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26-7-2010 | Delta Lloyd 470 World Championships
The Hague 2010
30 knot winds to near calms, brilliant sunshine to driving rain, combined with a fierce spring tide, made for one of the most challenging 470 World Championships on record for competitors when racing took place off the Hague, the Netherlands, over 12-18 July.
 
18-7-2010 | Delta Lloyd 470 Worlds
Berkhout enters the record books with fifth World Championship win
Mother nature played ball for the last day of the Delta Lloyd 470 World Championship taking place in The Hague, with brilliant sunshine and a 12 knot southwesterly breeze for the Men's and Women's medal races, held directly off the beach at the Hague.
 
17-7-2010 | Press Release | 17 July
Belcher and Page the 2010 World Champions
A return to World Cup fever overcame the British camp today at the Delta Lloyd 470 World Championship, when after the opening race in the Men's fleet 23 year old Skandia Team GBR crew Luke Patience and Stuart Bithell moved into the lead position with double world champions Nic Asher and Elliot Willis second.
 
16-7-2010 | Press Release | 16 July
Local talent comes good
Finally after an unorthodox few days off the Hague, with the wind and wave states severely disrupting the race schedule, so for the first time at the Delta Lloyd 470 World Championships the organisers were able to hold three races back to back, on time, allowing crews to return to shore by mid-afternoon.
 
18-7-2010 | Greece's Mantis and Kagialis have a big job to do today
Defending 2nd
While Germany has the most entries in the Delta Lloyd 470 World Championship, with 16 teams currently competing off the Hague, they are followed by Greece and Skandia Team GBR both fielding 12 boats.
 
18-7-2010 | Junior World Champions Sofian Bouvet and Jeremie Mion
Taking on the old guys
A considerable number of Junior sailors (ie 21 or under) have been competing at this year’s Delta Lloyd 470 World Championship. Youngest in the Men’s class is Croatian 16 year old Dylan Tidd, while set to continue the Australian Women’s 470 legacy is Carrie Smith, who is just 15.
 
17-7-2010 | Edge of seat competition expected for tomorrow's medal races
Top 10
Medal races for the Delta Lloyd 470 World Championship are to take place tomorrow (Sunday) directly off the beach at the Hague. The warning signal for the Men’s medal races will be at 1355 local time followed an hour later by the Women.
 
17-7-2010 | Martine Soffiatti Grael and Isabel Swan
Highest Women's 470 Worlds newbies
At the Delta Lloyd 470 Worlds Championship it is easy to see who is doing better than expected as each boat has been given a bow number according to the latest ISAF ranking, issued last week. Among the Women’s Gold fleet sailors China’s Xiaoli Wang and Xufend Huang are doing especially well – ranked 91st in the world, but lying 8th overall at the end of play yesterday.
 
16-7-2010 | Indian competitors Pushparajan Muttu and Singhy Rajput Narinder
To the Hague from 45degC
Two sailors competing at the Delta Lloyd 470 World Championship who are going through acclimatisation shock here in the Hague are Indian competitors Pushparajan Muttu and Singhy Rajput Narinder.
 
16-7-2010 | Press Release | 15 July
Unsatisfactory day
Weather off the Hague, or perhaps the inaccuracy of the forecasts, continues to wreak havoc with the Delta Lloyd 470 World Championships in The Hague.
 
15-7-2010 | Double Olympic Gold medallist Sarah Ayton on today's conditions
More Southern Ocean than North Sea
Racing in the last qualification races had to be put on hold this morning when the North Sea off the Hague turned more Southern Ocean...and this was even before the tide had turned against the wind.
 
15-7-2010 | Day 4 morning report
Extreme sailing in Scheveningen
“I really enjoyed myself out there”, jubilated Jorick Weijers (NED). Sand was blowing off the dunes, water off the rough seas and the race committee reported 30 knots gusting up to 40 knots. That resulted in spectacular images, unfortunate damages and no racing. At around 11 am, the race committee postponed further racing.
 
14-7-2010 | Press Release 14 July
Wind up, but early home
For the first day so far at the 2010 Delta Lloyd 470 World Championships, the wind conditions at sea in front of The Hague allowed racing to get away on time for the three groups in the Men's division and the two in the Women's.
 
