Report written by Organizing Committee
It was a big jump for joy When Silvia Mas and Paula Barcelo from Spain crossed the finish line as the second boat at the Medal Race on the last Sunday of Kiel Week, they were the new World Champions - and they jumped into the Baltic straight away.
"We are extremely happy, we have been under pressure the whole week. This evening we will celebrate!", said Mas.
Their compatriots David and Alex Charles will definitely be part of the party. The Spanish twin brothers are celebrating with Mas/Barcelo and are happy about their own finish: runners up to the World Champion's title.
The title of World Champion goes to Keiju Okada and Naoya Kimura from Japan, who secured it from an exciting finish: That they would bring home the gold medal was not decided before the last downwind of the final race. Okada/Kimura were eighth much of the way round and so would have dropped to second step on the podium. But they crossed the line in sixth, winning the final downwind thriller to secure the title.
The last of the five racing days sees another Japanese team make it to the podium. Daichi Takayama and Akira Takayanagi secured bronze with a confident Medal Race leaving the French 2015 world champion Guillaume Pirouelle/Valentin Sipan to fourth, fifth are Giacomo Ferrari/Giulio Calabro and sixth are Maor Abu/Yoav Rooz.
A protest on Saturday evening from Okada/Kimura dropped Vice World Champions from the previous year Malte Winkel and Matti Cipra (Kiel/Germany) back second to seventh because they had to count their BFD. And after the medal race the Germans stayed fifth.
Keijua Okada and Naoya Kimura emerge from Japan’s prolific Universities 470 sailing programmes, Okada was third in the Optimist Worlds in Malaysia as a youngster and finished fifth in the 420 at the ISAF Youth Worlds in Dublin. They were not able to impose themselves quite as well in the 11-13kts breeze today but have been impressive in the shifty, light conditions.
David and Alex Charles of Spain fought back after two weighty scores in the last couple of days – finding themselves on the wrong side of big, unexpected windshifts on both occasions – and won the Medal Race from the start gun, to finish runners up.
“We are so happy to be champions. We had a bad start and at the time I felt bad, very nervous, but we just kept pushing and got up to sixth. So we cant quite believe it. We had to do the maths carefully and check the blackboard to be sure. But we feel great.” Said Okada. The winning duo have only sailed together for one year and sailed for their universities Wasada and Nippon Universities. “We are looking to stay together and be at the Olympics next time.”
The Charles brothers take second and Japan’s Daichi Takayama and Akira Takayanagi finished third. Outgoing 2015 Junior World Champions Guillaume Pirouelle and Valentin Sipan fourth.
470 Men - Final Results
1. Keiju OKADA/Naoya KIMURA (JPN 4562) - 52 pts
2. David CHARLES/Alex CHARLES (ESP 1) - 55 pts
3. Daichi TAKAYAMA/Akira TAKAYANAGI (JPN 4585) - 64 pts
4. Guillaume PIROUELLE/Valentin SIPAN (FRA 76) - 67 pts
5. Giacomo FERRARI/Giulio CALABRO' (ITA 757) - 71 pts
6. Maor ABU/Yoav ROOZ (ISR 10) - 76 pts
7. Malte WINKEL/Matti CIPRA (GER 13) - 78 pts
8. Hippolyte MACHETTI/Sidoine DANTES (FRA 79) - 83 pts
9. Balázs GYAPJAS/Zsombor GYAPJAS (HUN 1) - 86 pts
10. Thomas PONTHIEU/Quentin PATURLE (FRA 95) - 96 pts
Before the start of the Medal Race of the women, the podium places were not decided yet. But at the the placings stayed the same: The gold medal goes to the super fast duo Mas/Barcelo from Spain, the silver medal to the French team Marina Lefort and Lara Garnier, and the bronze medal goes to the Vice World Champions from the previous year Maria Bozi and Rafailina Klonaridou from Greece.
“We have worked so hard for this. This is big for us. We work so well as a team. Here the wind is very shifty, it is very complicated and so it is normal that the crews get angry with each other, but like we are always at one with each other, we are always helping each other. We support each other and every race that was bad we made it go good. And we are fast. Our coaches are Gustavo Martinez (Doreste) and Natalia Via Dufresne (double Olympic silver medal). They make the boat fast, we just turn up and sail!” smiles helm Silvia Mas.
But the disqualification of the Italians Paternoster/Karuso, for starting early meant the cards were redistributed and the Germans Loewe/Markfort missed out of third. And even the Greek crew, that had moved up the ranking, are not really happy: "We have made so many mistakes in the last days, normally rank one should have been possible. Now we are looking at the Olympics 2020. “
Mutual support, looking after each other, seemingly always with a smile, has been key to the winning formula for Spain’s Sivia Mas and Paula Barcelo. Their overall regatta lead was never in danger today. They seized the opportunity to break from covering the French and Greek rivals on the last beat to jump up to second, behind Germany’s Fabienne Oster and Anastasiya Krasko.
470 Women - Final Results
1. Silvia Mas DEPARES/Paula Barcelo MARTIN (ESP 18) - 44 pts
2. Marina LEFORT/Lara GRANIER (FRA 7) - 66 pts
3. Maria BOZI/Rafailina KLONARIDOU (GRE 21) - 69 pts
4. Frederike LOEWE/Anna MARKFORT (GER 26) - 71 pts
5. Benedetta di SALLE/Alessandra DUBBINI (ITA 74) - 83 pts
6. Fabienne OSTER/Anastasiya KRASKO (GER 95) - 91 pts
7. Theres DAHNKE/Birte WINKEL (GER 20) - 94 pts
8. Ilaria PATERNOSTER/Bianca CARUSO (ITA 33) - 102 pts
9. Noya BAR-AM/Rimon SHOSHAN (ISR 11) - 103 pts
10. Yahel WALLACH/Shahar TIBI (ISR 12) - 104 pts
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.
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
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.
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