Standings Shuffle Again at 470 Worlds

Published on October 15th, 2015

Haifa, Israel (October 15, 2015) – A bit more breeze than yesterday, with around 10 knots across the track for the fourth day of the 470 World Championship, with the persistent unpredictably of the race track unseating some teams.

This is going to be white knuckle ride to the end, with the leader bibs changing race by race. Points are close and tomorrow will be a gripping decider to determine the top ten teams advancing to Saturday’s medal races and claiming Rio 2016 Olympic qualification.

470 World Championship Format
The 470 Men will race a qualifying and final series split into two fleets for the 11 races, followed by the Medal Race for the top ten teams. The 470 Women will race a single series of 10 races before the top ten advance to the Medal Race. Racing takes place on Haifa Bay, along the Mediterranean coast of Northern Israel. Racing is scheduled on October 12-17.

470 MEN – 59 teams
A superb performance from Sweden’s Anton Dahlberg/Fredrik Bergstrom, who found their mojo on the race track and accelerated up the leaderboard, leapfrogging from third going into the day to claim the yellow leader bib. Scoring a 1,8, they are on tiebreak with Sime Fantela/Igor Marenic, counting 39 points each, so will need to stay focused to respond to the challenge from behind.

After three years of racing together, today they bagged a career best performance. Critically right now, the 470 Worlds carry qualifying points towards Sweden’s Rio 2016 selection criteria, so maintaining their performance is key. Hugely experienced, Dahlberg competed at the 2008 Olympics and London 2012, partnering up with Bergstrom soon after in 2013.

“Day 4 was a really, really nice day for us,” said Dahlberg. “We have been working hard through the whole regatta and today turned out really well for us. We have been working hard for a long time and being in first spot we maybe weren’t expecting in the beginning of the regatta, but we know we have the capacity and the tools, so when we sail our best we are really competitive.”

“Four years ago in 2011, I won the 470 Junior Worlds with another guy, and it has been a process from thereon,” said Bergstrom. “It is a big difference from the junior fleet to the senior fleet. Sailing together with Anton has pushed me in my career as a sailor and I have really enjoyed it and learned a lot during the time.”

Australia’s Mat Belcher claimed their fourth win of the series in race 9 to sit in third overall. Fantela/Marenic and the Australians will be ready to resume the World Championship challenge tomorrow. Australia has the history, Belcher has won the Worlds 5 times, the Croatians once. It is anyone’s game with just 26 points separating the top ten on the leaderboard.

On tiebreak of 41 points with the Australians are Russia’s Pavel Sozykin/Denis Gribanov in fourth. The Russians have enjoyed their best ever season of racing in 2015, including a fifth at the Europeans. Dropping out of the top ten go Stuart McNay/David Hughes (USA) and Sofian Bouvet/Jeremie Mion (FRA), with Carl-Fredrik Fock/Marcus Dackhammar (SWE) and Onán Barreiros Rodríguez/Juan Curbelo Cabrera (ESP) bouncing up to replace them in 9th and 10th respectively.

Racing off for the six Rio Olympic qualification places are teams (in leaderboard order) from Finland, Germany, Argentina, Turkey, South Africa, China, Israel and Korea.

Sitting at the front of these eight nations, in sixth on the leaderboard, are Finland’s Lindgren brothers, Joonas and Niklas. Bar some disaster unfolding, it will be hard to unseat the pair.

“We are pretty confident now,” said Joonas. “The whole week we have been trying to take it just one race at a time and more concentrating doing our own thing really well, or as close to perfect as possible and it seems that it has paid off really well. It is definitely a tough competition. There are some good countries who haven’t qualified yet, and we didn’t quite expect to be at this position before the regatta, but it looks nice so far!”

“We have always been very good in sea breeze conditions,” added Niklas, “so it is perfect conditions for us. We feel on top of the game.”

Joonas reflected on the magic ingredient being siblings brings to their partnership. “Being brothers, it leaves a lot of room for communication. It is perfectly fine if we fight in the boat, we don’t have to feel bad about it. I often know what Niklaas is thinking and he knows what I am thinking, so you don’t have to use too many words.”

Olympism runs in the Lindgren family, as their father Jouko Lindgren with crew Georg Tallberg was third in the 470 at the 1980 Olympics in Tallinn.

Back to back wins in the silver fleet to Canada’s Jacob Chaplin-Saunders/Graeme Chaplin-Saunders pushes them up to second in the silver fleet, with Hernique Haddad/Bruno Bethlem leading.

Making their mark in their second ever event in the 470 are local team Ido Bilik/Ofek Shalgi (ISR). The young pair, aged 15 and 16 years, won the under-17 division at the 2015 420 Junior Europeans in August, and switched to the 470 just a few weeks ago to take a shot at the 470 Worlds,and a fifth in race 9 will have boosted their confidence.

Friday’s two races will decide the top ten teams advancing to the Medal Race and the six nations qualifying to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Based on form so far, we can expect anything and everything to happen at the top of the leaderboard, and all is still open for the eight nations battling for Olympic qualification.

Two races are scheduled, with the 470 Men Gold starting first at 1300 hours, then silver.

470 Men – Results after 9 Races
1. Anton Dahlberg/Fredrik Bergstrom (SWE 349) – 39 pts
2. Sime Fantela/Igor Marenic (CRO 83) – 39 pts
3. Mathew Belcher/Will Ryan (AUS 11) – 41 pts
4. Pavel Sozykin/Denis Gribanov (RUS 5) – 41 pts
5. Jordi Xammar/Joan Herp (ESP 44) – 46 pts
6. Joonas Lindgren/Niklas Lindgren (FIN 7) – 52 pts
7. Ferdinand Gerz/Oliver Szymanski (GER 10) – 54 pts
8. Luke Patience/Elliot Willis (GBR 868) – 64 pts
9. Carl-Fredrik Fock/Marcus Dackhammar (SWE 350) – 64 pts
10. Onán Barreiros Rodríguez/Juan Curbelo Cabrera (ESP 9) – 65 pts

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470 WOMEN – 42 teams
Posting a 3-5, Hannah Mills/Saskia Clark (GBR) take back the lead they held after yesterday’s race 5, pushing Austria’s Lara Vadlau/Jola Ogar into second. A 1-13 by Camille Lecointre/Helene Defrance propels them back up to third overall, with Jo Aleh/Polly Powrie (NZL) climbing to fourth.

The 470 Women will contest 2 races tomorrow.

470 Women – Results after 8 Races
1. Hannah Mills/Saskia Clark (GBR 118) – 30 pts
2. Lara Vadlau/Jolanta Ogar (AUT 431) – 31 pts
3. Camille Lecointre/Helene Defrance (FRA 9) – 47 pts
4. Jo Aleh/Polly Powrie (NZL 75) – 50 pts
5. Anne Haeger/Briana Provancha (USA 1712) – 50 pts
6. Agnieszka Skrzypulec/Irmina Mrozek Gliszczynska (POL 11) – 56 pts
7. Afrodite Kyranakou/Anneloes Van Veen (NED 216) – 71 pts
8. Annika Bochmann/Marlene Steinherr (GER 72) – 76 pts
9. Marina Gallego/Fatima Reyes (ESP 33) – 80 pts
10. Sofia Toro/Laura Sarsola (ESP 2) – 113 pts

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