Win for the Costers

Yachting New Zealand's Jodie Bakewell-White reports on the 470 International Spring Cup

Monday April 14th 2008, Author: Jodie Bakewell-White, Location: United Kingdom
Carl Evans and Peter Burling have recorded an impressive result finishing second in the 470 International Spring Cup in the south of France. A warm-up regatta ahead of the start of the ISAF Grade 1 events approaching this European season, the young guns have beaten off some top international competition also sailing in this event.

Sven Coster and Kalle Coste of the Netherlands, who were silver medallists at last year’s 470 World Championships, took out this event finishing three points clear of Evans and Burling. The New Zealanders beat the current top world ranked pair Nathan Wilmot and Malcolm Page of Australia, who finished third, a further three points adrift.

Winds were moderate to strong with no racing on the final two days of the regatta due to too much wind. Sailors encountered a mixture of flat sea offshore conditions as well as onshore winds with large waves and a total of eight races were sailed.

Evan and Burling showed excellent consistency throughout the regatta never finishing outside the top five in all eight races.

The next major event on the calendar for the 17 years olds who will represent New Zealand in this year’s Olympic Games, is the Semaine Olympique Francaise, an ISAF Grade One event which includes all of the Olympic classes. Starting on April 19th the event is likely to attract all the top 470 sailors. Evans and Burling will then return home to New Zealand for a few weeks of school before heading back to Europe for more international competition.

Results:


1-Coster and Coste NED – 20 points
2-Evans and Burling NZL – 23 points
3-Wilmot and Page AUS - 26 points
4-Fantela and Marenic CRO – 30 points
5-Piasecki and Zieminski POL – 39 points

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