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MEDAL RACE LINE-UP DECIDED AT 470 JUNIOR WORLDS

25 June 2016

Report written by Organizing Committee

A protest in the evening brings excitement to the men's fleet. The Spanish womens crew will start starting as title favourites in the Super Sunday Medal Race

The tension caused by a thunderstorm above Kiel was also evident on shore as the top two teams in the Mens title race meet in the protest room this evening. The Japanese Keiju Okada and Naoya Kimura meet the local heroes Malte Winkel and Matti Cipra for a protest hearing. The outcome is not known yet.

Silvia Mas Depares and Paula Barcelo Martin wear the yellow jersey for the final day of the 470 junior world championship. Photo: Marina Könitzer

For the top ten of men and women only, the Medal Race will prove who can follow in the wake of the prominent sailors who addressed the young sailors soiree last night, including gold medallists, Kevin Burnham (USA) and Matthew Belcher (Australia) as well as top coach Victor Kovalenko who all answered the questions of the young sailors.

470 MEN
Nothing much changed about the Japanese lead after today races. They are still chased by Winkel/Cipra (Kiel/Germany). But the points differential may change subject to the outcome of tonights protest.

Meantime Spaain’s favoured Charles brothers from Spain lost their podium place to the title defenders from France. "At the second start, we were very defensive, because we did not want to risk anything, so we started really late. Then a shift came, that was a disadvantage for us. We have to see, what we can do tomorrow", said Alex Charles.

There is a lot of movement in the top of the fleet, but he point scores are close together. Only the leading team Okada/Kimura could clearly increase their lead to Winkel/Cipra. It is now ten points. The Vice Champions from the previous year would have to cross the finish line five places ahead of the Japanese to become World Champion.

Winkel/Cipra look simply to stay focused and rely on their own game. „We simply sail our race. Each medal is a medal; it doesn't help to put ourselves under pressure. We have proven many times, that we can do it", said crew Cipra. Theoretically the French, Spanish, Italians and Israeli can still win the title.

470 Men - Results after 10 Races
1. Keiju OKADA/Naoya KIMURA (JPN 4562) - 40  pts
4. Guillaume PIROUELLE/Valentin SIPAN (FRA 76) - 51  pts
3. David CHARLES/Alex CHARLES (ESP 1) - 53  pts
6. Giacomo FERRARI/Giulio CALABRO' (ITA 757) - 57  pts
5. Maor ABU/Yoav ROOZ (ISR 10) - 58 pts
8. Daichi TAKAYAMA/Akira TAKAYANAGI (JPN 4585) - 60 pts
2. Malte WINKEL/Matti CIPRA (GER 13) - 68 pts
8. Thomas PONTHIEU/Quentin PATURLE (FRA 95) - 76 pts
9. Hippolyte MACHETTI/Sidoine DANTES (FRA 79) - 77 pts
10. Balázs GYAPJAS/Zsombor GYAPJAS (HUN 1) - 78  pts

470 WOMEN
In the Womens Fleet the outcome is still not decided. But Spain’s. Silvia Mas and Paula Barcelo have a good lead with 14 points difference and are thus in the favourite position, enhanced by two race wins today.

"But everything can happen in the Medal Race. It will be very important to keep control of the fleet", said Mas. "We have been in the Medal Race two times already and love it. We love to fight."

On rank two, the French team Marina Lefort and Lara Granier are surprisingly entering the Medal Race.

According to the changes at the top of the fleet, they are also cautiously optimistic: "It will be complicated", states Lefort. The current Vice Junior World Champion Maria Bozi and Rafailina Klonaridou (Greece) are one point behind the duo from France at the end of the fourth race day. The French female sailors as well as the Greece women could still take the title away from Mas/Barcelo.

Frederike Loewe and Anna Markfort (Germany), who are currently fourth the chances for gold are gone, but they can still get a place on the podium. The current Junior World Champions di Salle/Dubbini (Italy), who are currently on rank five, can only move up to rank four at the best.

470 Women - Results after 10 Races
1. Silvia Mas DEPARES/Paula Barcelo MARTIN (ESP 18) - 40  pts
2. Marina LEFORT/Lara GRANIER (FRA 7) - 54  pts
3. Maria BOZI/Rafailina KLONARIDOU (GRE 21) - 55  pts
4. Frederike LOEWE/Anna MARKFORT (GER 26) - 63  pts
5. Benedetta di SALLE/Alessandra DUBBINI (ITA 74) - 77  pts
6. Ilaria PATERNOSTER/Bianca CARUSO (ITA 33) - 80  pts
7. Theres DAHNKE/Birte WINKEL (GER 20) - 84  pts
8. Yahel WALLACH/Shahar TIBI (ISR 12) - 86  pts
9. Noya BAR-AM/Rimon SHOSHAN (ISR 11) - 87  pts
10. Fabienne OSTER/Anastasiya KRASKO (GER 95) - 89 pts

The Medal Races of the men and women will be sailed on the media race course. The start of the women on Sunday is scheduled for 11:30am, the fleet of the men is supposed to start at 12:15pm.

Catch up with live streaming of the medal race at: http://www.kielerwoche.tv

About the 2016 470 Junior World Championship
The 2016 470 Junior World Championship is organized by Kieler Yacht-Club in co-operation with the International 470 Class Association, 20-26 June 2016, Kiel, Germany. The racing format is a 10 race series scheduled for the 470 Men and 470 Women fleets, followed by the medal race for the top ten teams in each fleet and a final race for the other teams. The men’s fleet are seeded into yellow and blue fleet for the qualifying series, before being split into gold and silver for the final series, with the women racing a single fleet series.

Nations represented at the 2016 470 Junior World Championship are: Australia, Brazil, Finland, France, Great Britain, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Poland, Russia, Singapore, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine.

A performance racing machine, the 470 rewards agility, tactics, tuning, sailing skills, strategy and mental astuteness. Teamwork is crucial and the pressure is high, with Junior World titles at stake.

Useful Links
Championship website – http://2016juniorworlds.470.org
Live Tracking on Kieler Woche website – https://kielerwoche2016.sapsailing.com
Kieler Woche website - http://www.kieler-woche.de/english/sailing/
Results - http://2016juniorworlds.470.org/en/default/races/race-resultsall
Kieler Woche TV - http://www.kielerwoche.tv

Media Information
The local Organizing Committee will be providing daily photo galleries which will be available on the Kieler Woche website, Junior World Championship website and Facebook.

Request for high resolution images for media use should be made to Ralf Abratis on ralf.abratis@svg-verlag.de

Daily video highlights will be published on the Kieler Woche website and Junior World Championship website.

Social Media
International 470 Class Association on Facebook will bring you regular updates at www.facebook.com/470olympicsailing

The @470sailing Twitter account will be following the action throughout the Championship. Get involved by using #470juniorworlds and #470sailing

Follow the 2016 470 Junior World Championship via YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/user/KiWoOnline/videos

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