Kiwis, Spanish lead 470 Europeans

Published on May 4th, 2021

Vilamoura, Portugal (May 4, 2021) – The third day of the 2021 470 European Championship got in two races for the Men’s, Women’s, and Mixed fleets.

A southerly breeze with wind ranging between 6-7 knots set the table for race one, increasing to 9-10 knots for the second race of the day that was sailed with the OSCAR (pumping) flag up.

Among the top North American teams, Stu McNay/ Dave Hughes (USA) are 16th in Men’s, Carmen and Emma Cowles (USA) are 7th in Women’s, and Louisa Nordstrom/ Trevor Bornarth (USA) are 5th in Mixed.

In the Men’s fleet, New Zealanders Paul Snow-Hansen and Daniel Willcox are holding on the 1st place after scoring two 4th places, and are now followed by the French crew Kevin Peponnet and Jeremie Mion which moved up after an excellent day scoring two 2nd places, with Mat Belcher and Will Ryan holding on the 3rd place with two 5th places today.

The 2021 World Champions, Silvia Mas Depares and Patricia Cantero (ESP) are still leading the Women’s fleet, having a 3rd place and a 16th which is their discard so far, followed by the 2019 European Champions Camille Lecointre and Aloise Retornaz (FRA) only 3 points behind, after scoring two 3rd places today. The Swiss crew of Linda Fahrni and Maja Siegenthaler moved up after a steady day and are now in 3rd place.

Nitai Hasson and Saar Tamir from Israel consolidated their leader position in the Mixed Fleet and are now 15 points ahead of the Germans Theres Dahnke and Matti Cipra, with the British team of Vita Heathcote and Ryan Orr now in 3rd.

The plan is to have 11 races and a Medal Race on May 2-7.

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Source: 470 Class

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