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Sivitz/Farneti, Italy, and Kyranakou/Kisters, Netherlands, 470 Junior World Champions
The 2012 470 Junior Worlds hosted by Takapuna Boating Club, and sailed on the Waitemata Harbour came to a close today. Afrodite Kyranakou and Jeske Kisters of Netherlands (above) held onto their top position and became the Women's Junior World Champions with a small margin over the defending champion Annika Bochmann with Elisabeth Panuschka of Germany. In the Mixed/Men's fleet the Italian crew Simon Sivitz and Jas Farneti cemented their dominance of the regatta with a second placing behind New Zealand's Gareth Moore and Ben Goodwin.
The above video by Will Calver shows how the waters were lumpy in the moderate to fresh north easterly breeze, and the sky was overcaste with a constant threat of rain. First up for the day was a re-run of the previous days abandoned eleventh race, with only those who hadn't made the medal race taking part. Following this, the Women's medal race was sailed off the shores of Milford beach.
With ten women's crews competing in the world championship, qualification was never an issue however for Kyranakous/Kisters the goal was to keep a good distance between their next rivals from Germany, Great Britain and Japan to secure their gold medal. The recently formed team also wanted to sail a good race and have fun, "it's going to be windy, and we like that" they commented at the end of (attempted) racing on Thursday.
"We didn't know what the level of the fleet would be, or what the weather was like before the regatta but we are happy with how we are going. We started sailing in July. We did the Youth Worlds in Medemblik after only two days of training, but now we are a team - this is what we focused on in our training up to this event."
"It was worth coming to New Zealand for the variety of conditions, now we are going back to university and exams. We will evaluate our performance, our weaknesses and strengths." This was the final junior year for Kyranakous and the Netherlands crew are pleased to get all the experience they could within this fleet before competing in the open age 470 Worlds in Barcelona, Spain, later this year.
Annika Bochmann and Elisabeth Panuschka (GER) won the medal race, this wasn't enough to close up the points difference between themselves and the leaders, but kept a six point margin over bronze medallists Anna Burnet and Flora Stewart (GBR) who placed second in the medal race.
Sivitz/Farneti went into the medal race intending to have a good race "we have no pressure on us, we will just race our own race, but we know the real competition is between the second and third position". When asked how they'd found the regatta the Italian juniors responded enthusiastically "Very good, we love it here and we were here four years ago at the 420 World Championship sailing together. So, we know some of the conditions".
"In the last three months we've trained a lot in Cagliari (Sardenia) with the Italian Olympic representatives, and we also sailed at the 470 Worlds in Perth in just before this. We placed 36th and used it as training for this regatta."
In second place overall was New Zealand's James Turner and Finn Drummond who got together specifically for this regatta. The boys trained together for three weeks, "our expectations were to do well, but after the Pre-Worlds we had work to do!" When asked what he attributed their good results to, Turner said "we were more consistent that our rivals, all of our placings were good enough to keep". Of the Italian winners clear dominance of the regatta, Turner responded "they had a significant edge on everyone in every condition, they were also consistent rather than taking risks.". Following this Turner jumps back in with his permanent crew, while Finn is looking at a multi hull path.
In third place were the French crew Sacha Pelisson and Nicholas Rossi who were more consistent than the Netherlands and top Australian crews who had also been in the running for a bronze medal placing.
The regatta is now over, but the boat park was a hive of activity as many sailors prepared to take part in Sail Auckland which begins tomorrow at the Royal Akarana Yacht Club.
Racing abandoned on Race Day 6
Today was the final day of the competition for all but the top ten sailors in the Mixed/Men's fleet, and the Women's fleet. At Takapuna Boating Club the 2012 470 Junior World Championship day began very quietly with no wind, no sun and a light drizzle of warm rain. Sailors left the shore around 11am when there was a hint of a breeze and by midday the first attempt at eleventh race of the twelve race series was underway.
On the course today we had an unusual south southeast (SSE) wind direction for the Waitemata Harbour. This fickle light wind comes from the off the land, but with Rangitoto Island adding shelter. After rain overnight, the atmosphere was heavily humid and hot. Difficult conditions for the Race Management team who had to abandon race 11 as the wind had died out. Shortly after, the decision was made to abandon racing for the day.
Tomorrow is the final day of the regatta. At 1100 hours those in the Mixed/Men's fleet who have not made the top ten will race their eleventh and final race of the series, at 1300 hours the Women's fleet will sail their medal race, followed at 1400 hours with the Men's fleet medal race. The forecast is for strong winds.