14-7-2010 | Why more nations will compete at future World Championships
Globalising the 470
In the recent ISAF Olympic Commission report the number of nations taking part was identified as being one of the shortcomings of sailing as an Olympic sport. For example at this week’s 470 World Championships there are 39 nations represented. This is a very high number when compared to other events in sailing, but up against other Olympic sports it is small when for example you consider that 205 nations competed at the 2008 Olympic Games
 
13-7-2010 | Press Release 13 July
Return to Qingdao
Jo Aleh : 'it was China all over again'
 
13-7-2010 | Upgrading the 470
President Stanislav Kassarov describes the latest developments
With classes attempting more than ever to maintain their spot in the Olympic Games, the International 470 Class Association has introduced some new measures for the present Delta Lloyd World Championship in the Hague.
 
12-7-2010 | Press Release | 12 July
Calm before the storm
Conditions transpired against the possibility of racing on the opening day of the Delta Lloyd 470 World Championships, taking place off the Hague, Holland.
 
12-7-2010 | Delta Lloyd 470 Worlds
Home team advantage?
Traditionally at regattas, local teams can hold the advantage with the best local knowledge, more familiarity with the race course, the typical currents and wind conditions, as well as the psychological upper hand - playing to the ‘home crowd’, in a familiar environment when it comes to food, language, culture, etc.
 
12-7-2010 | Opening Ceremony
Spectacular opening of Delta Lloyd 470 Worlds 2010
Hundreds of 470 sailors and coaches from all over the world enjoyed a spectacular opening ceremony of the 2010 Delta Lloyd 470 Worlds The Hague. After the official speeches, the Dutch national anthem was played in a crowded Scheveningen harbour. The Wilhelmus sounds went over in a beat on which the dancers of Dance Academy Lucia Marthas did their act. The youngsters brought the flags in and put up a fantastic show on stage, enforced by older dancers in the crowd.
 
8-7-2010 | Delta Lloyd 470 World Championships
Preview
40 nations to compete for the Men's 470 and Women's 470 World Title
 
3-7-2010 | Giulia Conti (ITA)
The main focus of 2010 is yet to come, the 470 World Championships in The Hague
We have won some regattas, we know how to do it, and we know it's also hard to win. I think psychology is really important in sailing, you have to be in the right mood to win.
 
24-3-2010 | Igor Marenic (CRO)
It has been a long, hard road to the top......
Igor Marenic, with helmsman Sime Fantela, goes to The Hague as reigning World Champion. The Croatians sailed a superb regatta in Denmark last year, crowning an incredible 2009 season that saw them win the European Championships also.
 
31-5-2010 | Isabel Swan (BRA)
Hunting for Olympic Gold with Torben Grael's diamond
Martine Grael has been in the limelight quite a bit during herself. The daughter of Torben Grael, the 2009 World Sailor of the Year and the winning skipper of the 2008-09 Volvo Ocean Race and five-time Olympic medalist, Martine made the news quite a bit last year
 
17-6-2010 | Belcher and Page (AUS)
Mitigate Risk
Australians Mat Belcher and Malcolm Page paired up in the 470 in 2009, but have been training together since 2001. Whether they are racing in light air or heavy air, they are either the leading the fleet or they are threatening the leaders. What makes the top ranked skippers on the 2010 ISAF World Cup tour so consistent?
 
25-6-2010 | Holland Moves
The Netherlands as Sports Nation
The Kingdom of the Netherlands is internationally also known as Holland. In the past ‘Holland' referred to part of our country, but today both names are in full swing. Holland is a compact country with great diversity
 
4-5-2010 | Sven Coster (NED)
we are aiming for gold, not for bronze
The Coster brothers have been dominating the Dutch 470 men's fleet for years. They teamed up in 1999 and finished sixth at their Olympic debut in Athens. In 2007, Sven and Kalle Coster won silver at the 470 Worlds and the year after they dramatically missed out on a medal in Qingdao.
 
19-5-2010 | Delta Lloyd 470 Worlds
The Hague gets ready
From 9-18 July, the Delta Lloyd 470 World Championships for men and women will take place on the waters in front of The Hague. Sime Fantela and Igor Marenic (CRO) will defend their men's 470 World title, whilst The Hague citizen Lisa Westerhof and Beijing 2008 Two Person Dinghy silver medalist Lobke Berkhout will defend their women's.
 
