470 Junior World Championship
Ready For The Challenge
The local Vardari wind which forced competitors off the water yesterday, returned today in a more moderate form at the 2009 470 Junior World Championships, with two races completed for each of the fleets.
A fantasic opening day for the defending Silver medallists in the women’s fleet Tara PACHECO and Berta BETANZOS (ESP) who scored a fourth in the opening race, which was solidly backed up with a first in race 2 to lead the fleet overall. For this pairing, who finished fourth at last month’s 470 European Championship, they couldn’t have wished for a better start to their campaign.
Germany’s Tina LUTZ and Susann BEUCKE sit in second overall, with a 2,4 posting. Back in 2005, Lutz claimed overall victory at the Optimist World Championships before making the transition to the 420 and then 470 Class. This pairing will be aiming to secure themselves a podium position this year, after finishing just short of the medals in 2008 with a fourth.
– but the sailors praise the new boats