Racing on Day 5
Whatever the weather, regatta leaders remain on top
At the 2012 470 Junior World Championship, sailed out of Takapuna Boating Club on Auckland's North Shore, ten races have been completed. Simon Sivitz and Jas Farneti of Italy continued their winning ways, and the consistency of Afrodite Kyranakou and Jeske Kisters of the Netherlands kept the women's crew just clear of their rivals.
Racing conditions returned to the prevailing offshore south westerly breeze of this regatta. With it's shifty and patchy gusts, it is hard to read and was described as "a crazy breeze" by at least one sailor who lost 10 boats when missing a shift. The wind was 15 - 18 knots.
Sivitz/Farneti began the day with yet another win, but it was the Netherlands crew of Dirk Bennen and Rogier Weijers who claimed line honours in race 10. This brings Bennen/Weijers up into third place on the leader board after beginning the day on sixth, while the ever consistent local lads James Turner and Finn Drummond put in a solid performance with a second and fifth placing which tightened their grip on second position.
Snakes and ladders in the challenging conditions is to be expected and today was no exception in the Open fleet - Magnus Masilge and Moritz Klingenberger have climbed from eighth to fifth, while young Greek sailors Alexandros and George Kavvas have dropped two places in the heavier breeze.
A run of second placings has put seven points between Netherland's Afrodite Kyranakou and Jeske Kisters and new combination Annika Bochmann and Elisabeth Panuschka. A first placing in race nine brought the German girls a little closer to their goal, but a drop in the second race relieved the pressure on Kyranakou/Kisters once again.
Despite a DNF (did not finish) the British crew Anna Burnet and Flora Stewart remain in third, but Chika Hatae and Eri Hatayama of Japan are now within contention following a win in the second race today.
Another two more races remain in the series for all competitors, this will give the sailors a last chance to move into the top ten placings and allow them to take part in the final race, the medal race, on Friday.
Above: Brother and sister mixed crew Lucy and Douglas Shephard of Australia.
Racing on Day 4
Have Sivitz and Farneti moved beyond reach?
At the 2012 470 Junior Worlds, hosted by Takapuna Boating Club in Auckland, New Zealand, the Italian crew of Simon Sivitz and Jas Farneti have possibly moved beyond reach after adding two more wins to their scorecard. Conditions on the Waitemata Harbour were a photographers dream - blue sky, sparkling water, white caps and a moderate sea breeze, along with a fleet of young sailors concentrated on close competition provided a wonderful scene today.
Sivitz and Farneti are now 22 points ahead of their nearest rivals, but Turner and Drummond of New Zealand are holding off the competition snapping at their heels from across the Tasman. Following a third in the first race of the day, Turner and Drummond hit a mark and had to do turns which lost them a few places in the second race, however they still have six points on the Crawford of Australia. Matthew and Robert were coming into contact with objects in the water themselves... after racing the Australian team were discussing 'contact' between their centre board and a shark, following the incident several coaches witnessed the shark take a few flips in the air. The boys said the shark didn't help their speed today, but they were enjoying the more stable breeze.
Consistency and two second placings keeps the Netherlands crew, Afrodite Kyranakou and Jeske Kisters, five points ahead of rivals Annika Bochmann and Elisabeth Panuschka of Germany. Bochmann and Panuschka finished the day on a high with a win which turned the tables with British crew Anna Burnet and Flora Stewart. With four more races to go it's still anyones game in the women's fleet, with the first four crews having bit of a jump on the remainder of the fleet.
Over the next two days four more races are scheduled, the south westerly is expected to return for a day of patchy offshore conditions, with another change in direction the following day so there is a way to go yet for the sailors. Principal Race Officer Ian Clouston is hopeful that the wind will be coming out of the south east by Friday which would enable the race management team to lay the finish mark just off the shore which would be a fitting end to the regatta.
Racing on Day 3
Sivitz and Farneti consolidate their lead
Italian sailing duo Simon Sivitz and Jas Farneti (above) continue to dominate at the 2012 470 Junior Worlds, hosted by Takapuna Boating Club in Auckland, New Zealand. Sailed on the Waitemata waters between the shore and Rangitoto Island, the harbour offered up a set of summer conditions. The day began a little overcast, the cool south westerly which has dominated race days so far died out, so the race committee delayed racing until one pm when the expected north easterly sea breeze was to have filled in.
Sailors launched their boats in readiness for racing but proceedings were further delayed when the postponement flag was re-hoisted during the starting sequence as the wind changed direction markedly. A light six knot breeze finally settled and the waters were very flat and with lots of sunshine.