15-5-2010 | Isabelle Kinsolving Farrar (USA)
We know that our greatest strength is our experience
'it would involve a tremendous amount of arrogance for us to think we are going to win in The Hague'
 
24-3-2010 | Gideon Kliger (ISR)
Every team must find a way to split the decisions during a race
Although he’s been racing 470s for 13 years, 2010 feels like a fresh start for the experienced helmsman from Israel. He has teamed up with a new crew, Eran Sela, bringing to an end a long and successful partnership with Udi Gal.
 
25-3-2010 | Lobke Berkhout (NED)
Succes is not usual
They are not new to the Olympic 470 class as individuals, but as a duo they are. Lisa Westerhof and Lobke Berkhout from the Netherlands made an impressive debut in 2009, by winning 2 World Cups and the World title in a row.
 
22-5-2010 | Henriette Koch (DEN)
there's no reason why we can't do well in Holland
The approach certainly doesn't seem to be hurting Koch and Sommer, who had a great World Cup season in 2009, including victories at Miami and Hyeres. However the Worlds on home waters in Denmark proved a disappointment.
 
24-3-2010 | Stuart Bithell (GBR)
Boats taking off upwind, maybe? I'd love it
More than anything, Bithell is loving being part of a full-time Olympic campaign. Having spent many years on the edge of the British squad, he was on the verge of looking for a ‘proper job’ before the opportunity to sail with Patience came along. Last year’s silver medal suggests that this is the start of great things for this new team.
 
 
NEWS
Press Release | 16 July
Local talent comes good
Finally after an unorthodox few days off the Hague, with the wind and wave states severely disrupting the race schedule, so for the first time at the Delta Lloyd 470 World Championships the organisers were able to hold three races back to back, on time, allowing crews to return to shore by mid-afternoon.

Today for many the 'real' competition began, the fleets now divided into three - gold, silver and bronze in the Men's class and two in the smaller Women's class. With the wind starting out at 20-25 knots with gusts of up to 28, decreasing slightly through the day just as the waves began to be churned up by the tide, so crews returned to the Hague's new International Sailing Centre soaked to the skin, salt encrusted and utterly exhausted.

Undoubted class act of the day were defending World Champions and local heroes, the Netherland's Lisa Westerhof and Lobke Berkhout, who won all three races in the Women's Gold fleet.

'In these conditions we are the strongest team," said towering blonde Berkhout. 'If we have a good start and we have a good game plan and good speed, and no risk, then we end up at the top. That happened today. Everything fell in the right way." The Dutch duo definitely looked fastest among the Women, a combination of talent, experience and local knowledge, but also benefitting from being at the heavier end of the crew weight spectrum in the strong conditions. 'We have lost some weight for this season, because we thought we could gain something in lighter conditions, but I am still really tall," admitted Berkhout.

While Westerhof and Berkhout's three wins have put them into the lead, they are just one point ahead of yesterday's leaders, New Zealanders Jo Aleh and Olivia Powrie. They posted a 3-2 in today's last two races, a sound recovery after their main halyard disastrously snapped halfway up the first beat in race one. 'We checked it all yesterday, but it just snapped right at the top," explained Aleh. 'We flipped it over and tried to get it back up, but it is a three person job." They now have a 'DNF', blemishing a scoreline where their lowest score is otherwise a fourth.

Overall in the Women's Gold fleet the Dutch and New Zealanders together with Italy's Giulia Conti and Giovanna Micol, now in third, remain close, separated by seven points, the lead three now extending away from fourth placed Ingrid Petitjean and Nadège Douroux from France.

In the men's division, today's three races have resulted in some reshuffling of the top boats. Australia's Matt Belcher and Beijing gold medallist Malcolm Page continue to hold the top spot and a win in today's final race has provided them with a small cushion ahead of second.

'Winning the last race was nice - good for confidence," said Belcher. 'There are still three races to go, but in this fleet you can easily come away with three 20+s. We are happy to still be in there and tomorrow we'll keep on fighting for the lead."

But the heroes of the day in the Men's class were the Coster brothers Sven and Kalle from the Netherlands, who posted a 2-1-5 elevating them from 11th into third place overall and the young British pair Luke Patience and Stuart Bithell, who surprised everyone (including themselves) when they won silver at last year's 470 World Championship in Denmark. Winning today's first race and following it with a 5-4, has resulted in Patience and Bithell taking over second from Skandia Team GBR teammates, Nic Asher and Elliot Willis, the double World Champions now down to fifth.

