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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.
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.

In the Men's race Australians Matt Belcher and Malcolm Page had secured gold through their 20 point lead yesterday to claim the Men's World Championship title. 'This is my fifth World Championship win and every one of them has been hard," commented Page. Belcher added: 'This year our goals were to win one event outside of Europe, one grade 1 event and to win the World Cup and to medal at the Worlds. This has been a marathon and by day three it felt like we had run 30km already..." They have more than achieved on their objective for in addition to their latest title, Belcher and Page have also sewn up the 2010 ISAF Sailing World Cup, with an event to spare.

With gold secure, the fight was fully on for the remaining podium positions between six boats. In the end it was France's Beijing bronze medallist Nicolas Charbonnier, sailing with Baptiste Meyer Dieu, who won the men's medal race to take the silver, passing the medal race's early leaders, Croats Sime Fantela and Igor Marenic, who took bronze. Second going into the medal race, Greece's Panagiotis Mantis and Pavlos Kagialis came home ninth, dropping them to fifth overall behind Skandia Team GBR's Nic Asher and Elliot Willis.

'We were thinking we could win if it was light, but finally we got second and it was quite windy - we were thinking we weren't that fast in those conditions," said Charbonnier. 'That is new for us and we are really happy about this - it is good for the future."

While Fantela and Marenic were first around the top mark, the French team gybed early and pulled into the lead on the first run, never relinquishing it.

'It was a difficult race," admitted Fantela. 'We had a good start and first upwind." But on the run they chose to continue on starboard gybe. This took them closer to the beach where in theory the tide against them at this point should have been less, but according Marenic this proved not to be the case and contributed to Charbonnier and Meyer getting through.

'We are very pleased," concluded Fantela, the out-going World Champion. 'Any medal was a success for us."

However the class act of this regatta has been the newly crowned Australian World Champions, Beijing Gold medallist Malcolm Page and his new helm Matt Belcher.

'They are really good, especially when it is windy," said Charbonnier. 'We have a lot of work to do if we want to compete with them." This view was shared by Fantela and Marenic. 'They sail really consistently with good speed and good tactics and strategy. If they didn't start well or the first upwind isn't good, they can really pass many more boats than anyone else. And Viktor has many many medals," confided Fantela, referring to Viktor Kovalenko, the Australian team's Ukrainian coaching legend, who has been dubbed 'the medal maker' thanks to the part he has played in five Olympic gold 470 medals.

While Belcher and Page were secure in first place going into today's medal race, the case was the opposite in the Women's medal race where leaders New Zealand's Jo Aleh and Olivia Powrie were one slender point ahead of the powerful Dutch defending World Champions, Lisa Westerhof and Lobke Berkhout.

In the end, the Dutch got a good start off the pin end of the line while Aleh and Powrie were forced to tack away early and duck transoms. The Dutch pulled into the lead on the first run with the New Zealanders mid-fleet and while the two boats match raced up the second beat this was not enough to bring the New Zealanders back into contention. The run saw the Dutch overtaken by France's world no1 Ingrid Petitjean and Nadège Douroux and third placed Italians Giulia Conti and Giovanna Micol, but the Dutch still had four boats between them and the New Zealanders. Victory was theirs, their second 470 World Championship win as a team, and Lobke Berkhout's fifth, a record that now exceeds the four wins of Greece's Sofia Bekatorou and Emilia Tsoulfa.

Even before they had reached the finish line the celebrations had begun on the Dutch boat, as it had in the spectator fleet, jubilant that their sailors had taken Gold. 'Winning a title in our own country in home waters was definitely something extra," said Berkhout.

While disappointed not to have won, Jo Aleh and Olivia Powrie were more than satisfied with second, given that their objective had been a top five finish in this World Championship. Aleh reckoned the Dutch had got away from them on the first run. 'We got in a lane but were then held up by a few other boats," she admitted.

Going into the medal race, Giulia Conti and Giovanna Micol were reasonably secure in their bronze position, a second place finish in the medal race making little impression on the outcome. So disappointed/happy? 'Both of them," said Conti. 'I am happy to get third, which is a great result; disappointed because of the disqualification yesterday which took us out [of contention for gold]. But still I am pretty satisfied and if I had to mark myself out of 10, I would give myself 9."

Winning the medal race caused France's Ingrid Petitjean and Nadège Douroux to knock Skandia Team GBR's Sarah Ayton and Saskia Clark out of fourth place. The French team, like the Italians, were hard hit with a black flag penalty for being over the start line early yesterday in race 10. 'We didn't train too much in the wind this year - in fact we didn't train too much at all," admitted Petitjean. 'Usually we love strong winds, it is just we were not so comfortable."

This is the first major championship The Hague has hosted since the International Sailing Centre has opened. However the city is gunning hard to host the ISAF World Sailing Games prior to the 2016 Olympic Games.


Men's 470

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Photo Slide Show Women's 470 Medal Race

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