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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
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.
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. This was the first time at this regatta that the Australians Matt Belcher and Malcolm Page had fallen from the top spot.

But British jubilation was shortlived. On the second beat of race two, Patience and Bithell were left floundering when the attachment for their rudder broke. Unable to make a repair they could do nothing but retire and were unable to compete in the third race too, their hopes for a World Championship victory destroyed.

'We couldn't steer or do anything," said Patience. 'We tried to sort it for the third race and we just couldn't. When it goes, it bends the pin and ruptures the back of the boat - it is a big problem. It is very disappointing for sure. I can only blame myself: I look after the boat and I had checked it and I checked it before the start as well, because I felt something wobbling. I couldn't see any problem but there must have been a bit of play and off it went."

Having suffered in today's first race when they hadn't anticipated the wind increasing from 8 to 18 knots after a squall passed through, Belcher and Page returned to form, posting a 1-2 in the final two races. Leaving them now 20 points ahead of second place, means before even sailing tomorrow's medal race they have already secured the 2010 Delta Lloyd 470 Men's World Championship - Page's fifth 470 World Championship title and Belcher's first.

'World championships are never easy to win," commented Page. 'You normally have to fight for them in the medal race. We are very fortunate enough not to be in that situation."

'We are very happy - we weren't expecting to go into the medal race 20 points in front. Luke's misfortune was our gain unfortunately," said Belcher. Of the 23 year old British sailors, Page added: 'They showed that last year at the Worlds that they are that good, but it is a hard game and you never know when it is going to be in your favour or when it is not. It is very sad to see what happened to Luke. We'd much rather be racing him on the water and to win the battle that way rather than through equipment failure."

The fight is fully on for the remaining podium positions between six boats - the Greek team of double 470 Junior World Champion Panagiotis Mantis and crew Pavlos Kagialis just eight points ahead of sixth placed double World Champions, Skandia Team GBR's Nic Asher and Elliot Willis.

The second placed Greeks posted a relatively poor set of results today and were surprised to come ashore second overall. 'It was strong wind again - we like that, but the results were not so good. We had very bad starts - that was the problem," admitted crew Pavlos Kagialis.

Just one point behind the Greeks are Croatian defending World Champions, Sime Fantela and Igor Marenic in third. Their path up the leaderboard has been a slow burn. 'It is always like that at the World Championship - you need to be patient and consistent," said Fantela. 'In the strong wind we have better speed rather than in the light. We struggled the first day a bit. The first race today we were unlucky - we broke the kicker and finished 11th. So we lost 7 points there - that would have been a big difference."

Winners of today's final race were Portugal's Alvaro Marinho and Miguel Nunes, currently seventh overall. 'We were lucky to win that race because the Italians [Gabrio Zandonà and Pietro Zucchetti] were leading by far but ripped their spinnaker," recounted Marinho, the longest standing present member of the 470 Men's class, here racing his 15th 470 World Championship. 'So we managed to pass the Australians and were third on the last run and then we passed Gabrio, bad luck for him. So it was okay."

2007 European champions, Marinho and Nunes have represented Portugal at the last three Olympic Games. They finished eighth in Beijing and haven't sailed since until 10 days before this regatta. 'So we are quite happy with this result," said Marinho.

While the winner is decided in the Men's class, it is anything but among the Women. Despite some formidable sailing from the defending World Champions Lisa Westerhof and Lobke Berkhout, still tenaciously hanging on, just one point ahead of the Dutch, are New Zealanders Jo Aleh and Olivia Powrie.

'We are sailing pretty conservatively and trying not to stuff anything up," said Aleh as to the secret of their success. 'We have had one stuff-up this regatta, which was our DNF. Apart from that, just starting safely, no OCSes and trying to get around the course..."

The major drama in the Women's class today came when eight boats were black flagged in the second race. Among those caught out were all the boats between third and sixth, including heavy hitters such as Italians Guilia Conti and Giovanna Micol, Britain's Sarah Ayton and Saskia Clark and French World no1, Ingrid Petitjean and Nadège Douroux.

With Conti and Micol having won today's first race, the black flag penalty for being over the start line early, put the Italians out of the running for gold. 'We stared very well winning the first race, very focussed on winning," said Conti. 'We gave everything and we came fourth in the second race, but then it was very frustrating when my coach told me about the black flag. We had no chance any more to stay in the battle for first place. So we got a little bit down."

The warning signal for the Men's medal races tomorrow will be at 1355 local time followed an hour later by the Women. Those not in the Hague can follow racing in the tracker or via live on-line TV.

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