'It was our conditions," enthused Patience. 'We love the breeze. We love the waves. It is something we are very confident in, so we can push a bit more and pull through the fleet if we are maybe slightly back. We had three good races - we are dead happy."

The 23 year old Scot added that when the sea got up from race two onwards it had started to get brutal for the crew out on the trapeze wire. 'It was very difficult for Stuart to not get hit by every wave, regardless of how high he was wiring. It was hard to get in the groove upwind, but if you could do that it was huge gains."

Also on form in the Men's gold fleet were Greece's Panagiotis Mantis and Pavlos Kagialis, who since this morning have risen from 10th to lie currently fourth, just three points from second. 'We like these conditions," said Mantis, adding that they are similar when the Meltemi wind blows in Greece. 'We have done a lot of waiting, but today it was okay - three races, good wind, we finished early. I hope the same for tomorrow."

Similarly performing well in today's big conditions were the experienced Italian 470 sailor Gabrio Zandonà, the 2003 World Champion, and his new crew since February, Pietro Zucchetti.

'I enjoyed myself today - it was a very good," said Zandonà. 'Conditions were really strong, but we like that. I have a very good crew now - Pietro is strong in strong wind - it is easy to sail with him."

Tomorrow will continue with three more finals races, before the medal race for the top ten scheduled on Sunday for 14:00 local, depending upon the weather conditions. While all the races can be followed on the tracker, video from the medal race is to be broadcast live from the official Delta Lloyd 470 World Championship website.

together with Italy's Giulia Conti and Giovanna Micol, now in third, remain close, separated by seven points, the lead three now extending away from fourth placed Ingrid Petitjean and Nadège Douroux from France.

In the men's division, today's three races have resulted in some reshuffling of the top boats. Australia's Matt Belcher and Beijing gold medallist Malcolm Page continue to hold the top spot and a win in today's final race has provided them with a small cushion ahead of second.

'Winning the last race was nice - good for confidence," said Belcher. 'There are still three races to go, but in this fleet you can easily come away with three 20+s. We are happy to still be in there and tomorrow we'll keep on fighting for the lead."

But the heroes of the day in the Men's class were the Coster brothers Sven and Kalle from the Netherlands, who posted a 2-1-5 elevating them from 11th into third place overall and the young British pair Luke Patience and Stuart Bithell, who surprised everyone (including themselves) when they won silver at last year's 470 World Championship in Denmark. Winning today's first race and following it with a 5-4, has resulted in Patience and Bithell taking over second from Skandia Team GBR teammates, Nic Asher and Elliot Willis, the double World Champions now down to fifth.

'It was our conditions," enthused Patience. 'We love the breeze. We love the waves. It is something we are very confident in, so we can push a bit more and pull through the fleet if we are maybe slightly back. We had three good races - we are dead happy."

The 23 year old Scot added that when the sea got up from race two onwards it had started to get brutal for the crew out on the trapeze wire. 'It was very difficult for Stuart to not get hit by every wave, regardless of how high he was wiring. It was hard to get in the groove upwind, but if you could do that it was huge gains."

Also on form in the Men's gold fleet were Greece's Panagiotis Mantis and Pavlos Kagialis, who since this morning have risen from 10th to lie currently fourth, just three points from second. 'We like these conditions," said Mantis, adding that they are similar when the Meltemi wind blows in Greece. 'We have done a lot of waiting, but today it was okay - three races, good wind, we finished early. I hope the same for tomorrow."

Similarly performing well in today's big conditions were the experienced Italian 470 sailor Gabrio Zandonà, the 2003 World Champion, and his new crew since February, Pietro Zucchetti.

'I enjoyed myself today - it was a very good," said Zandonà. 'Conditions were really strong, but we like that. I have a very good crew now - Pietro is strong in strong wind - it is easy to sail with him."

Tomorrow will continue with three more finals races, before the medal race for the top ten scheduled on Sunday for 14:00 local, depending upon the weather conditions. While all the races can be followed on the tracker, video from the medal race is to be broadcast live from the official Delta Lloyd 470 World Championship website.



Report Credit: James Boyd
Photo: Thom Touw




 
     
 
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