420 Open Junior Europeans
Ilaria Paternoster/Benedetta di Salle have been notorious in recent years for securing a podium finish at the ISAF Youth Worlds and then moving onto the 420 Class Championships and losing their form. At last year’s 420 Junior Europeans, the pair didn’t event qualify to the gold fleet. There was no evidence of a repeat this year, with the team excelling in the lighter conditions.
They dropped back a bit when the wind increased, but still posted in the top 50% of the fleet in the breezy days, and advanced to the final series in second overall. Two more race wins to open the final series and they were up and going for gold. Teams were in contention for the 420 Ladies Junior European Championship title and the 420 Open Junior European Championship title, with Ilaria Paternoster/Benedetta di Salle doing the double and winning both titles, both sets of medals and both Championship Trophies.
The form card at this year’s Championship definitely favoured the girls’ fleets with women dominating the top three leaderboard positions, and the top 10, for most of the Championship. Only when the breeze got up yesterday did the door open for a boys’ team, Bart Lambriex/Philip Meijer of the Netherlands, to advance to second overall, albeit sandwiched between two girls’ teams, with France’s Marie Soler/Laura Pebrier in third.
Bart Lambriex commented, “The Championship was great for us. We started in 18th position on the first day and during the event and climbed to the top and here we are in second. We had a bit of luck with the weather as the first four days were just perfect conditions, medium breeze and it was fun for us.”