USA selection gets clarity at 470 Worlds
Published on March 11th, 2021
Vilamoura, Portugal (March 11, 2021) – With two races remaining prior to the Medal Race for the 2021 470 World Championship, Nikole Barnes and Lara Dallman-Weiss became the frontrunner among the three US women’s teams seeking selection for the Women’s Two Person Dinghy event at Tokyo 2020. After Carmen and Emma Cowles today posted a 24-28, they will need a massive rally tomorrow to get to the Olympics.
On a day with perfect wind conditions, the Swedish duo Anton Dahlberg and Fredrik Bergström keep the leadership of the men’s competition while Portuguese sailors Pedro and Diogo Costa climbed today to the 2nd place.
“It’s a special moment because it was the first time we won a race at a World Championship,” said the Portuguese duo. “It was a difficult day, the first upwind we sailed well, we made a mistake in the first mark, but the rest of the race was consistent and went well.”
The Spanish duo Jordi Xammar and Nicolas Rodriguez, current leaders of the World Sailing ranking, and vice world champions returned to the top 3 while Stu McNay and Dave Hughes slipped to sixth overall.
In the women’s competition, the Spanish Silvia Mas Depares and Patricia Cantero Reina kept the lead for the third day in a row, followed by the Dutch Afrodite Zegers and Lobke Berkhout, who moved up one more place. The 3rd place is now occupied by the Italian Elena Berta and Bianca Caruso while Barnes/ Dallman-Weiss sit in 8th overall.
In the mixed competition, Israel’s Gil Cohen and Noam Homri dethroned the English duo Amy Seabright and James Taylor from the lead, now down to 2nd place. The Italians Maria Vittoria Marchesini and Bruno Festo close the podium while Americans Louisa Nordstrom/ Trevor Bornarth stumbled to 12th after posting a DSQ yesterday and a 9-18 today.
Mixed crews will be the exclusive format to be adopted after the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, this being the last world championship with separate competitions between the two genders.
The Championships on March 8-18 will be competed as single series per event, with 11 races and one discard to determine the top ten positions which advance to the Medal Race on the final day. At least 5 races are required to be completed to constitute the regatta series and/or to enter the Medal Race.
USA qualification scores: https://www.ussailing.org/olympics/selection/olympic-games/2020trials/
Tokyo Olympic Sailing Program
Men’s One Person Dinghy – Laser
Women’s One Person Dinghy – Laser Radial
Men’s Two Person Dinghy – 470
Women’s Two Person Dinghy – 470
Men’s Skiff – 49er
Women’s Skiff – 49erFx
Men’s One Person Dinghy Heavy – Finn
Men’s Windsurfing – RS:X
Women’s Windsurfing – RS:X
Mixed Multihull – Nacra 17
Original dates: July 24 to August 9, 2020
Revised dates: July 23 to August 8, 2021