Race five got under way at two pm but a general recall (too many boats over the start line) caused the race committee to bring out the black flag and two boats including Netherlands Dirk Bennen and Rogier Weijers who had been in third place at the end of racing yesterday, had to withdraw from the race for being over the line within one minute of the start. Sivitz/Farneti have been impressive in the moderate to heavy conditions, having the speed to get the best shifts and handling their boat well, and now they showed us that they are equally impressive in the light breeze, leading throughout the race and winning with a comfortable margin. In race six they placed first once again and are now a clear 15 points ahead of their next opponents.
During race five Sacha Pelisson and Nicholas Rossi of France challenged the Italians at times and made inroads into their lead on the final downwind leg by cutting in across the course, they looked very comfortable in the conditions and placed second in this race, with Magnus Masilge and Moritz Klingenberger of Germany not far behind. Overnight in second place were New Zealand's top crew, James Turner and Finn Drummond, an 18th placing in the fifth race became their drop, but they made a comeback in race six with a fourth and retain their second position. Australia's Matthew and Robert Crawford have worked their way up the leader board into third, with a 10th and third placing today.
During race six the breeze gradually built and became 10 - 15 knots with the waves quickly building and most sailors found themselves in the wrong settings after the earlier lighter race, by the time we reached the beach it was even stronger reported Annika Bochman. Looking at the separated women's results, Afrodite Kyranakou and Jeske Kisters (above) maintained their lead with second and first placings today - results which were also in the top ten of the mixed fleet.
A good day for the British crew Anna Burnet and Flora Stewart, a first and second has seen them swap positions with German crew Annika Bochman and Elisabeth Panuschka just one point behind.
Another two races are programmed for tomorrow and we will have to wait to see which set of conditions there will be on the harbour tomorrow. Go to the Results page for split and mixed results.
Racing on Day 2
Italian men's crew enjoy the breeze and good speed
The second day of racing in the 2012 470 Junior World Championship, sailed out of Takapuna Boating Club, is over for the day. The breeze was up but the junior crews handled it well with close racing throughout the single fleet, but the Italian men's crew Simon Sivitz and Jas Farneti dominated results.
Sivitz and Farneti (above) added another two winning races to their score today in conditions which seemed to suit them very well. "We worked the right after seeing it was better before the start. Wind was similar direction to yesterday. We have good speed and really enjoying the Mackay charter boat."
From early morning the Waitemata Harbour was covered in whitecaps, and gusts of up to 20 knots were came across the race course which was set between Rangitoto Island and the shore. No sun broke through the leaden sky, the breeze built increasingly through the day and continued it's shifty and cool blow from the south.
The French crew (above) sailed well and did battle with the Italian leaders to gain a second placing in one race today, but also suffered a black flag which keeps them out of the top 5 contenders.
Anticipating the shifts is always a challenge and today second placed crew James Turner and Finn Drummond (below) of New Zealand "took our chances and had some great comebacks" , a pair of third placings puts them five points behind the leaders. Dirk Bennen and Rogier Weijers of the Netherlands are placed third and though race four wasn't one their best, the dropped score came in and put them ahead of early race leaders, the Matthew and Robert Crawford of Australia, on count back.
Afrodite Kyranakou and Jeske Kisters of the Netherlands hold onto their lead with the slimmest of margins after Annika Bochmann and Elisabeth Panuschka (below) of Germany came away with two wins within the women's fleet, and were pleased to have been footing it with the men in the overall standings "finally we're in the front of the overall fleet, finished 7th overall in the last race. Reaching was tricky, we hoisted later allowing us to lay while others behind had to blow their halyard". British crew Anna Burnet and Flora Stewart are placed third after placing third in both races.
The regatta has another five days to go, and with 12 races scheduled followed by a medal race for both the Women's fleet and the Open/Mixed fleet we are still in the early stages of the competition. The forecast for tomorrow is continuing south westerlies of 20-30 knots easing on Monday to 15 knots, following this the maritime forecast is predicting a change to around to the north, so sailors will get a taste of a range of conditions through the regatta.
Full results: http://470sailing.org.nz/470JW's/JWresults.htm
Racing on Day 1
Tight at the top
Racing is underway at the 2012 470 Junior World Championship, hosted at Takapuna Boating Club in Auckland, New Zealand. Two races were sailed today with the 10 women's crews and 23 men's crews sailing as one fleet, scored separately things are very tight at the top, especially in the Open fleet.
Flat water allowed the fleet to fly around the course in a very shifty and patchy south westerly breeze coming off the shore. During the day a peak of around 18 knots was reached, but generally sailors raced in 12 - 16 knots after leaving the shore in very light winds.
Commented 2011 470 Junior Women's Champions Annika Bochmann and Elisabeth Panuschka of Germany "Conditions are very shifty and gusty and it will be a challenge for us to handle these conditions, it's like a lake".
