What, where and when?
The first week of the Allianz Regatta in Medemblik, The Netherlands, is done – and the champions in the ILCA 7, ILCA 6 and RS:X fleets have been crowned. The second week of racing will see Brits starting in the 49er and 49erFX fleets. It’s the last regatta before Tokyo 2020 kicks off next month.
What’s the lowdown?
In the ILCA 7 (formerly Laser) class Britain’s Lorenzo Chiavarini led the 61-boat fleet from day one right through to the conclusion of the nine-race series. Although Chiavarini’s British teammates Elliot Hanson and Michael Beckett were absent from the fleet, most of the European big hitters were at the regatta. The win adds to the bronze medal Chiavarini picked up at the 2020 European Championships.
In the RS:X class a strong start in light winds put Tom Squires towards the top of the fleet early on but a few mistakes including a disqualification for an early start cost him. Squires, who will represent Team GB at Tokyo 2020, finished ninth overall but signed off with a win in the medal race.
Tokyo-bound Ali Young narrowly missed out on the top ten, having to settle for 11th overall. Team mates Hannah Snellgrove and Daisy Collingridge came home 36th and 51st.
What they say
“I’m over the moon! Very happy how I performed all the way through the regatta. Discarding an 8th in qualifying and performing under pressure in the finals was so satisfying. It was also interesting experience being under this pressure on my own with no coach by my side. I’m hoping to carry this momentum for the peak events at the end of the year” – Lorenzo Chiavarini, ILCA7
How to follow week two
As always we will update on all our social channels but you can take a look at the event photos and live blog from the organisers here – https://allianzregatta.org/
Results are provided by manage2sail and you can find them here.