's 470

The conditions provided a chance for Austria's Matthias Smid and Florian Reichstaedter to demonstrate their skills in front of a home crowd. They won the race in their group, as did Patryk Piasecki and Marcin Mickiewicz from Poland. Both secured their places in the gold fleet in the final series, starting tomorrow.

“Great racing today," said Matthias Schmid. "We were really waiting for a positive result after having been a little deep the last races. Our primary goal was to reach the medal race, and we are now back in the game, with 15 points deficit, what means nothing under this tricky conditions on Traunsee.“

Sime Fantela and Igor Marenic form Croatia sailed a bad race ending up in 21st position. As a result they lose their lead of the last three day to Harada Ryunosuke and Yoshida Yugo from Japan, who didn't finish today, this result becoming their discard.

Women's 470

Not many changes today at the top of the women's leaderboard. Italy's Giulia Conti and Giovanna Micol have extended their lead over Japan's Ai Kondo and Wakako Tabata by a few points. Both ladies who have been leading the women's fleet in the same order from the beginning of this Championship, finish today's only race in 5th and 12th position respectively.

The Netherland's Mandy Mulder and Merel Witteveen keep improving their results and won today's race, followed by Spain's Tara Pacheco and Berta Betanzos. The Spanish ladies as a result climbed the leaderboard to fifth place only nine points behind the Japanese in second.

The local public hoped for some Austrian success in the women's fleet also. Defending champions Sylvia Vogl and Carolina Flatscher climbed to 7th overall, but today they suffered in the gusts and nasty shifts and capsized.

”We were not too bad on the way when suddenly we got a puff from the lee ward side," said Vogl. "We had no chance to react and capsized. Its a discard in the result but it hurts a bit. Anyway, it is now on us to fight back. We are still in the game and full of hope. The medal race is our main goal.”

A second race was sailed today in the women's fleet in worsening conditions. Giulia Conti and Giovanna Micol had their prayers when they capsized: soon after this the race was cancelled with the wind having shifted by 180 degrees.

Full results: men.pdf women.pdf

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