Open fleet (all men and one mixed gender crew)
In the Open contest, Australian brothers Matthew and Robert Crawford sailed the most consistently to come out on top with a slim margin of one point, which also separates second placed local sailors James Turner and Finn Drummond from Simon Sivitz and Jas Farneti of Italy, who got the gun in race two.
Race two was abandoned due to a drifting mark being noted close to completion. After a restart, Magnus Masilge and Moritz Klingenberger of Germany won the race and are fourth, on count back back from Dirk Bennen and Roger Weijers of the Netherlands.
Above: Matthew and Robert Crawford
Netherland sailors also feature well in the women's fleet - Afrodite Kyranakou and Jeske Kisters lead the way after very respectable results within the overall fleet and two first placings in the women's fleet. The Netherland duo have a two point margin over Great Britain's Anna Burnet and Flora Stewart, with German crew Annika Bochmann and Elisabeth Panuschka third.
Above: Afrodite Kyranakou and Jeske Kisters
An international fleet of 33 boats have entered from 13 countries are sailing and if Auckland's Waitemata Harbour keeps serving up fickle offshore conditions, consistency will be what is needed to remain at the top of the leader board.
Full results on the Results page, and more photos on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/2012-470-Junior-Worlds/255463657860561
Measurement day photos
The Gallery is now active, with photos from measurement day on view. Go to our Facebook page for more portraits taken onshore as sailors work on their boats in preparation for measurement and wait their turn.
Crawford brothers win Pre-Worlds
Junior sailors Robert and Matthew Crawford (AUS) win the Open Pre-Worlds practice regatta after two wins in the only races sailed today; Snow-Hansen and Saunders 2nd (NZL); Aleh and Powrie 3rd (NZL).
The day began slowly with overcaste conditions, rain and no wind. However after a wait onshore, the breeze filled in and allowed the race committee to get two of three races away before time was up. The offshore breeze varied a great deal in strength and direction as is typical of this WSW direction. RESULTS CLICK HERE
Sailors now have a few more days to prepare before registration and measurement takes place and the fun begins!
Pre-Worlds Open regatta begins
The Open age 470 Junior World Wailing Champs practice regatta is underway with 20 boats taking part, only two of whom are local open age crews who also happen to be the New Zealand Olympic representatives looking for a bit of good racing practice.
Day one was sailed in a very difficult SSW offshore breeze which was shifting constantly, the sun was shining and the water flat. Junior sailors Gareth Moore and Ben Goodwin (NZL) began the regatta well and are placed second behind Paul Snow-Hansen and Jason Saunders (NZL); Luke Stevenson and Sam Bullock (NZL) are placed third; and fourth overall and first female crew are Jo Aleh and Olivia Powrie (NZL).
Pre-Worlds Training Clinic, 24-26 January
Join the 470 Class at the pre-Championship Training and Racing Clinic being run by Nikos Drougas (GRE). Taking place from 24-26 January out of Takapuna Boating Club, the Clinic will offer coaching and race training on the Championship racing area. For more information please click here
Sail Auckland, racing 4-7 February, 2012, RAYC
This is an Open regatta for 470 crews of all ages.
A sumary below, go to the Accommodation page for more information.
Camping ground Takapuna Beach holiday park 5 minutes walk. www.takapunabeachholidaypark.co.nz/
Hotel Spencer on Byron, 10 minutes walk, mention you'll be attending the regatta.
Contact: Terry Holt
Director of Sales and Marketing
The Spencer on Byron Hotel
9 – 17 Byron Ave, Takapuna Beach 0622
P: 64 9 916 4974
F: 64 9 916 6110
M: 021 900 850
Hosting by New Zealand families through the NZ 470 Assn - we will post information on www.470sailing.org.nz as it becomes available.
AUT campus student apartments - information now available on the Accommodation page.
Find a house or apartment to rent online - just one of many such sites. http://www.holidayhouses.co.nz/North-Shore-Auckland.asp
A limited number of 8 charter boats will be available on a first come first served basis.
These are near new MacKay boats having been previously used in one regatta only (the 2011 World Championship in Perth).
Entry to the Junior Worlds is managed through the Internationale 470 Association online - the link on the menu bar above will take you directly to their website.
Shipping of containers
All containers will be stored in a carpark directly across the road from Takapuna Boating Club, a 5 minute walk from the venue.
The Takapuna Boating Club,
The Strand, Takapuna, North Shore, Auckland 0740, New Zealand.
Postal address: PO Box 33062, Takapuna Beach, Auckland 0740, New Zealand
Phone: +64 9 445 9032