A cracking opening day at the 2017 470 World Championships in Thessaloniki, Greece rewarded teams with a 3-race scorecard.
A two-hour postponement ashore waiting for the thermal breeze converted to 8-10 knots for the first race, building to 15-16 knots, under a clear blue sky.
The glamour day saw racing for the one hundred and thirty-three teams from 32 nations get underway around soon after 1400 hours across the two race tracks. All fleets are split into yellow and blue fleets for the 5 race qualification series, and will be reseeded overnight for the final 2 qualification races on Tuesday. From Wednesday’s day 3 of racing, the fleets will contest six final series races, before the top ten men and women teams advance to the Medal Race on Saturday.
Anton Dahlberg/Fredrik Bergstrom (SWE) claimed a 1,2,1 to lead the 470 men at the end of the opening day, and sit on a 3 point advantage over Mat Belcher/Will Ryan (AUS) in second. Third to Turkey’s Deniz Cinar/Ates Cinar.
Standout performance from Hannah Mills/Eilidh McIntyre (GBR) who knocked out three wins in the blue fleet. Mills, the Rio 2016 Olympic medallist, has moved straight into the groove, despite stepping out of the 470 to race a skiff over recent months. A 3,1,1 scorecard from Slovenia’s Tina Mrak/Veronika Macarol (SLO) puts them on tiebreak in second, after the discard kicked in with race 3.
It’s all the experienced campaigners up front, as Amy Seabright/Anna Carpenter (GBR) place in third overall, also on tiebreak over two-time Olympian Xiaoli Wang from China who is racing her 10th World Championships, and is in fourth overall with crew Haiyang Gao.
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